When you begin the new row of a pattern, you most often start the row with a series of chain stitches. This often counts as your first double crochet in the row. The problem with this method is that you can get a gap at the beginning of the row. By using the Chainless Starting Double Crochet, this can be avoided. It has the added advantage of having a crisp, clean stitch to work into for the next row, instead of having to wrestle with chain stitches.
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- Step 1: Draw the loop on the hook up a little bit, about the height of two of your crochet hooks.
- Step 2: Holding that stitch tight at the bottom and on the top of the hook, twist the hook down towards you, and around to the back.
- Step 3: Yo and bring yarn through to other side.
- Step 4: Yo and draw through two loops on hook.