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How To Make Neat Edges in Double Crochet
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Online Class: Crochet Basics & Beyond
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Crochet to the last 2 stitches in the row - the final double crochet & the turning chain.
1. Crochet to the last 2 stitches in the row - the final double crochet & the turning chain.
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Insert your hook into the dc (not the turning chain, indicated by the arrow).
2. Insert your hook into the dc (not the turning chain, indicated by the arrow).
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I've pulled up a loop. The arrow still points to the turning chain.
3. I've pulled up a loop. The arrow still points to the turning chain.
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See how easy it would be to skip the turning chain?
4. See how easy it would be to skip the turning chain?
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Insert your hook into the top chain of the turning chain. Use your fingers to open it up.
5. Insert your hook into the top chain of the turning chain. Use your fingers to open it up.
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I've pulled up a loop. Now it's clear a stitch belongs here to keep the edge straight, eh?
6. I've pulled up a loop. Now it's clear a stitch belongs here to keep the edge straight, eh?
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Here's the completed final stitch of the row. It's clear there's no place to make more stitches.
7. Here's the completed final stitch of the row. It's clear there's no place to make more stitches.
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Now turn your work to start on the next row.
8. Now turn your work to start on the next row.
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Chain 3 for the turning chain. The arrow is at the first stitch, which we'll skip.
9. Chain 3 for the turning chain. The arrow is at the first stitch, which we'll skip.
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Insert your hook in the 2nd stitch (skipping the first, as indicated by the arrow).
10. Insert your hook in the 2nd stitch (skipping the first, as indicated by the arrow).
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I've pulled up a loop in the 2nd stitch. See how the turning chain rises from the first stitch?
11. I've pulled up a loop in the 2nd stitch. See how the turning chain rises from the first stitch?
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Even though I've only made 1 dc, you can see why the turning chain is counted as a full stitch.
12. Even though I've only made 1 dc, you can see why the turning chain is counted as a full stitch.
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It's easy to miss the edge stitches, but a bit of patience is all you need to make tidy edges!
13. It's easy to miss the edge stitches, but a bit of patience is all you need to make tidy edges!
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I hope this helped!