In this post you will find videos, written instructions, and photos teaching you how to turn your crochet rows without a starting chain. I am not a fan of the starting chain in many cases, because it leaves a space between the chain and the next stitch. So here is how I start my rows. I have shown sc, hdc, and dc, at the end of the dc written instructions I tell you how to alter it for trc. For instructions on how to make the basic stitches, go here.
CHAINLESS ROW TURN, SINGLE CROCHET
After finishing a row, remove hook, turn work, and put hook back through loop.
Make a sc in first st ~ insert hook into first st (last st of previous row)
Yarn over, pull through (2 loops on hook)
Yarn over, pull through both loops
continue working row
CHAINLESS ROW TURN, HALF DOUBLE CROCHET
Start off by making the sc row turn (remove hook, turn work, replace hook, sc in first st)
there is one loop on the hook, and two loops coming off that loop; insert hook into second loop (the one farthest from the hook)
yarn over, pull though one loop (two loops on hook)
yarn over pull through both loops
continue working row
CHAINLESS ROW TURN, DOUBLE CROCHET
After finishing a row, remove hook, turn work, and put hook back through loop. Pull loop up a bit, and place finger on loop. Hold the loop on the hook so that it does not move. Yarn over with the loop ~ NOT with the working yarn as usual. Continue making dc as normal ~ instructions follow.
insert hook into first st (last st of previous row), yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook)
yarn over, pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook)
yarn over, pull through both loops
continue with row *this same technique can be used for treble crochet by adding another yarn over at the beginning of the stitch and continuing to make a treble as opposed to a double.
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