How To Make the Crochet Knotless Starting Chain
The Knotless Starting Chain
Why Use It?
In our quest to create perfect finishes on our crochet designs, that little bump at the beginning of every project has been a nuisance that just won't go away. Sure, we could hide it when we woven in the starting tail, but it was still there… taunting us… the evil little bump.
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So, in order to banish the bump from the get go, we started playing around with different ways to start that first stitch. Thus was born the Knotless Starting Chain.
The Knotless Starting Chain is offered as an alternative to the usual slipknot and leaves virtually no trace there was ever anything other than a regular stitch on your hook that magically materialized there when you began stitching.
Why use it? Because you can.
To Work Today's Tutorial
Here's a list of materials we used to make today's Knotless Starting Chain tutorial. While you can, of course, use any materials you have on hand, these materials listed are what we recommend you use while you are learning.
Worsted Weight, 100% Pure Wool
H-8/5.00mm Crochet Hook
Foundation Single Crochet (Fsc) – See our crochet tutorial here: How To Make The Foundation Single Crochet Stitch
Break It Down
Here we demonstrate the Knotless Starting Chain with a traditional crochet starting chain.
Now we will apply the Knotless Starting Chain technique to a row of Foundation Single Crochet stitches. Again, if you aren't up on your Crochet Foundation Stitches, check out our tutorial here: How To Make the Foundation Single Crochet Stitch
A Final Word… or two…
Now those are some pretty stitches! Y'all know we love clean lines and beautiful finishes. And, if we can accomplish that with a technique that is as quick and easy as the Knotless Starting Chain, we are happy designers.
As with any new technique, it takes a few times to get the muscles to coordinate so the result is flawless. That's okay… As always… experment! Play! SWATCH! That's how we get better at what we do and how we make our already good crochet skills FAB!
And… hey… if you aren't happy with your experiment rip it out and go again! You'll get it!
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