Crochet Linked First-Stitches
The Steps To Making A Linked First-dc:
Pull loop on hook up to slightly taller than a normal loop, ch 1, insert hook in first chain from hook, yo and draw up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into first st, yo and draw up a loop (3 loops on hook), [yo and draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
Now, we did say that all four of the first-stitch techniques have their use and that you should use them where fit best as determined by your practice swatch you make before starting a project. That said… linked first-stitches is the technique we go to more often that the others when it comes to making a neat, clean, tidy border on your crochet fabric. Not only does it look FAB when left as a raw edge, but is is SOOOOO easy to work into when sewing seams or picking up stitches for an edging or an accent band of stitches. In addition, linked first-stitches work WAY better than other first-stitch techniques when it comes to taller stitches… more on that at the end of this tutorial.
So, without further ado, here is the step-by-step tutorial for making the Linked First-Double Crochet stitch.
Remember: The higher the stitch, the more chains you make, matching the number of yarn overs you would make for that stitch. One you have made the correct number of chains, insert your hook into each chain one at a time and yarn over and draw up a loop. When you are finished, you will have the correct number of loops on your hook to complete the stitch.
So there you have it! One of our FAVORITE crochet techniques that can be applied to any project where the instructions call for you to make a certain number of chains to count as the first stitch of the row. ACK! No more wonky edges!!
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3/30/2018 08:14:58 am
I’m so confused..help! Trying to make the Aloe Wrap printed in Interweave’s Spring 2018 Edition. Starting with “First Points” Row 1 states: “(RS) Ch 2, (linked first-hdc [see Stitch Guide], hdc) 2 times in 2nd ch from hook, turn” - so here’s my issue: I ch 2 (as stated) then begin my linked first-hdc in 2nd ch from hook by pulling up lap to height of hdc, then ch 1, insert hook in bottom lip of first ch from hook, yo, pull up lp - here is where, according to the stitch guide, I should have 2 LOOPS on my hook, HOWEVER, I have 3 LOOPS. What in the world am I doing wrong? Seems the stitch guide doesn’t account for the beginning Ch 2 leaving me a loop on my hook when I start the linked stitch...so confused. I’m hoping you can understand my conundrum and clarify anything I’m misunderstanding or misreading. I have drooled over this pattern since I received my magazine a month or so ago. Please help before my drool-soaked pages become unreadable. Thanks so much!
Heya Kandy - It looks like you might be reading the instructions for the linked first-hdc a little too quickly. Here is how that stitch instruction reads in the Stitch Guide in the magazine:
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