When I first started crocheting, the first row of crochet after the chain stitches was the most frustrating part of any project. Either I was missing a chain here and there or putting two stitches into the same chain. My stitch counts were never right and it was enough to put me off a pattern. Sometimes I even wanted to totally give up crochet.
After many years of practice, my chain stitches are now even. I no longer dread that foundation row. I actually enjoy it. Who would have thought?
Though we still aren’t actually crocheting yet, I feel that learning the anatomy of the chain stitch is an important lesson.
Chain Stitch: The Key to a Good Foundation
The chain stitch is the most important part of crochet. It is incredibly important to do this stitch well, even if it is one of the most difficult to master. Today we will learn the different parts of the chain stitch so you will know how it should look when we finally learn how to do it. This post should give you a frame of reference as you continue to learn so feel free to go back to it as often as you need.
The Parts of a Chain Stitch
This is how a chain stitch looks from the top. Each of the V’s is the top of a chain stitch. Also, the loop that is on the hook does not count as a chain stitch and neither does the slip knot at the end.
This is how you identify chain stitches so you can count them:
Now, if you turn the chain towards you you will see one of the top loops that creates the “V” and the back hump. Many people put the foundation stitches under these two loops. I choose to put my foundation stitches into the back hump of the chain stitch. ( I will explain my reasoning for this in a later post.)
Turn the chain towards you once more so we can look at the bottom of a chain stitch so you can see the back hump.
I know we still haven’t gotten to actually crocheting yet, but I did warn you I want to take this slowly. I want to fill in the gaps that are left out when someone learns to crochet. These are the things I wish someone would have taught me. The anatomy of a chain stitch might seem trivial right now, but these posts are here for you to reference in the future.
Have an excellent day!