Tutorial: Starting chain – to knot, or not? — 13 Comments

  1. By putting an extra twist in the yarn you don’t have to hold it past the first chain. I learned this years ago, great until ypu have to teach someone how to crochet in 2 hours and you need to teach a simple pattern that they can use without any help as they live a province away.

    • I know, it sounds like it would, but it doesn’t – give it a try and you’ll see! 🙂 It’s the same as the end of the work not unraveling even though there’s no knot there. I’ve made whole sweaters with no slipknot, and not woven in the ends until I’m all done, and have never had any issues. It really doesn’t even loosen up once you get a couple rows in, and once you sew in the end it’s totally secure.

  2. Wow! Love that trick Tamara! Thank you so much.
    Looking forward to 2018 and reading your newsletter and keeping up with the latest. Happy New Year to all.

  3. Just experimented with this using the double twist. A bit awkward at first but…this is awesome! Now I just have to remember this after 40 years of making slipknots.

  4. Love this! Used this technique with both crochet FSC, as well as with a regular starting chain. Held and looks so much more professional. Thanks for sharing!

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