Crocheting Row 1

soyamisoOctober 26, 2007

Any tips on making Row 1 easier to see when using textured yarns aside from making huge chains?

Once I finish Row 1, I'm fine, but it usually takes me multiple tries to get that first row correct. I just don't "see" the individual chains with the textured yarns. Sometimes I'm tempted to cheat and only crochet in the front or back loops.

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I feel your pain. For this reason, I rarely crochet with Fun Fur, boucle and the like. But you might try this: carry along another "regular" yarn with the textured yarn, but don't include it in the slip stitch you make to begin. Just carry it along and make the chain. Then just use your textured yarn for the first row, pulling out the regular yarn as you make each stitch. I know this sounds labor intensive, but if you are set on using those types of yarns, what's a little more work, LOL?

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 5:18PM
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Try holding your chain over something white, a tablecloth, or a pair of white pants, something like that and try to chain loosely.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2007 at 8:27PM
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Thank you for the tips. I tried them and will now put down my crochet hook and pick up knitting needles. I feel better knowing that others have experienced the same difficulties that I have had with crocheting textured yarns.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2007 at 10:52PM
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Do your beginning chain with a hook 1 to 2 sizes larger than the hook you will use for the rest of the project. It won't look sloppy and the hook you will use after the beginning chain will slip right into place.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2007 at 11:17PM
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