When you’re crocheting a project with a long foundation chain – like a blanket or a scarf worked lengthwise – it can be so frustrating to discover (typically, at the end of the first row!) that you didn’t count your chains correctly. I have an easy fix that will ensure you can always finish your first row with the right number of chains. I’m sharing a video version and photo tutorial version of this tip below so you can learn the way you prefer!
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To prevent having to unravel my project or add on another piece of yarn, I always leave a very long yarn tail of 12” (30 cm) or more at the beginning of any project with a long foundation chain.
Easy fix for when you end Row 1 with too few chains
When I get to the end of the first row and find I need to add a few more chains to my project, I pull up the loop on the hook so that it is very tall and won’t unravel.
Next, I remove my hook. I locate the slip knot I created at the beginning of my chain. I gently untie my slip knot until it forms a small loop.
I place this loop on my crochet hook, and add as many stitches to the foundation chain as I need.
(This time, I’m sure to check my count again before fastening off the foundation chain!)
I finish by returning my hook to the loop and continuing across Row 1. I may waste a few inches of yarn when I’ve counted the chain correctly, but I save myself a lot of frustration when my chain is too short.
Easy fix for when you end Row 1 with too many chains
Sometimes, the opposite happens. I finish the first row and find that I started with too many chains.
I locate the slip knot I created at the beginning of my chain.
I gently untie my slip knot.
I slowly unravel each extra chain until I reach the base of the last stitch of the first row.
I hold the base of the last stitch in one hand and the yarn tail in the other and pull them gently apart.
This forms a new slip knot and the end of my first row.