Chainless Double Crochet Tutorial
Since I joined the Scheepjes CAL many people have been asking how to substitute the chain3 at the beginning of each round of the squares.
Many participants shared links to tutorials similar to this one. Initially I wasn’t really bothered with the idea of a chainless double crochet because I used to decrease the the number of chains by one and then placed the needed stitch into the same place as the chains.
However, I was a bit curious as to how this chainless dc is made, so I watched some of the videos.
I tried out the chainless dc the way that it was done in the tutorials but didn’t like the result. For me the bottom of the stitch is just to narrow and it’s not a very convincing chainless double crochet.
I started experimenting a bit and came up with a better method, which I am going to share with you.
I used t-shirt yarn because it’s easier to photograph 😉
I’m showing you how to make a chainless DC in the round but the same principle works for flat work as well.
Now for the tutorial.
After making your magic ring secure the yarn by making a slip stitch around the magic ring.
Pull the slip stitch tight, but not overly tight.
Now pull the loop on your hook so that it becomes bigger. At this point it’s not necessary to have a loop that is the same height as a DC stitch, in fact it’s better to have a longer loop.
Open the loop up, when using normal yarn (and not taking photos for a tutorial) I use the thumb and index finger of my hook hand to do this.
Make sure that the part of the loop that is closes to you is closest to the crook of your crochet hook.
Wiggle the twisted loop so that it forms an x on the hook. You can now shorten the twisted loop to the height of a dc stitch, this will also take a little bit of practice. Don’t worry if it’s slightly too long, once the round is closed you won’t notice it.
Complete the round of DCs as per normal.
To close the round you will slip stitch into the chainless DC.
Turn your work so that the side of the chainless DC is visible.
You will notice a small loop at the front (closest to you) and a long loop which runs the entire height of the stitch at the back.
It’s the two loops which my fingers are touching in the photo.
And there you go!
One round of DCs with a chainless DC to start with done!
As you can see the chainless DC does not look any different to the other stitches.
You can use this technique with all stitches from a DC upwards.
The hook and t-shirt yarn are available at Yarn in a Barn, Hilda has a lovely online store, as well as a physical store in Hartebeespoort.
The wooden hook I was using here is hand made specifically for T-shirt yarn. It has a longer shaft, which makes it more comfortable to hold and use.