We’ve all been a victim to wonky edges before, right? You know the feeling…you’ve been merrily hooking away, listening to music and working on a blanket…only to discover you’re misplaced a stitch or awkwardly hooked through a loop. Boom, wonky edges. What a nightmare! In fact, sometimes even if you’re crocheting perfectly, slightly wavy edges can happen. So…what can you do about it? I’m going to share some of my top tips for straight edges as well as introduce you to the foundation turning chain, a neat little technique that will tidy your edges. Ready to learn?
This tutorial is part of my Summer series covered intermediate and advanced crochet techniques that are designed to boost your skills, teach you new tricks and increase your crochet nous. Want to catch up on some of the other techniques?
- Knotless Foundation Chain
- Crochet End Cap | Knotless Finish
- Invisible Slip Stitch
- Invisible Decrease
- Magic Circle // Magic Ring
- Tips for Tension
THE FOUNDATION TURNING CHAIN
This handy little trick works wonderfully with any stitch that is larger than a UK double crochet. All of the swatches use treble crochet (UK) and feature 10 stitches.
The swatch below features 9 treble crochet stitches and the turning chain in each row. The trouble with this method is that you get a gap at the sides as you’re working. This gap is caused by the turning chain and can be a little bit unslightly!
With the second swatch, I didn’t count the turning chain as one of the ten stitches. It was additional. You actually create your first stitch in the base of the chain 3 that creates your turning chain. It’s a much neater finish however the edges can be slightly bumpy! So, you’ve eliminated the gaps, but introduced a wavy edge to your work!
…and now we’re onto the foundation turning chain! This technique can be a bit tricky to master, but once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll never turn back.
See that neat little swatch? No gaps, bumps or lumps!
Ready to learn?
Create a slipknot and then chain 10 to create a foundation.
TIP: Make sure your foundation chain isn’t too tight so that you can work the stitches nice and easily. Need help with that? Try this: Tips for Tension.
Because I want my work to be 10 stitches wide, I added one extra stitch to make 11 in total. Turn your work.
TIP: If your work is going to use treble crochet, I suggest making a foundation row of double crochet. It creates a nice, stable and neat beginning to your work.
Double crochet into the 2nd chain from hook. Double crochet to end of row. You should have created 10 double crochet stitches. Turn your work.
TIP: If you are finding that your foundation chain is too tight, go up a crochet size or two for your foundation chain and first row.
*Double crochet into the first stitch. If you look at the stitch, you’ll notice there are two posts to it. We need to make this stitch higher. We do this by creating essentially another double crochet into this stitch. As I said, this stitch has two posts to it, if you go into the first post you’ll undo the stitch you’ve just made. So, pop your hook into the second post of the stitch.
This will create a stitch that looks just like a treble, but is bulkier so it fills up the gap. Magic, right?
This bulky stitch counts as the first stitch. Work into the second stitch and create your first treble of the row. Treble to the end of the row.
Count your stitches and make sure you still have ten, then turn your work.
Repeat the steps from *
Continue following this pattern until your work is complete.
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