The Mighty Crochet Chain Stitch
The simple chain stitch is the first crochet stitch most of us learned. We worked this easy stitch, yarning over and drawing through the loop on our hook, until we had created a string of chains that could stretch from one end of the house to the other. My mother recently taught my oldest niece to crochet a chain. Her first ten-yard chain became a lovely Christmas garland. There is a great excitement in creating your first long crocheted chain.
As you learn to work single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet stitches into your chain a world of crochet possibilities is suddenly in your grasp. But I have never lost my enchantment with the basic chain stitch. This versatile stitch is frequently used to create a base chain from which we begin a project. This is the perhaps the use for which the chain stitch is best known.
The chain stitch is also used to create the turning chain. After turning or joining a round, patterns typically instruct you to chain, to move the work up to the height of the next row. Sometimes this chain is counted as a stitch of corresponding height, one chain for a single crochet, two chains for a half double crochet, three chains for a double crochet, etc.
I love the use of the chain stitch to create motifs and granny squares. Inserting a series of chain stitches between more substantial crochet stitches, such as a shell or series of double crochet stitches, creates a gorgeous lacy motif. Chain stitches are also an essential stitch when working motifs such as the motifs that create the yoke of the Forest Flower Pullover.
In her workshop DVD, Innovative Crochet: Motifs with Kristin Omdhal, Kristin will teach you how to use the chain stitch and slip stitches to join motifs as you go, eliminating the need to seam the motifs together in finishing.
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