A few years ago I shared the way I make a Chainless Starting Double Crochet. And it was a big hit, and I've used it (and recommended it) in dozens of patterns since. But somewhere over the last couple years, I started adding one more step, which I think makes it even better. So I'm dubbing this one the Improved Chainless Starting Double Crochet!
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First, if you aren't familiar with the "standard" way of making a Chainless Starting Double Crochet, CLICK HERE. Then, come back here and watch the improved version (it makes a lot more sense that way).
Improved Chainless Starting Double Crochet - Right Handed
Improved Chainless Starting Double Crochet - Left Handed
As Seen In This Video - Click for more info
Original Chainless Starting Double Crochet Video
So really, it's just the addition of going into the top of that first stitch - but I think it makes a subtle improvement that your average person might not catch, but a fellow crocheter would! And we all want to have the very best looking projects, to our own eyes as well!
What do you think? Does this make a difference for you, or do you prefer the original version? One of the great things about crochet is that there are so many different ways to get great results -we can all try them out and find what works best for us! If you like it, here's a pin for it, which also demonstrates some of the other common ways to begin a row of dc:
I hope that this tip helps some of you make your crochet projects just that much better!
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What would we do without you, Tamara? 🙂 Thank you for this video and for continuing to make us all better crocheters.
Thank you so much Judy! 😀
Excellent! Thank you so much! This is one of my favorite techniques.
😀 Thank you!
Love it! So smart.
😀 Thank you!
Brilliant!!! Thanks so much Tamara - already shared in my group and will be implementing it at my next opportunity 🙂
Thank you so much Fiona!
Also... have been recommending the use of this stitch, slightly modified, to form a CSHdc in a lot of my recent patterns 🙂 My testers have been raving about it!
Thanks so much for this one!
😀 I'm so glad you all like it, thank you Fiona!
I wish I'd known this when I began my current project. It should help a lot on the sleeves, anyway!
Having finally figured out the chainless starting double crochet, this is a Game changer! Nice! Thank you!
😀 I'm so glad you like it!
Somehow I've been doing it "wrong" this way all along.
You're just that good! 😀
I’ve been trying all kinds of Chainless beginnings and they all drive me crazy....not anymore this works beautifully. Thank you!
😀 I'm so glad to hear it!
Lord I wish you'd also write out the instructions for those of us who are naughty and read your site at work, what YouTube is blocked!
Also, haha, I thought I was making my CSDCs the way you originally did, but turns out I was doing this all along!
Incredible!! Thank you for sharing this Tamara! Looks so much better than a ch3.
I was amazed when I tried the original technique and this is even better!!! Wow. This subtle change makes all the difference. Thank you!!!
I'm so glad you like it too! Thank you! 😀
WOW! I’m definitely going to try this improved version! Looks better than your first version. Thanks so much for sharing Tamara. Love your videos!
😀 Thank you so much!
This is amazing! Definitely a game changer. I've been using your other version, but this one is even better!
Thanks so much Natalia!
Oh, Tamara! You are the best! I have learned so much from your tutorials . They are done so professionally and are so easy to follow and understand. You're doing such a great service for the crochet community, you have no idea. Keep up the good work and God bless.
Thank you so much Eileen! ♥ That made my Monday morning for sure!
very neat and easier that the old way. Thanks!!
😀 I'm glad you like it, thank you!
Thank you so much for this! I’m using it right now on a scarf requested by my grandson. It makes a huge difference in the appearance of the ends! Than you, thank you, thank you!
😀 I'm so glad to hear it, thank you!
Absolutely amazing! Thank you so much for teaching this! I've been using the original one you taught and I love it! Now this makes it even better!
😀 Thank you so much! It was such a small change but a big effect!
LOVE IT! THANK YOU! Would you recommend using your improved method when working in rounds as well?
Yes, and thank you! 😀
Why didn’t someone think of this nicer looking and easy stitch before? Thanks Tamara
♥ I'm so glad you like it!
Oh! I definitely liked the improved version. Thank you Tamara! Nice of you to share!
Thank you so much! 🙂
I have used this adaptation for a few years now and didn’t know it was a ‘thing’ until I read this article.
Not as bad as I thought I was!👍🏻
I think it's just a natural evolution! 🙂
This was just posted in a crochet group I’m in. I have been crocheting for 10+years and I love this idea! I always hated how bad the chains looked. I can’t wait for the next project so I can try it out!
♥ Yay, I'm so glad you saw it!