Or at least easier! There are many gorgeous patterns out there that start off with a long, long... long chain. We're talking 100, 200, 300 chains or more! There are strategies to keep track (stitch markers are #1!), but mistakes in counting happen. And is there anything worse than getting to the end of the first row and finding out you're just 1 or 2 chains short? This method is one quick and easy solution!
Long Starting Chains Made Easy - Right Handed
Long Starting Chains Made Easy - Left Handed
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When you start a long chain for a project, make the slip knot loosely - pinch it with your fingers if needed to keep it in place as you begin chaining. Then, when you think you've chained enough... chain a few more! The longer the chain, the more extras I'll make.
Finally, work that first row. When you're ready to finish your project, weaving in ends and such, then undo the slip knot, and carefully pull out the extra chains. You can use your yarn needle to make a knot at the base of the first stitch, or just weave in the end, and done!
The most important thing here is to make that initial slip knot loose, so you can pull it apart later with your yarn needle. It's fiddly at first, but it has saved me hours of grief!
It's also a great trick for when I'm designing something new, and I know the general width of the project I want, but I'm not sure how many chains I'll need to get started. I just chain to the width I want, plus a few extra for a margin of error, and then start crocheting. Then I can go back and get the chain count when I've got the first row established! If you are designing your own project, it's a great way to get started without the stress!
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