How to Tell the Right Side of Crochet


When a beginner has to put down her crochet project and come back to it later, she may find it difficult to remember which row to start. One of the advantages of a basic crocheted piece is that there usually isn't a difference between the right and wrong sides; however, when you are following certain patterns or using textured and angled stitches, it is beneficial to learn how to determine which is the right side of your crocheted item.

Things You'll Need

  • Crocheted item

Work in Progress

  • Find the beginning point of the project. This is where you made your first chain stitch. In general, at the bottom corner of your project, you will see the yarn tail hanging down where you first made your slip knot on your hook. This is the starting point.

  • Position the starting point in the bottom left corner of the piece as you look at it.

  • Look at the stitches on the crochet piece -- the right side is facing up now. If you are working a right-side row, the loop for your hook should be at the top right of your piece. Otherwise it's at the top left because you need to turn your work and do a wrong-side row.

Finished Project

  • Hold the work in front of you with one side facing up.

  • Examine the stitches to find texture in them. For instance, if you made post stitches, then you will see vertical lines of texture, and if the piece includes back loop or front loop stitches, you will see horizontal lines of texture.

  • Identify any slanted or directional stitches. Some crochet stitches will lean to the right or the left diagonally. Locate any stitches like these.

  • Decide the direction you want for the texture or angles of your stitches. If you like the texture as it appears in front of you, then this is the right side. If you prefer it to go the other way, then turn the piece over and make that the right side.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you crochet, there really is no right or wrong side for most pieces unless the texture or angle of the stitches is really important. Even then, it's often up to the crocheter's personal preference.

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