How to Keep Crochet Edges Straight

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In order to crochet a straight edge, and keep your number of stitches constant, you will need to construct the turning chain in one of two ways. The first is the most common and creates the straightest edge. The second is used to avoid the gap sometimes created when using the first method. The second is also often used when working in the round to keep intricate patterns even.

Double Crochet Swatch
Double Crochet Swatch

Step 1

Method One: Turning chain counts as first stitch -

-edge using method one-
-edge using method one-

Step 2

Skip the first stitch of the previous row at the base of the turning chain. Crochet into next. When you reach the end of the row work into the top of the previous turning chain.

method one
method one

Step 3

Method Two: Turning chain does not count as a stitch -

-edge using method two-
-edge using method two-

Step 4

Work into the first stitch directly at the base of the turning chain. This counts as your first stitch. When you reach the end of the row do not work into top of previous turning chain.

method two
method two

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are following a pattern they will normally tell you when the turning chain counts as your first stitch. If not, read into the first couple of lines to see what it says. Usually, 'into next' means that your turning chain counts as first, and 'into same' means that it doesn't.
  • Continually count your stitches as you go or at the end of each row; one to many or not enough stitches will always spoil a straight edge.
  • If you come short or have to many and can't see where you messed up, go ahead and re-work the entire row.
  • Don't give up! :)
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