How To Make Neat Edges in Double Crochet
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Crochet to the last 2 stitches in the row - the final double crochet & the turning chain.
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Insert your hook into the dc (not the turning chain, indicated by the arrow).
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I've pulled up a loop. The arrow still points to the turning chain.
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See how easy it would be to skip the turning chain?
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Insert your hook into the top chain of the turning chain. Use your fingers to open it up.
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I've pulled up a loop. Now it's clear a stitch belongs here to keep the edge straight, eh?
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Here's the completed final stitch of the row. It's clear there's no place to make more stitches.
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Now turn your work to start on the next row.
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Chain 3 for the turning chain. The arrow is at the first stitch, which we'll skip.
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Insert your hook in the 2nd stitch (skipping the first, as indicated by the arrow).
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I've pulled up a loop in the 2nd stitch. See how the turning chain rises from the first stitch?
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Even though I've only made 1 dc, you can see why the turning chain is counted as a full stitch.
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It's easy to miss the edge stitches, but a bit of patience is all you need to make tidy edges!
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I hope this helped!