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Well, in this post I want you to show you 3 simple methods on how you can avoid the chain 3 gap at the beginning of the row and have straight edges on your crochet projects.

Is so annoying when you do exact what the pattern sais, but your project doesn’t looks right.

I am talking about the gap at the beginning of the row, between the chain 3 and the first stitch.

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avoid chain 3 gap

When you work in double crochet, almost every pattern sais, to chain 3 before starting a new row. This chain 3, count as a stitch and you have to make the first double crochet in the second stitch.

In this way, you will see a gap between the chain 3 and the first stitch, that doesn’t look good and became bigger if you add an edge to your project or you have to sew pieces together on that side.

Another annoying thing is that you have to make your last double crochet in the 3rd stitch of the turning chain. This 3rd stitch is difficult to find and insert the hook in it and also I think this is time-consuming. Also if you are a beginner, you can easily skip this stitch and to lose stitches on your way.

So here I am with 3 simple methods on how you can avoid that.

how to avoid the chain 3 gap

Don’t try to chain 3 and make the first double crochet in the first stitch, because you won’t have a gap, but you will have waving edges.

Instead, you can try one of this 3 methods on how to avoid the chain 3 gap and have no gap and straight edges.

Method 1

At the end of the row just chin 1 and turn. Before making the first stitch, pull out the loop on your hook until you get the high of a double crochet. Then yarn over and make you’re first double crochet in the first stitch.

Method 2

After finishing the row, turn your work without chaining. Make 1 single crochet in the first stitch and chain 1. Make the first double crochet in the second stitch. This 1 single crochet and chain 1 stitch count as your first double crochet. The single crochet makes the base of the stitch bigger and more like a double crochet.

Method 3

Instead of chaining 3, chain only 2 and make your first double crochet in the first stitch. The chain 2 doesn’t count as a stitch. This is the method that I use all the time and I am pleased with the result.

You can use this method no matter what stitch you use: chain 1 for HDC, chain 2 for DC, chain 3 for TC and so on.

In the picture bellow I used all 3 method, changing the color just for you to know where I started to use another method.

I think this sample is looking great, with straight edges and no gaps.

So, what do you think? Which method looks better for you?

Bellow you will find a short video on how to make this.

I hope you will find this post useful and if you have other ideas, please share them with me and help me update this post.

how to avoid chain 3 gap

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