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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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This Mini Fancy Sweater is the same design as Fancy Sweater  only that the pattern is for sizes from 2 to 10 years.

I liked so much the Fancy Sweater that I wanted one for my daughter too. It was so easy to make on women sizes and you can imagine that for children is even easier.

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Mini Fancy Sweater

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My intention was to add a girly element, the collar but it looks like more boyish. This is even better, meaning that you can make this Mini Fancy Sweater for a boy too.

Mini Fancy Sweater

This pattern is for sizes from 2 to 10 years and you can use any type of worsted yarn.

The approximate amount of yarn for each size is:

yarn amount

I uses 1 skein and some of the second of Scheepjes Color Crafter. 1 skein have 300 m and 100 grams. I used a 3.5 mm crochet hook (US E size).

Final dimensions for the Mini Fancy Sweater are

dimensions mini fancy sweater

Gauge

16 st and 14 rows for a 10 cm / 4 ” square.

The stitch for the gauge is the single crochet decrease.

Abbreviations uses in this pattern:

  • Ch – chain
  • Sc – single crochet
  • St(s) – stitch(es)
  • sc2tog – 2 sc worked together (insert the hook in the stitch, yarn over, pull the yarn trough that st, insert the hook in the next st, yarn over and pull the yarn trough (3 loops on your hook), yarn over and pull the yarn trough all the loops on your hook)

Special stitch

Single crochet decrease – sc2tog, ch 1

We will work 2 sides, back and front and then will sew the 2 pieces together.

Back side

Begin with a chain.

  • 2 Years – ch 50
  • 4 Years – ch 54
  • 6 Years – ch 58
  • 8 years – ch 62
  • 10 years – ch 66

The foundation chain has to be an even number of sts.

Row 1

Ch 2, 1 sc in the 3rd st, *ch 1, sc2tog. Repeat from to the end of the row. Work in each st, don’t skip after ch 1. Ch 2 and turn.

Repeat first row, untill the armpit length.

  • 2 years – 26 more rows (27 rows in total)
  • 4 years – 27 more rows (28)
  • 6 years – 30 more rows (31)
  • 8 years – 34 more rows (35)
  • 10 years – 37 more rows (38)

If you want the Mini Fancy Sweater to be longer, add more rows.

At row 28 (29, 32, 36, 39) we will make the sleeve.

Begin the row as usual: ch 2, 1 sc in the first st, ch 1, sc2tog and repeat the st to the end of the row. At the end of the row we will chain extra st(s) for the sleeve.

  • 2 years – ch 14 st(s)
  • 4 years – ch 18 st(s)
  • 6 years – ch 20 st(s)
  • 8 years – ch 24 st (s)
  • 10 years – ch 26 st(s)

If you want a longer sleeve, ch more st(s)

After chaining the extra st(s) for the sleeve, ch 2 more and turn.

Row 29 (30, 33, 37, 40)

Continue with the sc decrease stitch to the end of the row. At the end of the row chain the extra st(s) for the sleeve, 2 more and turn.

Row 30 (31, 34, 38, 41)

Sc decrease st to the end of the row. at the end of this row you will have in total

  • 2 years – 78 st(s)
  • 4 years – 90 st(s)
  • 6 years – 98 st(s)
  • 8 years – 110 st(s)
  • 10 years – 118 st(s)

Rows 31 – 43 (32- 47, 35 – 52, 39-58, 42-65)

Repeat the Row 30 (31, 34, 38, 41)

Fasten up.

The back side is done.

For the front side follow the same pattern.

Mini fancy sweater back side

After you finish the both sides is time to assemble the sweater.

We will begin to sew the top of the sleeves and the shoulders.

  • 2 years – 26 st(s) each side
  • 4 years – 31 st(s) each side
  • 6 years – 34 st(s)
  • 8 years – 39 st(s)
  • 10 years – 42 st(s)

Then sew the bottom of the sleeve and the edges of the Mini Fancy Sweater.

Mini Fancy Sweater

After this stage the Fancy Sweater on women sizes was ready, but for the Mini Fancy Sweater I added a collar.

The collar is easy to make, only in sc.

Put the sweater on the right side and mark the 2 st from the middle of the neck line.

Mini Fancy Sweater

Row 1

Insert the hook and yarn in the left st and ch 1, 1 sc crochet in the same st, 1 sc across the entire neck line until you get to the second marked st

Repeat row 1 7 more rows or as many rows as you want. The last row work it in round to, making sc also on the st on the edges of the collar.

After the collar, the Mini Fancy Sweater is done.

Mini Fancy Sweater

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Love it. This is the first Mother & Daughter piece of clothes that we have, but maybe there will be more.

For the Mini Fancy Sweater I didn’t make another video tutorial, but the steps are the same as for the Fancy Sweater only that you work with less stitches.

So I will put the link from the Fancy Sweater video tutorial in case you need it.

I hope you liked this pattern and you will make this cute Mini Fancy Sweater. I would love to see your picture on ByKaterina Crochet Facebook page or ByKaterina Crochet Facebook Group

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Mini Fancy Sweater

 

In the past few weeks I searched a lot for crochet stitches trying to find interesting but not so hard to make stitches and I found a lot of amazing things. Yesterday I started to search for something more simple for my next project and I found cross stitch. Is an easy to make stitch, only 2 rows repeat, but looks great.

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cross stitchI think the cross stitch is perfect if you want an easy to make but also great looking stitch.

As I said I will use this cross stitch on one of my future pattern (I will say the next pattern but I am not sure which of my current WIPs will be finished first ??). So let’s learn this stitch because it’s worth it.

Abbreviations used in this pattern

  • Ch – chain
  • St(s) – stitch (es)
  • Sc – single crochet
  • Dc – double crochet

To begin, chain an even number of stitches, or make a foundation single crochet, also of an even number of stitches.

Row 1 ( skip this row if you began with a foundation single crochet) 

Ch 1, 1 sc in each st across, ch 2 and turn.

Row 2

Ch 2 doesn’t count as a first dc, so make 1 dc in the first st, *skip 1 st, 1 dc in the next, 1 dc in the skipped stitch. Repeat from * to the end of the row. Ch 1 and turn.

Row 3

If you started with a foundation ch, repeat row 1, if you started with foundation single crochet make 1 sc in each stitch across.

Repeat row 2 and 3 as long as you want, until you’ll finish your project.

cross stitch

You can also can make the cross stitch, without the single crochet rows in between, but I like it most like this. Feel free to try both and see which you like more.

This stitch has another advantage, beside that is so easy to make: you can use any type of yarn and it will look great.

As you known bellow you will find the video tutorial. Enjoy crochet.

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