Generally there are 2 ways for starting your project in crochet, with a Ring or a Slip Knot and chain.
For anything worked in the round a ring is they way you’ll usually start. Once you’ve created your ring you can work whatever stitches your beginning requires into the ring and pull the ring tight to create your starting circle. One common way to create a ring is to ch4 then slst to the first ch and work into the middle of the ring created.
Then there are magic rings:
There are many different ways to do a magic ring. You can also do a double magic ring for a more secure start check out the videos below to see how I do mine ?
To work in rows you’ll need to start with a slip knot and chain. There are 2 different types of chain you can begin with, the standard chain or a foundation stitch chain. Below you’ll find videos for how I do my slipknot and how to do a standard chain.
A foundation stitch chain is a chain created by whatever stitch you’ll be using for your rows. So you could have foundation single crochet, foundation half-double crochet, or foundation double crochet. Find the QuickVids for these here.
Now you know the ways for starting your project, check out the basic stitches page to learn where to go from here :). You will find more stitches in the learning zone under additional stitches, front and back post stitches, cluster stitch and puff, bobble and popcorn stitches pages.
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