Chain free crochet is a technique used to start a project without creating a foundation chain first. This technique is generally learned when a person has become an intermediate to experienced level crocheter. When the technique is mastered it can save time by starting the first row of stitches right away. It also creates a distinct edge that can add interest to a project.
Chain free for the double crochet stitch:
Oddly to start it is easiest if you create a chain of 3. In the spirit of going chain free you are also welcome to create the first stitch in this fashion: Create foundation loop on hook (wrap yarn around hook twice – also known as yarn over, using the last loop on hook pull through the other loops) repeat process in parentheses once more. (First double crochet)
Next step is to start creating the double crochet stitches – your chain of 3 or your chain free double crochet stitch above counts as your first double crochet. If you used a chain of three you will do the next step in the first chain (the farther one from the hook, if you created double crochet then look for the loop farthest from the hook – without twisting the stitch.
Now that you know which loop to use you will have to yarn over once, insert hook into loop and yarn over again, draw through the first loop on hook. You will note here that unlike a typical double crochet stitch you start off by drawing the yarn through only one loop on hook. This is done to create the affect of a chain, keeping the row even at both the top and bottom. Yarn over again and draw through 2 loops on hook, *note the loop created by the yarn that was pulled through the two loops, place a marker if needed, you will use this loop on the next stitch. Yarn over again and draw through last 2 loops on hook. Your second Double crochet has been created.
For your third stitch and every stitch hereafter: yarn over once and then push hook through the front of loop noted above *, yarn over and pull through first loop on hook, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook and then finally yarn over and pull through last two loops on hook.
Continue until desired length.
The chain free stitch is a great tool for any crocheter to learn. You’ll find it is easier than starting with a foundation chain, and if you are like many crocheters out there and have a tendency to make a foundation chain either to tight or to lose then this is one technique that will help to eliminate that problem. No matter who you are you’ll be glad you took the time to learn this stitch.