Avoiding Twists In Long Crochet Chains

By Rachel Choi – 13 Comments

Have you ever started a crochet project where you needed to chain a long chain then join the ends together? There are quite a few projects that start this way, and I know some folks even avoid them because the foundation chains twists and causes all sorts of headaches!

While surfing the net the other day, I came across a fantastic tip that I have to share with you all. It is so simple and so easy, I can’t believe I didn’t think of it myself. This tip is credited to Briana K, and here is how it works:

Start by chaining a few of your chains (about 10 chains, not long enough to have a twisting problem), then remove the working loop off of your crochet hook so that your hook is free. Insert your hook into the very first chain you made, then reinsert your hook into the working loop and continue crocheting the required number of chains for your project. No matter how many chains you make it will not twist since the first chain is secured onto the hook. You can now easily join the two ends of the chain together with a slip stitch when you’re done.

Here is a video from Briana K’s Youtube channel to demonstrate:

What do you think of this tip? Will you use it in your work?

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13 Comments

  1. Annmary Charles says:

    That is a wonderful tip! Thank you- I would put it to use for cowls, and more- like doll items of clothing made in the round!

  2. OMGosh I wish I’d thought of that. It’s brilliant. PERFECT for cowls and sweaters made in the round. THANK YOU!

  3. Katherine L. says:

    Great idea, This will stop me from making the chainless foundation ch when I want a longer ch. Thanks for the tip Briana and Rachel. I will always use this method.

  4. Ellen Elizabeth Mae says:

    Thank you for this idea! I’ll give it a try. Once I tried to start a hat that was to be worked from the bottom up. I gave up and have since avoided all patterns for hats, scarves, & cowls that begin with a long chain. Hopefully….. <3

  5. cecelia knuckles says:

    Love it, love it….THANKS!!! and it does work…you are so clever.

  6. JukTheWise says:

    Genius! Will definitely use!

  7. Linda Stratford says:

    I can’t tell you how many times I have had to rip something out because the darn chain twisted and I was positive I had not twisted it. Thanks so very much for this hint.

  8. Susan says:

    I either start with a sfc – single foundation crochet , dfc – dble foundation crochet, or I chain the required number, then add 1 more, turn & either ss – slip stitch or sc – single crochet the length back to the starting ch. afore joining. This gives the 1st row more stability. =>/<=

  9. Jana says:

    I am definitely going to try this! I am one of the “avoiders”!

  10. pat speer says:

    Wow!!! Thank you!

  11. Pinklady in OK says:

    How clever! I will definitely use this.

  12. Carol Alvarez says:

    i will definitely use that method.

  13. Daisy says:

    Started using it about a month ago and love it. Thanks soooo much

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