How To Count Crochet Chains For Beginner Crocheters

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With so many patterns relying on crochet, it's necessary for beginner crocheters to know how to count crochet chains properly.

The first thing you should know about crocheting is the chain stitch. This is a fundamental stitch that can be used in a variety of ways, so it's important to get the hang of this one before moving on.

Counting crochet chains isn’t difficult, but it can be a little confusing for newcomers.

Let's go over how to count crochet chains for beginner crocheters!

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How To Count Crochet Chains For Beginner Crocheters
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In simple steps, this tutorial will show you the most common way of counting crochet chains.


1) To begin with a foundation chain, hook your yarn and make one loop with the needle to form one V

2) Find the first split in between two Vs and count from there – counts always start at 1 (the next V). For example: if we have five loops then each count starts at 2 rather than 1

How to count each crochet chain

If you're a beginner crocheter, you may find it difficult to know how many chains to make before starting your first row of crochet. Here are some simple tips for counting crocheting chains for beginners.

1) The number of chains you need will depend on the type of stitch and size hook that you use, but in general, the rule is “ch” counts as 1 chain and “ch 1” counts as 2.

For example, ch 5 would count as 5 chains; ch 6 would count as 6 chains; and so on.

2) When counting the number of stitches needed to complete an edge or a corner (such as single crochet), always start with one more than the total number of stitches needed. For instance, if you need to make a single crochet border around an edge that has 100 stitches total (100 ch), the first stitch should be 101 chains.

If this is your first time crocheting and counting how many chains you need before starting your project can seem difficult or confusing, but don't worry! Just follow these simple tips for how to count each crochet chain for beginner crocheters, and soon enough it will become second nature!

How do I know how many chains I should make?

One way is by paying attention to the hook size and yarn weight. The instructions will usually say something like “crochet with an H (hook) and worsted yarn” or “use a G (hook) and fingering yarn.” If you're ever not sure what type of material you are using, check the label on your ball of yarn!

Another way is by looking at pictures online for reference. There are lots of tutorials out there that show how many stitches people should be making as well as how high they should raise their work before going back down again

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