It’s one thing reading about a turning chain and starting chain and it’s another seeing it done.
This post will help you see the turning chain in practice on a straight row of double crochet stitches.
It is the next step on from learning the double crochet stitch which can be learnt here.
So you’ve finished your first row of double crochet stitches and want to do your second row, what next?
1. Turn your work.
2. Chain 1 like in the picture, this is your turning chain. Now remember your turning chain does not count as your first stitch when doing the double crochet stitch so you are going to make your first stitch in the stitch marked 1 and then continue on working one double crochet stitch in each stitch. The last stitch is worked into 6 not the turning chain of the previous row, remember we ignore that when working the double crochet stitch.
3. Your second row of double crochet stitches now looks similar to this.
4. Turn your work.
5. Chain 1, this is your turning chain and you once again work one crochet into each stitch until the end ignoring the turning chain at the start and working the first double crochet into the first stitch (1) and ignoring the turning chain on the previous row and working the last stitch into the stitch marked 6.
6. You have now completed another row and your work should look similar to this.
Continue on in this manner until you are confident with the double crochet stitch and turning chain for the double crochet stitch.