Every pattern starts with a slip knot followed by a series of loops called chains, and it is these chains that form the basis for your project with the first row of a pattern being built on this chain foundation.
Each successive row is crocheted on top of the previous row, and wilt each row in a pattern may call for different stitches, all stitches are variations of the basic single crochet.
Most projects start with a chain stitch, and as it becomes the foundation of your entire piece. That said, it is important to keep each stitch equal - meaning that each loop is the same size.
To begin the chain, make a loop, then pull a piece of yarn through it. Now you have your beginning loop.
The best way that I have found to maintain the same loop size is to keep tension on the string that feeds your project.
I do this by looping the string around my left index finger and using my middle and ring fingers and thumb to hold my project.
Every time that you pull a new loop, pull the yarn snug, this will keep the loop size the same as the hook size.
Now you have your chain. So, what goes on the next row?
If you're following a pattern it's going to say to start your next row X number of loops from the hook. Why? you might ask. Because to make each row equal in height the turning chain(s) must be the same height as the stitch you'll use in the next row.
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