This week’s Tutorial is how to crochet into the back of a chain, a super useful tip that helps avoid uneven edges and gives a nice foundation.
Hi everyone, it’s Tuesday again and I’m here showing you how to crochet! If you’ve been following along, we’ve learned how to tie a slip knot and how to chain, so now we are going to start crocheting.
I’m crocheting into the back of this chain using single crochet, but the process is the same if you are using any stitch. I love to crochet into the back of the chain as it gives a nice finished edge to the bottom of your piece.
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How to Crochet into the Back of a Chain – Video Tutorial
If you want the first and last row to have a more uniform look, such as the end of a scarf, the best way to achieve this is to crochet into the back of the chain.
This technique gives such a nice finished look and is my preferred way to start any project that begins with a chain.
Common Questions About Crocheting into the Back of a Chain
A chain is made up of two loops on top that make a “V” and then a back loop (also called a ridge or bump) in the back. When you crochet into the back of a chain, you have to turn the chain to where you can see the loop/ridge/bump and work into only that one spot. This leaves the front of the chain (the “V”) to form the bottom edge, giving your foundation edge a nice, finished appearance.
You can definitely work a beautiful piece without working into the back of a chain, but working into the back gives you that finished edge that matches the last row of your work, where you can see the “V” of the stitches.
If you can consistently work into the back without twisting your chain, then I can’t think of any. However, sometimes the chain twists slightly and it’s hard to see that back loop to work into, so be careful of that and make sure your chain is always turned so the back is facing you.
How to Work into the Back of a Chain
You will still work each stitch just like you would if you were working into the front.
So, if you are working a single crochet, you will single crochet into just the back loop only. For larger stitches, you will want to yarn over as normal and insert your hook just in that back loop, and then work the stitch as normal.
It’s super easy and gives such a nice, finished look!
If you’re ready to practice this technique, be sure to check out my library of free crochet patterns.