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How to Turn at the End of a Row of Crochet Stitches

Learn how to turn your crochet work after finishing a row of stitches from Lion Brand Yarn's Andrea Lemire in this Howcast video.


Hey, I'm Andrea Lemire, the education coordinator here at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio. I'm going to show you some really cool techniques for beginning crochet, and hopefully, you'll have as much fun as I have with it. Okay, lets get started.

So, now that you've finished your first row of whatever stitch you were working in, you do need to do what's called turning, to get to the next row. And this happens at the end of every single row that you work, until the piece is as long as you want it to be. So, I'm all the way at the left side of my work now. If you're left handed, it's going to be the right side. So, now I need to make what's called a turning chain, to get to the height that the next row's going to be in. It's different, depending on what stitch is coming next. Don't worry about what stitch you just worked the last row in. All that matters is what the very next stitch you're working is. If it's a single crochet, I'm going to chain one. For the half-double, here, I would chain the second. For the double, I would chain the third. And for the triple, or the treble stitch, I would chain 4. So I'd have a really tall chain for the treble. But I'm working my next row in single crochet. So I'm gonna stick with a short chain of one. So now I can turn my work. So I'm just gonna flip it to go back towards the left for me, and now I'm ready to work my first stitch. To find it, you wanna look at the base of that turning chain you just made. And it's the space closest to the right side of the fabric. When you're looking at the tops of your stitches, and going in that first space, here, you want to make sure that you are seeing 2 pieces of yarn there. You only saw one when you were working your first row of stitches into your chain. But here, you should see 2. And the reason for that is, we want to go under the entire stitch. Which is made up of 2 pieces of yarn at it's top. So now that I'm in it, I can pull my yarn fully under that stitch onto my hook. And then I can finish whatever stich I'm working. So, since I'm working the single, I'm just yarning over, and pulling through 2. So my next stitch, I wanna go in that next space. When I'm in it, check and make sure you are seeing those 2 pieces of yarn that you're under. That's the full top of that stitch. And I'm gonna work a single crochet, yarn over and pull it through. You have 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through both. And so, you wanna work in every space, all the way across your work. And when you go in each space, just make sure that you're under the full top of that stitch. So those 2 pieces of yarn. So that's turning your work. Again, that happens at the end of every row, for the rest of your piece.

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