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Recently a friend asked me, “what most frustrates you about crochet?” Immediately, I answered that counting chains drives me bonkers! If you can relate, this quick and easy crochet chain counting tip is for you. Use this simple yarn hack and you’ll never have to count to eleventy jillion chains again!
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All you’ll really need to complete this tutorial is your yarn, your crochet hook, and a small scrap of contrasting yarn. This tip works for any size yarn, and any hook size called for in your pattern.
If you’re like me, though, it’s fun to see where someone else got their tools! Or maybe I’m just nosy… In any case, here’s what’s pictured:
The BEST Crochet Chain Counting Tip
First, gather your supplies up! Then make a slip knot.
You’ll begin with a chain 9 stitches long.
Next, hold the contrasting thread around your hook to mark the 10th chain.
Yarn over, pull through, and Ta-da! Your tenth chain is neatly marked.
Continue to swing up your thread before you work every 10th chain. You can easily mark ten, twenty, thirty, and forty chains. Even if you prefer chainless foundation rows, you can still use this technique!
You can work as many as you’ll need for your crochet sweater project, or even a crochet afghan.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments if this tip helped you feel less frustrated starting a big crochet project. I will certainly be using it for my future projects!
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