How do you keep your chain from twisting when you’re trying to form a ring in crochet? I get asked this question quite a bit, so I made this mini tutorial of just 5 easy steps just for you! And on top of that I go on to show you 4 easy steps to keep your chain from twisting when you’re starting your first row. I hope it helps.

 

This Tip is great for keeping your chain straight when creating a hat from the Rim first.

 

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5 easy Steps on How to keep your chain from twisting when you’re trying to form a ring in crochet

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5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

Supplies you’ll need:

  • 2 small books or 2 small flat objects that have a slight weight to them.
  • yarn and hook

 

 

Step one:

Create your chain.

*TIP: An easy way to always mark your beginning stitch is to leave about 4 inches before making your slip knot. The resulting tail will be your marker by just hanging there. Hide it with a tapestry needle/ embroidery needle later once you’ve finished your hat.

 

 

Step two:

Once you’ve created you chain and you’re ready to form a ring, lay your chain flat on the table with the front side / good side of your chain facing DOWN and grab two books or something that is flat and heavy enough to hold your chain down. Grab at least 2 of them for long chains.

5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

 

Step three:

Now let’s take it in sections. Straighten and flatten as much of the chain that your object can cover and hold in place for you. Once that’s accomplished then add your next object the same way. Now leaving your first object in place slide your 2nd object down your chain, as you move your object, make sure your chain is staying flat, take your time.

 

5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

Once your 2nd object reaches the end, slide your 1st object to the middle of your chain. Now remove the second object if you haven’t already.

 

5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

 

 

 

Step four:

Remember you’re creating a circle, so you must fold both ends of the chain in so that you’re making the connection on the correct sides of the chain.

 

5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

 

Step five:

Insert your hook back into your slip knot to make your connection at the end of your chain.

Let’s continue and learn 4 steps on starting your 1st round!

 

5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

 

 

 

So you’ve formed a ring and now you’re ready to begin round 1!

But now you’re worried about keeping your piece from twisting while you crochet your first round.

 

I’ve got 4 easy steps to prevent your chain from twisting while you’re doing your first round too!

If you mark around the bottom loops it helps you have another visual cue to see if you’re still crocheting in the same top loops!

 

 

Step one:

Do this by placing your ring face down.

Your hook should be laying down at the top of your ring. Like I show in Picture 1. 

This makes your BOTTOM loops on TOP. Which is essential for marking your circle correctly. So hooks at the top of the ring people! hehe

 

5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

What do I mean by on top? See in the top right picture that there are three threads that make up a stitch? Top, middle and bottom loops is what we call them.

 

Step two:

Put your hook into the space between the top and middle loop (shown in pic 2) and place a marker.

Repeat this 2 or 3 times around your ring. (shown in pic 3)

 

Step three:

Grab up your hook, this will flip your piece back over making those marked stitches hang from the bottom stitches.

(shown in bottom pic left side)

 

All the tails should be hanging from the bottom loops now. 

 

 

Step four:

Now crochet in the top loop only using your markers as a guild. Make sure they are always on the bottom and take one stitch at a time. (shown in pic 4)

 

 

5 easy Steps to keep your chain from twisting when you're trying to form a ring in crochet

 

 

Here’s some Slouch Hats that you can make using this method SLOUCH HATS

 

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