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Turning chain

When crocheting in rows, you need to chain a certain number of stitches before starting each new row. These chain stitches are called turning chains. They are necessary to keep the edges of your work even.
Each type of stitch has a standard number of turning chains that are equal in height to the height of the stitch. (D66 & D67)

                                                                                     


Number of Turning Chains                                                    Is Equal To
                      4                                                                                                 Triple Crochet
                      3                                                                                                 Double Crochet
                      2                                                                                                 Half Double Crochet
                      1                                                                                                 Single Crochet
                      0                                                                                                 Slip Stitch

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