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Working on both sides of the chain

Sometimes the pattern asks to crochet “on both sides of the chain” or “on the other side of the foundation chain”. If you’re not really sure what that means, this tutorial is for you!

First we need the chain, of course. Then, the pattern will tell you to work a stitch in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. chain from the hook. If it’s a single crochet it’ll probably go in the 2nd ch from the hook. Let’s say the patern says: ch7, working on both sides of the ch: 1sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, 4sc, 3in1, 4sc, inc (10)
Of course, this is only how I write the instructions, it can be as well: ch7, working on both sides of the ch: 1sc in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each of the next 4 chains, 3sc in the next chain, 1sc in each of the next 4ch, 2sc in the last chain (10). Or something similar.

Ok, so let’s start!

Here you can see the whole foundation chain with the stitches numbered from the first to seventh from the hook.

numbers from the hook

Now we make 1sc in the second chain from the hook…


… and 1sc in each of the next 4chains.

Now we have only last chain left. Make 3sc in the last chain.

Now it’s a good time to turn your work upside down. The arrows show where we’ll be inserting the hook for all the next stitches. This is the “other side of the chain”.
the other side

Before we will do that, however, let me have a word about the yarn end (or rather the beginning). The arrow shows it in the photo:

yarn end2


Sometimes, it’s not necessary to hide it (like in an amigurumi, where it’ll be on the inside, together with the stuffing, anyways), but sometimes, like in coasters, or slippers it’s nice to have it hidden. That’s why it’s important to make sure you crochet over it.
Remembering about it, make 1sc in each of the next 4 loops.

And we’re almost done! Time for the increase (2sc) in the last loop left!SAM_4684
The first round is complete! Now, simply continue making the next stitch in the first sc from the previous round, the next one in second and so on.

Practice for free!

Free patterns that call for working on both sides of the chain:
Roy the Flamingo

Purple Bunny

Nyan Cat Bookmark

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