Crochet strechy Begin chain

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purpleraine wrote
on Apr 28, 2010 5:43 PM

I saw the knitting daily show where the instructions to do a strechy begin chain.  I thought I would remember but I didn't.  Can anyone instruct me as to how to do a strechy begin chain.  Please.

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on Dec 24, 2010 10:08 PM

I know that to make a stretchy beginning chain I usually just add some elastic thread to the chain, for socks, leg warmers, and some slippers, a few times with sweater cuffs... things like that

I'm not sure what you mean by "a stretchy chain" if you just mean that it  has -give- instead of being very tight, there is one trick that I know if you are a very Tight crocheter. 

For your beginning chain use a hook that's 1 to 2 sizes bigger than what your pattern calls for, then your chaining row will be more loose, and when you go up to the next row, go back to the correct size hook and you'll probably stay looser when you crochet.

One thing that I used to have to do is to do a bit of relaxation exercises before starting any crochet work.  Then if I'm relaxed and not worried about the pattern or mistakes, my crocheting is looser.  I've made clothing, hats, afghans etc and they are so loose now that I'm sure the guage was off slightly but as I rarely check the guage, who cares?  As long as the item you are crocheting fits, or isn't out of shape, then it's fine.  Mostly you are looking for the end result with your crochet anyway.

This link below has some ideas -regarding leg warmers- if you do really need a stretchy chain, as if the yarn were made from spandex... I like the one that says that this person uses the clear stretchy cord from jewelry making, I'd never thought of that.

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I live in PA-just north of the city of Reading to be more exact.   At the end of November I just finished teaching a wonderful group of women and one tween all I could about beginning crochet for my local township.  We all enjoyed each other's company so very much that we are starting the one and only Crochet Guild in our County in PA through the Crochet Guild of America... We've named our Guild Keepin' em' in Stitches-Berks Co PA... It's a fun group.

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ZoeOB wrote
on Dec 25, 2010 6:28 AM

This is a pretty good video showing you how to create the chainless foundation in crochet.


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Lorraine66 wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 4:22 PM

Hi Anne,

Thank you for your reply.  I like your suggestion of using a larger hook.  I am going to try.  I've watched a video about doing a strechy beg. chain but I'm not too thrilled as to how it's done.  I have used the rubber thread before for hats and it works fine.  I do tend to crochet on the tight side. 

My daughter lives in Royersford, PA.  She moved there about two years ago and just loves it.  Everyone is pretty friendly and she has made alot of friends.  I sure do miss  her and my grandchildren. 

From the sound of it, you are a very busy lady.  I also am a horder of yarn, material & knick-knacks that I think I can't live without or will use some day.  I knit also but I think crochet is so much faster and forgiving when you make a mistake. 

I will put your email address in my contacts and feel free to email me at  Hope it's okay to put our email address out here.  I've had mine highjacked before and it wasn't fun.

Ruby is so cute.  I'm sure she is spoiled!  Thanks again and thanks for the chat.



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Lorraine66 wrote
on Dec 27, 2010 4:26 PM

Thank you for the reply.  I will look at this video. 

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jm855 wrote
on Jan 24, 2011 6:07 AM

THANK YOU so much!  I knew this method existed but I've never seen it  described in detail.  I have some yarn I want to make a light airy spring shawl out of, but when I tried to chain base it made it look awful.  Now I can make my spring shawl and it will look the way I want it to.  Thanks for posting that link.

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