Crochet Turning Chain Chart

Crochet Turning Chaincrochet turning chain is the amount of chain stitches you make at the beginning of a row and the purpose of the crochet turning chain is to bring a new row up to the height of the stitch that you will be crocheting along that row. Crochet turning chains are created with chain stitches.

Different crochet stitches have different heights so therefore one stitch may need a higher crochet turning chain (by making more chain stitches) in comparison to a shorter stitch which would need a shorter crochet turning chain (by making less chain stitches.)

Take a look at the Crochet Turning Chain Video Tutorial.

In this Crochet Turning Chain Chart you will find:

1. The number of chains to skip at the beginning of a foundation chain

2. The number of chains required for a turning chain to start a row

3. Whether a turning chain is counted as a stitch

4. Whether you work into a turning chain on the row below, and

5. Where to insert your hook at the beginning of a row

There are two Crochet Turning Chain Charts:

  • U.S.
  • AUS./N.Z./U.K.

Crochet Turning Chain Chart – U.S. Crochet Stitches

U.S. Crochet Stitches Skip this number of chains at beginning of foundation chain Make this number of chains at the start of a row for the turning chain Is this turning chain counted as a stitch? Do I work into the turning chain on the row below? Where do I insert my hook at the beginning of a row?
Slip stitch 0Place hook into 1st chain from hook 0 There is no turning chain with a slip stitch This doesn’t apply to a slip stitch Into the 1st stitch
Single crochet 1Place hook into 2nd chain from hook 1 No No Into the 1st stitch
Half Double Crochet 2Place hook into 3rd chain from the hook 2 No No Into the 1st stitch
Double crochet 3Place hook into the 4th chain from the hook 3 Yes Yes Into the 2nd stitch
Triple crochet 4Place hook into 5th chain from the hook 4 Yes Yes Into the 2nd stitch

 

Crochet Turning Chain Chart – AUS./N.Z./U.K. Crochet Stitches

AUS/NZ/UK Crochet Stitches Skip this number of chains at beginning of foundation chain Make this number of chains at the start of a row for the turning chain Is this turning chain counted as a stitch? Do I work into the turning chain on the row below? Where do I insert my hook at the beginning of a row?
Slip Stitch 0Place hook into 1st chain from hook 0 There is no turning chain with a slip stitch This doesn’t apply to a slip stitch Into the 1st stitch
Double crochet 1Place hook into 2nd chain from hook 1 No No Into the 1st stitch
Half treble crochet 2Place hook into 3rd chain from the hook 2 No No Into the 1st stitch
Treble crochet 3Place hook into the 4th chain from the hook 3 Yes Yes Into the 2nd stitch
Double treble crochet 4Place hook into 5th chain from the hook 4 Yes Yes Into the 2nd stitch

 

One more thing I’ll clear up with you about a crochet turning chain (abbrev. = tch) is when you come to the end of a row and you are about to do a turning chain, you can either crochet your turning chain then turn your work to start a new row, or you can do it the other way around, turn your work then make the crochet turning chain.

All the best,

Paula Daniele

 

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Comments

  1. mary says:

    I can’t tell you how helpful this will be. i didn’t print it I wrote it on the inside cover of my favorite crochet book. Thanks a lot.

    • Paula says:

      Hello Mary, yes it’s definitely useful as learning to crochet. Glad you’ve written it in your favorite crochet book! 🙂

  2. DJ says:

    This chart has been very helpful. Thanks for creating it. I do however have a question. According to your chart the turning chain for a sc is not counted as a stitch. I’m trying to follow a pattern on Lion Brand’s site at http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/knitorcrochet2.html and it says to count the ch 1 as a sc. I’m getting confused as to where to put my hook at the beginning and end of rows. Can you help me with this?

    • Paula says:

      Hi DJ, I’m glad you find this chart helpful. If the Lion Brand states that the ch 1 is to be counted as a stitch then that is what you would do for that pattern. It isn’t normally but sometimes designers will do this with their patterns (just to confuse you). 🙂 So, once again, count the ch 1 as 1 sc if that is what is stated in the pattern.

  3. Anita says:

    Hi Paula,
    I am thinking about teaching a beginning crochet class to adults at one of our local schools. I have never tried to do anything like this before but I love to crochet and would like to try to teach other adults how to crochet. I was wondering if I could use your turning chain chart in my class. It is very informative and I believe it would be a very good teaching tool. Please let me know if I can use your chart. Thank you in advance.

    • Paula says:

      Yes, you certainly may use my chart, Anita. 🙂

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