When I first started to crochet regularly I made Afghans. Simple double crochet Afghans. I was excited about the colors, I could tell I was improving my stitch quality over time but one thing always left me puzzled. My edges were messy! They were wobbly or holey and not appealing at all. The same happened with my scarves and all other double crochet (even half double crochet) projects. After a lot of trial and error and some research I found Tara Murray’s Crochet Hack. (If you don’t know her, you need to look at her amazing patterns here!) This is a game changer! The simple trick cleans up your edges and even make it easier for you to crochet a border around double crochet projects. Below is the straight crochet edge tutorial. Use this tutorial to learn the fake double crochet decrease stitch and love your edges.
Crochet a straight edge
I learned two different ways of starting double crochet rounds. I call the first one the “wobble”. You chain 3 at the beginning of your row and make your first double crochet into the same stitch. The result is one thick and one thin edge and this produces a wobble effect.
The second version I learned was to count my chain 3 at the beginning of the row as my first double crochet. The last double crochet is then worked into the top of the chain 3. This produces a hole every other row and makes crocheting on a border really difficult.
How to do a Fake Double Crochet Decrease (fdcdec)
This stitch will help you clean up your edges.
Work this like a dc decrease but it’s made into a single st. Work as follows:
yarn over (yo), insert hook into indicated st, yo and pull up a loop (lp), yo and pull through 2, yo, insert hook into same st, yo and pull up a lp, yo and pull through 2 lps, yo and pull through all remaining lps on hook.
This crochet trick will make both sides of your row the same thickness and you will love your edges.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don’t forget to read about the crochet happiness link to keep you happily crocheting through the darker months!