Crochet Tip – Double crochet Even Edge


Some time ago I saw a few tutorials on how to get even edge when working double crochet. Some were simple, some – more complicated. Then I played around and came up with this version, which I love. It is really simple, it gives the great result and you don’t need to know any special technique or stitch to complete it. So, let’s start!

The most common way how we are used to work double crochet is to count turning chain as a first dc. You work ch3, you skip first dc, because ch3 is counting as first dc and then in the next row you work the last dc in top ch of ch-3. Unfortunately, the result we get in this way is not perfect.
In this way we get those small holes along the edge which we all hate, right? It get’s even worse when we need to work the edging.
But here is the solution.
Row 1: any number of ch, dc in 4th ch from hook (ch3 counts as dc) and in each st to end, turn
Row 2: pull the working loop a little bit longer than you would normally do for ch (it doesn’t need to be at the height  of dc, just slightly longer than normal ch), ch1 (do not count it as a stitch), work dc in first st and in each next st to end, turn
Repeat Row 2 as many times as needed. Keep in mind, that you never count ch1 as a stitch, you always work first dc in first dc of previous row, and last dc you always work in last dc (not in ch1)
I hope you find it useful!

Happy crocheting!

Vita Apala

Hello! I am a designer behind Mon Petit Violon brand. In this little space of mine I share unique, beautiful and inspiring projects and patterns. I am an author and recently my first book "Super Cute crochet for Little Feet" was released in UK, Germany, France, Estonia an other countries! US version is coming out in March. I was born in Riga, Latvia, but currently living in Italy with my husband and our two kids. I truly believe that crochet (and other crafts as well) make the world a better place!

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  1. Simple and ingenious! Love it

  2. I don’t understand the second step. Do you have any video tutorial for this? Thx

  3. Hi, can this work for rows of half-doubles?

  4. Wow… I just tried a little swatch using this method. What a huge difference it makes! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. If I’m understanding correctly, you skip the chain 3 (normally used) altogether? Just chain 1 on the turn, then do a dbl crochet in the first chain, not in the chain one? It looks like that chain one fills in that ugly hole the chain three leaves. I love it.
    Thank you for explaining & sharing.

  6. Jennifer Griffith

    This is a well-known alternate to proper crochet technique. It’s important to let your readers know this fact, because if they use this alternate technique, crocheting from a pattern will not line up properly (because the techique standardization is assumed).

  7. Thank you sooooooo much! Making my daughter a bathing suit, and the holes at the end were ruining it!!

  8. This method is amazing. Ever since I first saw it, I’ve started doing this on almost all of my projects that allow it and omgosh it’s so much nicer.

  9. I am SOOOOOO gonna try this later and I have a feeling it’s gonna change my life. Thank you!!

  10. Thanks for sharing this method! Another alternative that eliminates the gap is to ch2, instead of ch3, at the beginning of each row.

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