I hope you are off to a good start on making chains. The chain is the foundation for just about everything else you will do in crochet so get in lots of practice. Plus, by the time you are making awesome, even chains, holding the hook and wire will be easy and comfortable and you will be ready to move on to more complicated stitches. We left off last lesson with a length of chain stitch.
|The completed chain.|
So, now I will demonstrate tying out. Tying out is a good way to tidy up your piece and prevent unraveling. You can also use the tails to attach your chain to other findings and pieces of crochet. Although unraveling is less likely with wire, it can happen if you give an open end a really good yank. Try it some time, just to see what happens; you won't be able to reuse the wire, though.
Back to tying out, take the end you just cut off and look at it. Make sure you aren’t undoing your work as you tie out.
|The just finished end.|
Just push the tail through the last chain you made. Pull it until the tail makes a tight loop around the tip of the last chain. Push the tail through in the same direction again and pull it tight two more times.
|Pushing the tail through.|
|The tail is pulled tight.|
|Nip the tail.|
|The nipped off end with a pokey little bit.|
|Tuck in the pokey with your pliers.|
|The starting end of the chain.|
|Use pliers to pull the wraps nice and tight.|
Here is a little video, putting it all together.
Some Useful Abbreviations
ch = chain stitch
yo = yarn over
These are common throughout crochet instructions.
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below.
I hope to see you next week for Lesson 3: Single Crochet.