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Hi I'm new and a bit of a beginner…
To start a chain you do the basic knot… then you chain 1.. that is the first chain, right.?. You don't count the loop from the beginning knot, right?

I was following a tutorial pattern.. "start with 49 chains.. but she showed the knot as the first chain.

Such a basic question.. am I making sense?

Thank you for your help!
 

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welcome. you are correct. personally I do not make an actual knot in anything. but the anchor is not counted in crochet.

again, weloome. don't be afraid to ask, that's how we learn.
 

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When you make the slip knot and put it on your hook, that is counted as ONE. Pull a loop through and you have TWO. Do it again for THREE. Now look at the chains and you can see three places where you can insert a hook to make a new stitch.

What you don't count is the loop that is on the hook. Make a single crochet in the second chain from your hook. It is the middle of those three you just made. Make that single crochet very slowly and watch closely as the loop that is on your hook becomes the TOP of the new stitch.

I used to have a devil of a time counting crochet and knowing what to count and what doesn't count until a perfect angel told me about the loop on the hook being the TOP of the NEXT stitch. It was like a 500 watt light bulb going off. I hope this helps you, too, and doesn't just add to the confusion.

Gerri
 

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abstanton said:
Well thank you very much. Actually your answer seems to contradict what the first two said.
So the slip knot IS the first chain.

I'm still working on the counting!

Thank you
Ann
I found this video and it shows how to count stitches. The trouble with it is she puts the slip knot on the hook and says it doesn't count. But then, she obviously counts it after doing two more stitches. She points at it and says "one". Think of it as it doesn't count as long as it is on the hook. I just wish she would have said as much.
 

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Gerripho said:
When you make the slip knot and put it on your hook, that is counted as ONE. Pull a loop through and you have TWO. Do it again for THREE. Now look at the chains and you can see three places where you can insert a hook to make a new stitch.

What you don't count is the loop that is on the hook. Make a single crochet in the second chain from your hook. It is the middle of those three you just made. Make that single crochet very slowly and watch closely as the loop that is on your hook becomes the TOP of the new stitch.

I used to have a devil of a time counting crochet and knowing what to count and what doesn't count until a perfect angel told me about the loop on the hook being the TOP of the NEXT stitch. It was like a 500 watt light bulb going off. I hope this helps you, too, and doesn't just add to the confusion.

Gerri
It certainly helped me and I've been crocheting for years. Maybe now I can do a ripple pattern without screwing up the count. Thank you.
 

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You are so sweet to help me!
Ok I see what you are saying. I get that when the yarn is on the hook it's not counted.
My next problem then is when I'm finishing the second row.. the last stitch (which I guess is that first stitch from the slip knot.. )doesn't look like a chain.. it's usually pretty tight.
I'm not sure if I should use it… but I guess that I should!
 

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After you have the loop on the hook. The NEXT one will be ONE.

The same goes when you are asked to put a stitch in the chain... example 5th stitch from hook. You don't count the one on the hook... you start from the one under the hook.

I hope that made it clear.
 

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When I do a starting chain, I add a few extra so on the first row going back, I crochet the amount I need and have some to undo instead of not counting correctly and running out of chains. I call it insurance and saves a lot of time.

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Gerripho said:
When you make the slip knot and put it on your hook, that is counted as ONE. Pull a loop through and you have TWO. Do it again for THREE. Now look at the chains and you can see three places where you can insert a hook to make a new stitch.

What you don't count is the loop that is on the hook. Make a single crochet in the second chain from your hook. It is the middle of those three you just made. Make that single crochet very slowly and watch closely as the loop that is on your hook becomes the TOP of the new stitch.

I used to have a devil of a time counting crochet and knowing what to count and what doesn't count until a perfect angel told me about the loop on the hook being the TOP of the NEXT stitch. It was like a 500 watt light bulb going off. I hope this helps you, too, and doesn't just add to the confusion.

Gerri
There's no LIKE button so kudos to Gerri for explaining it so exactly!!!
 
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