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How to crochet in unworked chain loops

by Kayla K on December 30, 2010

plarnbasictoteI am working on a new crochet plarn tote pattern, but before I get along too far I wanted to clarify my last pattern.

My favorite tote design is simple and seamless.  This is achieved by working in the round using the unworked chain loops.

I had good intentions of taking pictures to better explain this strategy but my camera batteries have gone kaput.  Bummer.

Hopefully my illustrations will be equally helpful!

The line of the pattern that seems to cause confusion is:

Round 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.  Do not turn, sc in each unworked loop of ch. (40 sc)

So, to clarify…

A row of single crochet looks something like this:


Usually, when you get to the end you would chain one and turn, working in the stitches indicated.


However, when working in the round you continue to crochet in the unworked loops of the chain, as indicated in this drawing.


I hope this helps!  Get to work on preparing your plarn, there are some great new patterns to come!

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1 Amber Hirschfelt February 5, 2011 at 10:00 am

I have had a LOT of people ask me how to do this, even when they are sitting there in front of me, watching me work. It’s confused me a bit for why they didn’t understand what I was doing… BUT, now I can refer them to your blog post! YAY!!!!
I KNEW there was one more reason why I loved your blog!

2 Kay Dowling April 8, 2012 at 11:05 pm

In my one piece market bag I begin in the “unused” loops of the chain first but work 3 stitches in the “Bottom” – I call them – loops and 3 in the double top loops in the 2nd chain stitch from the hook and in the last chain. Then I continue making the bottom by working 3 stitches into each of the center stitch of the three worked on the previous round. On two of the rounds I increase by one in the stitch before the 1st stitch of the 3 and again in in teh stitch after the last of the 3.

3 Lynn June 25, 2012 at 10:51 am

How do you find the unworked loop with double crochet stitches? I am making a ruffle pillow and cant figure out where they are for the ruffle. Any help with be appreciated.

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