Have you ever approached a crochet project that includes a square or rectangle shaped piece and you wind up with wonky edges? Or the dreaded trapezoid shape?
I’ll tell you a quick story, my first ever crochet blanket attempt wound up being a trapezoid. I didn’t know where to place the first and last stitches in each row and because I wasn’t stitching in the right places, the whole thing quickly went downhill. I wound up with a blanket that was much smaller on one end and a lot of frustration.
I’ve learned a lot since then and finished many a project with perfectly straight edges – it really is very simple if you know where to stitch! (However with no one to show me and at the mercy of YouTube, this took a while to figure out on my own)
Follow this strategy with any crochet project – and be sure to share this tutorial with friends new to crochet!
(I’m using some Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton and my Clover Amour C hook – working on an ornament for the Christmas Traditions Ornament Crochet-A-Long!)
Also, you can follow this strategy from your first row above your starting chain but it is most important to just be consistent throughout your project – stitch this way on every row!
Beginning with a piece of crochet work, look at the row of stitches you’ve just made. Identify your turning chain (in this case, the Chain 1 that we made at the end of the last row, and then we turned our work)
Now look for the very first stitch after the turning chain, here is where you’ll make your first stitch (doesn’t matter what type of stitch it is!)
Now stitch in every stitch across. Notice that as you keep stitching it pulls the edge on the right into place and is looking mighty straight!
Now we are at the end of the row and have two stitches left – we will stitch once in each of these. BE SURE NOT TO STITCH IN THE TURNING CHAIN FROM THE ROW BEFORE!
Now that all of our stitches are done for this row, all that’s left is our turning chain – Ch 1 and turn!
Look at how pretty and straight those edges are – yay!
Don’t forget to PIN this tutorial to your Pinterest boards!
I hope this tutorial helped you make super clean work!
I found your tutorial really helpful. No one actually cares to start teaching the basics. Thanks
Happy to help!
Janette stevenson says
This really helped I didn’t know that you had to do 1 chain at the end. Just teaching my self haven’t tried to make anything yet thanks for the information
This looks brilliant. Thanks!!!
Nancy Nichols says
That was very helpful my problem is the sides I get to the end of a row and my sides are wonky some stick out while others dip in and I end up crocheting a chain around my work to hide the edge.
So happy it could help ya!
I taught myself using YouTube as well just a couple months ago and I love articles like this that go back to square one. There’s really just SO much to learn and I often find myself saying, “Now, I know I know this… So why don’t I know this??” lol
Not to mention, your photos are beautiful and clear and the accompanying instructions are as well.
Thank you ☺
So glad I could help! 🙂
Thank you so much for the tute. I have just rediscovered crochet, tried a scarf and the ends were all over the place. Pulled it out and decided not to continue.
This is so helpful, particularly with the photos. Can’t wait to try again.
Debbie Ball says
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to “frog” a project because my edges weren’t straight! Thank you for showing this. It would be helpful to also have thin in a video.
Katrina Nichols says
Thank you very much for this tutorial. I finally have straight edges! Now I can make any pattern I want and not feel like a ninny because the edges gets all wonky!
Thanks so much for this simple and easy to follow instructions! I am new to crocheting, but I have always had the desire to learn.
I was wondering what I was doing wrong b/c my square was larger at the beginning and became shorter as I went along. My line was more slanted than straight. Now, I will practice the steps you gave and I believe my square will be square now. (LOL)!
Helen White says
No wonder I never can get the rows to look neat. Tis wa a big help.
I like this simple and helpful tutorial of yours….I’m a newbie in crochet world and so eager to learn everything about crochet. I wonder if you could make a clear and simple tutorial on how to crochet phone case, etc. At this moment, I’m trying so hard just to make a simple phone case but it always end up weirdly – fit in the bottom but getting bigger/larger to the top (I already count down each chain but still end up the same)- so frustrating that I feel like want to just give up.
So, if you don’t mind, would you share some tips/tutorial/sugestion to solve my problems? Many thanks in advance!
Denise Miller says
Makes so much sense. could not figure out why one side was straight but the other..not so much. Thank You so much for this!
The pictures are hard for me to really see what’s going on. Is there anyway we could get video of this? Would most definitely help to see it being done in motion.
indrani Dasgupta says
Thanks for a great tutorial! Now I realise why my edges became wavy
Liz hrsd says
Thank you beyond words. Bless you merry Christmas !!! My gifts will look perfect?
Thx, but to clarify you start in the 1st stitch for ds and ts as well ?
Yes, I follow this method with any type of stitch and it always works out splendidly!
Hmm..is this why at the end of my rows theres a small hole or gap in between the last 2 stitches? My edges arent all over the place, but always a small gap between those last two
Thank you so much for being precise!!! I screwed up so many times! I am crocheting mats out of plastic bags and that was coming out uneven! I can’t tell you how many times I have ripped out!!!!
Thank you again!!
Tilo Wilkins says
Very nice. Can you this tutorial with double crochet?
Tilo Wilkins says
Can you show this technique with double crochet?
You would stitch in the exact same spots 🙂
Thank you for taking the time and trouble to post this. This question came up on a crochet site on Facebook so have passed it on. Many thanks. Shirley
Nice instruction :-). This is the way I teach sc to my beginner classes, so I’m happy to have a link to share with them for reference. Decades ago, when I learned to sc, the method was to skip that first stitch and sc in the turning chain from the previous row for your last stitch. It works, but it is hard to teach–finding the top of the turning chain is hard for beginners! Found you via Pinterest, pinning to my beginner’s board. Thanks!
Yeah, that’s how I learned at first and I really struggled with it! I love making up my own rules with crochet 😉 glad it could help your class too!
mary st.pierre says
Thank you so much for explaining how to make straight edge, and showing how
to do it.
Do you have a similar tutorial if you are doing double crochets? Because then you usually count the chain as the first one and DO need to stitch into the chain at the end of the row- that is where I usually drop a stitch….
Some people do Double Crochets by counting the Ch as the first stitch – I never do! I follow this method no matter what type of stitch I’m working. Hope this helps!
Thanks. I have been crocheting on and off for years but what I still don’t understand the pattern language. Can you please explain it. The only parts I do get is sc=single chain. dc=double hain and o forth but thats about t.
Thanks so much. I crochet very tight and have problems finding the last stitch in the row. Thanks again
This was an excellent tip for me!
Tammy Pettifer says
Thank you so much for this post/pin. When you are a beginner starting out on your own, it is very difficult to get the help you need, so we all need someone like yourself to come along and make it all clear and easy to follow xx
Thank you! I have the hardest time keeping my sides straight, especially for big projects like blankets. It’s very frustrating.
Very cool, thanks! Do you have any tutorials on Double chains? Do you start in the same first stitch or over one?
Start in the same first stitch with any type of stitch or chain length!
Do u do the ch 1 & turn when doin dc?
Wendy – yes but usually patterns call for a Ch 2 or 3 and turn when doing Dc. You will stitch in the same spots as pictured here, though.
Is the last stitch a slip stitch?
Nope, you are working the same stitch (in my case a single crochet) in every stitch across.
Thanks so much
Thanks so much