No Chain Stitches


The main advantage of the no-chain start for these three
stitches is the firm, flat foundation row rather than the unused
loop of the chain when the foundation chain is done first and
the stitches are worked into the top two strands.
Also on this page:
No Chain Single Crochet
No Chain Single Crochet used in Tunisian Crochet
No Chain Half Double Crochet
No chain Double Crochet

No Chain Single Crochet


Fig. 1
Chain 2, Insert hook under top 2 loops of 2nd chain from hook,
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 2
YO, pull loop through chain,
YO, pull loop thru 1 loop on hook.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 3
YO, pull thru both loops on hook.
First stitch completed.
Loop remaining on hook needs to be a little tighter
than normal and the working loops in figs. 1 and 2
need to be a little loose.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 4
Insert hook under both strands
of the foundation chain of stitch just made.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig.5
YO, pull loop thru, YO, pull thru 1 loop.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.
Green arrow points to foundation chain of last stitch.


Fig. 6
YO, pull thru loop on hook.
Next stitch complete.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.

In figures 4 - 6,
notice the similarity to the last forward stitch
and first return stitch of Tunisian Crochet.

Repeat instructions for figs 4 - 6 for each stitch.


Fig.7
Showing front of fabric.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.
Red lines point to top of stitches.


Fig. 8
Showing back of fabric.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.
Red lines point to foundation loops.

When row is long enough,
Chain 1, turn, and proceed with normal single crochet.

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No Chain Single Crochet used as Foundation Row
in Tunisian Crochet


Fig. 1
With 1 loop on hook, change to afghan hook that is
2 sizes larger than the crochet hook you were using.
Pull a loop through the second stitch from the hook and each stitch across.
Pull up 1 loop in the Chain 2 at the end of the row.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig.2
YO, pull through 1 loop, *YO, pull through 2 loops.
Repeat from * across row until only 1 loop remains on hook.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 3
Continue in your choice of Tunisian stitch.
Sample shows 2 rows of Basic Afghan Stitch, rows of Tunisian knit Stitch,
and my "Knit Stitch Bind-Off".
Chain 1, *insert hook in next stitch as for a knit stitch,
YO, pull loop through stitch, YO, pull loop through both loops on hook.
Repeat from * across row. fasten off and weave in ends.

Take note in the full size image that the top of the sample
-the Tunisian Knit Stitch part- is wider than the basic Afghan Stitch section.
This is because the Basic Afgan Stitch is worked on top of
the vertical loop and the Knit Stitch is worked inside
the vertical loops thus widening the fabric.

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No Chain Half Double Crochet


Fig. 1
Chain 2, YO, Insert hook under top 2 loops of 2nd chain from hook,
Black arrow points to supply yarn.
Red line points to original loop on hook,
Blue line points to first YO.


Fig. 2
YO, pull loop through chain,
YO, pull loop thru 1 loop on hook.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 3
YO, pull thru 3 loops on hook.
First stitch completed.
Loop remaining on hook needs to be a little tighter
than normal and the working loops in figs. 1 and 2
need to be a little loose.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig.4
YO, insert hook under both strands
of the foundation chain of stitch just made.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig.5
YO, pull loop thru chain, YO, pull thru 1 loop.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig.6
YO, pull thru 3 loops on hook.
Next stitch complete.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.

Repeat instructions for figs 4 - 6 for each stitch.
When row is long enough, chain 2, turn.
Proceed with normal hdc.

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No Chain Double Crochet


Fig.1
Chain 3,YO, insert hook under 2 strands of 3rd chain from hook.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig.2
YO, pull loop through chain loop, YO, pull loop through 1 loop.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 3
Complete stitch as a normal DC.
(YO, pull through 2 loops, twice.)
First stitch completed.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 4
YO, insert hook under 2 strands of first chain made.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 5
YO, pull loop through chain loop,
YO, pull loop through 1 loop.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.


Fig. 6
Complete stitch as a normal DC.
(YO, pull through 2 loops, twice.)
Second stitch completed.
Black arrow points to supply yarn.

Repeat instructions for figs 4 - 6 for each stitch.
When row is long enough, chain 3, turn.
Proceed with normal dc.

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