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I really dread the frustration that comes, when after joining my long chain and working the first round of stitches only to realize that I have twisted the chain. Which means I now have to frog it (rib-it rib-it – the sound a frog makes) and try again.
Well after one of those said frustrating times I decided to try something new! Instead of joining and then working in each chain around why not work an extra chain (or however many is needed for the stitches being worked in the first row) and then work back across the row of chains and then join in the first stitch I made. Then to close the base chain, simply loop the tail through both loops (from front to back of your work) of the ch that the first stitch is worked in and then into the back loop of the chain the last stitch was worked in.
By working the first row of stitches and then joining I no longer have to worry about if my chain is twisted or making sure that I crocheted in all the necessary chains!
I find that this tip is a huge time saver and hope that you do as well.
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