Melissa Gomez’s amazing new starting chain technique!

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Have you read about Melissa Gomez’ new crochet starting chain technique in issue 38? She uses a variation of the long-tail knitting cast on – “I did a front to back yarn over, then a regular yarn over, and voila! I couldn’t believe how ‘breaking the rules’ in crochet could produce such a great new technique,” Melissa explains. We think we’ll forgive her for that front to back yarn over because this new technique has blown our crafty minds! Check out Melissa’s quick overview of the technique’s steps below:


Once you’ve got your head around this fantastic new technique, your Perfect Crochet I-Cord should look like this before weaving in those pesky ends:


You might be wondering how you actually start your crochet project once you’ve mastered this new starting chain method – well, Melissa’s covered that too!

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For a full guide to Melissa’s innovative technique watch her handy tutorial video here, and if you need more help, Melissa sells the full detailed instructions, with pictures, for the ‘Crochet Long Tail Foundation Base Chain’ & ‘Perfect Crochet I-Cord’ in her Craftsy Pattern Store for just $1.