How do I work standing stitches?
Get ready to wave goodbye to turning chains
To start a new round or row, you can use a standing stitch (in this case, a treble) instead of a turning chain. They’re easy, but a bit fiddly to start with, so go slowly and keep practising. For our example, use a contrasting colour for the second round. Step 1 Wrap the yarn around your middle finger, as shown, with the tail end approx 10cm from your finger. Try to ‘clamp’ the yarn in place between your fingers.
Step 2 Keeping the yarn where it is, take your hook and move it around the working end of the yarn twice.
Step 3 Insert the hook into the stitch you want to work into – in our practice piece, insert it into the top of any stitch on the little circle you’ve already made.
Step 4 From this point, the treble stitch is pretty much created as usual, so work yrh…
Step 5 …and pull up a loop.
Step 6 Work yrh and pull through the first two loops. Step 7 Finally, work yrh and pull through two loops – the last of these loops will just be a strand of yarn nearest the tail end lying across the hook. Treat this strand like a loop and take the working loop under it. Your standing stitch is now complete, but keep hold of the yarn tail – that top loop is not secure yet.
Step 8 Make the next two stitches as usual – for our example, treble in the same stitch, then treble in the next stitch. Now you can let go of the tail end. You’ll see that the standing stitch looks almost identical to the other two stitches.
Step 9 Continue your pattern as usual – for our example, 2tr in each stitch around. Use an invisible join to join the round, following the instructions on the previous page – you’ll create a nice loop over the top of the standing stitch and will have created a perfect circle! Carefully weave in the two tail ends at the back of the work.
Tip Follow Steps 1-9 to make a standing version of any crochet stitch, varying the number of yrh you start with in Step 2.