Sometimes you start a really cool project by chaining a TON of chains and every now and again you fall asleep at the wheel and miscount. It happens! (My kids are usually the reason I miscount because they choose the exact same time I start my count to ask a question…and I almost always stop to answer them just so they will stop asking…)
I know a lot of crocheters will just pull back all their chains and redo everything just to get it perfect–we’re all a little OCD like that–BUT, if you don’t mind cheating a bit, here is a simple way to fix random extra chains without having to pull your work out!
This technique also works well when you want to alter the size of a pattern that you don’t know the multiple to! (Like my Baby’s Best Bumpy Blanket!) Just crochet a chain as long as you like and crochet in the pattern until you get to the end of the chain. When you can’t make any more stitches, pull back your chain and continue on in your pattern like they were never there!
So now that you know it’s possible to hide mistakes or alter a pattern when you’re not sure about the multiple, let’s see how to do it!
Step One: Crochet a chain as long as you need. (Skip this step if you’re in trouble with the 2nd row of your work and have some chains left over!)
Step Two: Crochet in your pattern until you get to the end of the foundation chain. (Here I am crocheting a simple v-stitch.)
You can see here that I have three annoying foundation stitches left over after finishing row one of my work.
Step Three: Get out your trusty tapestry needle. (Or use those fingernails if you have them!) I’m fond of plastic canvas needles but you can use tapestry needles or any other thick metal needle you have on hand. As long as it’s sturdy and has a point at the end, it’ll work!
Insert the needle under the knot to loosen.
Step Four: PULL!! Your beginning tail should shorten as you pull the loop up. Don’t worry about pulling out all of your foundation stitches. That won’t happen because you were crocheting in the same direction and all of those stitches are linked together. (The stitches will only come apart if you pull the yarn from the opposite direction than the way you were working it.)
Step Five: If you only have one foundation stitch to get rid of then pull your loop all the way out and tug on it to lock it down. If you have more than one foundation stitch to get rid of then pull your loop all the way out and DON’T tug on it. Simply repeat steps four and five until all of those extra chains are gone!
Once you are finished pulling back all of those chains, simply carry on with your pattern like they were never even there!
It’s a simple fix and when you are all done, no one will ever know they were there to begin with–and I promise not to tell if you share!! If you enjoyed this post, don’t forget to give me a like so I know to do more of this sort of tutorial in the future! Oh, and come find me on facebook to share your extra chain stories or post a comment below!