Here’s another method to create a stretchy crochet chain. This one uses both ends of the yarn ball to make a stretchy chain.
One end I refer to as “the yarn that you continue to crochet with” and the other is “the yarn from the other end of the ball.”
The “yarn from the other end of the ball” is cut at the end of the foundation. The “yarn that you continue to crochet with” is exactly that – the working yarn that is used to make the item.
Step 1: Make a slip knot using both ends of the yarn.
Step 2: Do a backwards wrap over the hook using the yarn from the other end.
Step 3: This photo shows the yarns tightened up.
Step 4: Yarn Over with the yarn you continue to the hook.
Step 5: Pull through just like doing a regular chain stitch.
Step 6: The stretchy chain is thicker than a regular chain, but is worked into just like any other crochet row.
About the Author: Margo Bauman
Artistic crafts have always been a huge part of Margo’s life. As a young child, she learned to crochet from her Grandmother. She has also spent time doing embroidery, needlepoint, sewing, craft painting, candle-making, braiding, card-making, origami, photography, quilling, jewelry making and book-folding.
While she spent some time working on crochet projects while growing up, and later in college (degree in Civil Engineering), she didn’t devote much time to it until 2000. Since then, she has won a considerable number of awards for her exceptional work. She enjoys incorporating unusual materials (wire, nylon cord and other finds from the hardware store, upcycled clothing) in her creations.
Margo was a part of the national juried Artists in Action 2020 at the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Art Center in Solomons, MD.
Margo (aka flyingflower on Ravelry) started writing crochet patterns in 2015. Her very first pattern was a Crochet Awards (aka the Flamies) Judges Nominee. She enjoys partnering with Indie dyers to create patterns that highlight their artistic creations.
She is a member of New View Fiber Works – Home of the Fuzzy Farmers (a women’s cooperative of fiber enthusiasts in Southern Maryland), and the Crochet Guild of America (CGOA).
Margo spends most days living the philosophy: Eat. Sleep. Crochet. Repeat.