Knitting Tutorial: How to Make Chain Stitches Without a Crochet Hook

Are you all having a good weekend? I hope so! As promised, my new pattern “Shetland Winter Warmers” is now released (hurray!). From this pattern, you can make a pair of convertible gloves and a matching cable peek hat.

So far, the coolest knitted accessories in London to take outside to show off.

So far, the coolest knitted accessories in London to take outside to show off.

This pattern features two new knitting techniques. The first one has already been introduced to you guys a couple of weeks ago which is “How To Knit Perpendicular“. Today I would like to share the second one which is “How To Make Chain Stitches Without a Crochet Hook”.

Convertible gloves. Tight chain stitches are essential for the loop buttons holes at the tip of the flap.

Convertible gloves. Tight chain stitches are essential for the loop buttons holes at the tip of the flap.

So why is this technique important?

  • You may not have a crochet hook at the time ;) (I am like that all the time).
  • Making chain stitches with fingers allows you to create tight chain stitches (i.e. you can adjust the tension).
  • Tight chain stitches are sturdy and they are useful for making loop buttonholes (i.e. on top of the flap of the convertible gloves). They can also be used for some sort of cord because the tight chain stitches are very strong.

So this is how you do it:

Step 1. Make a loop by inserting a yarn needle at the tip of the flap (red arrow).

Step 1. Make a loop by inserting a yarn needle at the tip of the flap (red arrow).

Step 2. With fingers, pull out the yarn through the loop. This will make another loop.

Step 2. With fingers, pull out the yarn through the loop. This will make another loop.

Step 3. Do not pull out the yarn completely but pull the loop you have just made (red arrow) to tighten the first loop (yellow dotted line).

Step 3. Do not pull out the yarn completely but pull the loop you have just made (red arrow) to tighten the first loop.

Step 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have made 10 chains.

Step 4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have made 10 chains.

The following is how to join the end of the chain stitches back to the top of the glove flap:

Step 5. Keep the last loop on your left finger (to prevent from being unravelled), insert the needle into the tip of the flap (red arrow).

Step 5. Keep the last loop on your left finger (to prevent from being unravelled), insert the needle into the tip of the flap (red arrow).

Step 6. Then thread through into the loop (red arrow).

Step 6. Then thread through into the loop (red arrow).

Step 7. Pull yarn to tighten.

Step 7. Pull yarn to tighten.

Step 8. Tidy the end inside the flap.

Step 8. Tidy the end inside the flap.

That’s it!

While I was photo shooting, I found Mittens (the cat)! so I said hi. He later visited us :D

While I was photo shooting, I found Mittens (the cat)! so I said hi. He later visited us :D

As usual, there is a video tutorial for this (Caution! My voice may sound very sleepy: I made it really late at night, so I apologize before hand for sleepy voice).

Have a good week!

Responses to “Knitting Tutorial: How to Make Chain Stitches Without a Crochet Hook”

  1. Pili

    That’s such a cool idea!

    And that last pic is so cute!!

    I hope you’re having a great weekend! Mine wasn’t particularly good nor bad… I’m looking forward to next weekend though, since I have it off work.

    • kyoko

      Hi Pili,
      Thanks :D I sometimes see mittens playing in the ecology park behind where I live.
      Yeah I know what you mean about “ordinary” weekend. Mine was so-so (though I did manage to have ANOTHER tea and scone…). Saturday was super stormy in London so I did not go out but I managed to jog on Sunday. I bet you are looking forward to the next weekend! You must rest!! ;)
      x
      Kyoko

  2. Rachel

    That is really cool, I’ll have to give this a shot some time. I like the shot with Mittens. =) Thanks so much for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

    • kyoko

      Hi Rachel,
      That’s so kind, thank you! *hug*. I was really surprised that Mittens visited us after he met us in the park. He hadn’t visited us for a while but must have remembered my smell or something. Though he quickly understood that there was no food for him so he left.. :(
      There will be a super dinky cute free purse pattern to be released soon. I know you will love it :D
      Hope you have a great week!
      x
      Kyoko

  3. Mary

    Hi Kyoko!! The mittens and hat/cap is so cool, and great colour too.

    • kyoko

      Hi Mary,
      Thank you :D It was really fun to make them and I can use them throughout the winter.
      x
      Kyoko

  4. Tracy

    That is very clever, Kyoko! LOVE the new knitwear–and taht turquoise wool–sooo lovely! Hello Mittens…aaawww…he is so sweet! Pity he already has mittens, else you could knit him some…hahaha! ;o) Happy Week, my friend ((BIG HUGS))

    • kyoko

      Hi Tracy,
      Thank you for such a sweet comment! Mittens is a super cool cat, isn’t he? hehe! Yes he must have asked a kitty knitter to make him a special mittens for him that matches with his fur! :D
      Hope you are having a good week :)
      x
      Kyoko

  5. Sarah

    Lovely pattern, very cute like those nephews of yours!

    • kyoko

      Hi Sarah,
      Thank you! My nephews are growing so fast! I must make sure I see them often ;D
      x
      Kyoko

    • kyoko

      Hi Liset!
      AAww, thanks :D Hope it’s useful!
      x
      Kyoko

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