Guess what? There is a better way, and I found it purely by accident. In the middle of a million granny square patterns, there it was:The Faux Double Crochet*. After a quick Google search, and a few minutes, I was whipping this new stitch out like a pro.
This stitch is as easy as a double crochet. Gone forever are the days of bumpy, lumpy, holey edges.
Oh my, my! It was a Crochet Epiphany! I don't understand why isn't it being used all the time. Why isn't it in all the pattern books? Well, call me a rebel, a rule-breaker, a radical. I want to break you out of your chains.
I've linked a quick video below, after you watch it, you too can become a
member of The Church of Faux Double Crochet.
It brings to mind a tune my husband and I discovered in Ireland. After spending a morning sightseeing, we stopped into one of the local pubs for lunch and a refreshment. In the corner three very Bohemian looking guys, The Traveling Minstrels of Light, were playing a tune. Kids were dancing, feet were tapping, and everyone was having fun listening to this folk group. On a whim we bought the CD they had for sale.
A couple of weeks later at home we pop the CD into the player (slight diversion here, the CD was obviously home burned and printed, the title and copyright are hand printed on the CD). One song in particular has a very catchy verse for me that keeps running through my head...gonna start a new religion and there will be no more war...
And the folk group in Ireland what happened to them? It's said you can find everything on Google... well I think I found something that you can't find on Google.
But back to crocheting...
Cue the angels singing, Turn on the rays of sunshine through the clouds.... "Gonna start a new religion and there will be no more chains...Gonna Start a new religion and there will be no more chains...I think I might just change the world...gonna start a new religion and there will be no more chains..."
*note: this stitch is also called the No Chain Beginning Double Crochet