Good morning lovelies! Several people have asked me about crocheting into the chain space (versus the stitch), so I thought this might be helpful. Often patterns will tell you to crochet into the chain space. Instead of working into the stitch, or loops created by the previous row's stitches, the chain space is the decorative "hole" or space.
When reading a pattern, the chain space may simply be called the "space" or abbreviated "sp" or "ch sp." An excellent and simple example of crocheting into the chain space is the granny square. Let's try by working a double crochet into a chain space...
In the picture below, you can see the chain spaces that I've labeled. With our white yarn, we'll work a double crochet into the first chain space,
Begin by inserting you hook in to the chain space (the "hole" as labeled above),
And work the double crochet stitch as you normally would...
The photos above and below show the completed stitch within the chain space. Happy crocheting!
Click here for a Granny Square photo tutorial too!