NEATER TURNING CHAIN FOR DOUBLE CROCHET ROWS
When you get to the end of a row of double crochet, patterns normally require you to turn, then chain 3. The chain 3 counts as the first dc of the next row. But I have a better way to give a neater, more aligned edge. Here's how you do it step-by-step.
1. At the end of the first row of dc, turn but DO NOT chain.
2. Single crochet into the last dc of the previous row.
3. Chain 1. (The sc and ch1 count as a dc)
4. Continue the row of double crochet as normal.
See how much neater you edges look?
x Mel P.