When picking up the crochet hooks again, after many years, one of the hardest thing for me to relearn was how to start the initial loop to start my chain. I attempted intricate knots, multiple wrapping of the yarn around the hook, etc. I knew it just had to be easier.
One day the end of the string was just laying on the table in such a way that a new way to start the chain struck me. (I have since learned that this is a common way).
Hopefully my sharing this little trick will save you some time and frustration –
Step 1 – Make a loop in the end of your yarn –
Step 2 – Bring the end of the yarn back under the loop you just created –
Step 3 – Put your crochet hook through the loop, yet under the center string
Step 4 – Grab both the end of the yarn and the main string of the yarn and pull the loop tight around your hook. (Note – this will create a slip knot. If you take the hook out and pull, the knot will come out)
Now you know!