When the first stitch of a new round or a border is a taller stitch, like a double crochet, usually you need to chain two or more before you can begin. This allows the first stitch to reach the height of the other stitches.
The pattern would say something like, “Chain two (this will count as your first double crochet).” The chains look different from the other double crochets and can end up standing out on your project, especially if used on a delicate border.
You can eliminate the need to use the chains with this technique.
1. Tie a slip knot on your hook, then yarn over.
2. Insert the hook into your project, yarn over, and pull through.
3. Now you’ll create your double crochet normally. Yarn over and pull through two strands, then yarn over and pull through the last two strands.
It’s a simple little trick that ends up making your project look neater in the end.