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Turning – Clockwise or Counterclockwise?

Turning at the end of a crochet row can be done either way, clockwise or counterclockwise, and the result should be the same. As long as you’re consistent with which way you turn, your work will come out neat. There are a few websites that say you should always turn clockwise if you’re right handed and counterclockwise if you’re left handed so that the working yarn ends up behind the crochet hook.

Until now, I’ve been turning clockwise for no reason other than it came naturally to me. For the past couple of days I’ve been working on some diamond-shaped pieces which require an increase in the last stitch of every row. Since I intend to make a purse out of the joined pieces, I’m single crocheting rather tightly because I want the bag to be tough and sturdy. At the end of each row, I found it very difficult to get my hook through that last stitch. Besides it being worked tight, the top loops of the stitch seemed to be slanted away from me, making it even more difficult.

After my hand started to cramp up, I decided to try turning the work counterclockwise. Well, what do you know, the loops of the last stitch were straight against the top of the work and inserting the hook below them was a piece of cake.

I’m sure this difference is not noticeable when using a looser tension.

I’d like to know some of your thoughts on this so feel free to leave me your opinion in the comments section.

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