I'm trying to crochet some mini square frames to border some of my small cross stitches which I make up and use as Christmas tree ornaments and suchlike. I can do round ones very easily but square and rectangular ones seem to be defeating me. It should be a straightfoward thing - I have patterns which are a 6 or 8 stitch repeat and therefore it shouldn't be difficult to calculate the starting chain needed to make a neat square or rectangular border - a bit like a hanky edging.
Can anyone give me any guidance? It shouldn't be beyond me but I have tried all sorts of methods to calculate the starting chain needed but failed spectacularly every time, the pattern never works out neatly and I end up with a horrible mess.
you need to do a couple of tested lengths to work out how many chains you'll need to do one edge then you have to add one or two more chains for your corners. Once you have one side down you simply repeat the same amount to go along the next edge and around the corner.
I would use stitch markers for the corners so you know where they are until you've done the first completed round of crochet stitches.