the chain row will sorta twirl on you or as you say curly …
and yes you do when working squares and retangles chain up for the height of the next row.
for me I chain up 1 and turn … for the sc and most times for the hdc also.
for the doubles and this is something that you will have to work out on your own. DC stitches … I chain up 2 and do my row… most all patterns say to chain up 3; I do NOT like the big hole it leaves for me (my problem)
Starting chain : for tight crocheters : if the pattern calls for a H hook … use the I or J hook to do the chain foundation then go to the H hook after turning for 1 st row.
For loose crocheters : same example only use the G or F hook for the foundation. then go to the H hook.
I have NO idea why the first couple of rows curls at the corners. No matter what I do I have always gotten that curl, even on the finished item. So I have learned to live with it.
Row 1 : when you have done the chain row. LOOK at your chain row. see the little LUMP ??? I put my hook in the lump and use that as my guide for that row.
Row 2 : I look at this one as if I am looking at the edge of a book; and insert the hook under the top loop, across.
I continue in this method.
When I first learned the book that was I had said to go thru that loop and keep the hook closest to your body … I didn’t like that … so I learned to do it as above for row 2. Today most will teach this way.
If you are fighting to get that hook into the yarn to make a stitch. THEN YOU ARE DEFINITELY PULLING WAY TOOOO HARD AND MAKING IT WAY TOOOO TIGHT !!!
When you do this … if the pattern calls for the H hook then use the J hook and work with it til you can get it to stay tooo loose.
I taught myself when I do this … what I will do is : notice the flat spot on your Crochet Hook?? when you make a stitch: slide the hook where the yarn will flow over that flat spot OK???
When you can keep it that loose all the time then go down a hook size.
It does take practice and alot of patience with it … for sureeeeeee
But you should NEVER have to fight with getting the Hook into the yarn…
The first row will alwaysssss be the hardest to do cause you have nothing to hang on tooo … infact sometimes the first 3 rows can drive ya crazy … it gets easier by the 4th row usually …
when ever you find that it is getting tight … go back to where it is getting tight and start from there with a size bigger …
but make some coasters first … chain up about 15 only then practice the sc … then when your comfortable with that do a few in hdc, dc and treble …
I know some will disagree with me on this but thats what I ended up doing so that I could not only get the tension correct but also to get used to the stitch too … I ended up NOT just jumping right in and making anything but coaster sizes for about a month…
Then make some that is done :
row 1 : sc
row 2 : hdc
row 3 : dc
row 4 : tr
row 5 : tr
row 6 : dc
row 7 : hdc
row 8 : sc …
this will teach you also to mix stitches … and if your fast ?? hmmm
you could do 4 coasters of each of the stitches …