Why do you skip the first chain in crochet?

What does turning chain mean in crochet?

Turning chains are used to begin a row of crochet to ‘lift’ the work up to the next level. Different stitches require a different number of crochet chains. For single crochet, you basically just make one additional chain stitch and that will ‘raise’ you one level. Double crochet uses a turning chain of three stitches.

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