I heard, about a year ago, someone demo-ing a design that required a crochet chain as an embellishment. Just a drawstring. I can’t remember the project. It was a hand-knit project with a crochet chain. It was advised that knitters who didn’t know how to make a chain could do it with a knit-only version.
Cast on 80 bazillion stitches, then bind off 80 bazillion stitches. Wow! Really? Let’s take my personal, least favorite two things and do them repeatedly just for a crochet chain.
Seriously, no one can possibly be that afraid of a crochet hook. A crochet chain is so EASY! And, you can have 20 of them finished in the time it would take to do the cast on-bind off version.
I once had a non-needlework friend visiting at my house. While we were talking, she picked up some yarn and began “doodling”. We were both amazed when I told her that she was making a crochet chain with her fingers.
I’ve seen grown men, men who would rather stab out their own eyes with a… well, with a knitting needle than pick up a crochet hook, who have stood there and boldly tidied the water hose in a perfect crochet chain. I’ve even seen them crochet chain Christmas lights before storing them away.
I promise you that making a crochet chain is in no way difficult. You don’t even need a crochet hook. You can use your fingers! And, besides, you’re going to need to learn it anyway. It’s the way to make a provisional cast-on which you’re going to run across in a pattern one day.
Don’t be shy! Jump in there with both feet… err hands.