Sometimes using turning chains when beginning a new row can leave spaces or bumps on the edge of your work, and it doesn’t really even look like a dc. Here is a phototutorial for a great alternative!
*Note: this is not the same as a standing double crochet stitch — that works best when you’re starting a new skein/color.
How to do it:
*Using US terms
First turn your work to prepare for the next row:
Next, pull your hook up, making a loop that’s about the same height as a dc would be, and put your pointer finger on the loop to hold it down:
Still holding down that loop to the hook, yo the hook with the loop itself:
Now yo the hook with your working yarn, still holding on to that loop with your pointer finger:
Now, still holding on to the top of that loop with your finger, pull the working yarn underneath the big loop:
You’ll have two loops on your hook. Now with your working yarn, yo hook once more:
Pull working yarn through both loops (you can finally take your finger off that loop), and you’ve got a beginning stitch that looks like a dc:
In my particular pattern, another dc comes next, so I made that into the second stitch so you can see how similar the stitches are side by side:
This beginning stitch even has a top that looks like a regular dc, so it’s easy to spot when you’re finishing the next row and easy to work into.
Hope that was beneficial for you!