I just have to share these two videos with you, referred to me by a Ravelry friend!
These videos teach how to begin a double-crochet row with a double crochet,
instead of the usual ch3.
The chain 3 usually leaves a loop that just doesn’t blend well with the rest of the dc’s.
The first video teaches the method using just one color …
and this next video teaches the method when working a color change …
I wish I had learned these methods 10 years ago when I taught myself crochet!
Hope this has been helpful!