Chain stitches are an integral part of crocheting. There are several essential stitches that a beginner must become familiar with; the chain stitch is the first of these.
You can expect to begin most crochet projects with chain stitches. Chain stitches typically form the foundation that the rest of the project is built upon.
You will also find chain stitches sprinkled throughout most crochet patterns. Crochet designs are usually constructed using chain stitches in combination with other stitches.