How To: Foundation Crochet Stitches

Foundation Stitches for Web

Do you find yourself dreading the start of a new project because of the foundation chain? What if I told you there was a simple technique which would allow you to throw those pesky foundation chains out the window for good! This simple solution is referred to as “foundation crochet stitches”. You may have heard of foundation double crochet stitches but you can also apply this technique to single and half double crochet. These are called foundation single crochet and foundation half double crochet.

There are a few benefits of using foundation crochet stitches when starting a new project. First and foremost, there is no need to start with a foundation chain and that can be a huge relief, especially if you’re beginning a blanket. Foundation stitches also create a nice stretchy foundation, making it especially good for clothing items. Using this technique, you have a neat braided edge on the top and bottom allowing for crocheting a neat edging. Basically, using the foundation stitch technique, you can save yourself time and create a neater, more professional foundation every time.

There are however, certain patterns that will not work with foundation crochet stitches. All three of the foundation stitches, single, half double and double work only to create a solid row. Therefore, patterns which require the use of skipping stitches, adding chains and so on will not work. Although they will not work in these cases, the foundation crochet stitches are a valuable technique that any crocheter should experience at least once. I have prepared a video demonstration for each of the foundation crochet  stitches in right and left handed versions. I highly recommend grabbing a hook, some spare yarn and giving it a try!

Foundation Single Crochet {FSC} Tutorial

This video is available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left hand tutorial on YouTube.

Written Instructions

Ch 2. Insert hook into two loops of the first chain, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through one loop (creates the chain to work your next stitch into). YO and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. *Insert hook into two loops of the chain, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through one loop (you may find it helpful to  place a stitch marker in this chain to help you identify it). YO and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. Repeat from * until your foundation chain is the desired length.

Foundation Half Double Crochet {FHDC} Tutorial

This video is available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left hand tutorial on YouTube.

Written Instructions

Ch 3. Insert hook into two loops of the first chain, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through one loop (creates the chain to work your next stitch into). YO and pull through the remaining 3 loops on your hook. *Insert hook into two loops of the chain, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through one loop (you may find it helpful to  place a stitch marker in this chain to help you identify it). YO and pull through the remaining 3 loops on your hook. Repeat from * until your foundation chain is the desired length.

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Foundation Double Crochet {FDC} Tutorial

This video is available in a left handed version. Click here to be directed to the left hand tutorial on YouTube.

Written Instructions

Ch 4. Insert hook into two loops of the first chain, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through one loop (creates the chain to work your next stitch into). YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through remaining 2 loops on your hook. *Insert hook into two loops of the chain, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through one loop (you may find it helpful to  place a stitch marker in this chain to help you identify it). YO and pull through 2 loops, YO and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. Repeat from * until your foundation chain is the desired length.

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