Foundation Crochet Stitches

Foundation Crochet Stitches | No More Foundation Chains

Tired of the foundation chain? Foundation crochet stitches are the answer you’re looking for.

Foundation crochet stitches will be a game changer if you dread starting a new project because of the foundation chain. Let’s be honest, crocheting into foundation chains is fiddly and requires a lot of patience. Sometimes I have the patience, sometimes I don’t. Can you relate?


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 called “foundation crochet stitches” and they changed my crochet life. Imagine crocheting your foundation chain and first row all at once and you will see how these little time savers are a real gem.

Why Use Foundation Crochet Stitches?

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. Can you imagine working into 300 or so chains? Oh no.

Foundation crochet stitches create a nice, stretchy foundation

This quality makes them perfect for the start of a crochet garment. When you make a foundation crochet stitch, you have a neat braided edge on the top and bottom which creates a very neat, stretchy and professional looking edge.

Foundation crochet stitches are also great for starting hats that are worked bottom-up. Once you know the measurement you need for your hat, rather than make a long chain and join it with a slip stitch to form a ring, simply make a foundation crochet stitch and join. It’s much easier and you don’t have to worry about it twisting!

Not great at sizing crochet hats? I have a great article that will show you how to crochet a hat that fits every single time!

To sum it up

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Sounds great, right?

When to use foundation crochet stitches

You should use foundation crochet stitches when you want to create a solid row of stitches.

All three of the foundation crochet stitches we will cover here – foundation single crochet, foundation half double crochet and foundation double crochet create a solid row. Therefore, patterns which require the use of skipping stitches, adding chains and so on will not work. What I usually do when I am incorporating a stitch pattern into my project is start with a foundation crochet stitch row and pick up on the stitch pattern on the next row.


Although foundation crochet stitches have their limitations, they are an excellent skill to learn. Are you ready?

Foundation Single Crochet {FSC} Tutorial

 

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

 

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.

Foundation Double Crochet {FDC} Tutorial

 

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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Foundation Crochet Stitches | No More Foundation Chains

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