Hello fellow yarnies!
What are your feelings about having to chain out an insane number of foundation chain stitches that you need to then work a solid row of single crochet stitches into? If that’s not your jam, then this tutorial is for you.
I, personally, HATE working into a foundation chain. Sometimes it’s unavoidable, but when you’re working a solid row of single, double, or half-double crochet stitches as your first row, you’ll be happy to know that there’s another option! Foundation stitches!
Foundation Single Crochet Tutorial
Foundation stitches are an awesome alternative to the traditional foundation chains. This multi-tasking stitch combines your foundation chain and first row of single, double, or half-double crochet stitches in one stitch. It also has a lot more stretch to it than a foundation chain, perfect for garments or when no matter what you do, your traditional foundation chain pulls the end of your work too tightly.
For this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) variation, so lets get going!
I’ve filmed a quick tutorial video for you, if you prefer to see this in action, otherwise, step-by-step photos will follow.
Starting with a slip knot, chain two. The first chain from your hook is going to be the typical chain 1 you would start your row of single crochet with. The second chain from your hook is going to act as the chain stitch beneath your single crochet.
Next, turn your work so that you are looking at the back bumps of your chains. Insert your hook into the second chain from your hook (or the very first chain you made) and pull up a loop.
Chain 1 – This creates the bottom chain of your next stitch.
Next, yarn over and complete a single crochet as normal.
For your subsequent FSCs, you will work into the “V” created by your bottom chains. Insert your hook, pull up a loop, and repeat Steps 3 and 4.
You did it! What do you think? Is this going to be your go-to now instead of the foundation chain?
The process behind the Foundation Single Crochet can be applied to double crochet, half-double crochet, or even treble or double-treble crochet. The key is to remember to start with one more chain than you would normally start a regular row of crochet stitches with, i.e. we typically start a single crochet row with a chain 1, so we started with two chains.
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