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Foundation single crochet tutorial

This is a photo tutorial for foundation single crochet. I learned this from Interweave Crochet magazine, Spring 2007 issue. To quote the article by Marty Miller, "Foundation stitches replace the traditional foundation chain plus the first row of stitches". The traditional method creates a tight row. This method creates stretchier row that is more sized like regular rows. It's also useful when you don't know how many stitches you need to "cast on" for your project. If you're familiar with the extended single crochet stitch, you'll find that that this fsc version is similar.

These stitches are also referred to as base ch/sc and chainless foundation. Here are links to other tutorials: 
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Oct. 9th, 2008 09:38 pm (UTC)
FSC thank you!
Thanks for the VERY clear pictures on the FSC. I tried to learn how from the Interweave Crochet instructions, but the pictures were not clear enough to be effective for me. Your photos and the "dotted" bits are great. I think I have it now.
Nov. 10th, 2008 12:19 pm (UTC)
WOW! This is the best thing *ever*, and I've been crocheting for nearly 20 years! Do you mind if I friend your journal? I also love Dr. Who (see icon), and love your chibi paterns! They are *so* going to be Christmas presents for the other Dr. Who fans amongst my friends.

Dec. 30th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
Hi, thank you very much for the tutorial, but now I'm wondering how do you actually join the fsc to begin working in the round?

Thanks again,
Jan. 1st, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Re: join
It's the same thing for me. How do you join the first fsc round? I want to crochet the ''Basic fingerless mittens'' at: http://www.crochetme.com/print/2683

Claire from Quebec city
Many thanks
Re: join - snuffykin - Jan. 1st, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 18th, 2009 02:18 am (UTC)
Big help
Thank you soooo much for sharing this tutorial. It helped me get started on the cutest mini dress. I really was stumped till I came upon your site. I'm off to crochet. YAY!!!
Jan. 19th, 2009 07:08 am (UTC)
Re: Big help
You're welcome! Have fun with your project! I have a couple of 1970's patterns for adorable crocheted mini dresses I enjoy looking at. They come back in style every once in a while. :D
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
Foundation Single Crochet
I found this more helpful than a book I purchased re: chain-less crochet. This took you through every step and told you what you would and wouldn't see. It's great. Thanks much.
Feb. 11th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
Re: Foundation Single Crochet
Gosh, thanks! I think sometimes writers and designers are restricted as to how many pages they can have for printing a book or article, so that they have to abbreviate text and number of photos as much as possible. It is nice to have internet accessible videos and such to supplement understanding of techniques. :)
Mar. 16th, 2009 03:30 am (UTC)
chainless single crochet
Thank you so much!! Just so happened I googled and found you! Have a sock pattern that called for this beginning stitch for the cuff and couldn't figure it out by the instructions in the book. After following your directions I NOW know how to do it.
Mar. 24th, 2009 05:33 pm (UTC)
How important is this stitch?
I'm about to start on a pattern for a shirt that uses this stitch, but I still don't feel that comfortable despite the nice tutorial. :-) What would be the disadvantages of replacing this stitch with a chain plus 1 row of regular SC?
Mar. 29th, 2009 03:13 am (UTC)
A friend showed me a couple of weeks ago a very similar foundationless sc. I'd never heard of it and have been crocheting 38 years! I must say I've LOVED it and was happy to find your tutorial for this and the FDC too. Your tutorial was slightly different that what my friend taught so I forwarded your site to her as well. VERY COOL and I just wanted to add my thanks when I bookmarked your page. 8-)
M. Hawkins
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:50 pm (UTC)

I'm about to attempt to make a sweater from the stitch n' bitch book, and people tell me this is the way to start! Thanks for the good tutorial with all the pictures. I'm sure to get it this way!
Apr. 10th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
Your tutorial was the easiest to understand... thanks for taking the time to document the process!

Apr. 17th, 2009 06:01 pm (UTC)
Awesome tutorial
You presented your tut very successfully and I easily understood how to create the foundation single crochet as previous attempts have been very foggy experiences for me. Thank you.
Jul. 13th, 2009 01:40 am (UTC)
I had never heard of this stitch until today when I was reading a pattern for a jacket. Got on line and your site came up. Thanks so much. This is a really great stitch. I'm left handed and crochet left handed, my right hand just can't think. It took a couple if tries looking at your pictures and turning them backward in my mind, but the pictures and comments were very good. I have crocheted for several years, usually afaghans, scarfs etc. first time on clothes. You have been a life saver. Thanks. Jean
Jul. 18th, 2009 01:10 am (UTC)
A perfect tutorial! I used this for the foundation for my sweater back but by the time I got to the next piece I'd forgotten it! (I'm a knitter, not much of a crocheter.) I googled and bingo wound up right here in my 'home town' - Live Journal!

Thank you so much.
Oct. 17th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Foundation SC
Thank you. I have been crocheting for 41 years and have just heard about the foundation sc (I've been out of the loop, pardon the pun!) Thanks for the great tutorial!
Oct. 20th, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
fsc tutorial
OMG! I finally learned this stitch! The first time I saw this was months ago while watching a late night crochet show where the ladies were comparing chain stitch vs fsc, how much more stretchy fscs are and great for blouse necklines cuz they have more stretch. Your tutorial is GENIUS! I am loving the red and blue dots where the hook is supposed to go into and the way you write the instruction is very clear. English is my second language, but the way you explain it (and those lovely dots) just made my day.

All smiles here!
Oct. 21st, 2009 12:16 am (UTC)
Re: fsc tutorial
Thank you so much! I'm glad that you got it. Hope you are enjoying your project. I wonder what that "late night crochet show" is? :)
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