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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. 26th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the pictures! I had never heard of this stitch until today when I saw it in a scarf pattern and their explaination of the stitch just wasn't doing it for me!! The pictures were so helpful and I'm so happy to be able to add another stitch to my collection!
Nov. 25th, 2009 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah! Finally someone who shows step by step single crochet
with dots on the thread even.

I couldn't figure out if I should go under BOTH loops.
I haven't found any other drawings - diagrams - pictures showing to go under both loops.
Sandy C
Dec. 30th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this! My least favorite part of any project is getting the first row of chains the right length, which I won't really know until I've crocheted the first row into the chains. This is a big time and aggravation saver!
Jan. 3rd, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Great Tutorial!
Thanks so much for the lesson. I was trying to start a pattern for fingerless mittens and it began with this stitch. The pattern had a link to your tutorial, saying it was "great." They were right. Thanks for the clear directions and pictures with annotations. At least the first part of the mittens will look fabulous! -Jade
Jan. 9th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Thank you for this..At first I was really confussed but you helped out alot with the pictures of step by step and this stitch look really neat.
Thanks alot. :D
Jan. 10th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
For posterity's sake, I thank you.
I don't remember when or where I learned to do this stretchy double chain, but I've used it for years on all the blankets I make. When my daughter wanted to learn to make baby blankets for all her fecund friends and co-workers, I showed it to her. However, once she'd moved away, every time she wants to start a new one, she has to have me talk her through it ... long-distance from Montreal to Fresno! She has said she will abandon crochet entirely once I die, since she won't have anyone to talk her through the beginning! Now that I've found your super clear tutorial, I can send it to her so she won't have that excuse to throw away all my stash!
I can also teach it to the new crocheters who join our little group. So far, everyone I've taught it to loves it!
Jan. 25th, 2010 08:58 pm (UTC)
Great pics - thanks for the tutorial - I could get the first one down but was having problems knowing where to put the hook to make the second and subsquent ones.
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Feb. 7th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think that is normal. It's hard to tell why that's happening without looking at it. Could you check to see if your first pull through one loop (like step 7) is even ? It's the stitch that runs along the bottom of the row like a chain. Maybe if that is looser or tighter in some places that is making the row look wobbly.
Mar. 2nd, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Trying for 2 days to figure out instructions for this on a free flyer to satrt very easy mitts. Can't wait to try again. Boneja
May. 3rd, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
Love this site
I purchased a book just for the foundation chain. Your site is MUCH better and clearer. The videos are marvelous and I thank you MUCH for your thoughtfulness in sharing.

I have been crocheting and knitting for many years but never used the foundation chain to begin a project.
May. 3rd, 2010 05:28 am (UTC)
Love this site
I purchased a book just for the foundation chain. Your site is MUCH better and clearer. The videos are marvelous and I thank you MUCH for your thoughtfulness in sharing.

I have been crocheting and knitting for many years but never used the foundation chain to begin a project.
May. 4th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Love this site
Hi Zahn. Thanks for your comment, I'm glad you find the tutorial helpful. I like to use fsc if I have to chain a lot of stitches - say 100 - or I don't know how long something needs be, or when I have to join to make a ring - not so much worry about the twisting the chain.
Jun. 1st, 2010 08:13 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I don't do well with video tuts and after a few tries I was able to get it with your photo one. You can bet I'll be using this from now on, working a row into a chain foundation was always my least favorite part!
Jun. 2nd, 2010 06:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you!
You're welcome! Sometimes video tutes can be too fast for me to follow along too. Thanks for your comment!
Aug. 14th, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much!
Bless you for creating this tutorial! I promised myself that I would learn to make chainless foundations this weekend, and thanks to your clear instructions and photos, I did.
Oct. 27th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for your detailed photos! I've been trying to learn the foundation stitches because I always somehow turn my chain, and your photos really helped me.
Nov. 21st, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
LOVE this tut!
Your instructions and pictures are perfect!! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this.

Any chance we might see a foundation dc and a foundation hdc tutorial in your future?

Thanks again! RJ
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