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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: 

1) Ch 2. Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook (between loops marked with red dots), and under both loops of the chain (the loop on the left marked below and the loop behind, not visible in this photo).


2) Yarn over, draw up a new loop through the first 2 loops on the hook.



3) There are now 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw new loop through 1st loop on hook.



4) There are still 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw new loop through both loops on the hook.



5) You have made one foundation single crochet (fsc). To start next, fsc, insert hook into st under both loops of the "ch" st of the previous st (first loop is marked red, second loop is behind and not visible in photo).



6) Yarn over and draw up a new loop through the first 2 loops on the hook.



7) There are 2 loops on the hook. Yarn over and draw new loop through 1st loop on hook.



8) Yarn over and draw new loop through both loops on the hook.



9) You now have made a second fsc.



10) Here's what several fscs look like.

*Added 2/28/2010*
Once you've learned the fsc, here are other stitches to try.

Foundation Half Double Crochet:

  1. In Step One, chain 2, yarn over first, then insert hook into the 2nd chain from the hook (the first chain that was made).
  2. The next steps are same as for fsc, but you'll have 3 loops on the hook instead of 2 in Step Three.
  3. In Step Four, yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.
  4. In Step Five, yarn over first, then insert hook into the chain st of the previous stitch. Again, the next steps are the same as for fsc.
  5. In Step Eight, yarn over and pull though all 3 loops.

Foundation Double Crochet:

  1. In Step One, chain 3 instead of 2. Yarn over first, then insert hook into the third chain from the hook (the first chain that was made).
  2. The next steps are same as for fsc, but you'll have 3 loops on the hook instead of 2 in Step Three.
  3. Repeat Step Four twice.
  4. In Step Five, yarn over first, then insert hook into the chain st of the previous stitch.
  5. Again, the next steps are same as for fsc, and repeat Step Eight twice.

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Comments

beathen
Jun. 24th, 2008 11:27 pm (UTC)
It's a lacy crocheted duster. I've uploaded a scan of the picture here. I finished one this past weekend and it turned out pretty nice, but I'm doing another one using the type of yarn the pattern used to see if it comes out any differently.

I noticed you posted patterns for Doctor Who dolls - that is so fantastic! I might have to give those a try one of these days.
snuffykin
Jun. 30th, 2008 05:58 am (UTC)
Wow. I'd like make something from a Doris Chan patterns one day. I've been pretty well occupied with mostly toys recently. Thanks for your comment about the little Who dolls. :)

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