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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

sillymegirl
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC)
Eureka!
Well, I have yet to actually try this out, but I'm just so happy to have found what looks like a easy to follow tutorial. I stumbled on http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/ and she mentioned using the Foundation single crochet. While on Crochetville just now looking for help when I doubted myself on what might be the simplest pattern ever, http://amigurumipatterns.blogspot.com/2007/06/pablito-penguin.html
I saw someone else mention the Marty Miller article from Interweave Crochet, but there was no free tutorial on how to do it, and then I saw that the same person had posted links for how-tos. There were two others besides yours, but I just happened to click on yours first, funny since it was the one on the bottom. I just started using LJ (still figuring it out) ad only belong to two communities and lo and behold one of them you are also a member of!(Weloveamigurumi.)
Well, I added you as a friend, hope that's ok, and sorry it just took me all that to explain something that probably could have been said in two sentences. ( And I wonder why a super simple pattern was complicated to me??) Cheers!
snuffykin
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: Eureka!
Hi there! Thank you so much for the ref to futuregirl.com. She has very helpful tutorials, esp. for seamless crochet. Weloveamigurumi is chock full of super-creative, funny, helpful, and supportive people. I encourage you to jump in and comment, even if you've never made anything or posted before.

I'm fine with folks friending me...it gives me a clue who is bothering to read my blog! (I only friend back people that I know in person or am familiar with-- so please do not feel bad! I would just have to know you better!)

If you have any probs with the tute, feel free to send me a message through my user profile page. :)

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