Chainless foundation crochet stitches tutorial
You can use chainless foundation crochet stitches to crochet both your foundation chain and the first row of stitches at the same time. There are a few great things about this. First, it saves time by doing both tasks at once. Second, you won’t have to stitch into a foundation chain, which most crocheters would agree, is tedious. Third, you avoid the problem of miscounting chains and then having to unravel your first row of stitches to fix your chain count.
Read on below for photos, videos, and written explanations for both foundation single crochet and foundation double crochet stitches.
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Foundation single crochet stitch
To make a chainless foundation single crochet stitches (fsc) you begin by chaining 2.
Then you will single crochet in the 2nd chain from your hook, or the first chain you made.
The arrow in the photo above shows the chain underneath the first single crochet. You will insert your hook under 2 loops of this chain.
Next, yarnover and pull up a loop through the chain.
Then, yarnover and pull through one loop. That forms the chain that will be under the next stitch. Then, yarnover and pull through both loops. That forms the next single crochet stitch.
In the photo below you can see 7 completed chainless foundation single crochet stitches. The arrow points to the chain under the last one, which is where you will insert your hook for each additional stitch you need to make.
Once you have completed the number of chainless foundation single crochet stitches needed for your project, you will turn and begin crocheting into the tops of them just as you would for standard single crochet stitches.
Chainless foundation single crochet video
If you feel that a video would help you, the video below demonstrates how to stitch foundation single crochet stitches.
Foundation double crochet stitch
You can use the chainless foundation double crochet stitch (fdc) in any project that has a first row of solid double crochet.
Making foundation double crochet stitches is very similar to single crochet stitching. To start with, you will chain 3.
Working in the bottom ridge loop of the first chain you made, or the third chain from your hook, work a double crochet stitch.
Next, insert your hook under two loops of the chain underneath the stitch you made. The arrow in the photo above points to the chain.
Yarnover and pull up a loop through the chain.
Yarnover and pull through one loop. That forms the next chain.
Yarnover again and pull through two loops. Yarnover one more time and pull through the last two loops. That finishes the next double crochet stich.
The photo below shows the chain at the bottom of the last stitch. You’ll yarnover and then insert your hook there to start the next chainless foundation crochet stitch. Repeat these steps until you’ve finished the number of stitches needed for your first row.
Chainless foundation double crochet stitch video
You could use this same method with any of the basic stitches. Before making the stitch, you yarnover the same number of times that you normally would. You insert the hook in the previous chain. You always yarnover and pull up a loop, and then yarnover and pull through one loop to form the next chain. Then you complete the stitch as you normally would.
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