Hey guys, Today I want to share with you how I do the Foundation Chain. This chain is what I use in most of projects and my designs. I love the simplicity that it gives and how it doesn’t take anything away from the design you are going with. Plus… it gives more stretch than the regular chain. This alternative doesn’t matter if you are a tight crocheter or a loose crocheter. I believe this technique gives more ease to any project. I know it can seem intimidating, but once you get the hang of it, you will be sailing through and using it every time. I can personally tell you, I felt the same way. Told myself several times, “I will never get the hang of this and have to keep doing the chain row.” Come to find out, that wasn’t the case at all.
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The more you try and keep trying, the more it will come natural. This actually worked out in away I couldn’t imagine. I even kept telling myself, “You will get this. You don’t achieve it now, you just got to keep going.” My eyes were just amazed by what I have accomplished. You will be too, if you don’t give up and keep telling yourself, you can do this. Practice… practice… will get you there.
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Now… Let’s Get Into What You Came For…
The Foundation Chain is used best for these stitches:
- Single Crochet
- Half Double Crochet
- Double Crochet
- Treble crochet
The Foundation Chain is great for these projects:
- Bags of any kind
- Coffee Cozies
- Garments (Cardigans, Tees and Sweaters)
- Gloves of any kind
- Head warmers
Materials You Need
Yarn of choice (sample I used Yarnspirations Caron Big Cakes in Cookie Crumble)
When starting this technique, decide which stitch you are using first. It helps with how many chains you begin with, because you are doing a chain and stitch together. So, you’re chain will be below the stitch, making whichever project you’re making, look more uniform and together.
I know, you’re probably thinking 🤔, this is still complicated and you won’t be to tackle this technique, but TRUST ME, you will be able to tackle this. I literally thought the same thing over and over. Now, it’s the only thing that I use, because I practiced and practiced, it just comes natural for me now. Proud for what I have accomplished and will continue to accomplish, along my journey.
You don’t get it now, you will. I can contest to that for. Stop. Take a deep breathe. Shake it off. Start again. If this is your first, you will have so many frogging tribulations, that give the obstacles and road blocks and even STRESS you to the core.
But….. I promise you this, YOU GOT THIS.
Now… Let’s Get Into What Came Here For….
Starting with a slip knot on your hook.
Single Crochet: Chain 2
Half Double Crochet: Chain 3
Double Crochet: Chain 4
Treble Crochet: Chain 5
Now for the Single Crochet, you don’t YARN OVER, you will simply insert your hook into the 1st Chain you made, YARN OVER, pull up a loop (2 loops on your hook), YARN OVER, pull through the first loop (2 loops on your hook and 1st Chain made), YARN OVER and pull through both loops (Single Crochet and Chain made.
Doing the Single Crochet Foundation Chain, you will always have 2 loops on your hook.
Now for the Half Double Crochet, Yarn Over to begin (3 loops on your hook), insert your hook back into the 1st Chain made, Yarn Over, pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook), Yarn Over, Pull through the 1st loop (3 loops on your hook and chain), Yarn Over and pull through all 3 loops. You just completed your first chain and half double crochet. You will repeat these steps until you have your right measurement or stitches need for your project.
For the Half Double Crochet Foundation Chain, you will always 3 loops on your hook.
Now for the Double Crochet, Yarn Over to begin, insert your hook into the 1st Chain made, Yarn Over and pull up a loop (3 loops on your hook), Yarn Over and pull through 1st loop (chain made), 3 loops remain on your hook, Yarn Over and pull through 1st 2 loops, Yarn Over and pull through last 2 loops. Chain and Double Crochet completed. You will repeat these steps until you reach your measurements or stitches needed for your projects.
For the Double Crochet Foundation Chain, you will always have 3 loops on your hook, until you are completing your stitch, than you will have 2 loops on your hook.
Now for the Treble Crochet, begin by chaining 5. Yarn Over twice (3 loops on your hook), Yarn Over and pull up a loop (4 loops on your hook), Yarn Over and pull through 1st loop (chain made and 4 loops remain on your hook), Yarn Over and pull through 1st 2 loops (3 loops on your hook), Yarn Over and pull through 2 loops (2 on your hook), Yarn Over and pull through last 2 loops on your hook. Chain and Treble Crochet completed. You will repeat these steps until you reach your desired measurements or stitches for your projects.
For the Treble Crochet Foundation Chain, you will always have 4 loops on your hook, until you get into completing your stitch, you will have 3 than 2 loops to complete your stitch.
I can totally tell you this, once you get in the hang and get your groove, it’s smooth sailing. It will come natural, like a NO PROBLEM. Than, you will be using every chance you get. Remember, this putting your chain and stitch together, giving you more ease and stretch feel, rather than keeping it tight with no move.
I literally LOVE this way better.
I know, that you will love it just as the same.
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