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Foundation Chain, Stitch Tutorial

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:

  • Blankets
  • Beanies
  • Bags of any kind
  • Coffee Cozies
  • Garments (Cardigans, Tees and Sweaters)
  • Gloves of any kind
  • Head warmers

Materials You Need

Crochet Hook of your choosing (I love my FURLS CROCHET HOOKS, I used for this sample K Streamline Pride Hook)

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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.

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Now… Let’s Get Into What Came Here For….

Now, let’s grab a CUP OF COFFEE, your yarn of your choice (I love Furls Whims Merino Yarn or Furls Wander Yarn) and your Trusty hook of any size (I love Furls Crochet Hooks).

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

Shown here: Ch2 for SC
Single Crochet: inserting your hook into 1st chain and pull up a loop
Single Crochet: yarn over and pull up a loop, chain made and 2 loops remain on your hook
Single Crochet: with 2 loops on your hook, Yarn Over and pull through the 2 loops and complete your single crochet.

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.

Shown Here: CH3 for Half Double Crochet

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.

Shown Here: CH4 for the Double Crochet

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.

Final Thoughts

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.

Please, leave a reply or contact me, with your thoughts or questions to this tutorial. I am here to help you in anyway that I can.

So, THANK YOU again for all your love and support. XOXOXOXO

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Back End Hook Pull Tutorial

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Every Single Human is Creative and has Creative Potential. It’s like a muscle that needs to be worked.

Lisa Congdon

Do you hate how your hook keeps getting snagged? Do you hate how you always have redo your stitch?

Well, I can help with this little technique, it is a life saver.

This technique is perfect for any stitch. You can use any yarn of your choice. The secret 🤫 is how you turn hook, when going into the stitch. It’s almost like you’re a magician or a wizard with your trusty wand.

One night, I was working on a project for an order and wasn’t paying attention, went into my stitch the wrong way. I literally thought I completely did something wrong. My Husband looks at me and asked, “What’s the matter?”

I told him, “I think I just did something wrong.”

He was like, “what do you mean?”

I said, “The way I had my hook turned and did my stitch.” So… I did it again the same way as before and was a amazed. I didn’t do anything wrong, I created something new.

Now, I want to share it with y’all. It actually saves me time and no more having to redo three to four stitches at a time. All, because my hook snags onto the previous stitch or the yarn splits. It’s a true life saver, plus I get to do magic tricks while I am working away.

One thing to also know is …. It’s perfect for any stitch you’re working with.

Now Let’s Begin ….

Materials

Hook — Any size you enjoy (I like my Furls Hooks)

Yarn — Any Type you enjoy …. There is no limit. Simply pick through these below 👇🏻

Step 1: Instead of having your hook facing you, turn it the opposite way from you!!

Step 2: Yarn Over, insert hook into indicated stitch, before Yarn Over: twirl your hook back to face you, Yarn Over, pull up a loop and complete your stitch.

Click to watch how I perform this tutorial.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post.

I hope you enjoyed this technique. XOXOXO