This week I will be showing you the Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) this is a stitch that allows you to work with out the traditional foundation chain. Now I never did like the foundation chain, getting the tension just right, both loops Vs just the one, abd the extra time it takes working in to a chain as opposed to in to a stitch. The foundation stitches do away with all that plus have the added bonus of start and finish looking the same.
You can replace the foundation stitches with a chain and a row of stitches to no real ill and conversely you can replace the chain and first row in pretty much all patterns with foundation stitches.
I am going to demonstrate the SINGLE foundation stitch but the principal is the same for all foundation stitches
Start with a 2 ch
Insert your hook in the second chain from hook
Pull up a loop through ONE loop on hook
This now loop replaces the traditional foundation chain
When you are starting out it may help to place a bit of scrap yarn between these loops (under the hook) as I have discovered the usual confusion with this stitch is “where do I put my hook?”
Pull a loop through both loops on hook
Insert hook in first loop space
Repeat the steps to form the next stitch
Pull a loop through ONE loop on hook, then pull a loop through BOTH loops
Once you get the hang of it it really is rather simple. I have demonstrated the SFC and as I say the principal applies to all stitches but if you would like me to demonstrate any other foundation stitches please do let me know and I’ll get right on it.
I have a few patterns that use the foundation stitches
Hmmm can you tell I love foundation stitches?