My 3 Favorite Foundation Stitches

Are you tired of having to rip out your work because your chain is tighter than your stitches? Or maybe the chain is too loose? Let’s take the guesswork out of gauge and explore three different foundation stitches to find the one that’s right for you! Once you learn these three, you will discover frustration-free beginnings to all your future projects!

1. Foundation Single Crochet




Foundation Single Crochet (fsc): Ch 2, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, YO and pull through ch. YO, pull through one loop on hook (fc made), YO, pull through 2 loops on hook. (1st sc made).

*Insert hook into fc made under first stitch, YO and pull through fc, YO, pull through one loop on hook (fc made), YO, pull through 2 loops on hook. Repeat from * the total number of times indicated. (Ch 2 at beginning does not count as a stitch)


2. Foundation Half Double Crochet




Foundation Half Double Crochet (fhdc): Ch 2, YO, insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, YO and pull through ch. YO, pull through one loop on hook (fc made), YO, pull through 3 loops on hook. (1st hdc made).

*YO insert hook into fc made under first stitch, YO and pull through fc, YO, pull through one loop on hook (fc made), YO, pull through 3 loops on hook. Repeat from * the total number of times indicated. (Ch 2 at beginning does not count as a stitch)


3. Foundation Double Crochet




Foundation Double Crochet (fdc): Ch 3, YO, insert hook into 3rd ch from hook, YO and pull through ch. YO, pull through one loop on hook (fc made), [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice (1st dc made).

*YO, insert hook into fc made under first stitch, YO and pull through fc. YO, pull through one loop on hook (ch 1 made), [YO, pull through 2 loops on hook] twice. Repeat from * the total number of times indicated. (Ch 3 at beginning counts as a stitch)


Now that you’ve learned these three stitches, the Foundation Triple and beyond are nothing more than variations on the same theme! I hope you can now enjoy a frustration-free crochet journey!
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19 Responses to “My 3 Favorite Foundation Stitches”
    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Cynthia. Yes, the foundation stitches written instructions are the same for left-handed stitchers.
      Mary Beth
      Creative Crochet Corner

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  1. Patricia Sweet
    Patricia Sweet

    Hi really liked how you did this slow. But where would I ise these foundation chains.? On dishcloths or afghans?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Patricia!

      You can use a foundation stitch in any pattern that calls for a first row of a single stitch.
      For example if your pattern says “Ch 51, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across” for a total of 50 sc, you can just make 50 foundation sc.

      So it’s not what type of projects are suitable for foundation stitches, it’s more about what kind of stitches are in the first row of any project!

      Hope this helps – MBT

      Mary Beth Temple
      Creative Crochet Corner

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    • Shelley Peterson
      Shelley Peterson

      Patricia, my local yarn store told me these are great stitches to use for the neck of a sweater or top because they have a little more stretch to them.

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  2. Catherine Harris
    Catherine Harris

    After doing your foundation chain plus your SC or DC’s is this considered your chain and Row 1? Therefore, after your specified amount of fdc for example, you would proceed to Row 2?

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hello Catherine,

      Thank you for contacting us.

      Yes that is correct – one row of foundation stitches replaces the foundation chain and the first row, provided of course that the first row of your pattern was a solid row of stitches.

      If you have any additional questions, please email or contact Customer Service at 1-855-222-0087.

      Sincerely,

      Lindsay
      Creative Crochet Corner Video Membership

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  3. Lisa J Ferguson
    Lisa J Ferguson

    Excellent presentation. However, could you follow up by counting the number of stitches you have made. I have a hard time counting stitches as a beginner.

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  4. michelle blais
    michelle blais

    I just turned 75.My mother-in-law tried to teach me 50 yrs.but i’m left handed but she wasn’t so the lessons didn’t go very well.I’ve been quarantined for many months,so this is my lucky day.Wish me luck.I’m very anxious to learn

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    • Customer Service
      Customer Service

      Hi Sylvie. Just follow the instructions for the pattern you are using – the foundation row you made takes the place of the first row so you will chain and turn, as instructed, and follow the instructions for the second row.
      Mary Beth
      Creative Crochet Corner

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  5. Tracy Marquez
    Tracy Marquez

    Amazing, I have tried to do this foundation stitch on a couple of projects, and for some reason they never seem to look correct. May i overthink the simplicity of doing these wonderful stitches. Genius! Thank for the simple walk through. Thank you for the alternative to simple chain. Thank you Thank you Thank you!!!!

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