Video: foundation single crochet (fsc) tutorial

I’ve just posted my first video tutorial onto youtube. I apologise for my nasally voice, I’m just getting over the last of my cold. Let me know if you have any questions or helpful critique.

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Tutorial – joining foundation double crochet in the round

I can’t do the starting chain anymore, I have to do a foundation crochet as my first row which is a little tricky when it comes to shells and other lacework. However, I keep forgetting how to join in the round without leaving the little gap at the bottom. So I thought I’d write it down.

– Do 1 fdc less than your pattern calls for

– YO and hook into foundation chain
– pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)
– without twisting the work, insert hook into the very first chain created at the very beginning of your fdc row
– YO and pull through 2 loops (3 loops on hook)
– YO pull through 2 loops twice to keep the final fdc
– slip stitch to join

Tutorial – Interchangeable button on flower

I love, love, love making gorgeous little hats for my little girl, but I wanted to find a way to match them with her outfits without having to make a billion different hats. The easiest way I thought to do this is to have detachable crochet flowers that a permanent button on the hat can attach to.

Newborn flower hat with button flower

Here’s the tutorial for these lovely little flowers:

Form a magic ring and ch 1
12 sc in the ring
sl st to join
*(1 sc
4 dc
1sc) in 1st stitch
sl st in next stitch*
repeat between *’s 5 times (5 small petals)

Sl st into back post before first petal
*(1 dc
4 trc
1 dc) in next back post
sl st in next back post*repeat between *’s 5 times (5 large petals)

Fasten off and weave in tails

Tutorial – foundation single crochet

The first tutorial I want to share is one that I wish I had known from the very beginning of learning to crochet and something that given half the chance I use in all my pieces…foundation crochet. It can be done in single, double, treble…whatever as long as you know the basic formula. It’s a little fiddly and took me a fair few goes before it suddenly twigged, but now I’ve got the hang of it I don’t need to do anymore of those annoying chain rows at the start of a piece.

The foundation single crochet row gives, in my opinion, a neater start to a piece of work and I always get a bit muddled with how many I’ve chained. It also means you don’t need to change hook size to ensure you’ve got not gone too tight.

Here’s how to go about it…(video located after instructions)

make a slip knot

1. Ch 2
2. Insert hook in 2nd ch from hook
3. YO & pull through 1 loop (2 loops on hook)
4. YO & pull through the first loop only (this counts as your Ch that we’ll use when we make the next fsc)
5. YO & pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook) – 1 fsc completed

6. Insert hook into Ch
7. YO & pull through 1 loop (2 loops on hook)
8. YO & pull through first loop only to form a chain
9. YO & pull through 2 loops (1 loop on hook) – 2nd fsc completed

Repeat the last 3 steps until you have the required number of ch for your pattern.

As you create the foundation row, you are creating a row of chains on the left of your work, and a row of stitches on the right of your work. When you complete the foundation row, you will turn the work and start to crochet into the stitches that form on the right.