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.