What is Foundation Single Crochet
Step up your crochet game and learn the Foundation Single Crochet, a chainless way of starting your project. The Foundation Single Crochet is a method of starting a crochet project that allows you to work your foundation chains and your first row of single crochet stitches at the same time.
This technique is also known as the chainless single crochet foundation because you are not required to make a starting chain at the beginning of your project, instead, you create the base chain and the single crochet stitch on top of it in one step.
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Why start your project with a Foundation SC
There are a few reasons why you should start your project with a foundation single crochet, even if the pattern you are following doesn’t advise you to. You can simply replace the foundation chain and first row of single crochet stitches with a foundation single crochet row.
- Even Tension – Starting chains often have a different tension than the regular stitches and this will cause your edge to curve. This will not happen when using the foundation sc.
- Flexible Edge – Foundation sc stitches have some stretch to them and are a great option for crocheting clothes or any other project that need a flexible edge.
- Add Stitches As You Go – it’s easy to miss or miscount the number of stitches when making a regular starting chain. With foundation single crochet, you can add or take away extra stitches if you miscalculated the project size or the number of stitches required.
- Easy To See Stitches – When working with novelty yarns, such as tinsel yarns or metallic yarns, it’s easy to miss a stitch, but not when you start your project with a foundation single crochet.
- Save Time – working the starting chain and the first single crochet row in one go will save you time and make the stitch counting a breeze.
How to use the Foundation Single Crochet
This technique can be used on any pattern that requires you to make a foundation chain and then crochet a row of single crochet stitches, it will make your life so much easier. But there are times when you should use the foundation single crochet method to start and make your projects, here are a few examples:
- Crochet Appliques – This method is great when crocheting appliques or any shapes for that matter. You can add stitches on both sides of the row and create those unusual shapes to form your shape.
- Shaping Garments – in the same way, the foundation single crochet is very useful when shaping garment parts as you can crochet stitches on both sides of the row or add extra stitches on one side of the row.
- Stretchy Edges – specifically for garments that need a bit of stretch.
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- basic stitches
- crochet as you go
Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
No special stitches were used in this pattern.
Step 1: Start with a slip knot and ch2 (this is the only chaining you will do when making a foundation single crochet)
Step 2: Insert your hook in the 2nd ch from hook, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yo and pull through the first loop on hook (2 loops on hook).
You have now created the first base chain.
Step 3: Yo and pull through both loops on the hook.
You have now created the single crochet on top of the base chain. This counts as one stitch when counting stitches and it’s abbreviated as fsc.
Step 4: Let’s create another base chain. Turn your work with the bottom up to expose the first base chain.
Insert your hook under both loops of the chain.
Yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Yo and pull through the first loop on hook (2 loops).
Now you have a new base chain.
Step 5: Next, we will make the single crochet stitch on top of that base chain.
Yo and pull through the 2 loops on hook. Another foundation single crochet stitch is complete.
Step 6: Let’s make another foundation single crochet (fsc) from start to end.
To make the base chain, turn your work upside down to expose the previous base chains, insert your hook under the last chain, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yo and pull through just one loop on the hook (still 2 loops on hook).
To make the sc on top, yo and pull through both loops on the hook.
Repeat step 6 until you have the required lenght or number of stitches.
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