Sunday, March 11, 2012

Foundation Row Variations

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/20/16

Foundation chains are the basis for numerous crochet stitch patterns, which is why they are the focus of today’s blog post. That’s right, good people, we’re getting down to the nitty-gritty of foundation chains, because, believe it or not, they are extremely versatile and have the ability to add extraordinary detail to your finished crochet projects.

Let’s begin with the very basic tutorial of how to begin a foundation chain.

Step 1: Hold the yarn in front of you.

Step 2: Cross the right side of the yarn over the left side of the yarn.

Step 3: Draw up a loop under the loop created by crossing the yarn and tighten.

Step 4: Insert your hook and pulling from the unused yarn stock, yarn over your hook and draw through the loop on your hook. Continue doing this to make your foundation chain as long as necessary.

Now that you have a basic foundation chain, you have a few options to make your initial foundation row.

Choice 1: Insert your hook through the top loop only of your foundation chain.

Choice 2: Insert your hook through both chain loops of your foundation chain.

Choice 3: Alternate inserting your hook through the top loop only and both chain loops of your foundation chain.

Choice 4: Crochet through the top loop only of your foundation chain, chain necessary stitches for stitch being used in foundation chain – sc = 1, hdc = 2, dc = 3, tr = 5, etc; turn and crochet down the other side of the chain to make a foundation chain.

As you can see, foundation chains are anything but ordinary, and they can add intricate detail to all sorts of crochet pieces. By choosing the right foundation chain for your project, you can automatically include a solid and decorative edge, which will be the basis of a beautifully finished crochet piece.

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