Thursday Crochet Tip
Recently, I asked in my Facebook Same DiNamics Crochet page what sort of tips you’d like to see. The feedback I got was How to make the foundation chain. I set about researching for videos on how to make the foundation chain and I found several great videos on Moogly blog. I also found a fantastic picture tutorial with written instructions on Cre8tion Crochet.
But, before we get into the tutorials, let’s talk about why or when should you use the foundation chain, and what are they. There are three types of foundation chains, they are: the foundation single crochet (FSC); the foundation half double crochet (FHDC); and, the foundation double crochet (FDC). These stitches are sometimes considered advanced stitches but you shouldn’t let that deter you from learning how to crochet them.
So what are these foundation chains? Well, a foundation chain is just a different way of starting a crochet project that is worked in rows, or round when you join your foundation chain. It is basically your chain and stitch built into one. You create your chain and your stitch while working on the beginning, or so aptly named – foundation, chain of your project. I think that once you grasp the concept of working TWO stitches (the chain is a stitch) at the same time, you will be able to a crochet the foundation chain. It may take a couple of tries to get the hang of it, but, isn’t that how we all learned how to crochet? You practice until you get it.
Why or when should you use a foundation chain to start your project? Have you ever worked a beautiful cowl that when you put it on, one edge was tight with no give, while the other edge was nice and stretchy? Yes? Well, the edge that was tight with no give is the edge you started your project with, your basic chain where you chained X amount of chains. Unfortunately, there’s really no way of getting around this. Yes, you can crochet your beginning chain loosely but that may affect your whole gauge and the finished size of your project. By incorporating a foundation chain into your project at the beginning you are ensuring that you have a piece that stretches nicely and evenly.
Oh wait, there’s also another reason why you should use a foundation chain, it creates a even stitch. When you look at the bottom of your foundation chain, you will see a nice V that has been created giving your piece a flawless look. Also, if you are working on a piece that you need to finish by crocheting an edge, finding where you hook goes is pretty easy with the foundation chain. And, there’s no tell tale sign that that is where you started your piece from.
Well, let’s get on to the videos and picture tutorials. I will provide the links here where you can find the tutorials that will help.
I will encourage you to go on YouTube and search for other video tutorials, if these don’t work for you. Don’t give up on the foundation chain. It’s a whole new world of crocheting once you get the hang of it. And, don’t forget to add them to your YouTube playlist that you learned how to create in last week’s Thursday Crochet Tip post. See what I did there. 😉
I hope this has helped. Let me know what more tips I can bring.
As always, much love and happy hooking,