When you are crocheting is your beginning chain stitch too tight for your crochet stitches, causing it to bunch or the corners to turn up? Would you like to learn a faster way to begin you base stitch? All of these are great reasons to learn how to do a foundation row with single, half double, or double crochet stitches. You can use the foundation stitches in any pattern where it calls for you to first chain a row.
When I first saw a foundation stitch I thought it was too confusing and it would just be easier to continue chaining and then crocheting into that chain. Later after learning I think this way is both quicker and simpler, and results in a better looking final product.
So what is a row of foundation stitches? When making a row of foundation stitches you are basically starting in the bottom of the previous (double/single/half-double) crochet stitch, chaining one, then making another (double/single/half-double) crochet stitch in that chain.
- Chain number corresponding with the stitch you plan on making (HDC-3, DC-4, SC-2)
- (If DC or HDC yarn over) insert hook into first chain
- Pull through
- Chain one
- Do HDC/DC/SC
- Insert hook in chain one
- Draw up a loop
- Chain one
- Repeat 5-8 until length desired
*Note-the last stitch made for some reason, is smaller than the others, but as you continue, they should even out.