Many crochet patterns begin something like, "Chain 29,
single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across." When I gave
my sister her first crochet lesson, we purposely ignored these first two lines
of the pattern. Why? Because most crocheters dislike working that first row of
stitches into the chain, and for a beginning crocheter, identifying and
inserting your hook into each individual chain can be very frustrating. But you
have to begin a project somehow, so I taught her the foundation single crochet
When the first row or round of a pattern is comprised
entirely of a basic stitch such as single crochet, double crochet, etc,
foundation stitches has several advantages.
- First, foundation stitches allow you to create both the
beginning chain and the first row of stitches in row.
- Because you are able to work these rows at the same time,
you don't have to worry about getting to the end of the first single crochet
row and discovering you accidently worked too few chains.
Foundation stitches are also more elastic than chain
stitches. This is especially important for bottom-up pullovers and sweaters, at
necklines and the cuff of sleeves, at the waistline of skirts, and around necklines.
- It is relatively simple to substitute a foundation row in
many patterns such as the Spring Shell.
Doris Chan is one of foundation crochet's biggest fans. Many
of her patterns, such as Lara's Dance Skirt, utilize foundation stitches. Now
Doris is joining us to share not only detailed instructions on how to work
foundation stitches, but also her knot-less slip knot. She will also share tips
and guidelines for counting and measuring foundation stitches, how to work
foundation stitches for flat projects and in the round, how to finish chainless
foundations, and much more.
Sign up for Doris Chan's online webinar, Chainless Foundations & Foundation
Single Crochet, today and learn how to make your crochet projects better
with foundation stitches. This webinar begins at 2 p.m. EDT on Wednesday August 7, 2013.
And for a limited time, you can save 30% on all
webinars. Hurry and take advantage of these great prices today.
P.S. Do you use foundation stitches? What is your favorite tip or trick?