Working into a Foundation Chain 3 Ways

Row 1: Chain 63, single crochet in second chain from hook and each chain across.

Crochet Foundation Chain

The instructions are simple and straightforward right? Did you know that there are multiple ways of working into that foundation chain? These are three of the most common methods or working into your chain, and each has its own pros and cons.

Before we begin, pull out your favorite crochet hook. You will want a hook that is comfortable in your hand. It is also helpful, especially when you are working into the back ridge loop, to have a hook with a slight point to the tip. Now let's look at how to crochet into the foundation chain.

How to Crochet in the Foundation Chain   The most common way of working into a foundation chain is to insert your hook underneath the back loop and back ridge loop (also sometimes called the bottom ridge loop). Also the easiest way of working into the foundation chain, this method creates a strong stable base that is perfect for most projects. The front loop edges the bottom of the piece. The angled stitches create an elegant angled design. The first few times you will need to pay close attention as it can be difficult to differentiate the next stitch to work into. As with all techniques, practice makes perfect.
How to Crochet   Some crocheters prefer to insert the hook under the top two loops, the same way you would work into stitches on subsequent rows. This is definitely the purist method and also creates a strong base for a variety of projects. It is also the most difficult method of working into the foundation chain.  The finished piece will have an even edge with the even design of the back ridge loop.
Crochet in the Bottom Ridge Loop   The third option is to work into the back ridge loop. Simply turn the foundation chain over and insert your hook under the single bottom ridge loop. Unlike the two methods above, you are inserting your hook under only one loop. But because of the construction of the chain, this single bottom loop provides the same stability as working under to loops.  Working into the back ridge loop allows you to easily work additional rows into the base of your piece. Simply turn your piece upside down and work under the top two loops of the base.

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Toni Rexroat

About Toni Rexroat

Toni Rexroat is the Online Editor of Crochet Me. Outfitted with several crochet hooks and surrounded by bins of yarn, she has been the assistant editor for Interweave Crochet magazine as well as PieceWork, Interweave Crochet’s sister magazine. She was born and raised in a little town in Wyoming where she was exposed to wool and other fibers at an early age, and began crocheting in her early teens. Enjoying a wide variety of fibery hobbies from crochet and knitting to sewing, she is determined to learn to spin so she can crochet with her own yarn.

One thought on “Working into a Foundation Chain 3 Ways

  1. This is a really useful instruction, but I wish it were a bit more consistent. You have a very clear drawing at the top, with the three parts to the stitch identified. And in 2 of the 3 instructions, you use those part names to describe the stitch. But in the middle instruction, you just refer to the “top two loops,” not so clear to some of us! Also, the first 2 pictures are really useful as a comparison. The third picture is not comparable to the first 2. I understand that you wanted to show another option – continuing in a new direction with the work – but it would, to me, have been more useful to have the 3 finished techniques shown.