Introduction: How to Foundation Double Crochet

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Do you suffer from tight crochet foundation chains? Do you love beautiful crochet edges that are stretchy and elastic? Then you are going to fall in love with the Foundation Double Crochet technique!

Not only does it give you a foundation chain with ease…you create your double crochets at the same time!

No more puckered edges or unforgiving tightness! This is great for sweaters sleeves, hats worked from the brim up, or anything you want to have a nice stretch.

Watch the video below or follow the photo tutorial or both!

Step 1: ​Begin by Making a Slip Knot and Placing It on Your Hook

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You can see how to make one on my tutorial How To Make A Slip Knot.

Step 2: Chain 4

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Step 3: Yarn Over

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Step 4: Insert Hook Through Center of First Chain. (4th Chain From Hook)

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Step 5: Also Insert Hook Through Loop on Back, Slightly to the Left

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Step 6: Yarn Over

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Step 7: Draw Back Thru

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Step 8: You Now Have 3 Loops on Your Hook

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Step 9: Yarn Over Again

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Step 10: Draw Hook Back Through First Stitch Only

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Step 11: Yarn Over

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Step 12: Draw Back Through 2 Stitches

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Step 13: Yarn Over Once More

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Step 14: Draw Hook Back Through Last 2 Stitches

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Step 15: A Finished Foundation Single Crochet

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Step 16: ​Continue Working, Starting Each Repetition by First Yarning Over, Then Insert Your Hook Through the Foundation Chain Previously Made

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Then repeat steps 5-12, for each stitch you want to create. Your foundation chain will be the chain you just made, and is to your left. In the photo above, it is the highlighted blue chain, not the green.

Step 17: Once You’ve Done Several Repetitions, This Is What Your Foundation Chains Will Look Like (in Green)

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Step 18: This Is the Anatomy of a Foundation Double Crochet. You Can See Where Everything Forms!

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You will make this differently than when traditionally crocheting, where you work from the bottom (foundation chain), and work into each chain. Each foundation chain and double crochet are made at the same time…so you work sideways!

Step 19: Tip: Always Insert Your Hook Through the Stitches All the Way Back to the Shank or Shaft of the Hook. You Want the Width of the Shank to Push Through, Otherwise Your Foundation Chains May Be Too Tight.

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Step 20: That's It!!

Don’t worry if you don’t get this at first, just keep practicing and you will understand it quicker than you think! Let me know if you have any questions in comments below!

Keep on Crafting!

Comments

sloyt64 (author)2015-08-26

All i can say is thank you so much this helps in so many ways.

CreatiKnit (author)sloyt642015-08-26

You are so welcome sloyt64! I am so happy it was helpful to you! :)

marceec made it! (author)2016-10-28

I'm making a lacy cowl. This foundation is more time- and yarn-consuming than a plain foundation chain, but it's also more elastic and feels like it'll hold up better over time as an edge for the more delicate lace pattern of the cowl. Thank you for the tutorial.

imerrymary (author)2015-10-31

I'm starting to crochet again after several years and luckily I found this 'ible that solves a major problem. It was frustrating to have that tight foundation chain ruin the symmetry of a project. Thanks SO much. I'll never do a simple chain foundation again.

sunshiine (author)2015-09-05

I would love to make a hat using your instructions~ They are simple to follow.Thanks for sharing.

sunshiine~

CreatiKnit (author)sunshiine2015-09-05

So happy you love it Sunshiine! :)

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