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Foundation Single Crochet: How to Video + Why You Need to Learn

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Foundation Single Crochet: You want to learn it and you want to master it. Once you do, you’ll have a hard time convincing yourself to begin a crochet project with a normal chain ever again. Promise!

How to Foundation Single Crochet

The foundation single crochet is useful particularly when crocheting clothing (when the intended recipient is available for measuring). This stitch is also helpful when you’re crocheting a large piece and you’re not quite sure how long to make your beginning chain. Also if you just hate chaining like me. 😛

Why Foundation Single Crochet?

With the Foundation Single Crochet stitch, you’ll continue until you’ve reached the desired length (or number of chains if you’re using a pre-written pattern) and voila! Not only is the length of the piece completed and perfect, but the first row of single crochet is also completed. You know, the row that takes three times as long to crochet because it’s tedious and annoying and then when you finally get allll the way back through, you realize it’s too short? Yeah, that row. The one that makes me want to throw my hook across the room and crack open a bottle of wine. Just kidding. Kinda.

Written instructions for Foundation Single Crochet:

*video below

1. Start with a slip knot and ch-2.

2. Insert your hook into the very first of the chains made.

3. Pull up a loop (two loops now on hook).

4. Yarn over and pull through the first loop.

5. Yarn over and pull through both loops.

First foundation single crochet (FSC) stitch completed!

To make all subsequent foundation single crochet stitches…

1. Insert hook into the top of both loops from the last stitch made.

2. Yarn over and pull up a loop (two loops on hook).

3. Yarn over and pull through the first loop.

4. Yarn over and pull through both.

Repeat until desired chain length is reached and continue as you would for the rest of the pattern that you are using. Yes, that really is it! See the video below if you’re a visual learner…

Foundation Single Crochet: How to Video + Why You Need to Learn

My favorite part of FSC is that as you work, you are creating the foundation row of your entire piece, and it comes out horizontally (left to right) as you go along. If you are crocheting a sweater, wrap it around yourself to see how many more stitches you need, or if you went too far so you can frog a couple of stitches and go from there. If you’re working on a blanket, keep going until desired length is reached and you’re done! Ready to continue on with the fun part of crocheting: the actual crocheting.

If you’re not big into written instructions (it’s cool, me neither) I’ve got a brand spankin’ NEW video tutorial for you below. Ready to give Foundation Single Crochet a try?

YouTube video
If you are digging this foundation single crochet tutorial, then check out how to do other chainless foundation rows with the foundation Half Double and the Double Crochet foundation stitch.

More crochet techniques and yarn hacks:

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How to Add a Zipper and Lining to a Crochet Bag
Why You Need an Emergency Crochet Kit + How to Make One
How to Read a Crochet Pattern
Yarn Hacks Every Crocheter and Knitter Needs to Know
How to Make a Magic Circle for Crocheting in the Round
Why Size Matters in Crocheting and Knitting
How to Hand Sew a Purse Lining 

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  2. I have been wondering if there is a way to do a foundation row that skips a chain or two? I have always wanted to know.
  3. I hate those long chains too. I'm wondering: if you are working with a regular pattern, do you adjust the number of stitches? For example, it says "chain 25, turn" do you do 23 of the foundation stitches to match the length of their chain 25? If you do 25 of the foundation stitch it would be too long for the pattern, right?
    1. Hi Lynne! I would look at how many stitches row 1 should have and foundation crochet that many stitches...so if it says to ch 25 and sc across for a total of 24 sc stitches, then you would foundation sc 24. I hope this helps!
  4. Can this be used when creating a chevron somehow. I too really hate that first row, especially when it's 180 stitches!
  5. My pattern call for 13 double crochet then FSC , please explain how this done .Thank you
  6. I just want to say, bless you!!! I have tried so many times to learn how to do this, and this is the only video that broke it down so we'll!! Thank you so much!!
  7. Ashlea, I think I figured out finally how to do the FSC! On one of the sleeves for the Cold Shoulder Cover-up but now I'm stuck with how to "join to first FSC"??? Help, please I'm trying to get one made for my granddaughter to wear with jeans for maybe a cute school look before it gets cold and she is comical for a visit, soon! Please please please help me! Thank you in advance! Melissa
    1. Hey Melissa! When you join, you'll flip the work so that the tail is on the bottom and hanging to the left. Then you'll join to the top of that first stitch to make a circle. Does that help?
  8. Stupid question, but which "side" do you use for the next row of your project? Would it be the "bottom" side as you work to the right or the "top" as the traditional way? The reason I ask, the bottom of mine looks cleaner and nicer than the top... the top looks like it has 2 stitches per 1 bottom stitch and it is tighter than the bottom. I'm sorry but I could not tell by your video.... would love to know how to start the next row.... thanks! Also, any chance to see a FDC video soon? Thanks, love your patterns and ideas and your website!
    1. Hey Cat! Sorry I missed your comment. Yes I usually go into the bottom but that also depends on what I'm making. When I make the Aldi Quarter Keepers for instance, I like the edge to be as pretty as possible since that's my opening for the quarter. I'm working on a FDC video next! http://hearthookhome.com/aldi-quarter-keeper-free-crochet-pattern/
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