Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain

Blossom Lady
Aug 17, 2020 08:17 AM

The crochet foundation chain is the first stitch you need to learn when starting your very first project. Use this very simple foundation chain crochet tutorial to master your basic technique. Enjoy!

The foundation chain is the point from which your crochet grows. Make sure you keep it even and not so tight that you won’t be able to insert the hook through the loops later.

Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain

The number of stitches in your foundation chain depends on how wide your work will be. Most patterns advise how many foundation chains to make.
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Step 1.

Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain
Despite the term “yarn round hook” (or “yarn over”), you actually move the hook anticlockwise around the yarn from the ball.
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Step 2.

Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain
Turn the hook downwards so the yarn catches under the lip, then pull it smoothly through the loop on the hook.
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Step 3.

Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain
Keep your chain stitches even and not too tight by forming a rhythm as you chain, always working into the loop on the hook.
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Step 4.

Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain
Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you have as many chain stitches as you need. Aim to make stitches neat, even, and not too loose.
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Step 5.

Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain
The front of a foundation chain shows a row of flat Vs, while the back is simply a row of raised bumps.
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Important! Counting chains

Crochet Basics: Making a Foundation Chain

Crochet requires you to count stitches often to ensure you are following the pattern correctly. Always count your chain stitches before you start to crochet your first row. If you don’t have the
right number of foundation chains, you won’t have room to complete the stitches properly. Look at the front of the chain, and count the V shapes. Remember: the slip knot at the start and the loop on your hook do not count.
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Deborah Keaton
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Aug 17, 2020 08:44 AM
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Aug 24, 2020 05:51 AM
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Thank you, Deborah!