Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

Lots of crochet patterns start out with a foundation chain followed by the instructions to make a single crochet into each chain. The problems are manifold: we lose count of our chain stitches, we recount, we rip out, we start over; we end up with an ungainly edge of chains that were too loosely constructed, or we discover a taut, unforgiving edge from chains that were too tightly constructed! It's very hard to get right!

Enter the Foundation Single Crochet, an ingenious way to simultaneously create the foundation row and the first row of single crochets in one easy foundation row. Isn't that amazing? Yes, it is!

Here's how to do it...

Make a slip knot and chain 2.

Insert the hook from right ot left under the top strands of the first chain. The pink here indicates the "top strands"...

And this is what inserting the hook under them looks like...

Yarn over and pull a stitch through. There are now two loops on the hook.

*Yarn over and loosely pull a stitch through the just the first loop. There are now two loops on the hook.

It may be a good idea to mark the chain you just made with a removable stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn since you'll be coming back to it.

Yarn over and pull through both loops. There is now one loop on the hook.

Mark the stitch you just made with a removable stitch marker or piece of scrap yarn. It is your first single crochet!

Now locate the first stitch you marked. Remove the stitch marker and put the hook into the middle of that stitch, splitting the top strands and making sure the back strand of the stitch is on the left side of the hook. There should be two strands on the left of the hook and one strand on the right. Here's where the hook will go...

And here is the hook in that place... Notice that there are two strands and one loop on the hook.

Yarn over and pull through the two strands. There are now two loops on the hook.

Repeat from * (eliminating the step where you mark the first single crochet) until you have as many single crochets as you need! Here's a start:

The Foundation Single Crochet might be a little tricky the first time, but once you get the hang of it, it'll be your new best friend!

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11 Responses to Foundation Single Crochet (FSC)

  1. Astrid says:

    From Holland, thanks a lot for this great tutorial. No more starting over, yippee!

  2. Lorna says:

    Wow! Thank you soooo much for this, it's the clearest tutorial I've seen by far. Off to give it a try – and them make your lovely Rib Cowl. Thanks again!

  3. Clare says:

    Glad to see you guys utilizing this method. I was the one who initially posted about it here. I think it was on the Comments on the Granny Stripe Blanket. Anyway, well done on the tutorial and on sharing the technique!

  4. MintyPanda says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! Fsc has been the bane of my crocheting existence simply because no one ever properly explained where to start the second and continuing stitches.

    Purlbee always has the best tutorials!

  5. Meg says:

    This is a great tip! I am definitely going to have to try it out. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Grandma Judy says:

    Thank you so much. I am 72 and new to this. I want learn so much and this was really great.

  7. Peggy says:

    Oh hurray! This is a fantastic tutorial. I figured it out with 10 minutes of practicing and can do it now. Thank you!!!

  8. Sherri-Lynn says:

    This is a great tutorial. Thank you.

  9. Debby says:

    can't get past the *repeat part

  10. Miegome says:

    This is a great technique! I got it right at the first stitches, great explanations! Thanks for sharing with this good tutorial!!

  11. charlyn says:

    Thanks you very, very much for this and your right… I have a new BFF!

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