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Tutorial: Chainless Foundation (No More Chains!)

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Raise your hand if you hate sewing into chains.

Yeah, that’s what I thought. Is there anyone who doesn’t completely dread that first row of a scarf, and having to sew into all of those pesky, tight little knots?

What I’m about to show you will change your life. (At least your crochet life.) With the Chainless Foundation Stitch, you NO LONGER have to chain a million and then go back and sew into them one by one. Trust me, when you master this simple concept, you’ll be whipping out scarves and cowls like nobody’s business. (And you’ll wonder why this wasn’t, like, the first thing you ever learned.)

Once you’ve got the technique down, check out these fun, FREE scarf patterns to practice on!

For this tutorial, we’ll use the Double Crochet (DC), although this can be modified for single, half, etc (we’ll cover that toward the end).

Double Crochet Chainless Foundation Stitch

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First DC:
Chain 3. Yarn over and insert hook into third chain from hook.
(Okay, okay, I know I said no more sewing into chains. This is the only one, I promise.)

Draw up a loop (you will have 3 loops on your hook, as in Figure 1 below); then yarn over and pull through only the first loop. (<—This is the magic step that makes it work!) You will still have 3 loops on your hook. (It should look like Figure 2, below.)

figures1and2

Now, complete the DC as normal (yarn over, draw through first two loops; yarn over again and draw through remaining two loops).

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Next DC (repeat the following steps for as many DCs as you need):
Yarn over and insert hook into the loops of the last DC. It’s a little hard to see at first but you’ll get the hang of it once you get going. Here’s a photo to help you… I’ve highlighted the loops you need to insert hook into:

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Draw up the loop and Ch 1 from the loop. (<—-Look, it’s the magic step again!)

Yarn over, draw through the first two loops. Yarn over again and draw through remaining two loops.

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To connect for crochet in the round:

Bring your ends together as in the photo, being careful not to twist the row. (This is so much easier to do now, isn’t it?)

Insert hook into top of first DC, draw through, and slip stitch through the loop on your hook. Ch 3 and begin next row of normal DCs (or whatever stitch you are going to do next). When you’re done with the scarf (or whatever), you can use the starting tail to sew that gap together.

CrochetInTheRound

How awesome is that?!? If it seems labor-intensive now, just practice. Seriously, it won’t take long before you are knocking out that first row in record time. And notice how NICE that bottom edge is – no more little bumps! Just a beautiful row of loops!

Now that you’re a pro at the Chainless Foundation Stitch, try this FREE pattern for the Triple Loop Skinny Scarf! (Goodness knows I never would’ve attempted this scarf if I had to sew into that many chains!)

And in case you’re wondering… YES. You can do this with other stitches, such as the Half Double Crochet and the Single Crochet:

Half Double Crochet Chainless Foundation Stitch

First HDC:

  • Chain 2. Yarn over and insert hook into second chain from hook.
  • Draw up a loop (you will have 3 loops on your hook), then draw through only the first loop on hook. You will still have 3 loops on your hook.
  • Complete HDC as normal (yarn over and draw through all 3 loops).

Next HDC (repeat the following steps for as many HDCs as you need):

  • Yarn over and insert hook into the loops of the last HDC.
  • Draw up a loop and pull through first loop on hook.
  • Yarn over, and draw through all three loops on hook.

Single Crochet Chainless Foundation Stitch

 First SC:

  • Ch 2. Insert hook into second chain from hook.
  • Draw up a loop (you will have 2 loops on your hook), then draw through only the first loop on hook. You will still have 2 loops on your hook.
  • Complete SC as normal (draw through both loops).

Next SC (repeat the following steps for as many SCs as you need):

  • Insert hook into the loops of the last SC.
  • Draw up a loop and pull through first loop on hook.
  • Draw through both loops on hook.

Enjoy!

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  • jaye February 3, 2014, 5:23 pm

    chainless foundation…where have you been my whole life?? 🙂

    • Rebecca February 3, 2014, 8:56 pm

      RIGHT?!?!? 🙂

  • Patricia February 4, 2014, 10:16 am

    Love the patterns you have posted! Can you use the Chainless Foundation on any pattern? Even an afghan? If the pattern states to ch 180 then sc in second chain from hook and each ch across then do you just SCCF 180? Thanks!

    • Rebecca February 4, 2014, 10:37 am

      Thank you Patricia! Yes, I believe you can use this on any pattern (at least I haven’t run into any issues yet, and I can’t think of any reason it wouldn’t work). You’ll just create the same number of chainless foundation stitches as you need in your rows. In your example, it sounds like each row might have 179 stitches (since you Ch 180 and then skip that first Ch). So in that case, to stick to the pattern, I would FSC 179. Regardless, yes – it really is that simple! 🙂

      • Patricia February 4, 2014, 10:49 am

        Great…thanks! I would interested to hear if anyone has used this for a ripple pattern afghan….

  • Khuong February 4, 2014, 10:56 am

    So cool! and your directions are the best… clear and easy to follow. Thanks so much.

    • Rebecca February 4, 2014, 11:49 am

      Thank you so much! This is my first tutorial for the blog and I was hoping I made things nice and clear. It’s hard to know when you’re writing it, because you don’t know if your brain is filling in the blanks for you. It’s hard to put yourself in the place of someone who hasn’t done the stitch before. I’m so glad it was easy for you to follow 🙂 More tutorials to come!

  • Chris February 25, 2014, 5:41 pm

    Soooo nice, tried them all and wow, this is wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

    • Rebecca February 25, 2014, 7:32 pm

      You’re welcome! Isn’t it a great trick? You’ll never crochet the same way again 🙂

  • WEYMOUTH BROWN February 26, 2014, 8:26 pm

    I really am old school and can’t fugure this out. I have no problem doing the chains.

    • Rebecca February 28, 2014, 1:29 pm

      The best method to use is the method that works best for you! 😉

  • Kim March 5, 2014, 8:28 am

    I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Rebecca March 5, 2014, 8:46 am

      You’re welcome Kim! Good luck 🙂

  • Sharon April 5, 2014, 6:56 pm

    OMG! So simple. I can’t wait to show my granddaughter! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

    • Rebecca April 8, 2014, 8:35 am

      You’re welcome, you’re welcome, you’re welcome! 🙂 Makes you wonder why no one taught you sooner, right?! That’s what I thought when I learned it!

  • Fareeda Ikram April 9, 2014, 3:25 am

    I love your website, it the 1st page I open when stuck! I been crocheting for years now but never done the fsc! I’m gona try this tonight n learn on some chicly yarn to get it perfect! I pray there will be Many more happy blogs from you for years to come! Thankyou from the bottom of my heart! You awesome xxx

    • Rebecca April 9, 2014, 9:46 pm

      Thank you so much Fareeda! This was the first comment I read this morning and it totally made my day. 🙂 I hear from a LOT of people who’ve been crocheting a long time but never knew this little trick. I’m so glad we’ve ALL discovered it!

  • shauncy April 16, 2014, 8:15 am

    This is so fun! I have been crocheting for 20 yrs or better. I love it, it is my happy place after a long, hard day. My little “monkeys” all girls mind you, are 17, 19, 21. Yes, I started on bed rest 🙂 I CANNOT make enough scarves. Infinity, cowls, skinny, chunky, button, no button ….. I am always looking for patterns. Because of course, I can’t make the same ones for their friends 🙂 I found you on pintrest and I just can’t wait to try this!! Tonite after work! Thank you so much for sharing it!! So fun reading your comments. I, so relate! God Bless

    • Rebecca April 18, 2014, 11:29 am

      I LOVE scarves! I was a bit sad when winter ended and I had to start focusing on other items 🙂 This is a wonderful little trick to have. Good luck!

  • SuseADoodle April 16, 2014, 5:17 pm

    this is SOOOOOOOOOOOOO cool! Thanks!

    • Rebecca April 18, 2014, 11:27 am

      You’re welcome!

  • Tracy Walters Brimhall April 16, 2014, 7:54 pm

    Question for you – can it be done with treble crochet as well?

    • Rebecca April 18, 2014, 11:30 am

      I’m sure it can, and when I get the little monkeys down for nap this afternoon, I will give it a try and report back! 🙂

  • Elizabeth Mathis May 4, 2014, 8:36 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing!! So simple! I think I’m in love! Haha

    • Rebecca May 6, 2014, 9:52 am

      You’re so welcome!! 🙂

  • Leah May 18, 2014, 1:38 am

    I have never liked the look of the single chain foundation row, possibly because I find it hard to keep the tension uniform on a single chain stitch. I also wanted to find a crochet foundation that would look more like a decorative edging and not just a row of single crochet. I decided to try see if I could do something like the knitter’s long tail cast on. The long tail cast on uses two strands of yarn instead of just one. I worked out a two strand crochet foundation which I call a long tail foundation. Would anyone like to see how it is done? I think it is a new type of foundation, or at least not one I have seen before.

    • Tracy Walters Brimhall May 24, 2014, 12:16 pm

      Absolutely! Anything that might be a creative new way for something I might want to cook up is always welcome! Please do share!

    • Rebecca May 26, 2014, 4:46 pm

      I’d love to see it, Leah! Feel free to leave a link here 🙂

    • Susie tuberville February 17, 2017, 5:37 pm

      I would love to see your foundation.

  • Kathy June 19, 2014, 8:27 am

    What a great site this is, Rebecca! Many thanks for being willing to share your expertise and creative skills. I stumbled on your website purely by chance…what luck for me!

    • Rebecca June 19, 2014, 9:22 am

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Kathy!

  • Sarah Elizabeth Grace August 11, 2014, 10:47 pm

    Seriously!
    This is the most helpful tutorial I’ve seen in years!
    Thank you so so so much!!!

    • Rebecca August 19, 2014, 9:46 am

      Aww, you’re so so so welcome Sarah! I love it when people discover Chainless Foundation 🙂

  • Alicia October 2, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Definitely going to try this! Thanks for the post! =)

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:01 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • Tam October 3, 2014, 8:28 pm

    This is the best tutorial I’ve come across for this cast on! Thank you so much! I’m bookmarking.

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:01 pm

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Donna October 5, 2014, 11:22 am

    Thank you for the the highlighted pictures. I’m never quite certain I’m going into the correct spot when I do this. I pinned it for future reference.

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:02 pm

      You’re welcome! I was hoping that would be helpful.

  • Kathleen October 26, 2014, 5:32 pm

    THANK YOU so much for this! I love infinity scarves but shied away from a lot of patterns because of the incredible number of chains–can’t wait to make a ton of scarves with this stitch! The photos were also incredibly helpful.

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:02 pm

      Aww, thanks for the kind words!

  • Nichole October 31, 2014, 11:26 am

    OMG You have forever changed my crocheting life!!!! I LOVE THIS and can’t believe I have never heard of it before… I will never ever make a foundation chain again! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Rebecca November 2, 2014, 3:02 pm

      Haha awesome!! 🙂

  • Constance November 4, 2014, 7:20 pm

    WooHoo! Thank you so much for the awesome tutorial. I have tried this technique several times in the past, but I couldn’t quite get it. Decided I would try it once more using your tutorial, and boom! The lightbulb went on and I had no problem. I think it was your magic step explanation and the highlighted loops! This is great for me as I always did my chains too tight and even with using a hook a size or two bigger my starting chain pulled my work out of whack. I wish I could go back and redo some scarves and afghans from the past! 😉 Again, thank you!

    • Rebecca November 4, 2014, 9:07 pm

      Thank you, Constance! Comments like this make my day 🙂

  • Meredith November 7, 2014, 4:27 pm

    I agree with everyone. I always hated how the chain looked. I have read instructions before, but your highlights did it. I now understand!! Now I just have to learn to count while making this stitch. Thanks lots.

    • Rebecca November 10, 2014, 11:11 am

      I’m so glad it was helpful!

  • Chris December 5, 2014, 10:36 am

    Can’t thank you enough! These instructions are so easy to follow! I’m making clothes for a newborn and hate that stiff feeling of a single stitch foundation row. This is as close to a revelation as I can get! ;-).

    • Rebecca December 5, 2014, 6:29 pm

      You’re so welcome! 🙂

  • Diana December 6, 2014, 4:47 pm

    Amazing and so neat too. Thanks for sharing xx

    • Rebecca December 6, 2014, 5:09 pm

      You’re welcome 🙂

  • JoAnne December 7, 2014, 12:40 am

    Wow! Took me a while to get the hang of it but I finally got it! Thanks so much for this, it’s a life-saver!

    • Rebecca December 12, 2014, 10:39 am

      You’re welcome!!

  • Dlopez December 14, 2014, 8:44 am

    The BEST tutorial I’ve seen! I actually did it the first try. Thank you!

    • Rebecca December 14, 2014, 8:53 am

      You’re welcome! 🙂

  • Sarah January 21, 2015, 12:39 pm

    Perfect!! Thank you for that – the chainless foundation stitch!
    It’s really helpful… and really easy ^.^
    Thx

  • Debra January 26, 2015, 6:59 pm

    Your directions are clear, but my FSC curves tightly…any suggestions? Thanks for sharing.

    • Ruby Tombstone May 11, 2016, 4:35 am

      Mine keep curving too. I’ve been practicing for 2 days straight and got the stitch down, but it always curves no matter how carefully I tension it. I notice it’s curving in these pics too.

  • tonya January 29, 2015, 12:07 pm

    Love!!!!

  • santie February 1, 2015, 7:04 am

    I found you on Pinterest. Thank you for sharing this wonderful method.

  • Renee February 1, 2015, 4:54 pm

    Love this! Much easier than getting even tension in a chain stitch. However, I am new to crochet and can’t figure out how to translate this to a pattern. How do I count the stitches?

  • marian April 13, 2015, 1:26 pm

    I’m just not getting how to continue after the first crochet. I’m trying to do my first baby throw and can’t co a decent chain..Please help

    • Rebecca April 28, 2015, 12:35 pm

      I’m sorry you’re having trouble Marian! I’m not sure how to help you without seeing your work though.

  • Heather April 25, 2015, 10:45 pm

    You have changed my life! I will be able to start so many more projects now that I won’t absolutely dread the first row!

  • Mar ella May 13, 2015, 9:19 am

    Oh my this looks easy. Gotta try it. Thanks

  • Beth Kopp May 31, 2015, 3:53 pm

    Thank you for this! I have been eanting to teach my sons to crochet so we can all work on mats for the homeless. They had so much trouble with chains but i think this will make it easier. I will let you know. Blessings!

  • Sherie Rodrigues June 2, 2015, 4:22 am

    Hey Rebecca, sounds like I am not the only person that just loves you for showing us the “magic”. Thank you my darling. Hugs and kisses, Sherie

  • MrsC. June 8, 2015, 9:26 pm

    I do hate making long chains and when I make a scarf with the long chain, my tension isn’t always what it should be so my scarves tend to curve a bit. they lay out more like a “U” instead of a straight line. Will this trick help correct that problem?

    • Rebecca June 9, 2015, 10:30 am

      Your issue is a very common one! Most of us chain tighter than we make our other stitches, resulting in that curve. I’ve heard from many readers that this method does take care of that issue, however, it doesn’t for me. Whether I’m using this method or the regular chaining method, I always use one hook size larger for the first row, and that seems to fix the problem. 🙂

      • MrsC. June 9, 2015, 12:22 pm

        Oh that is great advice! Thank you!!! Just to clarify, use a bigger hook to chain or use your method then use the the smaller hook to complete your piece?
        I can’t wait to try it!!!! Thank you!!!!!

        • Rebecca June 10, 2015, 8:42 am

          You’re welcome! Regardless of which method I use, I use a larger hook than the pattern calls for to complete the first row, then I go back to the hook I’m supposed to be using to complete the project.

          • Paula October 4, 2015, 7:56 pm

            Great idea! Thank you for your tutorials and patterns.

  • Sue July 11, 2015, 9:13 pm

    Rebecca what I love about your site is the simple directions you give and the awesome photos that make it so easy to follow.
    I love your ” Monkeys” pics too…lol

  • Eva July 21, 2015, 1:43 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. You made it very simple to understand something that I haven’t managed till now. I needed it to make a herringbone crochet stitch which pulled too hard on the normal chain. This was perfect for it.

  • Betty Brass September 19, 2015, 6:14 pm

    I have been knitting and crocheting for more years that I care to mention and this is the first time I have heard of this! Thanks for this. I am going to try it.

  • Julie September 20, 2015, 12:36 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial! I have seen this on other sites and wasn’t able to figure out the process but today your tutorial on this chainless foundation clicked! No longer will I avoid those scarf patterns that have a 150+ starting chain!

  • Ivy October 13, 2015, 9:44 am

    THANK YOU! Your instructions are so clear and are the only ones that I have managed to understand and make work for me. I was getting frustrated because I needed a chainless foundation for a hat I wanted to make for my husband as a Christmas gift but I am no longer frustrated thanks to your clear tutorial. Thank you again – you’re a life saver!

  • Leah O'Connor October 14, 2015, 9:59 pm

    There are hundreds of other chainless foundations. Take any knitting cast on and cast on the number of stitches you need. Then immediately cast off the stitches with any cast off you like. This will make a cord that can be used a crochet foundation.

    • Rebecca October 15, 2015, 12:12 pm

      That’s great information for anyone who also knows how to knit 🙂

  • Rachel Z October 28, 2015, 3:34 pm

    I just tried out your instructions for the chainless foundation after looking at your infinity scarf pattern and all I have to say is THANK YOU! I have seriously tried to follow many other instructions and have failed. It was your photo on which loop to connect the next dc into that saved me from failing again.
    Thank you again! I’ve pinned this and you just made my day 🙂

  • Judy October 31, 2015, 12:33 pm

    This is brilliant – why I have I never heard of it before!

  • Charlette Louise Barron November 4, 2015, 4:47 am

    This is fabulous! An answer to my prayer for matching ends on a crochet blanket.

  • B November 5, 2015, 1:34 pm

    I looked at numerous! tutorials on how to do Fdc and yours was by far the easiest to understand..thanks!

  • Margie November 8, 2015, 6:52 pm

    Don’t understand how to get the twist cow

    • Rebecca November 12, 2015, 9:59 am

      I’m not sure what you’re referring to.

  • Taylor November 10, 2015, 12:35 pm

    This is amazing. However, I got distracted while doing this and lost count. How would I count for the single crochet chainless foundation?

    • Rebecca November 12, 2015, 9:59 am

      I’m not sure I understand the question.

  • Hazel November 17, 2015, 7:43 pm

    I have been crocheting for 50 or more years and have not come across this stitch. I can’t grasp it?

    • Rebecca November 23, 2015, 10:30 am

      I’m sorry 🙁 You could try searching for a video on YouTube, I know there are a few!

  • catina November 18, 2015, 1:31 pm

    Is there a video of this. I can not seem to get my stitches to look like yours. Thanks

    • Rebecca November 23, 2015, 10:17 am

      I don’t have a video, but if you search “foundation chain crochet” on YouTube I’m sure something will come up. 🙂

  • Linda November 21, 2015, 2:27 pm

    Hi, love your site, patterns and great tutorials. Just wondering if the “chainless” foundation can be used for all projects or only for scarves and scarf like projects. Also, I am awful at crochet in in the roun and most of the wonderful slouchies are made that way. Do yo have any video tutorials or know of any good ones?

    • Rebecca November 23, 2015, 10:19 am

      Thanks Linda! The chainless foundation method can be used any time you have a project worked flat that calls for chains. It is best used on patterns where the first row only involves one type of stitch (it gets a bit trickier when you’re going back an forth between, for instance, SC and DC).

      I don’t have any video tutorials for my slouchies, however I do have a few slouch patterns that are worked flat and then cinched at the end. If you go to my patterns page (via the menu at the top of the blog), the Maribel Slouch, Snowdrift Slouch, Half & Half Slouch and Yenni Slouch patterns are all worked flat. 🙂

  • phyllis smith December 2, 2015, 10:38 am

    love patterns and hits how to do them easier

  • DOLORES December 3, 2015, 11:44 am

    Love the stitch pattern, however, I wasn’t able to follow the tutorial. Perhaps a video would have been of help to people like me who have to be shown.
    Thank you for sharing your expertise.
    Warm regards,
    Dolores

  • Jeannie December 14, 2015, 3:00 pm

    Thank you for the tutorials.

  • Lynne December 22, 2015, 11:44 pm

    I’ve seen other tutorials, but none with such clear photographs, and definitely none with how to do different stitches!

    I don’t mind working into a SHORT chain, but have shied away from stuff that needed longer a longer base.

    BTW, when I work into a chain, I always work into the BACK LOOP of each chain stitch, which leaves a nice edge that looks just like the top edge

  • Marion James December 30, 2015, 3:22 am

    I am so confused. I was going to make the scarf that looks knitted and came here to learn hdc foundation chain.. the instructions say to y o and insert hook in loops of prev hdc. Then draw up a loop (from where?) And pull thru first loop, then thru 3 loops. But if I insert in loops of last hdc, I will have more than 3 loops. Right? I don’t get it. What am I missing?

    • Rebecca December 30, 2015, 9:32 am

      I know there are some great video tutorials on YouTube. If my photos aren’t helping you, you might want to look up some of those and see if they help!

      • Marion James December 30, 2015, 1:08 pm

        Oh, Rebecca! Why didn’t I think of that? I guess I look to you for all my crochet questions. Well, and there I got your help. I’m so excited to get started. Thank you. I tell others to look on YouTube, I usually just look you up. Anyway, I love Little Monkeys and all your amazing creations.

  • Cheryl S. January 5, 2016, 1:42 pm

    THANK YOU so much for this explanation!! I had tried it before with a different method, but it was so confusing and difficult I had given up. Your instructions are so easy to follow, and I was making the chain in no time! Thanks again!

  • Linda January 6, 2016, 12:10 am

    This is the best tutorial I have found. I understand the concept and have practiced and practiced but my FSC, FDC, etc. always seems to curl. I have tried using a larger size crochet hook..no luck…and I get frustrated and always end up going back to the “old” way of making a chain. I would appreciate any suggestions you could offer to help me master this technique. Thanks so much.

  • Terri January 9, 2016, 3:00 pm

    To begin, let me say I feel bad that you have to include the comment “If I feel your comment is inappropriate…” Who would be mean to a crocheter? Crazy world, I guess. Anyway, I’m so thankful to you for showing the chainless foundation stitches. FINALLY, a quick way to get started. Thank you, thank you!

    • Rebecca January 9, 2016, 9:44 pm

      You’re so welcome!

      …and you would be shocked at some of the things I’ve had to delete. 😉

  • Jason January 10, 2016, 2:00 pm

    Rebecca, thanks for the instructions for the chain less foundation. This made it so much easier to gauge the size of the neck when I was making dressesnfo my soon to be born niece and granddaughter. It also gave a more finished look.

  • Vickie biggs January 22, 2016, 10:00 pm

    I am learning the foundation chain single crotchet, my question is, my pattern calls for 148 stitches ending with 147, do I follow that or do I do something different?

    • Rebecca January 25, 2016, 10:18 am

      You’ll need to do as many foundation stitches as your first row (NOT the starting chain) count calls for. So if the first row count is 147, do 147.

  • Novelia January 23, 2016, 6:14 pm

    Thanks a million!
    I hate counting chains for foundation. This is a big help!

  • Jean Semrow February 1, 2016, 7:38 am

    Love this, but how does this work with a mobius infinity scarf? I like the twist in the infinity scarf.

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:12 pm

      You can still twist a scarf as long as it’s rotated a full 360 degrees. As long as the first and last stitches line up, it doesn’t matter what’s happening at another point in the scarf. 🙂

  • Sarah February 7, 2016, 3:35 pm

    thank you for pictures instead of a video!!!

  • Sarah February 7, 2016, 3:35 pm

    thank you for pictures instead of a video!!!

  • Patty February 9, 2016, 5:02 pm

    HI. I have a quick question on the foundation half Double Crochet. I looked at your tutorial and at a few websites to make sure I totally understood what to do. A few websites have an additonal step – they ask you to yarn over an addtional time before you pull through all 3 loops. Is there a reason why you don’t have us doing it that way? Also, one site had you do an initial chain of 3; another 2, like your tutorial. Is it best to do it how you have it written? Thanks so much. I’m a self taught crocheter and sometimes my instructor wasn’t the greatest! 🙂

    • Rebecca February 9, 2016, 6:17 pm

      For your first question — you mean they have you yarn over, yarn over, pull through? I have no idea why they would have you do that.

      Second question — it’s totally a matter of personal taste. It’s sort of like the difference between chaining up 2 or 3 for a standard row of double crochet; the technically correct way to chain up for a double crochet is to CH3, but MANY designers only do a CH2.

      – another self taught crocheter 😉

  • Evilwitch February 12, 2016, 12:51 pm

    Thank you for posting the pic with that mysterious chain stitch highlighted! It is actually on the side/edge, not in front, whew! I finally got this stitch thanks to you <3

  • Amy T February 18, 2016, 10:41 am

    YES! this is the best I’ve seen, an excellent tutorial complete with connecting the ends, just what I needed. Thank you!!

  • Echo February 19, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Great tutorial. I love the results of the chainless foundation. I’m working on your Yenni slouch hat and boot cuffs now for a gift. Beautiful patterns. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  • Christine April 4, 2016, 5:17 pm

    A million thanks for your very easy to follow instructions on creating a foundation row with no chains! I’ve been crocheting for about 55 years doing it the old fashioned way and this is genius!
    Christine

  • Rowan April 12, 2016, 5:31 pm

    Such a useful tip! So pleased I found your page, thanks for sharing x

  • Schnora Gardiner April 15, 2016, 10:53 am

    these are some great patterns, will be trying some of them

  • Liz May 11, 2016, 2:58 am

    Thank you so much for these instructions on how to do a double foundation stitch. I’ve been looking at various YouTube tutorials and just felt like such a dunce not being able to grasp it. Highlighting the stitch has really helped me to clearly see how to do it, thanks again!

  • lisa May 17, 2016, 12:45 pm

    hi could you help me ?
    how do i do work (fsc,fdc) 14 times

    please

    • Rebecca May 23, 2016, 9:27 am

      I think you would work the directions for an FSC, then do an FDC (not the beginning step but the step that you repeat), then back and forth. So written out it would look like this:

      For the initial FSC:
      Ch 2. Insert hook into second chain from hook.
      Draw up a loop (you will have 2 loops on your hook), then draw through only the first loop on hook. You will still have 2 loops on your hook.
      Complete SC as normal (draw through both loops).

      Continuing into the FDC:
      Yarn over and insert hook into the loops of the last SC.
      Draw up the loop and Ch 1 from the loop.
      Yarn over, draw through the first two loops.
      Yarn over again and draw through remaining two loops.

      Into the next FSC:
      Insert hook into the loops of the last DC.
      Draw up a loop and pull through first loop on hook.
      Draw through both loops on hook.

      Continue the 2nd and 3rd sections of instructions until you have what you need.

  • Anne June 18, 2016, 1:54 am

    Hi love the idea of chainless foundation would this suitable to do for ribbing on a crochet sweater?
    Thanks

  • THERESA July 15, 2016, 3:04 pm

    I can’t wait to try this out ! I’ve always dreaded that first row after the chain. before seeing these instructions, I’d use a larger hook for chain and first row. thanks for these instructions.

  • Renee jones July 18, 2016, 1:04 pm

    I’ve been thinking why in the world do we need to do chains???I’ve figured this out ty so much!

  • Sandy August 11, 2016, 8:51 am

    I will be trying this. I always dread the first row of casting on so hope I can do this. Thank you!

  • Sue August 28, 2016, 11:07 am

    If a pattern calls for Ch100 plus 2 for turning, and then 1 dc in 3rd chain from hook and then work 1dc in each ch to end, how do I convert that into a chainless dc? In other words, how many chainless dc to I start with?

  • Rose August 29, 2016, 1:04 am

    Good morning Rebecca,
    Thank you so much for the great tutorial !!
    This is way much better than struggling with twisted chain stitches >.<

    I have a question though if you don't mind..
    If the pattern says to skip a chain or 2 in the middle and work in the third, how can this be achieved nicely using the foundation stitches?

    Just to make my point a bit clearer, if the first row in a pattern says to DC in the 4th chain from the hook, then skip 2 chains, then SC in the next chain, how can this skip be achieved?

    Thanks again dear for the amazing tutorial and wish you all the best 🙂

    • Rebecca August 29, 2016, 9:34 am

      As far as I understand, this method can only be applied to patterns that do not skip stitches in their first row 🙂

      • Rose September 1, 2016, 10:11 am

        Thanks dear for your quick and kind response 🙂 I will try to experiment it and will let you know if I find any thing useful 🙂
        Have a great weekend!!

  • Michelle September 5, 2016, 10:35 pm

    OMGOODNESS!! I am so excited about learning this!! I got it within 5 minutes! you are an amazing human being for thinking of this and sharing it! I am really so thankful! I want to share it with the whole crochet world!

    Tip to others trying it. Use a solid colour yarn to practice these stitches. It’ll really help

  • Allie September 18, 2016, 8:09 pm

    It took me about five minutes to figure this out and I audibly gasped and loudly yelled , “Oh my gosh this is amazing!” (and scared my poor dogs). Where has this been my whole life? Thank you so much for the amazing tutorial!

  • Marcia September 21, 2016, 2:04 am

    If I am converting a normal crochet pattern to foundationless stitches, how do I make the “right” side come out correctly? Ie, if doing post stitches and want them to come out on the correct side. Using the foundationless method, I would be on the wrong side when I started my post stitches.

    Thank you,
    Marcia

    • Rebecca September 21, 2016, 10:01 am

      This might not be conducive to that. Either way, it will probably take some experimenting and be different depending on the pattern.

  • Tanya September 30, 2016, 10:57 am

    Hi how long will it to crochet my first baby blanket I think 2,4 hours ?what do you think ?please email me back and let me know your answer thanks Tanya x

    • Rebecca September 30, 2016, 1:55 pm

      Hi Tanya, I generally don’t like to answer that question because it simply depends on how fast of a crocheter you are. I don’t even really have a good gauge of how quickly I complete my own patterns, since I work on them in small chunks of time whenever I can. Sorry 🙂

  • SkyWish October 3, 2016, 3:04 am

    LOVE IT *I HEART THIS*

  • Jean October 19, 2016, 3:13 pm

    LIFE.CHANGING!!!

  • Anria Wolmarans October 21, 2016, 3:21 am

    As I’m doing my chainless foundation stitches…free from the curling rotating chain…(in the voice of Hiccup fom “How to train your dragon 2)
    “This is amaizing!!!”

    • Rebecca October 21, 2016, 1:02 pm

      Haha I definitely read that in Hiccup’s voice! 🙂

  • Sally Wheeler November 4, 2016, 5:33 am

    What a super way to get really neat edges. Thank you for your clear instructions.

  • Hattye J November 12, 2016, 11:30 am

    I have learned how to do the chainless double crochet and am confused on how to convert to traditional chain foundation. The pattern requires chain 80 for back and 80 for back. How many chainless double crochets should I do?

  • Hattye J November 12, 2016, 12:05 pm

    On earlier I stated my pattern required 80 traditional chains for back twice. What I meant 80 traditional chains for front and 80 traditional chains for back. Sorry for mistake.

    • Rebecca November 14, 2016, 12:23 pm

      I’m not sure what you mean by front and back. Is it a free pattern that you could link to so that I could take a look?

  • Ange December 1, 2016, 7:42 am

    When doing a foundation chain to start of your crochet piece, which side is the right side and wrong side.

    • Rebecca December 1, 2016, 11:08 am

      It would be whichever Row 1 is considered in the pattern (so, usually the right side, unless the pattern tells you specifically otherwise).

  • Sarah Koontz December 19, 2016, 12:56 am

    I love this tutorial! Including it in future blog posts 🙂 giveitawaycrochet.wordpress.com

  • Leslie January 4, 2017, 4:12 pm

    I just stumbled across this article and I am so glad. I would crochet into the V or the butt- both are annoying. I haven’t crocheted in awhile and I am back at it, testing new patterns and pieces with super long chains. I haven’t tried the technique yet but I get it and can’t wait. Thanks!

  • Allie January 7, 2017, 12:24 am

    Man! I want this to work so bad!! I’ve only been doing this for a few years and still learning patterns. But I think I’m doing something backwards. Mine doesn’t look like the pictures in either DC or HDC. The tail end of the yarn is by the main strand… And moving to the next stitch seems weird… When first going through the chain, do you go through the top or bottom? …. Do you happen to have a YouTube channel? I really want to make one of your scarfs and learn this technique!!

  • KATHLEEN Donmoyer January 7, 2017, 7:37 am

    Oh my word I am just learning tatting but I wanted to learn your crochet patterns and now I am in trouble because I don’t know what to do first. I LOVE TO CROCHET. Thank you so much for the directions. I will be making a hea

    d band for my daughter-in-law. Keep up the WONDERFUL work. Kathi

  • Susie tuberville February 17, 2017, 5:18 pm

    I love this way .every time I start counting a chain the phone will ring or someone come running in the Ron asking questions. Have to start all over counting .this is wonderful thank you so much for sharing this. God Bless

  • Jane Gordon-Clark February 24, 2017, 3:52 pm

    Well described, easy to follow instructions. Many thanks.

  • Cheryl H. March 18, 2017, 10:12 pm

    Hi Rebecca,
    OMG You have changed my crocheting life, forever!!!!
    I absolutely LOVE this Chainless Foundation Stitch …. I will never ever make a foundation chain again! I just tried the DC method & already have over 3 foot of chain. This cowl I have to do will now be so much easier. And yes, I am using your Rugby Scarf pattern, now I can hardly wait to get started on it. Oh and thanks so much for this pattern as well. LOL I have always put off creating afghans, scarfs & cowls, as long as I possibly could because you always start with a chain. 🙂 Never again will I use the chain method. You are so awesome!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Myrna May 1, 2017, 3:06 pm

    I’m a true beginner. I understand loops, single crochet, and double crochet. But I’m having trouble understanding where to insert my hook where to insert my hook in the loops of the last crochet. Can you help?

    “Next DC (repeat the following steps for as many DCs as you need):
    Yarn over and insert hook into the loops of the last DC. “

  • Annie May 16, 2017, 1:08 pm

    You are totally awesome girl. Thank you soooo much for all your advise
    you give. This lesson is the best. You make it easy to understand and learn
    new techniques Thnk you for all you do. I have been following you for years
    and love it. Keep up the great work you do.

    Your Friend and fan
    Annie

  • Catherine May 24, 2017, 3:07 pm

    Thanks! Having a spinal cord injury with nerve issues with my hands….. This is a God’s send! I’ve always …. always ….had problematic first rows! They have always look….. How can you say…yucky?!😢! Thanks to you my rows now look awwwwesome!!!! 😍😍😍😍

  • Cheryl May 24, 2017, 8:57 pm

    Can this be used for a Chevron Afghan? Would make my life so much easier. 🙂

  • Barb May 29, 2017, 5:11 am

    THANK YOU!!!! I am so glad these are all in one place. I love the chainless, it makes my life a lot easier LOL! Are they a new thing or have they been well hidden from the masses!

  • Myrna June 12, 2017, 3:28 pm

    When I use a pattern that is not written for the foundation row, how do I know whether to chain 3, chain 2, or something else?

    Also, can I use the foundation crochet row with a pattern that has both single and double crochets?

    • Rebecca June 12, 2017, 5:34 pm

      Are you referring to the chain at the very beginning of the foundation instructions? DC is always 3, and SC & HDC are always 2.

      • Myrna June 12, 2017, 7:10 pm

        Yes, that is part of my question. Thank you. Can the chainless foundation be used when the pattern ha both sc and dc in the same row?

        • Rebecca June 12, 2017, 7:49 pm

          Sorry, that’s what I get for answering comments with a baby on my lap 😀 If the SCs and DCs each occupy their own stitches, then yes, you can just alternate between the instructions. I don’t think you’d be able to do it, however, if your SCs and DCs needed to be put in the same stitch.

  • Kathy July 6, 2017, 3:40 pm

    Thank you for these very helpful instructions, I have used them many times. I am now passing them along to my girlfriend.

  • Lynda M Otvos July 7, 2017, 9:07 pm

    Unbelievable !!~~~!!
    Have been using the single FC but learning this DFC is the cat’s meow. I read four tutes before I GOT IT with yours YOU WIN the Internet today. Many many thanks.

  • TJ July 10, 2017, 7:15 pm

    THANK you so much for the great tutorial with the highlight showing where to insert the hook for the second stitch. Perfect!

  • Breanna July 16, 2017, 12:54 pm

    Can you do this foundation with using the slip stitch? I think it would create a less bulky foundation and I was wondering if you could add that to your great tutorials above.

  • Susan-Raisner July 17, 2017, 11:51 am

    Icannot-tell-you-how-much-I-appreciate-these-instructions.-There-are-many-descriptions-of-a-chainless-foundation-stitch-but-none-compare-to-how-transparent-you-have-made-these-instructions.-Thank-You!

  • Elaine July 18, 2017, 5:32 pm

    Very easy to understand tutorial. I have been crocheting for a good 50 years and wish I had known how to do this! Thank you so much!

  • Diane July 23, 2017, 10:30 pm

    This is great – thank you! Phewf, that’s a far better way to “cast on” a crochet project. I love that I can use the DC version as a double-sided starting seam.