You may have heard some buzz about foundation stitches (aka chainless foundation stitches) lately and there is a good reason why – Foundation stitches create your base chain and your first row of stitches for your project at the same time. This is a real time saver and it isn’t as tedious as working into chains to creat your first row. Foundation stitches have more stretch than working into chains and tend to look tidier because it is easier to maintain tension throughout your first row. My favourite part? No more counting chains! You just make as many stitches as you need. What’s not to love?
This week I want to show you how to do a foundation half double crochet (FHDC). I’m showing you this technique this week because you’ll need it for next week’s free crochet pattern. Once you see how much quicker it is, you’ll be hooked!
How to Crochet the Foundation Half Double Crochet
Step 1: Ch 2.
Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the 2nd chain from hook.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook. Next, you’ll yarn over and pull through 1 loop on your hook. This creates the “chain”.
Step 4: Yarn over and draw through all loops on your hook. This creates your first foundation half double crochet stitch.
Step 5: For the next stitch (and subsequent stitches), yarn over and insert your hook under the 2 loops of the “chain” of the last stitch and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook again.
Step 6: Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on your hook.
Step 7: Yarn over and draw through all the loops on your hook. Now you have 2 foundation half double crochet stitches (FHDC).
Repeat steps 5 to 7 until you have the number of stitches you need for your project.
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