This week I want to show you how to do a foundation double crochet (FDC). 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. The foundation double crochet stitch is a real time saver and it isn’t as tedious as working into chains to create 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?
Step 1: Ch 3.
Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the 3rd 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 2 loops on your hook. You should have 2 loops left on your hook.
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Step 5: Yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook. This creates your first foundation double crochet stitch.
Step 6: 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 7: Yarn over and draw through 1 loop on your hook. This leaves 3 loops on your hook.
Step 8: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops on your hook. This leaves 2 loops on your hook.
Step 9: Yarn over and draw through all the remaining loops on your hook. This creates your foundation double crochet stitch.
Repeat steps 6 to 9 until you have the number of stitches required for your project.
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