If you are wanting to take your crochet skills to the next level, you could do something as simple as changing the way you do your foundation chain. In the majority of my tutorials, I show you how to work into the front top loop of the foundation chain. This is simply to keep it as easy as possible for you, however, when it comes to adding a border, you can sometimes notice that the foundation chain looks slightly untidy as you are working stitches into it. So today I wanted to show you the advanced foundation chain technique.
The technique is only a minor adjustment that will take a little practice BUT it does make a difference to the finished product of your work. Here is an example of getting it correct and incorrect. As you can see from the photo, the incorrect part of the chain doesn’t sit as well. This can happen if you are chaining into the back loops but then accidentally going into the front loops at times.
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.
Notes: A beginner may work the first row of stitches into the top loop of the foundation chain. When working into the foundation chain at the end of your project, the remaining loops of the foundation chain can make your work look loose or messy.
With this new technique, the top of the stitches and the remaining loops of the foundation chain will look similar and working a border into the foundation chain will look cleaner than the beginner method.
Make a slip knot and chain 15.
Examine the chain: When looking at the row of Vs made by your chains, each chain has a bottom loop, top loop and the back loop. The back loop is seen when you roll the V’s toward you and see the other bumps along the back side. You may also hear this being referred to as the ‘back bump’ or ‘spine’ of the chain.
For this tutorial, we are going to work our stitch into that back bump. Insert hook into the back bump to draw up your loop, finish your stitch.
Work slowly so that you don’t pull the existing foundation chains too tightly or you might get confused about which loop to choose. I like to pinch my chain when I put in the stitch so I’m not pulling on the back bump too much.
Your resulting piece, after one row of double crochet, should show a row of Vs at the top and at the bottom. The bottom V’s are the normal top and bottom loops from the original foundation chain.
There is a video tutorial below demonstrating this technique for you. I’d love to know if you give it a go. Leave me a comment below and let me know what you think.
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