Foundation Single Crochet Video & Photo Tutorial

When I first learned the foundation single crochet stitch I wondered where it had been all my crochet life?! Just like the magic circle, I thought why don’t I know this already?! I’ve been doing it the hard way all this time! If you haven’t learned the magic circle yet, go and do it now {well, right after you get this one down}!

I must confess that when I was first learning to crochet I had to look up these chainless foundations {yes, you can use it for hdc and dc too} up repeatedly, until I finally remembered. So I thought it might be a useful tool for you to have under your belt too.




I’ve included a short video tutorial demonstrating the fsc or foundation single crochet otherwise known as chainless foundation single crochet. The step by step written instructions and photo tutorial is below as well. I know I can’t always stop to watch a video so often I prefer photos. But then there are those techniques that just require more visual aide than a still photo can lend, so I’ve included both here for you.



Materials:

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any weight yarn, for this tutorial I’m using Joann’s Big Twist in Light Rose.

appropriate size crochet hook for your yarn, I’m using my Clover Amour hook size H*.

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Video Tutorial:

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Photo Tutorial:

(I’ve left the photos large so you can click on them for a better look.)

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

1. First begin with a slip stitch on your hook.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

2. Next insert your hook in the 2nd chain from your hook. I’ve marked it in the 1st picture above with the yarn needle.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

3. Then yarn over (yo) and pull up a loop. Now you’ll have 2 loops on your hook.




yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

4. YO and pull through the 1st loop on your hook, you’ll have 2 loops left on your hook. This essentially creates our first “chain.” We’ll be crocheting into this spot on our 2nd fsc. It is helpful to hold on to this spot so you know where to insert your hook for step 6, but let’s finish this one first.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

5. YO and pull through both loops on your hook. You have now completed 1 fsc. We’re basically creating our “chain” as we go along.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fscyarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

Now the tricky part (in my opinion), where to insert your hook next. We’ll be crocheting into the “chain” we made on step 4. I’ve marked it with my green yarn needle. The 1st picture is the front view and the second one is the bottom view. It gets easier to see where to put your hook as you go.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

6. Insert your hook in the same spot marked by the green yarn needle, below the single crochet stitch into the “chain” we created in step 4.




yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

7. YO and pull up a loop, 2 loops on your hook.

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yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

8. YO and pull through the 1st loop on your hook, 2 loops on your hook.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

9. Yarn over and pull through 2 loops on your hook. Your second fsc is made. Keep going to really get the hang of it!

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

The green yarn needle shows where to insert your hook for the next fsc.




yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

10. Insert your hook into the “chain” made below the last fsc made.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

11. YO and pull up a loop.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

12. YO again and pull through one loop. YO and pull through 2 loops to complete the 3rd fsc.

yarn bowl, pink yarn on crochet hook, fsc

Keep repeating steps 10-12 until you’ve reached the number of fsc your pattern calls for or you’ve reached the length you want.




Here’s how your foundation single crochets will look when you finish.

In this photo I’ve turned, ch 1 and worked a sc into each fsc. Such a nice looking start to your project!

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions, I know learning some of these techniques can be challenging at first {from experience 😉 }. Keep at it!

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7 thoughts on “Foundation Single Crochet Video & Photo Tutorial”

  1. I’ve been crocheting for over 40 years and have never done this stitch. One of my goals this summer is to learn this. Thank you for this tutorial.

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