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How to Foundation Single Crochet Video & Photo Tutorial

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Learn how to crochet the foundation single crochet stitch. Create a chain and single crochet in one motion to begin your crochet project without a long chain. Chainless single crochet will save you from working back into a long chain.

When I first learned the foundation single crochet stitch {fsc} 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.

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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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You can watch the longer Foundation Single Crochet Video Tutorial on YouTube for those who prefer it. The photo tutorial is below.

Photo Tutorial

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, fsc
yarn 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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Sharon S.

Thursday 24th of May 2018

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.

Christa18

Monday 28th of May 2018

It's tricky one! Good luck and you're quite welcome!

Rhiannon Rowland

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

I have the hardest time remembering how to do this stitch, so glad to have a video to refer to.

Christa18

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

I can relate! I’m glad it’s helpful!

knittingwithloveblog

Tuesday 6th of February 2018

Thanks for this tutorial!

Elisa Modena

Tuesday 6th of February 2018

thank you for this simple and clear tutorial!!!

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