Crochet Basics: Foundation Chain


Welcome to Crochet University!

Over the course of 12 blog posts we will introduce you to the basics you need to know for most any crochet project. From a slip knot to a treble crochet, you’ll learn all of the basic stitches and concepts.

For Crochet University you will need some basic supplies. To begin, we’re going to be using Macra-Made super bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. The advantage of using a bulky weight yarn to begin with is that the loops and stitches are much more easily visible as you’re learning.


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You will also need an easy-to-use crochet hook. We recommend Dreamz Crochet Hooks. Dreamz hooks are designed by people who know and understand the art of crochet. All hooks have grooves that stitch slippage, making life a bit easier for beginning crocheters. Dreamz hooks have a polished wood surface that insures effortless glide – they work with every type of material.

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Lesson 4: Crocheting into the Foundation Chain

Crocheting in the foundation chain is the first row in a crochet project. Always count the number of chain stitches in the foundation chain before beginning the first row to make sure it is accurate for the pattern. The loop on the hook is not considered a stitch. Hold the chain so the front is facing you. The front of the chain looks like a row of “V’s” with the backside being a bump.

Start to crochet into the foundation chain is the same as starting a new row. You will never crochet into the first chain. Read the pattern closely so you know the number of chains you need to skip based on the type of stitch you are doing. You will skip anywhere from one chain for a single crochet, up to four chains for a treble (triple) crochet.

Insert the hook through the “V” on the foundation chain so the hook goes between the “V” and the bump on the back. Complete the desired crochet stitch in this chain and each chain across the foundation. You will not crochet into the slip knot at the end of the chain. Do a turning chain at the end of the row for the type of crochet stitch you are using and continue with the pattern.


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Maggie is excited to bring you Crochet University: First Semester. Lessons for this semester are: Crochet Basics: Slip Knot, Crochet Basics: Hand Position, Crochet Basics: Chain, Crochet Basics: Foundation Chain, Crochet Basics: Slip Stitch, and Crochet Basics: Single Crochet.


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