How to Foundation Single Crochet

Marly Bird teaches how to crochet foundation single crochetMany times I hear that the starting chain of a project is slightly tighter than the rest of the gauge, making the project more narrow at the start. I will hear that the starting edge is not as stretchy as it should be for a project. One of the ways to avoid these issues is to use a foundation single crochet. Let me show you how to foundation single crochet in one of the new Red Heart Yarn’s FREE patterns.

Another bonus of using the the foundation single crochet start is that you will have a beautiful V stitch edge. This is a very useful way to start when you want to crochet into the bottom of your work and for getting a stretch starting edge.

To start the Simone’s Open Wave Shawl, made with Red Heart Gleam, we are asked to use the foundation single crochet. When using this method to start you are creating not only the starting chain but the first row of your pattern. While using this method you are keeping the stitches loose allowing you to have that stretchy edge.

Crocheters can use the video I have below to help them learn how to do the foundation single crochet.

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Marly Bird

The One and Only, Marly

Marly is a knitwear and crochet designer (and yarn addict) that is here to help you learn how to knit and crochet in a way that's fun and approachable.

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