Monday, December 1, 2014

HDC Chainless Foundation

One of the things that I despised the most when first learning to crochet was working stitches into a chain.  It's one of my least favorite things to do along with stitching things like buttons on.

When I first decided to try a chain-less foundation or a foundation chain (whichever you prefer), I watched a video and it confused me.  I left it alone for a while and decided to try it again.  Wowzers!!!!  It's one of my new found loves!
Most of my new designs will begin with chain-less foundations and I will be updating my older patterns to this also.  I Love the way it keeps the stitching more even and it gives a good stretch to the base of your project whereas a regular chain can sometimes be to tight. 
Some people learn better with videos and others with photos. 
If you're a video fan,  here's a link to how to work this foundation:


HDC Chainless Foundation Video from AllFreeCrochet.com

If you're a fan of photos,  here is how I do the Half Double crochet Chain-less Foundation

1) Chain 3, yarn over, insert hook in very first chain and pull up a loop
You'll now have 3 loops on your hook


2) Yarn over and pull through last loop on hook

3) Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook (this is your first hdc)

4) Yarn over and insert hook in bottom chain 

and pull up a loop


5) Yarn over and pull through last loop on hook

6) Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on hook





Repeat steps 4 - 6 to desired/required length.This is a fantastic way to start projects and I hope you have found this helpful.
Kate

8 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the photo tutorials! Like you, I have tried several times to learn how to do foundation stitches instead of chaining, always the same ending, extremely frustrated and walking away from crocheting for a few weeks. This is perfect, read through once and it just clicked!

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    1. Oh good! I'm happy to hear it helped. After doing this, you won't want to go back lol

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  2. I wish it did for me! I hate foundation stitches. How critical is this to the design?

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    1. Becky, I just love that it stretches with the stitches well, but if you're not comfortable with using it, you can always just chain the amount of stitches noted and then a couple extra to use as the turning chain in the designs

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  3. Hi, in your Peaked Shell afghan pattern, you say to do this foundation stitch in multiples of 4+1. Does the chain space you point to above count as the +1, or do you mean to just do one extra HDC? Thanks!

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  4. Hi Allyson,
    You would work one more hdc on the foundation for the +1

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  5. Can you use this technique with other stitches or is it just for hdc? Love the tutorial and can't wait to try it. I have never heard of this. I hate starting chains. I always get it wrong and have to redue them.

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    1. Absolutely! Here is a link for the dc foundation: http://craftingfriendsdesigns.blogspot.com/2015/02/double-crochet-foundation-chain-photo.html

      I don't have a tutorial for the sc foundation but it's like the hdc except you won't yarn over first and you'd start with 1 less chain.
      It's so nice to work with once you get the hang of it!
      Kate

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