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

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.


  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!

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

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

    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

  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!

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

  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.

    1. Absolutely! Here is a link for the dc foundation:

      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!


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