Joining Foundation Stitches to Work in the Round

FSC (Foundation Single Crochet) and FDC (Foundation Double Crochet) are great techniques to learn – and great ways to start a project! Foundation stitches have a lot more stretch than a typical starting chain, making them ideal for garments, including hats worked from the bottom-up. But how do you join that first row of FSC or FDC to work in the round? Let me show you!

Joining Foundation Stitches to Work in the Round

In other words, when making a row of FSC or FDC that you intend to join in the round, leave a longer tail at the start, about 6 inches or so. Then, slip stitch into the top of the first stitch of the row to join, just as you would normally join a row of stitches. This leaves a small gap between the posts or bottom half of the first and last stitches. So after you’ve completed a few rows of your project, or when you’re done and ready to weave in ends, take that long tail you left at the beginning and use it to do something like a seamless join to sew the loose ends of the first and last foundation stitches together. Easy as can be!

Have you used foundation stitches in the round before? Do you know how to FSC and FDC? Videos for both are linked above (any blue words are a link). I struggled a little bit when I learned them, back before there were youtube videos to help, but now they’re one of my favorite ways to start a project! No working into the chain, and great stretchy edges! What do you think? Looking for a pattern that uses this technique? Try this Reversible Baby Hat!

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    Stephanie says

    I am working on the lucious one skein cowl. My struggle is joining to work in the round. Your tutorial is good, but it is double crochet, and my first row is single. No matter how I do it, I end up with a twist. I think I followed the first tutorial correctly. The joining tutorial is a little fast.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Stephanie! It sounds like your trouble is that the first round twists? There are a couple of things you can do – use stitch markers to help keep the first row all pointing the right way, laying it on a table and untwisting it before joining is usually easiest.

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      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Karen! The written instructions would basically be “use the tail to stitch the bottom of the row together.” One watch of the video and I think you’ll have it. :)

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    Thank you, this is amazing! I really love your foundation sts. So much easier to work with thread if I don’t have to worry about crocheting into long chs all the time!


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