A while back I did a video tutorial for Foundation Single Crochet (FSC), which shared my method for making that stitch. Now to complete the job, I've made one for Foundation Double Crochet, usually abbreviated as FDC!
Foundation Double Crochet Tutorial
How to Crochet the Foundation Double Crochet Stitch - Right Handed
How to Crochet the Foundation Double Crochet Stitch - Left Handed
Written Instructions for Foundation Double Crochet:
The First FDC Stitch: Ch 3. Yo and insert hook into the chain furthest from the hook, yo, and pull up a loop. Yo and pull through the first loop on the hook. This acts as the starting ch for this stitch. Yo and pull through two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops on the hoop, as when making a dc stitch. This completes the first FDC.
Subsequent FDC Stitches: Yo and insert hook into the V at the bottom of the previous stitch. Yo and pull up a loop, then yo and pull through the first loop on the hook. Yo and pull through two loops, yo and pull through the last two loops on the hoop, as when making a dc stitch.
This stitch is great for all the same reasons that FSC is great:
- No counting tiny chains to make sure you have the right number - just count your nice big stitches!
- When you are starting a new project and don't have an exact stitch count, you can work to the width you want without having to frog a bunch of stitches to get the right ch count.
- No working into the chain stitches, except for that very first stitch! No picking and poking, and no twisting the chain either.
- This is also a great alternative for those who have trouble with making their chains too tight or too loose. Once you've got the hang of it, these "chains" are always at your usual stitch gauge.
- It creates a far stretchier edge than a chained edge, which is very desirable for garments in particular. And it looks really great, very polished.
- Lastly, since it counts as the chain row AND the first row of dc, it's a time saver, getting you to the fun part faster! Once you've finished a row of Foundation Double Crochet Stitches, you just go on to the second row of your project as written.
I hope this has made it all clear for you! FDC is one of my favorite ways to start a project, especially when I don't know how many stitches I'm going to need. Or when I making a neckline or cuff, or....
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