One of the most aggravating steps in crochet is crocheting into that thin little chain at the start - getting a beginner past that can be the hardest part of teaching! But it's a necessary evil... except when it isn't! The Foundation Single Crochet is a great way to avoid working into a long row of chains, and it's also a great way to start a project when you don't know exactly how many stitches you need - no pulling out an entire row just to get rid of one extra chain! Here's how I make the FSC!
Make as many FSC as your pattern calls for ch and sc in Row 1. Or if you need a row of dc in Row 1, you can make Foundation Double Crochet - the technique is the same, just start with a ch2, yo, work into the second ch from the hook with a ch1, ch1, yo again, and pull through 2 loops twice. (Try it step by step!)
Once the FSC row is made, then you are ready for Row 2 of your pattern. Work it just as the pattern specifies - from here on out there is no difference, The FSC is just a different way to start - and as a bonus, it's a bit stretchier than a plain chain!
I hope this has helped you understand FSC. What do you think? Will you use this technique for projects in the future?
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