How to Work a Foundation Double Crochet {Photo Tutorial}

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How to Work a Foundation Double Crochet {Photo Tutorial} | www.petalstopicots.com | #crochet #tutorial #howtoA Foundation Double Crochet (abbreviated as Fdc) is a way of starting a project without making a beginning chain. In effect, you are working your beginning chain AND your first row of stitches in the same step. There are some great benefits of using a chainless foundation, not to mention the satisfaction of jumping into your project right in your first row! One benefit of foundation stitches is that they tend to have more give and elasticity (especially helpful for cuffs, necklines, and heels) and can be extremely helpful for those who tend to work their beginning chains too tightly. They are also great for larger projects, like an afghans (like my free Sea Glass Afghan pattern here), where a long chain can become unwieldy.

 

How to Work a Foundation Double Crochet {Photo Tutorial}

Start as usual with a slip knot on your hook and ch 4.

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Yarn over and insert hook into 4th chain from hook (this chain counts as the first chain in your foundation and the skipped 3 chains count as the first double crochet) and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through first loop (this counts as your second foundation chain; 3 loops again on hook), complete as you would a normal double crochet (i.e., yarn over pull through 2 loops, yarn over pull through remaining 2 loops). You have now completed your next foundation double crochet.

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*Yarn over and insert hook into the chain at the base of your foundation double crochet just made, yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through first loop (this counts as your next foundation chain; 3 loops again on hook), complete as you would a normal double crochet (i.e., yarn over pull through 2 loops, yarn over pull through remaining 2 loops). Another foundation double crochet completed.

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Continue following tutorial from * until you have your desired number of double crochets and continue to Row 2 of your pattern. How to Work a Foundation Double Crochet {Photo Tutorial} | www.petalstopicots.com | #crochet #tutorial #howto

14 Responses to How to Work a Foundation Double Crochet {Photo Tutorial}

  1. Irene September 7, 2015 at 10:02 am #

    Didn’t know this was possible! Thank you!

  2. vera erwin September 7, 2015 at 10:32 am #

    i have read through your instructions thrice and i’ve tried to actually crochet this but there appears to be a yarn over missing. if i start with a loop on the hook, chain 4 (there is only one loop on the hook at the end of the chain) then taking a stitch in the fourth chain from the hook is only two loops on hook. there should have been a yarn over as for a regular double crochet, yes? finishing that stitch the same mistake occurs on the second stitch. so i thought i was doing it wrong. but i have been crocheting for about 50 years and i can usually read patterns except for leisure arts. what am i missing?

    • Crochet Connections September 7, 2015 at 12:05 pm #

      There is a yarn over missing, probably one of those things that you think you’ve written and when you read back it doesn’t click it’s not there because you just expect it to be there.

      Go to youtube and do a search for foundation double crochet, I recommend bobwilson123 or the crochet crowd but there are lot of videos on foundations for sc, hdc, Dc.

      Ps I read the instructions for fun as I already know the stitch and got confused thinking I was wrong then realised what was missing ☺

      Hope youtube helps Good luck

      • Kara September 7, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

        You are correct! Thanks so much for helping out the other readers. I made the correction.

        • Crochet Connections January 9, 2016 at 10:31 am #

          I’m a bit late with the reply lol but your welcome, you never know what you will find browsing sites 🙂
          And ended up sharpening up my skills – I’m not much of a writer so I tend to write as I would talk meaning I have to say it out loud to proof read it so I know its there. Takes ForEver!! lol

          I enjoy your news letters and now that your hooked up (pun intended) with Moogly as well its twice the fun.

          Allison 🙂

    • Kara September 7, 2015 at 5:34 pm #

      You are correct and I have made the correction to the tutorial. Thanks so much for the catch!! Sorry for the confusion!

  3. vera erwin September 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

    thank you so much. i thought i was losing it. this wirks graet. i knew how to do the fsc but that doesn’t always work if your afghan for instance is a dc pattern. thanks again.

  4. Mandy December 2, 2015 at 11:38 pm #

    A video tutorial would be better than the photo one , and easier to understand for everybody.

  5. Magda Marsh (@twistedTAH) April 11, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    this is awesome! so much better than doing a long starting chain…

  6. Susie June 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    If I was using a pattern to chain 242 and DC into 4th chain from hook, how many FDC would I make?
    This is great. Thanks!

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