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How to: Make a Foundation Chain

Crochet starting chains are an essential technique for any crocheter!


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1 Make a slipknot and position it near the end of the hook. Wrap the working yarn (yarn that is attached to the ball) around the hook (also called a yarn over).
foundation-chain-step-22 Pull the yarn through the loop with the hook. You’ve just made one chain stitch.
foundation-chain-step-33 Repeat steps 1-2 to make as many chains as your pattern needs.
foundation-chain-step-44 To count your chains, hold it up so the “V”s are lined up. Do not count the loop on the hook or the initial slipknot. Each V counts as one.

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  • Sharon G.

    This is simple but great visualization. I am onboard with Mary M., although I have crocheted for just over a year only. I have often wondered what the difference between a starting chain and a foundation chain. Golly, now I know that I have not been missing out at all! ???? Thank you so much for the clarification. ????

  • Donna R.

    I have only been crocheting for a short time and this really helps me with counting my chains. My biggest issue is ending a row and starting with a new color. How do I tie off?

  • Ruth M.

    Thank you. I have been crocheting for years and this is the first I have ever seen counting stitches in the foundation chain, clarified.


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