When you learn to crochet, you’re taught to start most projects with a series of chains, then work your first row of stitches into those chains. But I’m here to tell you, there’s a much, much, MUCH better way. It’s called the chainless foundation crochet. This is a variation of crochet stitches that actually makes your starting chain and first row of stitches at the same time! Learn this technique in my latest video tutorial.
This 12 minute video covers how to make the foundation single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet. I use these techniques anytime I have a project that starts with a straight edge (like blankets, washcloths, and some clothing), or when I am starting a hat from the bottom up. Foundation stitches not only save time, but they make for stretchier stitches than starting with a traditional chain. That stretchier chain helps make subsequent rows of stitches look uniform.
If you enjoyed this video and want to try your hand at Chainless Foundation Stitches, try some of these patterns: