Friday, March 20, 2009

Foundation Single Crochet Samples

I'm preparing to write a foundation single crochet tutorial for the blog.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with foundation single crochet, it's the act of creating a row of chain and single crochet all at once to use as a foundation for more rows.  It replaces the initial chain that starts most projects.

The question I wanted to answer before I started the tutorial is which strands to go under on the initial foundation single crochet.  You start with two chain stitches, then you put your hook back into the first chain to start the first foundation single crochet.

In my little diagram above, I labeled the three strands of the chain A (right), B (back), and C (left).  I made samples that had me putting my hook behind AB, A, C, and AC*.

After making all the samples of foundation single crochet, I also made samples starting with a chain and single crocheting into the top and another where I single crocheted into the bottom strand of the chain (which is what I normally do) .

I compared my foundation single crochet samples with the traditional chain and single crochet samples.  The blue sample (C) matched the white sample (chain with single crochet in the bottom strand) most closely when viewed from the side and end.

But when I compared the yellow (AC) and blue foundation single crochet samples, I liked the profile of the yellow sample more.  Also, the yellow sample's leading yarn (the starting yarn end) was securely anchored to the piece.  

Many of the samples' leading yarns were loose and would tighten up a lot and pinch the end when you pulled them.  And, if you didn't pinch the end by pulling them, they were awfully loose and looked like they might unravel themselves.  The yellow sample couldn't be squished up by pulling on the leading yarn bit and it wasn't loose, either.  Perfect.

So now I just need to do the tutorial!

* As I was typing that, I realized I didn't do a version where I put my hook behind B, so I tried it real quick and compared it to the rest of the samples.  There was a weird space I didn't like.  I didn't bother trying BC because I'd have to twist the chains and I'm sure it would look weird.

Argh.  OK, so I just tried BC and it's almost identical to C.  So I'm still set on AC.

14 Comments (comments are disabled)

Jennifer Rose said ...
looking forward to the tut, hoping it helps me. I can't seem to get the hang of crochet. MIL thinks its because I can't hold the needle properly, just feels really awkward to me even when she tells me to hold it like a pencil :/
3/20/2009 9:28 AM

emily said ...
i sure am glad you are obsessive about this.. i do not have the patience.. but i DEFINITELY appreciate all of your efforts! thank you (:

3/20/2009 11:13 AM

Stephany said ...
That's a great idea!
3/20/2009 2:57 PM

Kyla Nicole said ...
I'm not sure that I completely understand this post, lol...but I do understand fsc, for the most part. I wonder if you might want to help me out with a problem I have, though: I want to make these particular wristwarmers, and the pattern calls for "fsc "x" number of stitches, join to beg fsc with sl st". My problem is joining the end to the beginning! I think I have tried every combination of loops-usage to join them, and it always looks like a horrible mess. Since this join ends up being at the hand-side of the wristwarmers, I'd like it to look nicer. I would also like to be able to use fsc for the zillions of baby hats that I am making, but I just can't figure out how to neatly join the ends =X
3/20/2009 4:04 PM

Diane Lovell said ...
You are so amazingly tireless in your efforts to seek perfection in your crochet! Awesome!!
3/20/2009 6:16 PM

nancymoo said ...
Yay for this tutorial! I lo-o-o-o-ove foundation single crochet, but I always have to look up how to get started!! You are amazing, Alice!!
3/20/2009 7:17 PM

Andi said ...
I've always wanted to know how to do this!
3/20/2009 7:37 PM

Sara said ...
AC looks pretty good, its what I do and it seems to work beautifully. I can't wait to see your tutorial.
3/21/2009 10:41 AM

Lei Anne said ...
You are really god at what you do. When are you going to come up with a tutorial for seamless single crochet. The one that you used to make your bags?
3/22/2009 5:50 PM

Chrissy said ...
Wow! This is just great! Super detail. I've just gotten used to working the bottom loop of the chain to make a "prettier" edge at the beginning of a garment.

DEFINITELY going to have to try this one.
3/25/2009 9:44 AM

Oh, how I love this. The tutorial that follows is excellent as well, but that the fact that you tried out every possibility (even B and "argh, OK, BC too") and then compared them -- that is just perfect for my personality type. Thank you thank you! Makes me want to go dig out my crochet hooks right now!
3/25/2009 2:10 PM

Cris White said ...
Your presentation of the foundation single crochet is awesome. I am amazed at how you present the info (pictures,etc.) as much as I am with the logistics of the tutorial. The foundation sc row is exactly what I need, because my floppy chain row is awful. I am looking forward to trying this method, and I am almost certain that it will work for me. Thanks and Merry "Christ"mas. Cris
12/18/2012 9:59 AM

fran said ...
i appreciate you caring enough about the details and taking the time to methodically research then share with us - thank you! video tutorial was perfect
11/23/2013 5:39 PM
futuregirl replied ...
fran ... Thank you! :)
11/30/2013 6:59 PM