Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tutorial: Foundation Single Crochet

This foundation single crochet tutorial is broken down by each teeny-tiny step and includes a quick video demonstration at the end.  When I first attempted to learn this technique from a magazine, I had pretty good illustrations to go by, but I was still totally confused by the whole thing.  It took me 3 or 4 tries over a couple of months to even feel confident that I was doing this correctly.

Hopefully with photos of each step, you'll be able to learn this a little easier than I did.  Foundation single crochet is a wonderful technique.  Any time you start with a chain and a row of single crochet on top of the chain, you can use this technique, and that's the bulk of the crochet patterns out there!

For using a foundation single crochet row in the middle of your crochet piece, like the handles of my handbag or the armholes in a sweater, check out my foundation single crochet supplement.

Foundation crochet stitches were developed by (or popularized by - I haven't actually seen his book, so I don't know if he came up with this himself or if he discovered the technique from another source) Bill Elmore.  There is foundation single crochet, foundation double crochet, foundation triple crochet, etc ... and the idea is that you're making the initial chain row and the single (or double or triple) crochet row at the same time.

The reasons foundation stitches awesome are:
  • You won't have to rip everything out and start again if you miscounted your initial chain row.

  • You won't have a loose, floppy chain row dangling off your first row of single crochet.

  • You won't have a tight, constricting chain row buckling your first row of single crochet.

  • You can use foundation crochet to determine the size of a row when it's not set because the stitches are true-to-size unlike a chain, which is impossible to use as a row-length gauge.

  • You can easily attach crochet stitches to the top and bottom of the foundation row because the top and bottom look identical.

Basic Instructions

First Stitch
  • Chain two
  • Insert hook under top two strands of first chain
  • Yarn over, pull through the two strands of the first chain (link)
  • Yarn over, pull through one loop (chain part)
  • Yarn over, pull through two loops (single crochet part)

Second (And All Other) Stitch(es)
  • Insert hook in chain part of previous stitch under left and back strands of chain part
  • Yarn over, pull through the two strands of the previous chain (link)
  • Yarn over, pull through one loop (chain part)
  • Yarn over, pull through two loops (single crochet part)
  • repeat to end

Detailed instructions (text is above its corresponding photo)


1.  Chain two.  The chain is an upside down teardrop shape.  I will refer to the sides of the upside down teardrop as the right and left strand of the chain and collectively as the top strands of the chain.

2. This is the back of the chain.  I will refer to the vertical piece of yarn behind the upside down teardrop as the back strand of the chain.

3. This is showing you where you will insert your hook from the right to the left between the top strands of the chain and the bottom strand of the chain.

4. Here the hook has been inserted from right to left between the top strands of the chain and the bottom strand of the chain.

5. The same as photo 4 except that I'm holding the piece.

6. Yarn over.

7. Pull yarn through the first chain strands.  You will now have two loops on your hook.  This links this stitch to the initial chain.

8. Same as photo 7, but a different angle.

9. Yarn over.

10. Pull through one loop.  This is the chain part of the foundation single crochet.  I've marked the left, right, and back strand of the chain.  Be sure to make the chain part of your fsc stitches loosely.  If it's too tight, your row will start to curve in on itself.  See evidence here.

11. Insert a stitch marker in the chain part so you separate the left and back strand from the right strand.  When you start the next foundation single crochet stitch, this is where you will insert your hook to link the stitches.  This marker will also be helpful if you are going to connect your foundation single crochet row into a loop.

12. Same as photo 11 except turned a little so you can see the back strand of the chain part of this foundation single crochet.

13. Yarn over.

14. Pull through two loops.  This is the single crochet part of the foundation single crochet.  The first foundation single crochet stitch is now complete.

15. Insert a stitch marker under the top two strands of the single crochet part of the foundation single crochet to mark the first stitch.  This marker is helpful because you can easily find the first stitch when counting the stitches in your row.  This marker will also be helpful if you are going to connect your foundation single crochet row into a loop.


16. Insert hook into the chain part of the previous foundation single crochet so the left strand and back strand are on the left and the right strand is on the right.  This is the place where we put the stitch marker in photo 11.

17. Yarn over.

18. Pull yarn through the chain strands.  You will now have two loops on your hook.  This links this stitch to the previous stitch.

19. Yarn over.

20. Pull through one loop.  This is the chain part of the foundation single crochet.  I've marked the left, right, and back strand of the chain.

21. Insert a stitch marker in the chain part so you separate the left and back strand from the right strand.  When you start the next foundation single crochet stitch, this is where you will insert your hook to link the stitches.

22. Yarn over.

23. Pull through two loops.  This is the single crochet part of the foundation single crochet.  The second foundation single crochet stitch is now complete.


24. Insert hook into the chain part of the previous foundation single crochet so the left strand and back strand are on the left and the right strand is on the right.  This is the place where we put the stitch marker in photo 21.

25. Yarn over.

26. Pull yarn through the chain strands.  You will now have two loops on your hook.  This links this stitch to the previous stitch.

27. Yarn over.

28. Pull through one loop.  This is the chain part of the foundation single crochet.  If you think it would be helpful, move the stitch marker from the chain part of the second foundation single crochet and insert it here like in photo 21 so you will know where to insert your hook for the next stitch.  I prefer to grab the chain, like I show in the next photo.

29. After I make the chain part of of a foundation single crochet, I like to grab it.  Grabbing the chain part give me leverage for making the single crochet part of the stitch *and* it helps me find the place where I'll be inserting my hook when I start the next foundation single crochet stitch.

30. Yarn over.

31. Pull through two loops.  This is the single crochet part of the foundation single crochet.  The third foundation single crochet stitch is now complete.

32. Here I am inserting my hook into the chain part of the third foundation single crochet stitch.  These are the strands that I grabbed in photo 29.  This is the first step of stitch 4.

Repeat from photo 24 to 31 until the end of your row.

Movie Time!

I've been wanting to make a tutorial video forever.  Months ago I had Andrew write a theme song for me, and I've been dreaming of playing it during a funny, over-the-top opening montage of me being ridiculously crafty.  But I'm going to take this in baby steps, so my first video sorta sucks, but it fulfills it's purpose.  Much like the photos in my first post.

In the video I wanted to show you how you can get in a rhythm while doing foundation single crochet, and how your work will flow down from your hook.  It always helps me to actually see something being done, so I bet many of you would benefit from it, too.

As always, I'd love any feedback (good or bad) you have about this tutorial.
487 Comments (comments are disabled)

Michelle said ...
Oh, Alice, as usual, you are just amazing. You and I have already talked about how foundation crochet is life-altering, so I won't go on about it again here, but you're seriously providing people with an awesome resource, and you really *should* be able to get rich off of making the best tutorials ever.
3/22/2009 7:25 PM

hanamik said ...
I have to admit that I wasn't really following the picture tutorial, but the video REALLY helped out! I guess it's because I'm left-handed and I would have to flip everything, but the video definitely made it much easier to grasp. Thank you so much for sharing in different medias for different learners! I am excited to try it out~
3/22/2009 8:18 PM

mia said ...
Thank you, Alice! This was so easy to understand, and I made my first one as I read through the steps as you had them written out. I am particularly excited to try this with half-double and double or triple crochet stitches, because I've always hated that tiny beginning chain that's so out of proportion to the rest of the piece!

Your attention to detail is astounding, and every time I thought, "Huh?" the very next line set me straight! Kind of funny. :)
3/22/2009 8:22 PM

Birdy said ...
Like Hanamik I was so confused at first, but as soon as I saw the video and heard the rhythm I understood immediately! this is definitely be fun to use in some of my next projects.
3/22/2009 9:48 PM

regina said ...
Yay!! Awesome video tute. I am such a visual learner so I am a huge fan of the video instructions. Plus, to see you in action just solidifies it all. Foundation single crochet makes so much sense!! I hate that first single crochet line. It's always so tight for me and make starting a project difficult. This will be great. I will add it to my tutorial list. Thanks!!!
3/22/2009 10:07 PM

Blaize said ...
Since I taught myself to crochet a couple of weeks ago, I am looking forward to trying this. I'll let you know how I do.

3/22/2009 10:16 PM

Lauren said ...
Thanks, Futuregirl! I haven't used the tutorial yet, so I will let you know how it goes-- but I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to write out such detailed instructions, I can't wait to use the technique.
3/22/2009 10:37 PM

Jill said ...
future girl, you are pretty impressive. I think having the pictures and the video are a perfect combo! I am an art teacher and am always looking for the best ways to teach my students different art making processes and this is how i dream of teaching...therefore, this tutorial is teacher approved!

i've been following your blog for a while but this is the first comment i've ever left. thanks for keeping me inspired!
3/22/2009 11:05 PM

Curupisa said ...
First, great tutorial. I tried this technique when you first posted about it, som time ago. It rocks!
Second, motion and sound. Wow, this brings you to a different dimension. I'm so used to your pictures and written words, never imagined your voice would be as it sounds. You suddenly became more real (I mean, for me, you know).
3/22/2009 11:26 PM

I also got a little lost on the photos, but the video was great. I have been doing my own version of this a little differently, so I'll have to try it your way.
3/23/2009 1:25 AM

planetjune said ...
Perfect! I've read two or three different versions of instructions for how to make foundation sc - all doing it in slightly different ways or slightly ambiguous about where to insert the hook to begin the next stitch - and I wasn't sure which was the 'correct' method. I'll use your method from now on - your video makes it all very clear. Thanks!
3/23/2009 4:48 AM

nancymoo said ...
Wow, Alice!! The pictures are so detailed (I love details!!) and that is the best video tutorial of the FSC that I have seen - and I have seen a lot - I always have to look it up! BUT they way you described it in your video, it makes me *get* it more solidly than before. You rock! :D
3/23/2009 8:10 AM

Jocelyn Sass said ...
Wow, Alice, you put a lot of work into this tutorial! I especially liked the video which truly made the photo work come all together. Nice combination!
3/23/2009 8:43 AM

jane currah said ...
This is SO helpful!! Shame I'm stuck at work and can't try it out immediately!
Brilliant video tutorial - many thanks
3/23/2009 11:32 AM

Sara said ...
Freakin' fantastic. When is your book coming out? ;)
3/23/2009 4:45 PM

Jennifer Rose said ...
thank you :) Going to have to burrow the MIL's hooks and try this :)
3/23/2009 7:15 PM

Lisa said ...
Such a great tutorial! I have been crocheting for forever and have never heard of this technique. I am never going back!
3/24/2009 5:08 PM

Tina said ...
Wow! I've never heard of this, but I'll have to try it. I can see the benefit. LOVE the video. It was extremely helpful! Thank you.
3/24/2009 8:30 PM

Dear ALice!

this tutorial is WONDERFUL!
I really enjoyed watching the video which made everything so clear!

Thank you!

I'm going to go try that right away!

3/25/2009 5:36 AM

Jackie said ...
Thanks so much! Your tutorials are always awesome. I tried to learn FSC from an online video a couple of months ago (after reading your raves about it in your blog) and came away a little confused. Your tutorial made it very clear and now I feel like I know what I am doing. Keep it up! You're the best.
3/25/2009 11:55 AM

Stephany said ...
Wow, I've never heard of this before. I can't wait to try it! Thanks for the awesome tutorial...I always learn better when I see a live demonstration, books just don't work for me.
3/25/2009 12:51 PM

Rachel said ...
Wow, thanks so much for sharing this, so helpful! I'll be linking to this post.
3/25/2009 1:05 PM

michelle said ...
Kim Werker tweeted about this tutorial. :)
3/26/2009 1:08 AM

michelle said ...
Awesome video! I would have never made it through the the written instructions. I think this *is* life altering. Must teach KnitSonya.
3/26/2009 1:11 AM

OmiZaza said ...
My daughter ( sent me this tutorial because she knows how much I like to crochet. I had never heard of fsc but am eager to use it on my next project. The pictures and explanation were very cleat for me. I was only wishing that I could see a few completed stitches. However, my wish was fulfilled in the video. Great tutorial!!
3/26/2009 5:42 AM

marietta said ...
i have seen this in many patterns before and could not figure it out - so i have always resorted to the regular foundation row....i WILL try to follow this for my next project that is not a corcheted toy :)
3/26/2009 11:49 AM

susan said ...
this looks very clear and i think that i might just actually try it! thanks so much!!!
3/26/2009 12:21 PM

Silvia said ...
Wow!!! Great tutorial!!!! Thank you very much!!!
3/27/2009 8:05 AM

Lilly said ...
Hi^^. I visited your blog for the first time today and all I can think is: Woooow!! Next week I will definitely be trying out your seahorse patterns, thank you so much for making them available online! I admire your work.
Lilly :)
3/28/2009 11:25 AM

Fay said ...
fantastic video!! your detailed written instructions and photos are great but video tutorials definitely make things clearer. can't wait to try this out - crocheting that first row into a chain - particularly with fiddly yarn - is the worst part of any project. This will make a HUGE difference! getting my hooks out this arvo to give it a go!
3/28/2009 1:55 PM

Chloe said ...
Excellent tutorial and brilliant video.
I have just started out with crocheting (evidence on my blog) and I have taught myself through you tube clips. Because I have done this, I can say that there isn't alot of videos on there that show how to crochet very clearly. But this one is brilliant. As a beginner I can watch that and copy it very easily. Thank you for doing this.
3/30/2009 8:45 AM

Jachicue said ...
Thank you!! I have a hard time following writen instructions or even photo instructions. The only way I learn is by watching someone else do it. You really gave me an AHA! That's how! moment. Thank you!!!
3/30/2009 6:45 PM

tori said ...
wow, so to be totally honest i was sort of following what you were saying the text/pic tutorial but still not quite sure i had it (plus i didn't have a hook and yarn in hand either) but that video was PERFECT! i've definitely got it now. it was good that you told what each part was doing, the first pull through creates the chain and the second is the single crochet. GENIUS! thanks for sharing
4/2/2009 5:08 PM

Betty G. said ...
That's really cool and so is the video.
Thanks for sharing.

4/11/2009 7:39 PM

Claudette Clarke said ...
Just wanted to say an heartful "thank you" for the pictures as well as the video for the single crochet foundation. I have been reading and looking at that stitch for quite sometime and was not truly understanding it. You have done an awesome thing because I just got a new crochet book with great patterns that starts with this stitch. Now am extremely elated and will be able to make something out of my new book. Thanks!!!!
4/12/2009 12:29 AM

Katy_Ravensong said ...
Thanks for this! I've tried it with pics to look at and haven't yet gotten the hang of it. I think I can do it with your tutorial.
4/12/2009 2:48 AM

Helena said ...
It looks simple, but I'm afraid it would be very hard to me... I'm no girl for these works, but I really liked your art!
4/13/2009 10:09 AM

Michele said ...
You've made it fun and easy! Thank you. Foundation stitching was a real dead end for me, as I'm just learning. You got me past the dead end!
4/15/2009 4:49 PM

Janet said ...
Excellent video. I saw the technique on Knit & Crochet Today, but it went really fast. After replaying your video, I'm ready to start my next project without the stringy long chain.
4/21/2009 11:31 AM

Jennifer said ...
OMG. This is fantastic.
4/27/2009 11:54 PM

Patricia Fairbairn said ...
I have been a newbie to crocheting for almost a year (off and on). It took me forever to catch on to make any sense. Next step is to try practicing dc hdc, etc. I still have not been sure I had the single crochet down but after I just watched your video and looked at the photos on your blog, I finally had that eureka moment. I now "get it". Thank you so much!!
4/28/2009 1:56 PM

Sara said ...
I have been crocheting for many many years and this is the first time I have ever heard of this!!! I guess every time the pattern said "row of foundation crochet" I just figured it was the chain my great granny taught me!!! HaHa.

Now, dumb question, can you use this for EVERY project? And at the end of the foundation row, do you just turn, chain and continue like normal??
BTW. I think your directions were PERFECT! And showing the stitch markers are also life altering! I will never crochet without them again!! You are my hero! HEHEHE
5/7/2009 10:55 PM

analea said ...
Your tutorial is terrific! I've seen another tutorial on foundation crochet, but it was nowhere as clear as yours. I can't wait to try this technique. I also had a duh! moment when I saw your stitch markers - I never thought of using plastic covered paperclips - much cheaper than 'real' stitch markers!
5/16/2009 11:09 AM

Glad2Garden on Ravelry said ...
Thank you for this tutorial. I love the way you have photos for every step. So helpful! Keep up the good work!
5/23/2009 7:28 AM

Betsy said ...
As someone previously said "you are amazing" as well as generous to share your knowledge with others. I am waiting anxiously for the handbag pattern. Thank you so much.
6/1/2009 7:47 PM

Angela Neil said ...
I love this tutorial, and your attention to detail is a big plus for me - it helped so much!

But I have a question.

I'm doing a toddler skirt that I need to chain, join the chain to form a circle, then single crochet over the chain.

How can I do that using this method? Is it possible?
6/9/2009 11:53 PM

futuregirl said ...
Angela ... You can totally use this for your toddler skirt! Just make the fsc strand and slip stitch the top of the last stitch to the top of the first stitch (like you would with single crochets ... or do what the pattern says to do at the end of the row). Then, take the beginning string from bottom part of the first stitch and weave it through the chain part of the last stitch so that the top and bottoms of the first and last stitches are connected to each other. That sounds confusing, but it's super easy. Demonstration this would be a great supplement for this tutorial. :)
6/10/2009 12:04 AM

Angela Neil said ...
Thank you Alice! I tried it and got it to work! A demonstration (video or pictures or BOTH!) supplement would be great idea too though!

Thank you again. It's made crocheting this very easy toddler skirt even easier!!
6/10/2009 9:11 PM

futuregirl said ...
Angela ... Yay! Of course my supplement would have both. ;) I actually want to go back and add videos to my existing tutorials. I tried making an animated gif once and it was a billion megabytes big and started eating up my bandwidth like cookie monster. YouTube rocks!
6/11/2009 12:09 AM

EmmaNadine said ...
I used this technique for the project I'm working on now, and I will NEVER go back. I love it! Thanks for putting together an awesome tutorial, it made it super easy to to it myself.
6/12/2009 8:53 PM

Angela Smith said ...
Thank you so much for this! So cool! I am not really following it yet...have to read through it a few more times, but I love the idea. I HATE doing my chain and then going back over with (usually SC) to get a foundation to work with. Thanks so much!
6/16/2009 1:10 AM

snarflemarfle said ...
This is a great tutorial! I've just started working on the Starling bag and I'm noticing that my fsc is curving a bit toward the left. Am I doing something wrong? I bet it will even out when I start on the next row, but I wanted to make sure...
6/19/2009 7:57 AM

futuregirl said ...
snarflemarfle ... actually, you're probably making the chain part of the fsc too tight. If you look at step 10, I added a link to my recent post about this common phenomenon. :)
6/19/2009 4:56 PM

Kristina said ...
OMG, I have been anti-crochet just because of the first row always being so difficult for me to get thru. I think that this could be just the gateway to yet another fiber addiction!!!
6/22/2009 10:52 PM

Jana said ...
Great video! I used the chainless foundation row last Christmas to make my daughters' scarves! They looked SO much nicer this way! I have been eyeballing a book about chainless foundation! It looks as though it also explains how to do the other stitches AND has a bunch of projects. Are you familiar with this book? Do you think it's worth getting?
6/30/2009 7:59 AM

club penguin said ...
You and I have already talked about how foundation crochet is life-altering, so I won't go on about it again here, but you're seriously providing people with an awesome resource, and you really *should* be able to get rich off of making the best tutorials ever.
7/5/2009 9:33 PM

futuregirl said ...
Kristina ... Yes. This could totally change your life. :)

Jana ... I haven't seen a book with fsc in it. Do you have a link so I can check it out?

Club Penguin ... I agree - with everything you said. ;)
7/6/2009 11:04 PM

Vicki K. said ...
The entire tutorial is really good - I walked myself slowly through the written part. Then looked at the pictures - actually, I got a little confused with the markers. But then the video completely made sense and I love the rhythm of it. I think I will have this down with one more view of the video. Thank you!!!
7/14/2009 1:31 PM

Vicki K. said ...
Forgot to say...another really great part of your tutorial is where you the reasons why this is a useful stitch. Inquiring minds want to know why they need to concentrate and learn this new method.
7/14/2009 1:36 PM

havenview said ...
I'm not a blogger and I don't usually leave comments but I had to sincerely thank you for all your work on this. It fit "me" and the way I crochet -- especially the video. Wow! That did it for me. [I think I'm spatially-challenged so photos alone don't always help.] I think designer Doris Chan only uses fsc in her patterns and I wanted to try one of her 'free' patterns . . . so I searched the web and tried, searched and tried again and again and again until I got here! I've been crocheting off and on for 50 years -- yes, YOU can teach an old dog new tricks! The yarn sample works great, but I'm having a little trouble using cabled-cotton crochet thread (sz 3 or 5) -- the "chain" for the 2nd fsc, etc. is not as easy to identify. Practice, patience, and more practice. You're a gem to share your talents.
7/16/2009 9:45 PM

futuregirl said ...
Vicki ... Thanks for the wonderful comment. It's so good to know why you like the tutorial. That helps me to make even better tutorials in the future! Glad this one helped you.

havenview ... I'm glad you left a comment! My blog isn't a closed club and I'm always thrilled to hear from people who have just happened on my blog. :) You are right that it's super hard to do fsc with thread, but you're right that with some practice and patience you'll figure it out. :)
7/19/2009 7:06 PM

Rachel O. said ...
Thanks so much for the awesome video! I've puzzled over foundation stitches forever but actually seeing someone do it helped so much!
8/14/2009 6:24 PM

futuregirl said ...
Rachel O. ... You're welcome! :)
8/20/2009 9:48 PM

Linda said ...
Oh! It's so simple.
I have always hated doing the foundation row. I found it to be the more tedious part of crocheting. Thnk you so much!!!!!!
8/21/2009 11:26 AM

stephanie said ...
Finally got it! Thanks, I have been working on this for a couple of days unsuccessfully and your info made it clear.
8/22/2009 9:56 AM

Clarissa said ...
Hats off to you futuregirl for the best step by step tutorial. I managed to accomplish a row of foundation single crochet first time!
Keep up the good work!
Happy crocheting ;)
8/25/2009 11:18 PM

futuregirl said ...
Clarissa ... Yay! Isn't fsc awesome!? Thanks for stopping by. :)
8/25/2009 11:26 PM

Tails said ...
Hi its me, the over-thinker, again! :P

I'm so wanting to make myself a Starling Bag, and I'm a busy bee looking up various tutorials to use with yours, but I'm confused right from the get go! There appears to be a knot at the beginning even before you chain is that knot done? I cant seem to find anything on this very (very!) first

Thanks!! As for reading the pattern...yipes! It looks so confusing, but I'm sure I'll get the gist of it when I understand the basics :)
8/27/2009 9:26 AM

futuregirl said ...
Tails ... The first several steps show you how to make a slip knot to start your chain Your questions are ALWAYS welcome here. :) As for the pattern, take it one step at a time and you'll be done before you know it. xo!
8/27/2009 10:14 AM

Tails said ...
Thanks :) I've been looking through that link already - its perfect! Are there any photos to the underside of the bag so I can try visualise the instructions in the free pattern?
8/27/2009 10:50 AM

futuregirl said ...
Tails ... I don't have photos of the bottom (need to fix that!) Check out the photo in this post It might help. :)
8/27/2009 11:06 AM

LiLo said ...
Hi, thanks for this! One thing that's my Achilles, is determining exactly *where* I'm bei=ng instructed to put the hook. Even in videos it's hard to see. At :34 you instruct, " go into that crochet..." and I really don't know which "that crochet" is. It's possible I'm just a bubble head (or bobble head, rather :^) ) but this is the frustrating part for me in all my crocheting. Even slow-mo'ing the video doesn't always help! Videos are much better than photos, though, lol.

Thanks for any clarification.
9/15/2009 5:25 PM

futuregirl said ...
LiLo ... We'll figure this out! :) At :34 seconds I say, "You go into that first chain." Photo 10 and 11 above show you the parts of the first chain where you'll be inserting your hook. Image 16 shows the actual step I'm doing at :34. Does that help?
9/16/2009 1:10 AM

Gracelaw said ...
This is terrific -- you've changed my crocheting life! I've always avoided patterns that begin with those long chains, as I inevitably miscount and have to get creative on the second row, which is way too soon ... plus it's just plain annoying to work with a long and scrawny chain! Your directions are wonderfully clear. Thanks so much!
9/19/2009 8:54 AM

ananomose said ...
This was so awesome! ur as genius! Thnx so much!
9/21/2009 5:49 PM

Friday said ...
I have been crocheting for 50+ yrs and I HATE starting chains ( actually the first rows they can be hard to get the stitches in the chain and they never seem to look good.
I have actually gone bk to knitting because of it.
THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for this tutorial as I am now going back to crocheting some of the things I like.
9/29/2009 5:27 PM

Char said ...
My pattern says to use a hdc foundation row. How does that work?
Excellent tutorial, I am going to try it with sc today!
10/9/2009 11:00 AM

Sheila said ...
AMAZING! I have been spreading the word about your website. I have already made one of your starling totes and am the envy of my needlework group!

How about a "foundation double crochet?"
10/21/2009 6:02 PM

futuregirl said ...
Gracelaw ... Yay!

ananomose ... ur welcome!

Friday ... Thanks! :)

Char ... hdc works just about the same way. Maybe that will be a future tutorial.

Sheila ... Thanks for telling people about my website! :) I think all the foundations stitches deserve their own tutorials. :)
10/23/2009 2:45 PM

Hexnessie said ...
Thank you for this amazingly straightforward explanation. When I tried to learn how to do the FSC, I went through several tutorials, browsed through pictures, even watched a couple of movies at YouTube, and I still couldn't grasp it. It was humiliating and annoying.

And then, all it took was your reiteration of the obvious, simple fact that first I need to LINK to the existing chain, then make a CHAIN, and only then I can SC in the chain. Once I saw the mystery split into these three simple moves, I managed to do it!

Thanks again.
10/24/2009 4:16 PM

Dee Dee Boseman said ...
I was so glad to find your tutorial. I went through several others and just could not seem to wrap my brain around it! It just looked like a "jumble" of
stitches and I couldn't tell what was what. After wathing your video, I went through your photos slowly step by step. Placing the markers and identifying what was actually "chain" and what was actually the "stitch" was what I needed to make sense of it all. Thank you! Now I can actually see and understand what I'm doing. I've been crocheting for many years but really only knew the "basics." Thanks to your guidance I've learned a great new technique! Thanks again!!
10/25/2009 12:54 PM

Make another one! Make another one! Actually, this for me was an education. I had never heard of the 'fsc' before. And seeing as how I want to stitch up your Starling Handbag ASAP, I thought I'd better get on ye old stick as they say, and learn the stitch! I got more out of the video than the pictures - although the pics and descriptions were helpful to a point. I'm sending everyone I can think of to this site Alice. This is such a cool, down to Earth, in your face kind of deal you have going on here. I can't possibly give you enough kudos futuregirl. Thanks again.
10/25/2009 11:38 PM

Tammy said ...
Wonderful, wonderful! Thanks! I just used this in a recent project and I'm amazed at how nice it looks. Linked back here, too - hope you don't mind. (
11/17/2009 11:29 PM

Alicia said ...
You don't give yourself enough credit. This video is excellent - sooooooo helpful. I needed to quickly understand this stitch on the 1st project I used it on (incidentally, using a novelty yarn :P). Your tutorial and video did the trick. You are a God-send!! Thank you.
12/19/2009 5:47 PM

futuregirl said ...
Sorry it took me so long to respond, everyone!

Hexnessie ... Yay! I'm so glad my video helped you! :)

Hexnessie ... You think just like I do. I have to understand all the little parts before I understand the whole thing.

Jan St. Germain ... Thank you for the awesome, sweet comment, Jan. :) I definitely want to make more videos. I would have already, except the camera's microphone makes me sound so horrible. ha!

Alicia ... Yay! Glad my tutorial helped you! It's not that I don't give myself enough credit, I think, it's that I know I can be *way* more awesome.
12/20/2009 5:34 AM

peajay said ...
I found ur site through a market bag pattern search and i have to say you have a wonderful way of breaking down and teaching. I have never even heard of a foundation single crochet but it might be the best invention since sliced bread! I HATE having to sit and try to get the first row from the chain plus my stitches tend to be too tight but with using the foundation single stitch i have no choice to complete them looser. One question...can the basis of this be used where the 1st row is to be a double or triple stitch? Again, than you sooo much!
1/3/2010 10:28 PM

futuregirl said ...
peajay ... Yes! You can have a double or triple crochet foundation row. Someday I will do tutorials for them. They use the same general principles of fsc, but you'll do a different number of chains initially.
1/4/2010 1:18 AM

Morgan said ...
This tutorial is great and I'm confident that I'm doing this correctly, but I'm still confused by this pattern I'm working on (on a different website). After the row of 6 foundation single crochet, it says to flip over and start the next row of single crochet by going into the horizontal loops going across the back side. In the video I watched on that website, I'm doing I exactly like she does it (which I figured out by reading your instructions), but when I flip it over, I can't find the horizontal stitches, but I can see them on her video. Do you know what I might be doing wrong?

1/4/2010 6:50 PM

futuregirl said ...
Morgan ... Hmmm, I'm not sure what you could be doing wrong. I've never encountered a pattern where you use the horizontal part of the fsc. You could email her a photo of both sides of your fsc and have her mark where you should be putting your hook.
1/4/2010 7:22 PM

Megan said ...
Awesome!!! Thank you so much for your clear and easy to follow directions. I have crocheted/knitted for years and this is the first time I have come across this stich. That is amazing in itself! I am making my first lace fingerless mitts with sock yarn. Wish me luck!! Thanks again!
1/5/2010 3:09 PM

Morgan said ...
Thanks for your fast response! I finally figured out how to do it. It turned out she was just explaining it very poorly. Haha.
Well, I'm glad I found your website. You might be hearing from me again soon. :)

Thanks again!

1/5/2010 7:24 PM

Katie said ...
How do you join a foundation row to make socks?
1/6/2010 4:30 PM

linda said ...
AH!!! that's amazing!!! thanks for posting this tutorial. i've always had so much trouble with getting the right length down and ripping the chain every time. this is an awesome method. i have a new outlook for crocheting to precise measurements :)
1/9/2010 9:19 PM

Misty said ...
Thank you so much for taking the time to make up this tutorial with such excellent photos! It was incredibly helpful and I am really excited to try it out on a few different projects.
1/18/2010 6:30 PM

Stephanie said ...
This works awesome once you get the hang of it. Thanks for the tutorial!
1/18/2010 11:18 PM

yvonne said ...
1/25/2010 12:28 AM

susan said ...
the written direction are the best. Because you say what each step is .. link, chain, sc. I know acutally understand the method rather than just copying the method..THANKS
1/30/2010 1:07 PM

Faith said ...
Thank you so much for this tutorial and for your enthusiasm, which gave me the perseverance to keep at it. I've just started my first big project (a ripple afghan for a friend) and I shudder to think what working with a traditional starting chain would have been like! Your site is brilliant.
2/9/2010 8:49 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Faith ... Thanks for the sweet comment! I haven't made anything especially long with the fsc yet. I can't wait to try it out! Good luck with your ripple blanket.
2/11/2010 10:11 PM

Jenn said ...
FOUNDATION CROCHET..I agree with the first comment left on this entry, holy crap, I need to leave my day job RIGHT NOW and go home to try this..!!
2/11/2010 12:40 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Jen ... Too bad we can't get paid to crochet, right?!
2/11/2010 4:11 PM

Cyndi said ...
I started my first to-be-felted crochet project and ripped it out four times because my foundation row was too tight. Even after using a two-sizes-bigger hook for the first row! This technique saved my project! Thank you!
3/18/2010 7:38 PM

Hilary Lawrence said ...
Just wanted to say this stitch is a life saver and your tutorial is fantastic. It really didn't take me that long to get the hang of it, but only because your instructions are so clear. As someone has said already, you really should be able to make money doing this - you would make the best crochet instructor EVER!

Well done and thanks so much for this
3/24/2010 5:30 AM

Jill said ...
FINALLY!!!!! Thank you so much! link..chain..grab..single crochet..I found the rhythm - your explanation made it a snap - I've been struggling with this for a while. Thanks again.
3/25/2010 9:17 AM

Laura said ...
Thank you SO much! this is THE best explanation I have found for this stich! It is easy once you explained it so carefully but man it was hard to read and understand in my book! THANK YOU!
4/19/2010 12:18 PM

Liz said ...
Thanks! Why is the chain start method even taught, when this one is clearly so much better?

Thanks for take the effort to put this tutorial together. you were the first link when I searched on google.

Well done.

5/1/2010 5:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Liz ... Thank God for Google, eh? :) Thanks for visiting and leaving such a nice comment!
7/15/2010 11:17 PM

Sheri said ...
LOVED your tute! I've been looking at other tutorials on this same thing and could never figure out where they were sticking the hook for the second stitch, your use of markers is supurb and then the "grab" photo really made it clear. Thank you! I do have one question in step 11 and in step 15 we put in markers that "will also be helpful if you are going to connect your foundation single crochet row into a loop." I do have a project that I'm connecting together but I'm not sure how to attach this? Especially when you indicate there are 2 places to connect? Thanks so much!

5/7/2010 11:22 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Sheri ... Oh, goodness, this is a late reply. Please forgive me! :) Thank you for your sweet comment!

To answer your question about the connecting it in a loop thing: There are two places to connect because the fsc row is both a chain row and a sc row. You need to connect the top of the sc row (with a slip stitch or something) and the bottom chain row (I'd probably use a yarn needle to weave the yarn tail from the first stitch into the last stitch's chain. Make sense?
7/15/2010 11:03 PM

neera said ...
thank you thank you thank you!!!
I tried so many times to approach this stitch, and never managed! Now I know I can make it!! Yay! :)
5/26/2010 8:59 AM

Alison said ...
your link-chain-grab-sc rhythm finally turned my frustration into excitement - thanks so much!!!!
5/26/2010 10:04 PM

Annalea said ...
This is awesome. Thanks so much for doing such a thorough job of explaining the technique . . . seeing the photos go through three full stitches made the process really sink in, and the little video at the end cemented it completely. I can't wait to use this for an afghan for one of my daughters. :o) Hooray for no more mile-long foundation chains!
5/30/2010 10:41 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Annalea ... Thank you for the wonderful comment!
6/23/2010 9:17 PM

Cathrin said ...
This is the best! No more making long, lines of chains. The chain and the single crochet are made together. Fantastic!!

Thanks for sharing
6/4/2010 9:14 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Cathrin .. It *is* totally awesome. I use it all the time now. :)
6/23/2010 8:16 PM

Julia said ...
Thank you so much for this video, I was about to give up on my project until I went to your website. The written instructions do not compare with the video. Thank you Thank you Thank you
6/13/2010 8:16 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Julia ... You're welcome, you're welcome!!
6/23/2010 8:16 PM

Jody said ...
Brilliant, I've learned something new after crocheting for 35 years! thankyou, very useful.
6/29/2010 9:27 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Jody ... That's so awesome! :)
6/30/2010 1:03 PM

Sue said ...
Love the instructions and especially the stitch markers. Can this method be used for Filet Crochet, especially when you start in the middle of a large project (like a tablecloth)?
7/18/2010 3:18 PM

merryandmod said ...
This was so helpful! Getting started with a new project is always the most challenging part, but you made the first row a breeze. Thank you.
7/18/2010 8:35 PM

futuregirl replied ...
merryandmod ... You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)
8/10/2010 12:34 AM

Marthicientha said ...
i love it !
7/29/2010 11:49 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Marthicientha ... Thanks!
8/11/2010 12:00 AM

MrCrochetMan said ...
Thanks for the tutorial. I found this fingerless glove pattern I was making for my sister and could not for the life of me figure out the stitch. It was a great help!!
7/30/2010 5:37 PM

futuregirl replied ...
MrCrochetMan ... Yay!
8/10/2010 12:34 AM

jessie said ...
Thank you so much! I have been trying to find a good, detailed (and still unnderstandable) tutorial to learn this stich. Yours made SO much more sense!
8/1/2010 2:19 PM

futuregirl replied ...
jessie ... Awesome! Thanks for letting me know you liked my tutorial. :)
8/10/2010 12:35 AM

Lacy said ...
This was amazing. I was getting so frustrated with the original chain that it was keeping me from wanting to start new projects (once I would get past the chain it was fun), but with this I can't wait to get going on something new. Your video was extremely helpful - thanks for taking your time to put this together.
8/10/2010 10:53 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lacy ... What an amazing comment! Thank you. :)
8/10/2010 11:56 PM

I don't really crochet because I don't really get it. the pics totally confused me but the video was great and I think I could really do this one after I watched the video a couple times. I do wish I could of seen a finished product using this.
8/21/2010 10:39 AM

futuregirl replied ...
A Wonkey Donkey ... The starting row of my Starling Handbag pattern is foundation single crochet (fsc). And the first row of the Starling Handbag handles is also fsc. Those are both great examples of how it's used in the real world.
9/27/2010 9:51 PM

Darci said ...
Wow! How I have lived this long w/o this technique is an absolute mystery! I wish my crochet teacher was still among us, so I could show it to her. Thanks for sharing. You've opened my eyes! BTW: your video is what clinched it for me -- great job!
8/23/2010 9:24 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Darci ... Thanks! I'm so glad my tutorial helped you! :)
8/23/2010 11:16 PM

Karen said ...
Nicer video than the others I've seen for the foundation crochet. Thanx.
8/26/2010 6:15 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Karen ... You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by. :)
9/27/2010 9:49 PM

Meredith said ...
I can't wait to try this, but I have a question.

If a pattern asks for say 43 chains (pattern will be sc) do I replace that with 43 fsc or 42 fsc?

Thank you.
8/27/2010 10:33 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Meredith ... The fsc replaces both the chain and the sc in the first row. I know sometimes there are turning chains, but you can ignore them for the fsc row. So, if the pattern calls for 43 chains and 42 sc in the first row, do 42 fsc. If the pattern calls for 43 chains and 43 sc, do 43 fsc. Does that answer your question?
8/27/2010 11:11 AM

Meredith said ...
That answered my question. Thank you so much! Now I just need to practice this without curling. So excited.
8/28/2010 7:12 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Meredith ... Here's my post about fsc curling It will probably help you. :)
9/13/2010 7:15 PM

This is so awesome, thanks so much for all the effort this took to create ^_^
9/8/2010 7:09 PM

futuregirl replied ...
pixelatedmushroom ... Well, thank you for thanking me! :)
9/13/2010 7:36 PM

linda said ...
outstanding. instructions on the mark.
quick and very easy.
9/12/2010 5:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
linda ... Thanks!
9/13/2010 7:15 PM

Damaris said ...
THANK YOU!!! The photos were very helpful, but the video did it all!! I was reading the instructions and could not make the picture until I saw the video. Thank you again.
9/17/2010 8:59 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Damaris ... Awesome! High five!
9/27/2010 6:18 PM

shasazy said ...
I read the instructions over and over again and was confused of what to do. Once I saw the video, OMG how easy. Great video. Thank You
9/27/2010 9:42 PM

futuregirl replied ...
shasazy ... Yay! Glad the video helped you. :)
9/27/2010 9:49 PM

Amity said ...
Thanks for this wonderful tutorial - very clear, I got it on the first try.
9/28/2010 4:16 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Amity ... Yay!
10/1/2010 3:52 PM

Eileen Longstreet said ...
I've been crocheting for over 40 years and never seen this foundation before. I love it! It definitely leaves a much better finish. On Facebook
10/1/2010 3:31 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Eileen Longstreet ... It really does transform the starting row. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a sweet comment.
10/1/2010 4:16 PM

Colleen said ...
Thank you so much for taking the time and effort to put this together and make it available. I've tried (repeatedly) to do this. Someone showed me one time, and I think that little bit of half forgotten information made it worse. Link, chain, grab, single that I can remember!
10/4/2010 11:50 AM

Linda R. said ...
You are a blessing in disguise. I have been trying to figure this out for ever so long!!!! The video was the key for me. You did say that you could do this for double crochet as well? How do you do that? Do you have a video for that one as well?
11/4/2010 12:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Linda R. ... I don't have a video for FDC, but it's the same concept: link, chain, double crochet. The only thing you have to add into the mix is chain 3 at the very beginning (instead of 2) and before you start each FDC, YO just like you would for a DC. Make sense? :)
11/4/2010 12:55 PM

Sue Thomas said ...
Thanks you sooo much. I'm starting a new project and have never done the FSC stitch before. I couldn't have figured it out without your video. Thanks again.
12/4/2010 3:14 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Sue Thomas ... You're welcome!
12/29/2010 7:12 PM

Rykiel said ...
Great tutorial! I can't wait to try! Thank you so much for including the video, I was really confused trying to connect the pictures with the text (I guess it's just the way I learn), but once I saw the video it all clicked :)
12/6/2010 7:52 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Rykiel ... We all learn differently. Thanks for the sweet comment.
12/29/2010 6:49 PM

Valorie Davis said ...
I just recently learned the foundation stitches (and the magic circle). I want to show my mom, she lives across the USA and doesn't have internet access. I think your site has the clearest photos and instructions I've seen. Do you have a downloadable copy? I can cut and paste if you don't. :)Val
12/15/2010 12:08 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Valorie Davis ... Sorry, no printable copy. :) I hope the tutorial helps her. :)
12/29/2010 8:32 PM

Alice said ...
Thank you for the video! I was trying to follow directions without pictures and I was having a hard time. I watched your video one time and now I've got it!
12/26/2010 8:08 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Alice ... Hoo-ray! Thanks for the sweet comment.
12/29/2010 7:14 PM

K-Sue said ...
Thanks for sharing this - I am making a project today that uses this stitch, and you have helped me figure it out.
12/27/2010 7:21 PM

futuregirl replied ...
K-Sue ... Yay!
12/29/2010 7:14 PM

VaSS said ...
thanks for the video! it just took 1:18 to learn the stitch after discovering your blog! i was trying all afternoon...
happy new year!
12/29/2010 2:23 PM

futuregirl replied ...
VaSS ... Did you time yourself? ;) Glad my tutorial helped you!
12/29/2010 6:48 PM

VaSS said ...
no... it's just that your video is 1.18! :P
happy new year!
12/30/2010 8:15 AM

futuregirl replied ...
VaSS ... Haha! I'm surprised I was able to be that brief.
12/30/2010 10:40 AM

Tua Tarafdar said ...
If I'm working in a round, how do I connect the beginning & end? One slip stitch does not look adequate.
12/31/2010 9:26 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Tua Tarafdar ... Here's how I think about it. An FSC stitch is a single crochet stacked on top of a chain stitch. A slip stitch is only connecting the top of the last single crochet to the first single crochet (aka the top of the FSC. You'll also want to connect the last and first chains (aka the base of the FSC). I usually take the beginning tail of yarn, loop it through the base of the last FSC, and tie a knot. Hope that helps. :)
12/31/2010 9:42 PM

Robin said ...
I love this tutorial! I really wanted to use it on the baby afghan I'm making, but I kept getting the curve you talked about, so I think I need to practice some more. I was worried that it would make the afghan ripple on one end, but now I wonder if I should have just tried it. Do you think it might have flattened out eventually?
1/3/2011 9:06 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Robin ... If your chain stitches are the tight ones, you can try the fix I talk about in this post: Your curling fsc stitches would probably flatten out as you worked them. You could always do a swatch and test it out.
1/3/2011 11:50 AM

Kim said ...
Hi Alice,
I made your bag last week in a single day! It's a great bag pattern. I think I did something wrong with the fsc handle stitches tho. I didn't find your fsc tutorial until just now. I am going to rip out down to the handle and try again. I had never done that stitch and just used directions in an interweave magazine...the stitch came out very big and the handles are very wavy. I love the pattern so will try again. Thanks for your wonderful tutorials!
1/8/2011 6:23 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kim ... Wow! One day?! That's great. How did the handle re-do go?
1/20/2011 8:50 PM

Veronika said ...
Thank you so much, you made it look easy, now i get it.
1/9/2011 12:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Veronika ... Yay!
1/20/2011 8:48 PM

redrose said ...
This is my go to tutorial! Thanks for making it!
1/11/2011 7:40 AM

futuregirl replied ...
redrose ... You are welcome. :)
1/20/2011 8:35 PM

Jenny said ...
This is an awesome tutorial! Thank you so much for making my life as an avid crocheter easier. I plan to share this on my blog.
1/12/2011 10:38 AM

Rachel said ...
You are definitely detail oriented! For me, the tutorial was TOO detailed and I got lost in it, but thank goodness for your video! I learned it in about 5-10 minutes with that and I really appreciate you including it. I have to see it in motion, I guess. Thank you so much :)
1/21/2011 12:25 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Rachel ... Everyone learns differently, which is why I have the info in different formats. If you look at the comments on the video you can see someone complains that it's too fast and even gave me a thumbs down. Sads. ha! :)
1/21/2011 4:55 PM

Rachel said ...
True enough. Well, I've made several practice runs today and it comes out looking fabulous every time. I'm now wondering how I can go back in time and use it on past projects, lol. Thank you again. You have some awesome tutorials! I've used the one for lining a crocheted bag, problems and super easy :)
1/21/2011 5:31 PM

Kate said ...
Alice, you are amazing! I have just learned to do fsc and am over the moon! I tried (and failed) on previous occasions and now gave it another go, using only your written instructions, and it worked! Thank you!
2/17/2011 10:25 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Kate ... I'm so happy my tutorial helped you get it! :)
2/28/2011 12:44 AM

vjackson said ...
Thank you sooo much! The video is great. My daughter is stationed in Afghanistan and asked me to send her the goods and instructions so that she can make herself an afghan. Problem: She doesn't remember how. Your video will be the perfect teacher! So off go the yarn, needles and link to your site! You have gone worldwide!
4/2/2011 6:26 AM

futuregirl replied ...
vjackson ... Yay! I've hit the big time. :) What a sweet package to send your daughter.
4/3/2011 1:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
vjackson ... Yay! I've hit the big time. :) What a sweet package to send your daughter. (this is a repost of my reply. aol rejected my email on 4/3. boo. i didn't ignore your amazing comment!)
4/28/2011 9:28 PM

Sarah said ...
I have been daunted by the fsc for a long time, looked at different picture tutorials and even some videos that didn't make sense. When I stumbled upon your granny straps (which I absolutely love! they are so awesome looking) it linked me to your fsc tutorial. I have to be honest, I lost you after you started adding paperclips in your pictures, but I scrolled down to your video and all of a sudden everything made sense. Now I am looking at my first ever (mostly) successful fsc and I cannot thank you enough for the amazing tutorial you've shared with us all. This is definitely going to make every crochet pattern I do from now on much easier.
4/4/2011 9:48 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Sarah ... Thank you for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment. :) Everyone learns differently, so I try to include something for everyone. I'm like you, I think the video would work best, BUT I would probably have a little question at some point and consult that specific photo in the tutorial. And, yes, I have a slight dependance on stitch markers. Love them! Are you going to make some granny straps?
4/14/2011 12:19 AM

Betty Snyder said ...
I have been trying for years to learn how to do this (Fsc)stitch and after going through your step by step and watching your tutorial.....I got it and it was so clear to me. I am a school teacher and let me say, after 34 years of teaching, I wish I could make thing as clear for students as you did for me,,,,,,Thank you.....Thank you,
4/12/2011 6:44 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Betty Snyder ... Wow! That's high praise coming from a teacher! :) Thank you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment.
4/12/2011 7:01 PM

Lorraine said ...
The fact that you took the time to go into such minute detail for us (strangers) ...clearly says that you're a wonderful woman. Thank you Alice.
4/29/2011 8:20 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Lorraine ... Gah! I'm blushing. Thank you for the sweet comment. :)
6/3/2011 9:39 PM

Melissa said ...
I'm one of those people who can look at a new stitch or pattern and can just go for it...until fsc! I have looked at illustrations, read and reread all intructions and just could not do it...until now! Thank you so much for a simple step-by-step tutorial. YOU ROCK ^.^
5/3/2011 10:37 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Melissa ... Woo hoo! I'm so happy I helped. :)
6/3/2011 9:36 PM

Joni said ...
You are AWESOME!! I have three patterns I have my heart set on making but won't attempt because they are all foundation crochet based. The video rocks!! You are so detailed and seeing how to make the stitches just made it all come together. Thanks again.
6/3/2011 3:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Joni ... I hope you try them now. :) Having a pattern I was dying to make is the only reason I tackled this stitch, so I know how you feel. :)
6/3/2011 9:37 PM

Kris Van Allen said ...
i love this tutorial! SO happy to no longer be counting chain stitches. thank you!

is there a reason that the very first time that you insert the hook into the first chain (of the initial chain 2), that you insert it under the top 2 strands leaving the bottom strand on the right, but then in following stitches you insert between the top 2 strands having the bottom strand on the left? just plain old curiosity ( or maybe I didn't follow you correctly).
6/11/2011 4:11 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kris Van Allen ... Great question. Here's the answer:
6/11/2011 6:48 PM

pamela said ...
Great video instructions! Quick, to the point and you covered everything.

Sincerely, Pamela
6/16/2011 5:11 AM

futuregirl replied ...
pamela ... Thanks! I love your comment so much!
6/23/2011 9:29 PM

loveinbloomboutique said ...
I abhor making anything that requires a long chain! Thank you so much for making this video!!! I now have a renewed hope of making more than just hats. :)
6/29/2011 4:48 PM

A Bolin said ...
Thank You so mauch!!
I project that I'm getting ready start, begins first thing with FSC and I've never used this stitch before. To make things more complicated the pattern doesn't give very good instructions. But, you're tutorial was a really big help!
7/6/2011 7:22 AM

Gayle said ...
Thanks for making the video. I tried doing this from the pictures but it didn't seem to be working out correctly. Your words link, chain, grab, single crochet helped to make this clearer to me. I'm going to try it again this evening.
7/7/2011 6:22 PM

Deborah said ...
Thank you for making the video I learn quicker if I can watch someone actually work the stitches. Thank you again. Well worth the search for this stitch.
7/13/2011 8:00 PM

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this tutorial! I'm very new to crocheting, and this is perfect! :)
7/15/2011 3:53 AM

Dale said ...
thank you so much for this great tutorial. The little movie at the end of instructions is invaluable! I'm so excited about finding out about this stitch I can't wait to try it!
8/2/2011 6:02 PM

Ms T said ...
Thank you very much for the tutorial.
8/3/2011 1:54 PM

Melissa McDaniel said ...
The video and the wrtten tutorial (with pictures) has really helped me understand how to do the foundation single crochet chain which I never had heard of until yesterday when I was looking at your purse pattern.
8/10/2011 9:03 AM

Deb said ...
I just found a pattern called for the single foundation crochet. This tutorial helped. I wish at the end you have shown what the work looked like when completed. That always helps me. Thanks.
8/23/2011 8:18 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Deb ... Thanks for the feedback! If you look at the post right before this one (click "older post" at the top of the page) I have a bunch of samples.
8/23/2011 9:57 AM

littlefish said ...
You must write great instructions as I got this first time!
9/14/2011 4:20 PM

Linda said ...
Many thanks for this. Never heard of the stitch before, but the instructions on the pattern I'm doing, have missed out one of the steps. Was close to doing a basic chain before I found you.
9/19/2011 8:00 AM

becky said ...
wow ty the video was much easier to understand i cant wait to try this so when your counting rows does this equal 2 then?

9/19/2011 9:51 AM

futuregirl replied ...
becky ... Well, it counts as a row of chains and a row of single crochet on top of that. So, not really two rows.
9/19/2011 10:26 AM

Burma said ...
Thank you so much for this very well done video. I have been attempting to figure this stitch out on on my own in preparation of crocheting a fingerless glove pattern that calls for it for a pair for my daughter. I'd almost given up until I found this. I love how the internet lets us crocheters communicate so readily!
9/22/2011 7:21 AM

Marci said ...
I was going insane trying to figure out how to make a foundational chain from a book! Thank you for the beautiful video and clear, stepped out instructions! You are a life saver!
10/14/2011 7:06 AM

Mimi said ...
Awesome!! Thanks for the video, I am going to try this right away!!
10/30/2011 6:34 AM

Jen said ...
Got it without using the video! Was totally confused before seeing your breakdown. Thanks!!!
10/30/2011 7:21 PM

Sarah said ...
I learnt how to crochet about 8 months ago now and only just heard about this technique. I LOVE IT!!!! this makes bottom up hats sooooo much easier1
11/12/2011 1:29 PM

Tanya said ...
I agree with so many of the comments I see here. You have a gift for explaining things very clearly and in multiple ways. I appreciate that. As a note to the first comment in this list from Michelle (I'm sorry I did not read them all so if someone else mentioned this please forgive me) there is a great website now called which sets up a way for people to compensate the people we feel should be compensated for their great content. I hope more people get to know about it and use it.
11/14/2011 9:45 PM

Maria said ...
Thank you so much!!!
11/16/2011 11:48 AM

Tracey Berlin said ...
Wow! This is the trifecta of fabulous teaching. I understood the basic instructions, sort of. The detailed instructions plus photos are wonderful, but didn't quite get me a home run. The tutorial video sealed the deal. Everyone learns in a different way and I must say, "Future Girl, you can teach!!". Bravo and thanks for sharing. Someone earlier said you should be making serious money with your talents. She's right.
11/25/2011 5:52 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Tracey Berlin ... Gah! You are sweet and adorable. Definitely, if there were big money in writing craft blog tutorials, I'd be rolling in the dough. :) As it is, I'm happy to have the thanks of wonderful people like you!
12/4/2011 3:59 PM

Robin said ...
Thank you for making this such an easy tutorial to follow. I have been trying to get started on a sweater with no luck. I just could not grasp the concept. With your help I am now on my way. Great job!!
11/27/2011 11:01 AM

Tjandramidi Hidayat said ...
Thank you for this thorough tutorial, I only looked at the pictures and understood it at once. I hope it will strengthened my interest in crocheting.
best regards from Indonesia...
12/1/2011 6:44 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Tjandramidi Hidayat ... Yay! I'm glad the tutorial helped you. :)
12/17/2011 12:54 AM

stefaffi said ...
This was very helpful! As a lefty, the photo instructions seemed hard especially with all the stitch markers, but the video clarified everything,and explained the rhythm so well. It took me less than an hour to do the first two rows of a new throw. Thanks for an excellent tut!
12/4/2011 5:29 AM

Magda said ...

thank you for the beautiful explanation
12/8/2011 10:16 AM

Yoka said ...
What a great video this looks easy and now I do not have to search for the 2 loops.
Thanks so much for showing it so well how to do it.
Happy Hooking.
12/9/2011 9:17 AM

Cindy Spors said ...
Thank You so much i've been practicing this to no end. Seeing the video I can see what I was doing wrong. Awesome
12/14/2011 5:23 PM

Vicki said ...
Excellent tutorial! I've been crocheting for 40 years and hadn't learned this technique. You made it soooo easy! Thank you.
12/16/2011 5:35 PM

Sandy said ...
What a terrific new way to crochet. I have been crocheting for many years. I can't say enough on this.
Thank you so much!
love ya to stitches....

12/30/2011 8:41 PM

Roni said ...
Hooray!! I think I finally have a handle on this stitch and can finally make myself a pair of lace fingerless mitts that begin with this FSC.
Thank you ever so much! Happy New Year!!!
1/2/2012 9:50 AM

Mary richards said ...
The pictures don't help me, but the video does. Thank you!
1/2/2012 10:52 PM

Elnora said ...
Wow! I, like hundreds of other people, think you totally rocked this! At 58, I had literally never heard of foundation crochet until I saw your post (which was on Pinterest), tho I've crocheted since I was a kid! Your tutorial was brilliant, both the written part and the video. Now I'll switch from my iPhone to my big honkin' monitor ;) and see what other goodness is on your blog, which I'll also start following with Bloglovin'. I'm sure there are lots more gems of knowledge to pick up!

Thank you!
1/3/2012 8:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Elnora ... Are you the sweetest or what?! Thank you for taking the time leave such a wonderful comment. :)
1/3/2012 8:56 PM

Monica said ...
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! You know that saying "you can't teach an old dog new tricks"? Well, that was me but I finally get it! Love your blog!
1/16/2012 7:55 PM

Debra Shearer said ...
I troll the internet a lot to learn more, and for better ways of doing things. Your website is by far the best I have found. I will be sharing your site with my Crochet Club that meets at my house every Tuesday night. I thank you for sharing and helping others.
1/19/2012 7:30 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Debra Shearer ... Awesome! Thank you for the wonderful feedback. :)
2/13/2012 10:24 AM

Lisa said ...
My new mantra, Link, Chain, Grab, Single Crochet. I'm still trying to get the hang of it but thanks for the wonderful instructions. Can't wait to start the Starling Handbag.
1/19/2012 10:24 AM

Rebekah said ...
Just stumbled upon this tutorial while trying to fathom how to make my first ever row of foundation single crochet... it's amazing! I'm using the step-by-step version til I properly get the hang of it, and it's SO helpful. Just thought I'd drop you a line to let you know I appreciated it :-)
1/20/2012 8:37 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Rebekah ... Thank you for the sweet comment! :)
1/20/2012 9:08 PM

Diana said ...
This is great! I've dne crocheting off and on for a long time but never did anything more than baby blankets and afghans. I wanted to ask do you do your first one or two first rows like this? Also do you have a tutorial for the double and triple chrochets like this to start?

Thanks for sharing this!
1/28/2012 4:04 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Diana ... Hi! Glad you like my tutorial. :) You can only do the first row like this, then you crochet into the foundation. If you did the second row like this it wouldn't be connected to the first row. ;)

I don't have a video for FDC, but it's the same concept: link, chain, double crochet. The only thing you have to add into the mix is chain 3 at the very beginning (instead of 2) and before you start each FDC, YO just like you would for a DC. For a FTC (triple) add a starting chain and YO twice. Make sense? :)
2/13/2012 10:39 AM

Diana said ...
One other question. I'm starting a cowl and it has you start with 80 chains. Then the first row has one single crochet, sk2ch, then sc then sk2ch etc.
Should I do a foundation sc on a pattern that has the first row like this? If so I'm assuming I'd count it as the first row for the pattern.

Thanks! Look forward to more tutorials, so informative!!
2/2/2012 11:04 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Diana ... Good question! Sounds like you aren't chaining in between those first row sc ... so you'd be creating a sc row and the foundation row would turn into 2-chain loops hanging off the bottom. Doing the fsc row might ruin the effect. You could do a little 20-stich test both ways and see if it works with the fsc or just go with the chain. For what it's worth, sometimes a chain is the right foundation row. :)
2/2/2012 11:10 PM

Susan Johnson said ...
This is just what indeed. Video and directions. You make it so easy. Thanks so much.
2/11/2012 9:28 AM

abil said ...
ur video is awesome.. it's make it easy 2 understand rather that reading... thx!!!!
2/14/2012 8:29 PM

Brenda said ...
Alice, I was looking for a handbag pattern and came across yours. I have never heard of the fsc and figured I would try it when I got to that point. (If I tried it and couldn't figure it out it would be another project in the heap and since there is so much time into the handbag all ready I'm not going to stop.) I went back to the info and saw there were tutorials and here I am. The pics were helpful but I didn't really get it until the video when your rhythm got, ch, sc,,, Thank you so much for this new to me stitch and the awesome tutorial.
I will try to send a pic of the bag when I'm finished.
Thank You again!
2/15/2012 8:08 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Brenda ... You're welcome! I'd love to see your finished bag. :)
2/26/2012 5:52 PM

Cath Matthews said ...
Into the hole and around the tree, make like a branch -- and then we're free! -- Not exactly the words you've used, but they've helped me find the cadence. Special thanks for the grabbing of the chain -- hadn't done this consistently, but now I will.
2/19/2012 10:49 PM

Jamie said ...
Thank you so much for the helpful video... You changed my crochet life forever! <3

2/21/2012 5:23 PM

Ann at KFI said ...
Very nice tutorial. I've heard of this be never seen pictures that make as much sense. I like your use of props to help us visualize what is happening.
3/8/2012 7:41 AM

This is crazy good! Can't wait to try this. I'm a beginning blogger and I loved it when you pointed out the "amateur" pictures of your first post -- gives me hope! The video was wonderful! I'll definitely be linking to your post and following you avidly. :D
3/8/2012 8:59 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Susan Hamilton ... Gah! Thanks for the sweet comment. :)
3/10/2012 1:43 AM

Love both tutorial & video! AWESOME! Thanks so much.
3/8/2012 9:08 AM

CaraLouise said ...
AWESOME!!!! been crocheting for almost 40 years and never knew this!!
3/15/2012 6:33 AM

Amy said ...
Why did I wait so long to learn this!! Thank you so much. Thanks to you I got it on the first try and am so excited to never have to fuss with the foundation chain!!
3/29/2012 6:36 PM

pamela said ...
Tutorial on foundation ring goes way too fast to keep up. Could you just slow your speaking somewhat please.
4/3/2012 11:40 AM

futuregirl replied ...
pamela ... Thanks for the feedback. The video is supposed to be quick and to the point. For a slow, step-by-step walk through of the process, use the photo tutorial.
4/3/2012 11:57 AM

Paige said ...
Hi Alice - Wow. When I looked at the words and pictures of how to do this chain and single crochet together, I was thinking, I DON'T GET IT - THIS IS GOING TO TAKE ME FOREVER TO DIGEST!! Then, as soon as I saw the VIDEO, bless your heart, I said "OH!!!" Instantly I got it. Thank you so much!!
4/8/2012 8:27 AM

FleurBelge said ...
Thank you very much, merci beaucoup , You have shared your expérience, and this will help me for the reste of mycrochet life!
It is from the site Pinterest that I have knowlege about you and your tuto.
Sorry for my English, I normally speak French.
5/18/2012 4:08 PM

futuregirl replied ...
FleurBelge ... Merci pour le comment! ;) Your English is probably better than my French.
6/30/2012 11:36 PM

Leigh Rollins said ...
Finally! I learned FSC! Thank you so much for the text, pictures and video.....I learned from them all.
5/19/2012 10:00 AM

DebbieK said ...
This is so amazingly helpful. Thanks!!!
5/26/2012 2:52 AM

Paula said ...
I loved the video that you made-it explains the fsc very simply-I found that any explanation I had seen before was too complicated(too many words)
6/1/2012 5:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Paula ... Thank you for the sweet comment.
6/30/2012 11:54 PM

lilbj said ...
All I can say is "MY GOODNESS"!!! I just love, love your tutorials!!!! This is the first time I've actually heard of "fsc" but I like it very much. I am definitely going to try to crochet this bag!!!!
6/3/2012 10:01 PM

Brenda Olsen said ...
Amazing!! My mom is 75 years old and has just recently come across something in a pattern that called for the foundation stitch singe crochet. She found that learning it from a book was difficult. I'm going to send her your URL. She will find it so much easier watching you. You really are fantastic!
6/14/2012 1:27 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Brenda Olsen ... Woohoo for learning new things! Thanks for the comment. :)
7/28/2012 1:50 PM

Sandi said ...
Wow! The video was super clear and makes this technique look not only easy, but logical as well! I can't wait to try it! Thank you!
7/2/2012 5:51 AM

Rosalind Lowney said ...
I love you, your brilliant. I would never have been able to figure this out for myself. I was, what is difficult for me, making a purse pattern, something I have never done before,and had gotten to the handle part when it called for a foundation stich, I had never even heard of such a thing. As you can surmise I have never done much crocheting. Thank you so much for making my life easier and guaranteing I will complete my project.
7/3/2012 4:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Rosalind Lowney ... You're welcome! Thank you for the sweet comment.
7/28/2012 1:51 PM

polly said ...
Excellent! I'm an old dog learning new tricks! Thanks so much for the double tutorial...both have important information and both are necessary!
Woohoo! Looking at my yarn trying to decide what to make first!!!
7/8/2012 8:26 AM

brenda said ...
WOW! This is amazing! The first 2 rows are always the hardest but now it will be a breeze with your easy to follow video. Thanks for posting! I just love crocheting.

7/12/2012 7:07 AM

Zarna said ...
Thanks so much!!! I've been watching youtube videos for days, but by the time I found the loops they were talking about I was 3 steps behind, I really needed the step by step in photo form, now I can finish my socks :D
7/13/2012 4:06 AM

sal said ...
thaxnks so much for the tutorial. thanks to you i have a starling handbag
7/15/2012 4:42 PM

Amber said ...
Wow- I read over the tutorial, DIDN'T watch the video, ate dinner. Then I picked up my yarn and tried to do it from memory. Guess what- I DID IT! I didn't use stitch markers though..... would it be easier if I did use them?

By the way, there are no words to describe how amazing you are. I am working on the Hex Tote right now, and it's going great! Thank you SO SO much for your wonderful tutorials. They help me a lot, as I'm a young crocheter.
7/25/2012 7:16 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Amber ... You must be a natural! Thanks for the sweet comment. :)
7/28/2012 1:35 PM

Paula said ...
I've been crocheting for years and this method s totally new to me. I saw this post this AM and tred it out tonight. I am so impressed and it totally works. Love it. Great instructions, thank you.
8/1/2012 7:34 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Paula ... Hooray for learning new things! :) Thanks for the sweet comment.
9/2/2012 8:55 PM

Midhs said ...
Thank you : I looked at at least 10 other videos before finding yours. Yours was the first that helped or made any sense. I appreciate it so much. Misha
8/8/2012 11:42 AM

Kim said ...
omg!! LOVE this! No more single chains! Just discovered you. Thank you so much, I am now a new fan of your website!!!
8/11/2012 3:55 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kim ... Woohoo! Thanks for the great comment. :)
9/2/2012 9:20 PM

audrey said ...
i totally got this and love it,but a question,i am making a pattern that calls for 127 chains and 126 sc. so do i make the foundation chain 127 or 126 stiches? thanks

8/13/2012 1:08 PM

futuregirl replied ...
audrey ... Good question. It sounds like the extra chain is a "turning chain" so you can skip it. Just make the 126 fsc stitches. :)
9/2/2012 8:56 PM

Yilin said ...
I've tried foundation crochet before, but ended up making a tangled mess, so i just gave up. I thought it was me, but I made a beautiful, untwisted foundation single crochet on my second try. I am so glad that I came across your blog. Thank you so much! I'm going to send a link to this page to my friends who are learning to crochet.

By the way, this is the first comment I've ever written on a blog. Your instructions were so clear that I had to let you know how much I appreciate all the work you did to be able to explain this so well to other. Thank you again.
8/18/2012 10:02 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Yilin ... Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a sweet and thoughtful comment! :)
9/2/2012 9:20 PM

Gela said ...
Thank you Alice! The video, as well as your verbal instructions really made it easy to grasp this method. Thanks!
8/22/2012 11:01 AM

tj said ...
Thanks very much for this tutorial!
9/1/2012 9:49 AM

Kristan said ...
Link, Chain, Grab, SC...I think it will forever be stuck in my head thank you!! I love memory hooks :D)
9/3/2012 8:00 AM

Suzanne Bremer said ...
Future Girl, You're a lifesaver! I'm new to crochet and all of my foundation rows are too tight. I love this technique. Looking forward to BBB (better baby bibs!) I never would have been able to do it from the pictures so thank you from the bottom of my heart for the video.
9/7/2012 12:58 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Suzanne Bremer ... You're welcome! :) Thanks for the sweet comment.
9/9/2012 1:37 PM

martha9447 said ...
Thank you so much. I am teaching myself to crochet through the internet. I watched other tutes on foundation single crochet and just couldn't get it. After reading and watching your a half dozen times ( I'm a slowwwww learner) I GOT IT. I even have a way to count my stitches - bonus!! From a newbie, I appreciate you.
9/9/2012 1:00 PM

futuregirl replied ...
martha9447 ... Thank you! What a sweet comment. :)
9/9/2012 1:37 PM

becca said ...
Finaly understand! Thankyou so much. Youre a wonderful teacher :)
9/15/2012 5:56 AM

Nelly said ...
Thank You so much for this tutorial! I am trying the tote bag pattern and had no idea what a foundation sc was! I nearly gave up even starting the pattern until I did this tutorial. It is so detailed and the pics really do help. I'm left handed and was still able to get this, so thanks!!
9/16/2012 7:47 PM

Charli said ...
Thank you for this tutorial. It is easy to follow and I used the photos and video interchangeably. this video was a big help while I was making what started as a gift for my sister. I wanted to put handles on a basket and no clue just how that would be done. this tutorial got me started and, although I didn't follow it to the letter, it was enough to get me started. Now, I am going to make your Starling handbag following your tutorial from start to finish. Thanks for such a clear, well modulated video,with great photos. having several views is great!
9/20/2012 4:36 AM

Peter said ...
thank you for a very explanatory video on Fsc, I got it first time. That's was after spending a confusing half hour trying to understand the instructions on the pattern. I'm attempting a capelet for my wife, to wear over her cocktail dress so wish me all the best.
9/20/2012 4:45 AM

Patty said ...
I'm anxious to try this, you make it look easy and very smart!
9/22/2012 6:30 PM

Amber said ...
Um Wow, I was totally lost until I watched the video and, that totally made sense! LOVE it! Definitely will be trying this technique!
9/22/2012 10:21 PM

Stacey said ...
Unfortunately, I can't be any more clever than many before me when I say, WOW! I have been crocheting for years and dread the first row, but this is a fantastic technique. I'm sure my gramma would have loved it, too! Thanks for the pictures and video! Happy crocheting!
10/2/2012 4:45 AM

Carolyn said ...
just found this and will be giving it a go - thank you, looks very easy when you do it :)
10/6/2012 8:31 AM

Kristi Gentry said ...
Thank you so much for this tutorial. I really didn't want to try it because it seemed like it would be difficult but your tutorial made it easy! I picked it up pretty quick and I thought I must not be doing this right because this is so easy! But I was doing it right!
10/7/2012 2:55 PM

Maria said ...
This blew my mind. My life is forever changed. I absolutely despise doing chain rows. But, I always thought "Oh, well. I have no other choice, right?" Wrong! Thank you for giving me another choice!!! I can now do my happy dance (o^.^)o
10/14/2012 11:53 AM

amanda said ...
I am a just starting to corchet and I want to thank you for this. I was so confused till I saw this thank you!!!!!!!
10/26/2012 1:16 PM

Tammy said ...
I honestly don't think I would've been able to "get this" without your photos - thank you SO much!!
10/27/2012 12:14 PM

lucy said ...
I must be missing something. I have tried this about thirty times in the last two hours and it just isn't doing anything but making me feel like a complete idiot. I think your tutorial is fine, and much clearer than any other I've tried; just seems I have a total mental block against it. My real question isn't for more clarification, just for some basic assurance--in most instances where a pattern calls for FSC, would I be safe to ignore that and do a foundation row the old fashioned way?
10/31/2012 6:57 AM

futuregirl replied ...
lucy ... Hi! I suggest you give your attempt a rest and then come back and try again. :) Between the photos and the video, I'm confident fsc will click for you eventually. Sometimes a chain will work and sometimes it won't. You can always try and see.
11/8/2012 10:16 PM

Allison Baker said ...
Thank you so much for this tutorial! Super helpful!
11/1/2012 12:03 PM

Robert Welborn said ...
Thank you! This was the best foundation single crochet tutorial I have seen! You made it so easy to follow!!!! Thank you so much!!!!
11/13/2012 1:23 AM

Renee said ...
Great tutorial! I had it by second stitch
11/20/2012 8:57 PM

Jayne said ...
Very cool idea. The only challenge is that I am a lefty and have a really difficult time switching the direction, but eventually figure it out and this seems worth it :)
11/21/2012 5:31 AM

Jamie said ...
Thanks so much for this tutorial!
11/21/2012 11:15 AM

Pam G said ...
Your photo tutorials are really great. They have inspired me to be very specific when I post a pattern. It really helps to see the different angles.
11/26/2012 6:08 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Pam G ... That's awesome! Thanks for the sweet comment.
12/2/2012 2:24 PM

Simona said ...
AWESOME!!!! Thank you!!!!
11/30/2012 12:16 PM

Hannet said ...
You've hit the nail right on the head! I'm also a lefty and your tutorial is quite clear. Thanks.
Baie dankie, dis goed gedoen en maklik verstaanbaar, selfs vir 'n ou linkshandige senior soos ek.
12/4/2012 9:17 AM

grdngrl said ...
Thank you for the tutorial, I can hardly wait to try this method. It makes sense when I see it being done. You can teach an "old lady" a new trick! Again, thank you so much
12/12/2012 8:23 PM

Ann said ...
Loved this tutorial. I am a fairly good crocheted but never did this stitch. I was so happy to see this tutorial as it was much easier than following the printed directions. I also loved the hint to hold on to the chain stitch to make the sc and to hold my place for inserting my hook into the previous chain stitch. Thanks again!
12/14/2012 9:43 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Ann ... You're welcome! Thanks for the sweet comment
12/18/2012 1:07 AM

Laurel W said ...
Thanks so much for the video. I was able to understand and look forward to doing stitch.
12/26/2012 10:36 PM

jo collins said ...
Just made my first, lovely and neat, stretchy, foundation chain. Thank you for the detailed photos - and the stitch markers really did help me get started in the right place.
12/28/2012 4:33 AM

Donna Crystal said ...
Me again! I thought you did a wonderful job with this video. The pics are useful, but the live action cinched it for me before it was even halfway over! I think I even unvented this years ago for using as a strap for a very small bag. Your camera angle was perfect, focus was maintained and you went at a natural speed (at least for how I like to crochet!) which was immensely helpful for me! :D:D:D Take care and I can't wait to show you the lining and embroidery I'm planning for my Starling.
12/30/2012 12:01 AM

Rae said ...
Thanks so much for this. I've tried the fsc several times with different tutorials, and this is the first one that actually makes sense. It ain't pretty yet, but it works! ;)
12/31/2012 7:21 PM

Fleur said ...
Holy cow. That's just brilliant. Thank you!
1/3/2013 1:58 PM

Rob said ...
The video was an EXCELLENT demonstration, so much so that now I wonder what I found so confusing about fsc. Thank you very much.
1/9/2013 11:47 PM

Tami said ...
Thanks so so much ! ! I have been crocheting for 35 years and i loved this new to me trick. I am teaching my 8 yr old daughter and i am gonna show her this she is just getting the hang of the old fashioned way. THanks again. Tami and Ivy.
1/12/2013 7:57 PM

Hi Alice, just wanted to say I loved the tutorial and video, can now 'do' foundation sc and have linked this post to my blog as there is a crochet adventure thingy going on during January (2013)and I have raved about your tut.
Mandy McK (Moogieof4)
1/14/2013 6:03 AM

MP said ...
Hi, Alice!
I stumbled upon your page from Pinterest. I recently learned how to do this stitch when I made my sister a diaper cover. It's amazing for when you don't want the plain old foundation stitch! I love your site and will be bookmarking it! Keep up the amazing work!!
New reader from California,
1/26/2013 2:16 PM

futuregirl replied ...
MP ... Welcome! Thanks for taking the time to leave a sweet comment. :)
1/26/2013 3:42 PM

Bethany Brady said ...
hey, fabulous instructions on the fsc. Using a stitch marker in three places at the beginning is too clever! i have a question: while my fsc row turns out nicely, the second and following rows tend to have a tighter tension. do you think using a smaller hook for the foundation row, then changing to the larger hook for the second and following rows would help it even out? trying to adjust my natural tension by going tighter on the fsc puts that row in the curves-ville zone. and trying to go looser on the following rows is not consistent.
1/27/2013 2:37 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Bethany Brady ... I think your proposed solution is perfect! You wouldn't want to compensate on the subsequent rows because you'd have to change how you crochet the whole rest of the piece. Try going down a hook size and see if that works for you. :) (ps, welcome to my blog!)
1/27/2013 5:29 PM

Rebekah said ...
Thank you so much! I kept hearing about this amazing technique but kept putting off trying it because it seemed so confusing. I was able to understand with your combination of explanation, pictures and video! Didn't take me long at all to figure it out especially with the "grab" technique. That's what made it doable. Thanks again!!!!
1/27/2013 3:56 PM

Carrie said ...
I just completed your tutorial for the foundation single crochet. It really helped. I am starting crochet again after many years and am so glad I found your site! Thank You!
1/30/2013 4:41 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Carrie ... I'm glad you found my site, too! :) Thank you for the sweet comment.
2/3/2013 11:34 PM

Clare said ...
Hi, Alice,
Thank you for your tutorial, I am new to crochet and taught by and YouTube. I am about to start my 3rd project which gives the option of fsc or the usual chain foundation, from the comments it seems the next ideal lesson to learn in my new world with crochet.
Thanks again
1/31/2013 6:05 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Clare ... Yes! Do it! You won't be disappointed. :)
2/3/2013 11:41 PM

Tracy said ...
Oh! I almost had it, but I alwaye had a strange large loop at the back of the first stitch. Now I 'see' why! Thanks.
2/3/2013 7:55 AM

Cindabella said ...
Thanks so much for the tutorial. I tried foundation single crochet a couple of years ago after you mentioned it, but I never worked it out. I have actually been avoiding any patterns that are not worked in rounds because I’m so bad at chains! I’m seeing so many crochet possibilities now :-)
2/3/2013 10:34 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Cindabella ... Fantastic! Glad you're going to try it. :)
2/3/2013 11:27 PM

Martha said ...
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm a newbie and still trying to learn from books. I was at the hair-pulling-out stage...what was emerging from my hands resembled nothing shown in the book. Thank you for sharing. Now I can get back to the fun part, and without having to part with any more hair!
2/5/2013 8:56 PM

karli said ...
Hi!! Just to let you know I linked to this tutorial on my blog, in a pattern for a tea cozy. Thanks for offering this, it's very clear and easy to follow!
2/11/2013 11:36 PM

futuregirl replied ...
karli ... Thank you for linking to my FSC tutorial! :) p.s. I tried to comment on your post but the form wouldn't work for me.
2/16/2013 2:26 PM

Newt said ...
I wanted to make a plushie using this, but I for the life of me can't do this. I've tried at least a hundred times but every single time it's messed up. I'm getting rather frustrated.
2/24/2013 5:01 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Newt ... Neither the photos nor the video help? What are you getting hung up on? I'm sure you can master this. :)
2/24/2013 5:33 PM

Newt said ...
Well, I just can't find the 'first chain'. It keeps getting twisted up and I can't figure out where to put the hook back in.
2/24/2013 5:52 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Newt ... Take a look at the first four photos of the tutorial and compare them to your work.
3/2/2013 6:39 PM

Mary said ...
How many times are you doing this? I was getting back into crocheting after only doing it as a kid. It has been 40 years or more. The video is helpful am ready to learn more, but need to know how far and how to tie it off. Thanks for your help.
2/26/2013 6:59 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Mary ... This is a foundation row for whatever you are making, so you would do as many fsc's as your pattern calls for. Does that make sense?
3/2/2013 7:01 PM

Vicki Anderson said ...
This is not the first place that I have tried to learn the fsc, but it IS the first place that I actually DID learn it!The pictures were very clear, but it was the video that helped me the most. It all became simple after studying the video. Thank-you so much.
2/28/2013 8:40 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Vicki Anderson ... You're welcome!
3/2/2013 7:00 PM

ruth said ...
wow. That was an excellent tutorial. Thanks so much!

2/28/2013 9:32 PM

futuregirl replied ...
ruth ... You're welcome!
3/2/2013 6:40 PM

Betty Hendricks said ...
Girl, you get an A+ from this long-time crocheter!
3/8/2013 9:52 AM

Ro said ...
great tutorial and even greater video...thank you so much...I can hardy wait to start my next project.
3/8/2013 10:43 AM

Jeannette said ...
Wonderfully displayed and clearly shown to understand! Thank you
3/9/2013 4:23 PM

Elaine said ...
For the first time I understand. It's like the sun just came up! So clear! I am trying a pattern from Crochet magazine, winter 2012 issue. If you have it its the Beginner Cardi. The instructions call for "First Foundation Single Crochet" and then the next step calls for "Next Foundation Single Crochet". I am totally befuddled. I cannot see a difference in the stitches. Well,anyway...thank you for teaching me the first step!
3/15/2013 9:57 PM

By George I think I've got. link, chain, grab, sc a good mantra to remember. Not as hard to count the stitches as I thought.
3/22/2013 6:55 PM

NinaJ said ...
This is FANTASTIC now I get it. I've been trying to get this stitch & with your tutorial, it all makes sense. Thanks for all your time and trouble to help those of us who do not get it!! I've just finished my first recognizable Irish Crochet Leaf. WoooHoo
3/29/2013 6:13 PM

futuregirl replied ...
NinaJ ... Yay! Thanks for the sweet comment.
3/31/2013 9:28 PM

Heather said ...
Thank you for this! I don't crochet often, and I really needed it broken down in tiny steps. This tutorial was extremely helpful.
4/8/2013 4:17 PM

Sheri said ...
This is awesome! LOVE the picture tutorial - I was able to get the hang of this super quickly without even having to watch the video! Thank you so much!
4/10/2013 10:16 AM

Alisandra said ...
Hi Alice-- I've been trying to learn the fsc stitch all day from online tutorials and instructions, but not until I found your method of using stitch markers for each of those confusing steps did I finally do it properly! Cheers for sharing your brilliant idea! :)
4/15/2013 6:02 PM

Janet said ...
Thank you so much for your tutorial, I think I am getting the hang of this now. If you make another video it would be great if you could slow down your nimble fingers so I can try and follow what you are doing. Your fingers are so fast!.. I have to keep pausing. Again thank you so much for the great tutorial.
4/17/2013 2:50 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Janet ... I made the video fast so you could see what it looks like to do for real. The photos are for the step-by-step learning phase. :)
5/25/2013 10:23 PM

MommaMary said ...
Just to enrich the video, I would have loved to see the product after putting in several inches of foundation stitching.
4/17/2013 8:11 PM

futuregirl replied ...
MommaMary ... Great suggestion! If you'd like to see some now, check out these posts
5/25/2013 10:27 PM

Raquel said ...
I've watched several video tutorials on this, an started to feel stupid for not getting it. So glad to have found your tutorial!! It's helped me immensely on my crochet edging when I couldn't get the chain tension right.
4/25/2013 4:31 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Raquel ... Woohoo!
5/25/2013 10:28 PM

Michelle S Pelekis said ...
This is brilliant!!!!!! Thank you.
I don't suppose you have any tips for crocheting with satin cord 1mm? I have to make a summer dress, a very simple one but I'm not finding a pattern that works with this multi colored satin cord. Thank you again, your tip was spot on ;-)
Kind regards
5/6/2013 3:16 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Michelle S Pelekis ... Nope. Can't help with that. Maybe check out Every pattern ever is on there. Maybe you can find what you're looking for. :)
5/25/2013 10:29 PM

Becky said ...
What an awesome technique. I will most definitely start using this. Thank you so much for the great tutorials.
5/13/2013 3:02 PM

purplegranny said ...
5/16/2013 5:26 AM

Dorothy said ...
I've been trying to learn how to make handles on a project I'm doing, using the foundation single crochet. This video makes it seem easy. I'll try it. Thank you.
5/19/2013 6:23 PM

Marlene said ...
Thanks the video helped a lot
6/7/2013 3:00 PM

Tracy said ...
Thank you so much for this. I was struggling through the images still feeling like I was totally lost but your video put it all in there for me. Thank you so much, I had all but given up on figuring out a way to start a project without having that tight row to contend with and this is so perfect. <3 <3 <3
6/11/2013 1:10 PM

Lyz said ...
Thanks so much for this tutorial! Yours is the first that dissected the stitch enough for me to really understand where to put the hook for the next stitch, thanks to your detailed photos. The video is the perfect complement and helped me by showing the technique you use in holding the chain part of the stitch to direct you easily to where you place the hook for the next stitch. Furthermore, when I had been able to do fsc, I had the problem of my work "curving", and you solved that for me, as well, by explaining the cause and solution! Without both the "pictorial" and video I don't think I would have understood foundation stitches as well as I now do, which enables me to do them not only accurately but beautifully :) I am very picky about the details of my work (hidden seams, ends woven in invisibly and securely, etc.). In addition, the supplement showing how to use foundation stitches in the middle of your work is genius; I never would have thought to do this, but will be using it whenever the situation arises.

BTW I recently discovered your blog and I'm an instant fan! Do you have any tips/techniques for working along the sides of rows, as when crocheting a border?

My sincere thanks!
6/20/2013 11:21 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lyz ... Thank you so much for this fantastic comment! :) I'm so happy that my blog has helped you. When I put edging on a blanket I do "double yarn overs" in my single crochets to hide ends and knots like this
6/30/2013 2:36 PM

Leigh Rollins said ...
I have bookmarked this site because I can never remember how to start the first stitch. Have used this so many times because it makes my chain and 1st row sooo much better looking. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge in print, pictures and video!
6/26/2013 3:47 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Leigh Rollins ... I made my first tutorials for the exact same reason. I still use my blanket stitch tutorial because I can't remember how to do the first bit. :)
6/30/2013 2:37 PM

Marvel Titone said ...
Your tutorial is excellent! I am eager to try it. Thanks so much.
7/5/2013 4:30 PM

Francine Molenaar said ...
love the video. Much simpler to follow than the printed directions. Will try this on my next project
7/8/2013 7:57 AM

ROSARIO said ...
7/21/2013 5:11 PM

Jessica Trantham said ...
I just wanted to thank you for posting this. For me the pictures in the baby step section were the clincher. Thank you thank you thank you!!
8/4/2013 5:13 AM

SusAnn said ...
Thank you so much for the video. It made my learning experience so easy. A great teacher you are.
8/8/2013 7:05 PM

Samantha said ...
Hooray! I have bookmarked your site to reference these instructions! I hate chaining and then trying to crochet in each chain. I end up with a funky start to each project. (I am not the greatest crochet-er, but I try. I seem to continually crochet too tight, even though I try desperately to keep things loose.) Who knows, the secret to my success may be this new-to-me foundation row! Thank you! : )
8/18/2013 1:40 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Samantha ... I hope this works for you! :) If you know you crochet tightly, you can always just use a larger hook to keep your projects from being tiny or too dense. :)
8/18/2013 10:48 PM

Janet Yamashita said ...
Wonderful tutorial . Very clear,, no confusion. Love it
8/28/2013 10:21 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Janet Yamashita ... Thank you! :)
8/30/2013 8:59 PM

Pat said ...
I haven't done any crochet in years and when I started up with that irritating chain I remember seeing your information on Pinterest. I found it and followed your video and had it perfected after the second try. You are marvelous and much appreciated for giving us this most useful video. Thanks from the bottom of my yard!! ;-)
9/14/2013 6:00 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Pat ... Yay! Thanks for the great comment. :)
9/14/2013 7:12 PM

Amy said ...
This. is. awesome. I knit a little, but have wanted to learn to crochet for about two decades and never been able to get past making a chain. I tried learning from books and by having experiences crocheters try to teach me, and I could never for the life of me understand where to stick the hook or how you tell all those bits of string apart. For the first time, it makes sense! Thank you!
9/21/2013 1:03 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Amy ... That is so f#@&ing fantastic! So happy to be a part of your first success with crocheting. It's such a fun thing to be able to do. Keep at it. :)
9/21/2013 7:00 PM

AliceM said ...
Wow - has this been a popular, much needed, can't thank you enough, what a great discovery etc, posting. Add my name to all those comments.

I'm just starting to teach myself crochet and my cast-on's have been tight - resulting in a curve at the beginning, and another abandoned frustrating attempt to create something in crochet. So far I haven't made anything, but I find myself enthused to try something! Thanks so much AliceM - we have something in common, and I hope one day to add 'great crocheter' to that common denominator!
9/27/2013 3:47 AM

futuregirl replied ...
AliceM ... Thanks for the sweet comment! :) If your fsc starts curling, too, I talk about how to combat that here:
10/6/2013 7:59 PM

Gigi Lee said ...
I finally found a tutorial that made sense. I like pics, and the markers are a good way to learn. Most tuts I've seen or read, do not make it clear where to insert hook for all sts after the 1st. Thanks a bunch!
10/18/2013 12:15 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Gigi Lee ... You're welcome!
10/18/2013 8:38 PM

Kate said ...
I'm a super super beginning crocheter, (knitter exploring other ways of using up yarn stash!) been doing it for about 10 days now. I just watched your video. Awesome. What a pleasure, you rock!! I'll go home and try it.
10/30/2013 2:52 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Kate ... Fantastic!
11/17/2013 12:10 PM

Callie said ...
Thank you so much! I started making mittens with fingering weight wool and I was just about ready to cry after trying to do the fsc unsuccessfully several times. The video sealed it! No more annoying tight chain at the beginning of a project, no more worrying about length. An epiphany!
11/4/2013 1:32 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Callie ... Yay! Success. :)
11/17/2013 12:10 PM

Mary said ...
Finally! I have finally found instructions I understand and can complete! THANK YOU!
11/12/2013 9:14 AM

Martha Fling said ...
Just wanted to thank you for doing these instructions and video. I have always hated having to start with that flimsy chain and have shied away from thinner yarns and threads. I love doing the foundation stitch and have started using it for all my projects. I have even been trying a few doilies using the cotton threads I was afraid to attempt before. Now I don't dread starting new crocheting projects. Thanks again.
11/12/2013 4:02 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Martha Fling ... Aw! Thank you! :)
11/17/2013 12:09 PM

Dana said ...
thanks especially for the video. I just couldn't get it until I saw that, and then it was a breeze. Great job on all of it. this is so easy and fun.
11/17/2013 9:00 PM

Maisie Bacon said ...
Thank you so much for showing me how to do this!
11/18/2013 11:27 AM

Aisushi said ...
I usually prefer photo tutorials, and although I was able to follow yours, I was having problems with the curving even if I was not stitching as tight as I normally do. I finally watched the video, and it held the answer! Grabbing the chain solved it for me. Thank you~
11/19/2013 12:50 PM

Nikki T said ...
This is my first time on your site (found this page via Pinterest). I've looked at other fsc tutorials and they are terrible compared to yours. I had a hard time knowing where to insert for step 16 (I dislike/can't find my stitch markers) with your photo tutorial but the video cleared it all up with the "hold the chain" step. Thanks! Loving the way this looks so far :)
11/21/2013 7:06 AM

Rosi Simon said ...
I used to crochet quite a bit years ago and just recently started up again.
I will try this when I start my next project. I really like the visual stuff because I have not yet learned how to read or follow instructions on a pattern. I was taught visual instructions but very basic stitches. I hope I'll be able to accomplish all the items on my to do list. Thank You so much for helping a new beginner.
11/24/2013 8:54 PM

Sarah E said ...
So i'm just beginning to teach myself how to crochet. reading patterns is SOOO hard!! LOVE the video...makes more sense.
11/30/2013 10:34 PM

Lisa said ...
The video is the best way for me to learn to crochet, I have crochet in the past from example, my mother was great at it , she would show me how ( something simple) and I could do it , but don't like to read patterns and ( it makes me dizzy). I am hoping to find more tutorials to follow
12/2/2013 12:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Lisa ... Yay! Thanks. :)
12/15/2013 5:25 PM

Cindy said ...
Just wondering when working the 2nd row of the fsc swatch, on which edge do you work?
12/7/2013 5:23 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Cindy ... This video explains it perfectly - and shows you. :)
12/15/2013 5:25 PM

Carolyn said ...
This is a really good video! Found you through a link on Pinterest and I'm really glad I did.
1/4/2014 5:30 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Carolyn ... Awesome! Thanks for the sweet comment. :)
1/10/2014 9:30 PM

Cindy Betts said ...
THANK YOU! I had already tried two other picture tutorials and was still confused. Then I tried your picture tutorial, which didn't seem to help much either. The COMBINATION of the two was exactly what I needed! My grandmother taught me how to chain when I was very young and then I taught myself how to crochet when pregnant with my 2nd child. I'd never heard of a Foundation Single Crochet until a few weeks ago. I'M SOLD ON IT! Again, thank you!
1/5/2014 9:34 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Cindy Betts ... Fantastic! Thank you for taking the time to leave such a nice comment. :)
1/10/2014 9:31 PM

Rhiannon said ...
FSC totally baffled me til I read this and saw your step-bystep pics, thanks so much!
1/14/2014 3:52 PM

Veranda said ...
I love it I wasn't following instructions too well but video was g r e a t. Thanks so much I dread starting a new project and having to count all those little stitches. This is a wonderful idea and I can't wait to do my new project.
1/17/2014 6:51 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Veranda ... Awesome! Thank you for the great comment.
1/24/2014 9:59 PM

Dona said ...
Thank you for the video!
1/17/2014 8:33 AM

Denise Dickson said ...
Thank you for this tutorial. I have been crocheting for a long time and just came across this stitch in a pattern for the first time. This tutorial totally cleared it up and made it easy to figure out. Thank you!!
1/28/2014 7:44 PM

Brenda D. said ...
Thank you soooo much! This is helping me to LOVE my crochet. And I could never have used the curly/frilly yarns without this.
1/29/2014 1:30 PM

Carol said ...
I have been crocheting for years and years....dinosaurs still roamed the earth ...and I have always hatef that first row after the foundation chain. This technique is so much more sensible and less annoying. Thanks for posting it. Grest job ....
1/31/2014 10:39 PM

Mary erdman said ...
The little movie was perfect.! Clear& succinct!
2/7/2014 8:32 PM

Michele said ...
Thank you so much for posting this. I have searched hi and lo to find this, with out a video. I appreciate your time and effort!!!!
2/9/2014 8:41 PM

Carol said ...
Fantastic! Finally I can make a baby blanket that is not tight and small at one end. I am new at this and I can't thank you enough for the help.
2/16/2014 12:41 PM

Kirstin said ...
Wow! Thank you! What a thorough and user-friendly tutorial for an amazingly handy technique!
2/20/2014 9:28 PM

Judy said ...
You have taken the mystery out of this and explained the steps so that I understand what each step means. Excellent!!! Thank you so much!!!
2/25/2014 12:42 PM

Linda said ...
Thanks so much! I love the FSC. One question- how can I use it to make a v- stitch or shell stitch blanket? How do I know how many FSC to make, when I don't work into each SC stitch?
3/5/2014 11:45 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Linda ... If your project starts with a length of chains (e.g. chain 35) you can replace those with FSC.
3/22/2014 11:12 AM

ladidotti said ...
It's so good of you to share this stitch, and your video is very good. I'm 60 and just started learning a few months ago. One of the most discouraging things for me was trying to get going on the chains. I actually had stumbled across this on another site, and it changed my crochet "life". Tho new to your site today, I guarantee I'll be watching from now on.
Thank you!
3/6/2014 3:45 PM

futuregirl replied ...
ladidotti ... I'm so happy to hear that my video was helpful for you! :) Thank you for taking the time to leave such a sweet comment.
3/22/2014 11:14 AM

colleen said ...
I think I have crocheting dyslexia and I am never going to get the hang of it...ugh
3/24/2014 7:19 PM

Ppeggy Ferry said ...
you video was so very helpful....thank you....I did not really understand till I watched the video and that made it so easy grateful
4/5/2014 6:49 AM

Nicjon said ...
This is excellent! Thanks so much. I love how much effort you have put into doing everything so detailed. The pictures and the video must have taken an age to put together - but it is appreciated! I pinned it to pinterest and the very same day there were 3 people who commented on how great it was.
4/8/2014 1:04 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Nicjon ... Yes, indeed, it did take ages! :) Thank you for leaving such a sweet and appreciative comment.
4/19/2014 8:37 PM

Elena said ...
Thank you, thank you! Best text and video I've seen.
4/9/2014 7:20 PM

Another brilliant tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing :)
4/21/2014 2:57 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Heather Gibbs ... You're welcome! :)
4/25/2014 8:52 PM

Carol Miller said ...
I have tried this stitch before with different instructions and abysmal results. Thank you for an awesome tutorial ... I have it now!!
4/21/2014 5:17 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Carol Miller ... Woohoo!
4/25/2014 8:52 PM

Kelly Decker said ...
Oh my goodness, thank you so so much for your video explaining the FSC!! I have been googling for days, and have tried following countless picture tutorials and was ready to just give up on it when I stumbled across your video, it just clicked for me!! Of course I'm bookmarking it to refer back to because I'll probably forget how to do it by tomorrow morning when I wake up, hehe!!! Thanks again! :)
6/5/2014 5:23 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Kelly Decker ... That's my secret! I never can remember how to do these things, so I make the tutorials for myself. :)
6/20/2014 10:34 PM

Kelly said ...
So I'm a newbie at crocheting and I got lost at the picture step by step. But as soon as I saw the video, it all made sense. Thanks so much for putting this out there. I'm super excited to get started!
6/7/2014 12:29 PM

silvana de Limoges en France said ...
merci merci :) :)
youpi j ai réussi ! Depuis ce matin 10 h je suis dessus et il est 4 h de l après midi mais enfin j ai compris !!! cela va tout changer !!!
vous êtes trop forte !!!
7/12/2014 7:29 AM

futuregirl replied ...
silvana de Limoges en France ... (via google translate) Merci pour le commentaire doux! Je suis heureux d'avoir pu vous aider. :)
7/19/2014 11:00 PM

Brandy said ...
Awesome! My first row is always tight and sucky (one of the many reasons I'm transitioning from crocheting to knitting). Thanks for passing this on and encouraging the development of my foundation crochet skills :)
7/18/2014 10:31 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Brandy ... Yay! Crochet and knitting are both great for different things. Both worthy skills to learn, but knitting is better for stretchy things like sweaters and crochet is better for non-stretchy things like handbags and blankets.
7/19/2014 11:02 PM

Heather said ...
I just have one question. If the pattern calls for chain 20 and then single crochet into the chain, do you do 20 fsc or 19 fsc.
7/23/2014 8:56 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Heather ... An FSC is like making a chain and a single crochet at the same time. With an FSC row, you are replacing the chain and the first row of single crochet. To figure out how many FSC to make, you would look at the first row of single crochet and make the same number of FSC.
7/23/2014 10:59 PM

Christine Lydic said ...
Thank you! My sister quickly showed me this foundation stitch and then sent brief instructions. I tried multiple times but I wasn't able to make it match her sample so I image-googled it and found your tutorial. Yahoo!! I can do it now! Thank you ! I found out I wasn't putting the hook in the right chain to make the next stitch. It is now saved under favorites for future reference.
7/31/2014 9:30 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Christine Lydic ... Woohoo! So happy to help you out! It's a tricky stitch that took me forever to figure out, too. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.
7/31/2014 11:30 PM

Darla Elliott said ...
This is the very best explanation I have found. Most I have seen I haven't been able to remember, but your tutorial, especially the video are excellent. I think I will finally be able to do it. The only part I may have trouble with is the grabbing part. Not because you haven't explained it perfectly, but because I was born with only one hand. Thank you for your wonderful tutorial.
8/20/2014 7:37 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Darla Elliott ... Thank you for taking the time to comment! Also, good for you for making a go at crochet with one hand. :)
8/22/2014 7:26 PM

Rosie said ...
What can I say? Brilliant! Just getting over my mental block of crocheting (despite being an avid knitter) and this is so clear :) Thank-you!
9/25/2014 1:42 PM

erica said ...
you went way to fast but it is beautiful please make one for a begginner
10/23/2014 12:48 PM

futuregirl replied ...
erica ... Thanks for the feedback. The video is supposed to be quick and to the point. For a slow, step-by-step walk-through of the process, use the photo tutorial.
10/24/2014 8:56 PM

futuregirl replied ...
erica ... Thanks for the feedback. The video is supposed to be quick and to the point. For a slow, step-by-step walk-through of the process, use the photo tutorial.
10/24/2014 8:56 PM

spiaspia said ...
The combination of pictures and video was amazing! Just to clarify, does this foundation stitch replace the first two rows of my pattern instructions that discuss chaining and sc? (Ch 75. Row 1: sc in each chain to end. Turn.)

10/28/2014 12:11 PM

futuregirl replied ...
spiaspia ... Thanks for the sweet comment. Yes, it does replace the chain and first sc rows. :)
11/1/2014 2:37 PM

Carla said ...
Thank you! I was just thinking about making a cowl but pondering the stupid tight first row and wondering about how to avoid it when i stumbled upon this tutorial. Great job! I had no problem with it first try. And the first row is stretchy! Merry christmas!
12/27/2014 6:34 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Carla ... Woohoo! Happy New Year. :)
12/29/2014 1:00 AM

Teresa said ...
AAA+++. THANK YOU!!! I've never been able to understand the instructions for doing this before now! Your pics are so precise, showing from different angles.
****BUT why does the video not play? Has it been taken down? All I'm seeing is a black box, but nothing happens when I tap in it ;( I will check back because after seeing this much, I'm sure it's awesome too.
1/1/2015 12:18 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Teresa ... Yay! Glad you appreciate the tutorial. :) It's a video on youtube and it displays and plays for me. Maybe it's your browser? Here's a link directly to youtube Maybe that will work. :)
1/1/2015 12:47 AM

Leslie Salisbury said ...
Oh thank you for this tutorial! I just taught myself how to crochet last month and I've been getting so frustrated because my first row is always so much tighter than the rest so my work bends. This has solved the problem!! I watched the video about ten times, then it took me about an hour of practice, but I finally got it!!
1/10/2015 11:44 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Leslie Salisbury ... Hooray! Don't you love it when your hard work pays off? :)
1/11/2015 9:11 PM

Mary said ...
Thank you so much for the video tutorial. I was not able to follow the pictures, but the video made it so much easier for me to follow. Thank you so much!
1/20/2015 9:16 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Mary ... Yay! Thank you for the sweet comment.
1/25/2015 11:03 PM

Rosaerona said ...
Fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much, I've finally managed to get the hang of foundation single crochet. It's taken so long but your video made it click- can't thank you enough:-)
2/23/2015 9:54 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Rosaerona ... Yay! That's so good to hear. Thank you for the sweet comment.
2/28/2015 4:10 PM

Belle said ...
Thank you many times! I used to crochet (plus a number of other crafts) but I was in a bad accident and have some brain injury so I am relearning, which is hard. Your tutorials and then video display will be very helpful to me, as I have seen it has for others. I have so many projects I have pinned, and now I have a shot at doing them!
2/27/2015 9:39 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Belle ... So glad my tutorial was helpful! :) Wishing you happy days of crocheting ahead.
2/28/2015 4:10 PM

Bobbicat said ...
Wow! I found your blog by following a pin on Pinterest. I am so glad I did. I'd tried several times to figure out foundation single crochet from diagrams and other photo tutorials and my attempts never looked the way it was supposed to. After watching your video, it finally came out right! Thank you so much :)
3/14/2015 3:43 AM

kathy said ...
just wanted to say thanks! I have been trying to follow directions and looked at other youtube demo's but yours was the most helpful. I think I finally got it. Thanks for your help. No more chaining for me!
3/24/2015 3:10 PM

needle_in_my_hand said ...
Wow! After 6 years of this tutorial being online I have to say - YOU' re the Bomb!
I'm tackling my first Doris Chan pattern (for Advanced crochet) and, of course, it starts off with this unheard of FSC.
The FSC is not in any of my crochet companion/stitch books. Your tutorial has gotten me off to a happy beginning on the long journey of crocheting my cardigan.
5/9/2015 1:22 PM

futuregirl replied ...
needle_in_my_hand ... Woohoo! Thanks for the sweet comment. :)
5/22/2015 8:24 PM

Lisa Miller said ...
Hello there!! This is so exciting! Thank you for all the time you spent on this. My question is which loops of yarn are you going through? Are they the left top loop and the back bump?? Or just through the top two loops (right and left loops?) Sorry for the non-technical language. I'm pretty new to crochet and I feel sort of at a disadvantage. But I am a very eager learner!!!!! Thank ou for any comments!!! Lisa
5/12/2015 7:33 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lisa Miller ... I'm happy to help you figure this out. :) Which step are you asking about (each photo is numbered)?
5/22/2015 8:24 PM

Mary Parry said ...
Never too old to learn. I love this technique. Thanks for sharing.
6/26/2015 2:15 AM

Becca said ...
Your foundation single crochet tut is fabulous. I had taught myself how to do this with just written instructions;however,your tut gives it life. Thank you
7/3/2015 6:33 PM

Alyessa said ...
I have been trying to figure out this technique FOREVER and nothing has worked, so in all honesty I didn't click on yet another tutorial with high hopes. However, after watching your video a couple of times and going along at the same time, I can confidently say that I have got this down! I'm obviously going to keep practicing before I start using it in my projects, but I don't think it will be too long before I have to use it. It's just so much faster and more convenient than chaining! Thank you so much!
8/2/2015 10:20 AM
Joni said ...
This was a great tutorial. I was doing the foundation chain, but it was very hard to get the needle in the right stitches and my chain was coming out all crooked and sloppy looking. This really helped. Grabbing and holding and being able to see where to put your needle back in was really a big help. My foundation chain is coming out more even looking and it is easier. I have had to keep going back and watching again. But I just need practice. Thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge.
8/15/2015 11:57 AM