After the Foundation Single Crochet tutorial from a couple of weeks ago, it is time to learn a new foundation stitch: the Foundation Double Crochet!
WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION Double CROCHET?
The Foundation Double Crochet (shortened as FDC) is a way of starting a double crochet project by making the foundation chain and the first double crochet row at the same time.
So, instead of chaining a lot of endless chains and then starting your double crochet row, you create a first double crochet stitch and then, keep adding one double crochet at each step.
Sounds magic, doesn’t it?
Plus, you save so much time counting endless initial chains!
But really though…
Why should you choose the foundation double crochet?
One main advantage of the foundation double crochet (FDC) is that it cuts the risk of chaining too many chains or not enough chains and only realize it at the end of the first row.
When that happens it usually means that you need to frog everything and start again chaining and counting, and counting again to make sure…so much counting!
Instead, with the FDC, you can easily add or remove a few (or a lot) double crochet stitches, and save so much time counting!
Another amazing thing about the FDC is that it is beautifully stretchy! This means that you won’t have to worry about tight chains anymore, which is so annoying especially when crocheting garments, headbands, or hats.
NOT ONLY Double CROCHET
Foundation rows can be made with all basic stitches! Learn how with the tutorials below!
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Alright then, let’s see how to crochet the FDC row with this step-by-step tutorial!
Foundation Double Crochet (FDC) –Video Tutorial
- 5.5-mm (I/9 USA, 5 UK) Hook
- Aran (4 Medium) Yarn. I used Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran, color Blush Pink (853).
Foundation Double Crochet – Step-by-Step Tutorial
Yarn over and insert your hook into the first chain.
Yarn over and draw up a loop.
Yarn over and draw yarn through the first loop on your hook.
Notice how you created a chain, basically the base of your stitch!
Yarn over and pull through two loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on your hook.
You just made your first FDC stitch!
Yarn over and insert your hook under both loops of the base of the previous stitch (the chain you created in Step 4).
Yarn over and pull up a loop.
Yarn over and pull through 1 (like you did in Step 4), yarn over, and pull through 2 twice (as you did in Steps 5 and 6).
Keep repeating steps 7-9 to grow your Foundation Double Crochet row.
Keep scrolling down to learn how to crochet the row after your FDC!!!
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How to Crochet the Row After the Fdc
Now that you have your foundation double crochet row ready, it is time to add one more row.
All you need to do is to chain 3 and turn or make a chainless starting double crochet., and then keep going with your double crochet stitches as usual.
One important thing is not to get confused once you get to the end of the foundation row.
On the working side, the top chain of the first foundation stitch might tend to hide a bit. So, make sure not to skip it!
If you’re not too experienced with the foundation double crochet row, I suggest you count the stitches in order to make sure you’re not missing that last stitch, or you’re not adding a stitch into the initial 2 chains!