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How to Crochet a Foundation Chain

Almost all crochet begins with a foundation chain, which is a series of chain stitches beginning with a slip knot. You then work the first row of other stitches into the chain to start making crochet fabric. The foundation chain is also called a base chain or starting chain.

To work a foundation chain, start by making slip knot and then chaining as many stitches as the pattern calls for.

Next, start working stitches into the chain. You can use single crochets, half double crochets, double crochets, or any combination the pattern tells you to use.

When working into the starting chain, you may work under one or two strands of chain loops as shown in the illustration. Either of these methods forms an even, firm bottom edge.

Some people like to work into the "bump" on the back of the chain. This forms an even, stretchy bottom edge that is ideal for garments. It also produces an edge that looks more similar to the final edge of your project, making it useful for projects where both ends are exposed, such as scarves.

Whichever method of working into the foundation you choose, be consistent. Work all the pieces of a project in the same manner.

Below: LW4779 Easy Shadows Cowl Crochet Pattern

How to Crochet a Foundation Chain

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