May 21, 2015

How to Foundation Double Crochet !

by Angela | No Comments - How to Foundation Double Crochet


Do you suffer from tight crochet foundation chains?  Do you love beautiful crochet edges that are stretchy and elastic?  Then you are going to fall in love with the Foundation Double Crochet technique!

Not only does it give you a foundation chain with ease…you create your double crochets at the same time!

No more puckered edges or unforgiving tightness!  This is great for sweaters sleeves, hats worked from the brim up, or anything you want to have a nice stretch.

Watch the video below or follow the photo tutorial or both! - How to Single CrochetBegin by making a slip knot and placing it on your hook.  You can see how to make one on my tutorial How To Make A Slip Knot.

How to FDC #1 WMStep 1)  Chain 4.

How to FDC #2 WMStep 2)  Yarn over.

How to FDC #3 WMStep 3)  Insert hook through center of first chain. (4th chain from hook)

How to FDC #4 WMStep 4) Also insert hook through loop on back, slightly to the left.

How to FDC #5 WMStep 5)  Yarn over.

How to FDC #6 WMStep 6) Draw hook back through.

How to FDC #7 WMYou now have 3 loops on your hook.

How to FDC #8 WMStep 7)  Yarn over again.

How to FDC #9 WMStep 8)  Draw hook back through first stitch only.

How to FDC #10 WMStep 9)  Yarn over.

How to FDC #11 WMStep 10)  Draw hook back through 2 stitches.

How to FDC #12 WMStep 11)  Yarn over once again.

How to FDC #13 WMStep 12)  Draw hook back through last 2 stitches.

How to FDC #14 WMA finished foundation single crochet!

How to FDC #23 WMContinue working, starting each repetition by first yarning over, then insert your hook through the foundation chain previously made.  Then repeat steps 5-12, for each stitch you want to create.

Your foundation chain will be the chain you just made, and is to your left.  In the photo above, it is the highlighted blue chain, not the green.

How to FDC #24 WMOnce you’ve done several repetitions, this is what your foundation chains will look like (in green).

How to FDC #25 WMThis is the anatomy of a Foundation Double Crochet.  You can see where everything forms!

You will make this differently than when traditionally crocheting, where you work from the bottom (foundation chain), and work into each chain.  Each foundation chain and double crochet are made at the same time…so you work sideways!


Tip:  Always insert your hook through the stitches all the way back to the shank or shaft of the hook.  You want the width of the shank to push through, otherwise your foundation chains may be too tight. - Shank of Crochet Hook


Don’t worry if you don’t get this at first, just keep practicing and you will understand it quicker than you think! 😉  Let me know if you have any questions in comments below!

See also how to Foundation Single Crochet!


Keep on Crafting!

Angela from





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Polyresin Candy shop Hooks

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