How to Crochet: Foundation Single Crochet (fsc)By Rachel Choi – 98 Comments
The foundation single crochet (fsc) is a stitch that can replace the foundation chain and the first row of single crochets in your work by completing them at the same time! This is also known as chain free crocheting!!!
But what’s the point?
- Often times crochet foundation chains are tighter than the rest of the work, but with fsc it will have the same tension without having to use a larger hook.
- With some yarns (such as boucle) it is hard to see the stitches in a traditional foundation chain, but with fsc you don’t have to crochet on a chain.
- Even if you prefer making a traditional foundation chain. You can use fsc to add extra stitches to your work without having to take the whole thing apart if you accidentally miss count the number of chains.
- It’s faster if you do it right! Being able to complete a chain and a row of single crochets at one time can save you time.
Here is a picture tutorial for making the foundation single crochet. This tutorial is for both right and left handed people. For left handed pictures, roll your mouse over the image and it will change for you.
Step 1: Start with a slip knot on your hook and chain 2.
Step 2: Insert your hook into the second chain from your hook (which is also the first chain that was made)
Step 3: yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)
Step 4: pull the strand of yarn though one loop on your hook (you should now have 2 loops on your hook)
Step 5: yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)
Step 6: pull the strand of yarn though one loop on your hook (you should now have 2 loops on your hook) Note that you just completed the chain portion of the stitch.
Step 7: yarn over (wrap the yarn around your hook)
Step 8: pull the strand of yarn though the final 2 loops on your hook (you should now have 1 loop on your hook) Note that you just completed the single crochet portion of the stitch.
There you have it, your first foundation single crochet stitch! Take a good look at it, the chain is on the bottom and the single crochet is on top of it. This is important to see for knowing where to insert your hook next. Here is how to add more stitches:
Step 9: Insert your hook under the 2 loops of the “chain” portion that was made in the previous stitch. It should seem like your hook is between the chain and the single crochet. It may be easier to see where to insert your hook if you hold your work sideways or upside down.
Repeat steps 3 – 8 to complete the stitch. You can make a row as long as you desire. This will replace the foundation chain and first row of single crochets in a piece of work.
Here is what a row of fsc looks like!
If you need help with making a foundation single crochet, let me know and I’ll love to help!