How to Join Foundation Crochet Stitches in the Round

By Candace – 7 Comments

Foundation rows are great, especially on large projects. You can get right to the good part of crocheting without having to deal with a lot of chains. Those chains are also a problem in the round. Not only do you have to worry about making the right number, but you also have to take care that you don’t twist it when you finally do join the round. Being able to turn a foundation row into a foundation round gets rid of this problem.

To follow this tutorial, you should be familiar with foundation stitches. I am using foundation double crochet (fdc) for the sake of example, but the basic idea will work with other foundation stitches.

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First, work the number of stitches you need minus one.

Start the last stitch as usual, inserting your hook into the chain portion of the previous stitch and pulling up a loop.


Insert your hook into the chain portion of the first stitch


Yarn over and pull up a loop


Pull through a loop (There will be one less loop on the hook–counts as sl st).


Finish your stitch as usual


Sl st to join the tops of the stitches.


Your round is finished, and you can continue your work as usual. If you need help with this method, feel free to leave a comment below.

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  1. Lynne says:

    Thank you!! I have tried to figure out how to do this and couldn’t get it to look right. I love foundation crochet for the stability it gives “stuff” and this technique will save me much frustration. It seems no matter how hard I try, I always end up twisting the chain and having to redo and redo and redo…

  2. Teresa says:

    Thank you so much! I used to have some pretty problems with this technique and you’ve just fixed themat once. You made my day!!!!!!

  3. Julie says:

    I am trying to crochet your preemie hat, and am having problems. I have crocheted for many years, but for some reason this pattern is giving me fits. It says, “ch 3, 6 hdc in third ch from hook, place a marker; 6 hdc”. I have no problem with that, but do you join or just go to round 2, which is 2 hdc in each hdc around: 12 hdc? I have never crocheted in a circle or round where you don’t join then continue pattern.

    I would appreciate your assistance, as I am trying to make some preemie hats for a NICU and this would be ideal.

  4. Sharon K says:

    Thank you for this tutorial!!! Looks so much better than the way I’ve been doing it :/

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