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How to: Foundation double crochet

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Most patterns begin with chaining, but once you perfect the foundation stitch, chaining will be a thing of the past!


  • Any yarn and an appropriate size hook.
  • That’s it!

Grab a hook and some yarn, and let’s get crocheting!

All crochet patterns and terms I use are in UK, but if you want them in US then check out this handy stitch converter.

Step 1
  1. Chain 2.
Step 2

2. Insert hook into ch 1, yoh and pull through. You should now have 2 loops on your hook. The first loop (blue in image above) is going to become your “chain”, with the next stitch that we make being the dc.

Step 3
Step 3 close up

3. Yoh and pull through the first loop (blue loop in step 2 and 3). You should still have two loops on your hook.

Step 4

4. Yoh and pull through both loops on hook. You have now completed your first double crochet! YAY! To continue making foundation double crochet (fdc), you will need to work into the “chain” that you have made during the previous stitch (marked blue in image above). Insert hook into “chain”, yoh and pull through.

You will now have two loops on your hook, and will be back at step 2. Repeat steps 2 – 4 for as long as you need!

Now that you have mastered this technique, please go and try it out in any of my patterns that ask for chaining or fdc!

As always, happy crocheting!



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