The foundation single crochet stitch is an alternative to using the beginning chains and the first row of single crochet stitches. It is a bit tricky at first, but once you have mastered it you will like it. The stitch is also suitable for adding additional stitches to a horizontal row. The foundation single crochet is able to give you a nice clean and sharp edge on the new additional stitches. Another reason for using the stitch is that it creates a nice stretchy fabric making it the ideal way to start your sweater and other clothing projects where stretch is desired.
When making the foundation single crochet stitch, it is important that you insert your hook into the correct place. If you insert it into the wrong place then it will not look right and might even ruin your work. The video below shows you how to make the foundation single crochet stitch, where to insert the hook, and how to use the stitch when adding additional stitches to your work.
Technically the first foundation single crochet is worked by making two chains. The first stitch is then worked into the first chain that was made. The next stitch is then worked into the base of the last foundation single crochet made.
You can follow the same rules when adding additional stitches to a row. However, I found that if you make two chains at the end of a row it raises the new stitches. In the video I show how to work the first stitch into the bases of the last single crochet stitch. But I actually found that if you work it into the same stitch as where the last stitch was made it sits even flatter. And instead of creating a new video, I decided to post some images below the video instead.
Working the First FSC Into the Same Stitch As Where Last SC Was Made.
Not sure what happened to my other image to better show how straight the top remains, but you can see it’s not raised above the last stitch at all when it is worked into the same stitch as where the last single crochet is. After the first stitch is complete, simply work your next stitch into the base of the first foundation single crochet.