How to Crochet a Foundation Chain

In the video tutorial below you will learn How to Crochet a Foundation Chain. A foundation chain is a chain made up of chain stitches. This is the base for all your crochet projects. It is also known as a ‘starting chain’. You will generally see it referred to at the start of a pattern, for example: ch 18, which means to make a foundation chain that contains 18 chain stitches.

Use the following instructions to complete a foundation chain:

  • Once you have your slip knot, wrap the yarn over the hook and draw it through the slip knot
  • Wrap the yarn over the hook and draw it through the loop on the hook
  • Continue the last step until the foundation chain has the amount of chain stitches that you require


How to Crochet a Foundation Chain Video Tutorial

All the best,

Paula Daniele


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About Paula

I'm the Crochet Designer, Teacher & Video Producer of Crochet Hooks You.

I taught myself how to crochet when I was a young girl and quickly picked up how to crochet the granny square and got hooked. Read More.

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