No foundation chain crochet tutorial

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

Did you know that you can make crochet rows without the foundation chain? It was news to me until very recently. But bloody ‘ell, what a brilliant concept! The reason this is so great is that when you make a foundation chain first, it can sometimes screw with the tension at the beginning of the project, making it tighter than the rest of it. The ripple blanket I made last year is an example of this. But I had no idea, then, that it didn’t have to be like that. Mad woman that I am, I’m actually considering frogging it and doing it all over again! ;-)

Anyway, here’s the tutorial. I’ve made it with double crochet (US term), but it can easily be adapted to any stitch size. If you have any problems or questions, don’t be shy, I’d be happy to help.

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

1. Make 3 chain stitches.

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

2. Yarn over and pull a loop through the first chain (just like if you were making a double crochet stitch).

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

3. But in stead of finishing the double crochet stitch, pull another yarn through the loop closest to the tip of the hook, to make another chain stitch.

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

4. Then finish the double crochet stitch like normal.

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

5. You now have double crochet stitch with an extra chain at the bottom.

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

6. Yarn over, pull loop through the extra chain, pull yarn through this loop and then finish the double crochet stitch. Repeat this until your row is long enough.

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

Now we are starting to see a pattern, right?

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

Here’s what a (small) no foundation chain row looks like.

Crochet no foundation chain tutorial

And here are example swatches of no foundation chain and foundation chain. Can you tell which is which? ;-) It’s not easily shown in a picture how the no foundation chain make the tension in the beginning row less (err) tense. But believe me, it is so.



  1. February 23, 2010 / 6:52 pm

    whao ! I got it :-) Thank you very much ! This was exactly what i was looking for

  2. June 9, 2010 / 6:25 pm

    This looks awesome. I can't wait to try it! I think it will be so useful for making hats.

  3. August 19, 2011 / 3:35 am

    Thank you so much! I can see this tutorial was posted a long time ago, but I spent all afternoon looking for how to do this, and your step-by-step directions are the only ones that made any sense to me.

  4. October 10, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    I just tried this and it's wonderful! I tried it for a hat and it's making a huge difference. Thank you so much for the tutorial!

  5. October 3, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    I have been crocheting for years and that just blew my mind! thank you.

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