Chainless Foundations -Making the Chain Flexable

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This is one of the best “tricks” I’ve learned for Crochet. I was making this beautiful “Tea Scarf” by Pixeldiva (such a nice blog). When I was finished and excited to throw it around my neck for a test drive, I noticed that I could feel the chain edge -it was tight. I don’t think anyone else but me could see the tightness of the chain edge, but it bugged me. It felt as if the piece just wasn’t draping properly due to it, and it was not as comfy once I noticed and then of course, obsessed about it. I still have the scarf as is and want to make new ones with my new found secret weapon, Chainless Crochet. I have since used it for new projects and I can tell you that it is very easy to master. Here is how you do it:

Basically you can create a foundation of Crochet for any stitch in theory, without a foundation chain. It requires that you encompass the stitch within the foundation as you go. The most common techniques are Single Crochet Foundations and Double Crochet Foundations. The great thing is that it is EASY and once you use it, you won’t go back! It is the perfect method for scarves. I can’t remember what I searched the internet for to solve this tight edging problem in the first place, but once I found it and learned the terms, I did notice that it was in a few of my own Crochet Books. Didn’t know it’s value until I stumbled onto the real life situation -like many of you.

Here are some great resources to get you creating Chainless Foundations right away with ease:

Some great arguments for using the Chainless Foundation
The Hook and I: Breaking Chains

Chainless Single Crochet Foundation
From Teresa (The Art of Crochet)

Chainless Double Crochet Foundation
From Teresa (The Art of Crochet)
Video on Youtube

3 Responses to “Chainless Foundations -Making the Chain Flexable”

  1. Comment by pirhan — August 22, 2010 @ 7:58 pm

    This is one of the best video tutorials I’ve ever come across. Thank you. Can’t wait to get some yarn and try this out. The scarf above is absolutely stunning in it’s visual simplicity.

  2. Comment by Val — January 25, 2013 @ 9:09 pm

    Best instruction I have seen. Thank you.

  3. Comment by 21st Century Girl — February 8, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Hi Val -that’s my name too :-)
    Thank you for the kind words.

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