It was indeed a struggle.
Back then I didn’t know much about foundation stitches. I used to start working my panels with a chain and that’s pretty much how I crochet my wearables. To be honest, each piece was difficult especially for the fitted ones.
It was all looking great. I expect the garment to fit like a glove until I tried them on. Turns out I did everything correctly except for one area: the starting chains. The edging. The very base of the existence of this turtleneck top that cost me blood and tears and years of hard work (okay, this was probably too exaggerated lol) but it took me a long time to finish it only to find out that it wouldn’t fit my head!
The frustrated me ended up spending so much time trying to pull off a project which doesn’t really seem to fit. Huge disappointment, but a great learning at the same time. As a result, I had to frog everything apart and start all over again.
Today I’m going to show you a different way to start your panels when creating a garment that requires some stretch. There are many variations of this technique but I want to start off with the simplest one I know. It has tremendously helped me save time and for the very reason that I shared above, never again will I make the same mistake.
How To Work a Foundation Single Crochet
Abbreviated as fsc, the foundation single crochet stitch is one of many foundation stitches that you can use instead of a long chain. It’s basically a chain and a row of single crochet combined in one stitch. Isn’t that amazing?
To work a foundation single crochet, we’re going to start with a chain of 2. Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook, grab the yarn and draw up a loop (you now have 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw up a loop (you still have 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through all of the loops on the hook. This is going to count as 1 stitch.
Now tilt the stitch a little bit to the right and you will see a small inverted “V” (See 5th image above). Insert the hook into the inverted “V” and draw up a loop (you have 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw up a loop (you still have 2 loops on the hook). Yarn over and draw through all of the loops on the hook.
Repeat this until you have the right amount that you need.
The fsc will be a frequent technique that I will incorporate from hereon in most of my designs. With that being said, let me introduce you to another upcoming pattern which will require us to use the fsc. Here she is in full glory, the One Shoulder Cropped Top. More of this pattern soon on YouTube and Instagram.