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Learn to Crochet: Half Double Crochet in Foundation Stitches

These titles are starting to crack me up.  How much longer can they get? Tune in tomorrow to find out!

The half double crochet stitch is a bit of a mouthful to be so small and uncomplicated, so I feel a little silly when I have to throw in words like "foundation stitches" in the mix.

DON'T PANIC!

There, do you feel better?  Would you feel better if I added a smiley face? 

Okay, now that I've gotten that Hitchhiker's Guide joke out of my system, let's move on. You have to take my word for it that long terms and multiple methods of doing things are actually positive aspects of crafting.  And then I have to come clean with you and confess that I don't think I'd ever heard of foundation stitches until about two weeks ago.  Crocheting is not my primary area of yarncrafting, and even though I've been reading more about it and trying more techniques, I'd just never seen references to foundation stitches in any of the patterns I'd looked at. 

I'm pretty excited to have that little bit of ignorance cleared up, though.  I now have all the zeal and enthusiasm of a new convert when it comes to foundation stitches: You'll have a stretchier edge!  You don't have to worry about making the wrong number of chain stitches!  You can use this method when doing any type of crochet stitch!  Exclamation! Points!

If you're already a more experienced crocheter reading this post, you're probably sighing a little at all of my cheerleading and aggressive proselytizing, but you can't deny that it's a really handy thing to know.  If you're a newer crocheter, then you're really lucky to have have two types of beginning stitches in your arsenal.  Having options is the best.

So here's another option for you!

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