Whenever I crochet something, I tend to gravitate toward projects that start with a beginning ring. This is partly due to my deep and abiding love of granny squares, but my preference can also be attributed to the fact that crocheting a chain of eleventy billion stitches is one of my least favorite tasks ever. I should be more clear: keeping count of the eleventy billion stitches is usually where my problems start.
Enter foundation stitches. Foundation stitches take a little more time, but they're the equivalent of crocheting your first row as you're beginning the row itself. Foundation stitches are a little bit like the cable cast-on of crochet, and this is a good introduction to the concept if you're not familiar with it.
Okay, so now that you're a little more familiar with what foundation crochet stitches mean are you ready to learn how to actually do it?
Please say "yes." Otherwise we have nothing to talk about.
No worries, I'm going to talk about it anyway. I'd never be so cruel as to let you know that foundation stitches exist and not post a video showing you how to make this magic happen.
(At least I don't think I would. If I have, I'm sorry. I'm pretty sure I'm not depraved enough to withhold crafting information, though. I've been told I have quite the mean streak, but that seems beyond the pale to me.)
Like I mentioned when I was talking about the cable cast-on in knitting, this is just one of those things that seems like it shouldn't work until it does. I was playing around with it this weekend and it was fine. It took a little getting used to, but that's true of any new craft thing. And when I was done, it looked like this:
See? Just a row of single crochet stitches. It's much easier for me to track my stitches like this, instead of a row of little chain stitches that tend to roll around and make me lose count. Plus, I think I like how this looks better. The edge is a little more flexible than when you start with a foundation chain, and I think it's a good thing.
I watched this 4 or 5 times before I tried it out for myself and then I watched it 2 or 3 more times as I was crocheting, but I really liked it once I got a little more comfortable with it.
Try it for yourself!