When you work with a large project, having a long chain is... how can I say this? ANNOYING? Working a chainless foundation half double crochet is a great alternative. You can do this with double crochets and single crochets as well. See links below!
Not only is this a great alternative, the finished product has a better stretch so this is great for my beanies! The Johnson Slouch Beanie uses the FHDC to start on the brim (photo above).
Gather your materials and let's get started!
Any weight yarn | I'll be using Super Bulky by Lion Brand, Hometown USA
Use whatever size hook is recommended with your yarn size | In the video, I'm using a handmade double ended hook from Heart Sprinkle
ch - Chain
st(s) - Stitch(es)
yo - yarn over
hdc - half double crochet
Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC) Pattern:
Step 1: Ch2, yo, insert hook into first ch, pull up a loop,
Step 2: yo, pull through 1 loop (this creates the foundation ch),
Step 3: yo, pull through 3 loops on hook (this creates the hdc st)
Step 4: yo, insert hook into the foundation ch st, pull up a loop
Step 5: yo, pull through 1 loop (foundation st)
Step 6: yo, pull through 3 loops on hook (hdc st)
Repeat Steps 4-6 for as many hdc sts as needed.
To start working in the round:
Sl st to first hdc st to join careful not to twist sts. Use tail to sew bottom end.
Foundation Half Double Crochet (FHDC) Tutorial (available soon!)
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