Crochet club: Learning how to use a chainless foundation with Anna Nikipirowicz
The wonderful thing about yarn craft is that there’s always something new to learn! Anna Nikipirowicz, the fabulous designer behind Moochka.co.uk shows us how to use a chainless foundation…
Chainless foundation produces wonderfully stretchy edge and is one of the most useful techniques you can learn in crochet. It has been around for many years now, but surprisingly is not often written specifically into patterns. It is the perfect technique to use on top down shawls, I have used it in my Nettie shawl with fantastic results.
What’s the difference between standard foundation and chainless one? With standard foundation you will start with chains then work a row of double crochet into each chain, it results in quite a ridged edge without any give. While working chainless foundation you are crocheting a row of double crochet which gives you nice and stretchy edge and with the added benefit of not having to work into every chain.
You can make chainless foundation using double crochet, half treble or treble, but in this tutorial I’ll only concentrate on double crochet chainless foundation.
Let’s have a look on how to work it…
1. Start with 2 chains, turn your work on the side, you will see a bump at the back of your chains. Insert your hook into this bump of second chain from the hook.
2. Take the yarn around the hook and pull through the bump – you will have two loops on your hook. Yarn around the hook again and pull through only one loop on the hook.3. You are left with two loops on your hook. Yarn around the hook and pull through both loops – that’s your first stitch made! To work your next stitch, turn your work on the side and you will the front leg of the next stitch to be worked.
4. Insert hook into the front and back leg of the stitch (the full V). Yarn around the hook and pull it through the stitch, so that you have two loops on your hook.
5. Yarn around the hook and pull through one loop, leaving two loops on your hook, then yarn over again, and pull through both loops on the hook. The second stitch is made.
Continue repeating steps 4 and 5 until you have the desired number of double crochets.
If you want to feel just how different and more elastic a chainless foundation is, make a standard foundation chain with a row of double crochet and compare! You’ll be amazed!
Now try using the chainless foundation on Anna’s fabulous top down shawl pattern, Nettie! It needs 600m of worsted weight yarn, and is made up here in Rowan Creative Linen in shade Mustard (647). The linen gives this shawl elegant drape, but if you’d rather make it up in something softer for the cooler months, why not try Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, a stunning 100% washable wool yarn that comes in a whopping 63 colours!
Or why not try a beautiful variegated yarn, such as West Yorkshire Spinners Aire Valley Aran Fusions aran weight yarn in 200m balls (you’ll need three) in five glorious colourways!
Click the image to purchase Anna’s gorgeous shawl pattern, Nettie!