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Thomasina Cummings

Nov 25, 2016

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Foundation Stitches

UK Foundation Half Treble (foundation htr)
US Foundation Half Double Crochet (foundation hdc)

In preparation for a new pattern I’m releasing soon, I thought I’d do a quick refresher on this foundation¬†chain and stitch combination.

This method is particularly useful for necklines since the edge will be more elastic than if the chain and stitch were worked separately.

That’s all the hints you’re getting, you know ;) ¬†So let’s get on with the tutorial. ¬†You can click the link below to view in US terms if you prefer :)

UK Version (Alternative US Version)
Abbreviations 

CH Рchain
HTR Рhalf treble
YRH Рyarn round hook

1. ¬†Using the hook and yarn you’ve chosen for your pattern, make¬†3CH

2.  YRH and insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook (i.e. the first of the 3CH you made)

3.  YRH again and pull a loop through the stitch Рyou now have 3 loops on your hook:

So far the stitch has been worked in the same way as you would normally make a HTR.  But this is where it changes.

4.  YRH once more and pull the yarn through the first loop on your hook Рin effect making a CH next to the hook Рyou will still have 3 loops on your hook.

5.  Finish the foundation HTR by working a final YRH and pulling the yarn through all three loops.

6.  To work further foundation HTR, we first need to turn the work to look at the side of the stitch just made and locate the CH made in step 4.  We will be working our next foundation HTR into this CH.

Foundation half treble (foundation half double crochet)

7.  YRH and insert the hook under both loops of this chain ((Note:  some people like to work under just the front loop of the CH but I prefer the finish when it is worked through both loops).

8.  YRH and pull yarn through first loop on hook to make the CH for the next stitch.

9.  YRH and pull yarn through 3 loops on hook.

To make further foundation HTR, repeat steps 7, 8 and 9.

US Version (Alternative UK Version)
Abbreviations 

CH Рchain
HDC Рhalf double crochet
YO Рyarn over

1. ¬†Using the hook and yarn you’ve chosen for your pattern, make¬†3CH

2.  YO and insert the hook into the 3rd ch from the hook (i.e. the first of the 3CH you made)

3.  YO again and pull a loop through the stitch Рyou now have 3 loops on your hook:

So far the stitch has been worked in the same way as you would normally make a HDC.  But this is where it changes.

4.  YO once more and pull the yarn through the first loop on your hook Рin effect making a CH next to the hook Рyou will still have 3 loops on your hook.

5.  Finish the foundation HDC by working a final YO and pulling the yarn through all three loops.

6.  To work further foundation HDC, we first need to turn the work to look at the side of the stitch just made and locate the CH made in step 4.  We will be working our next foundation HDC into this CH.

Foundation half treble (foundation half double crochet)

7.  YO and insert the hook under both loops of this chain ((Note:  some people like to work under just the front loop of the CH but I prefer the finish when it is worked through both loops).

8.  YO and pull yarn through first loop on hook to make the CH for the next stitch.

9.  YO and pull yarn through 3 loops on hook.

To make further foundation HDC, repeat steps 7, 8 and 9.

The Sewing Room

As I was transferring all the things I wanted to keep from my old site, I came across the following post:

I always found that one of the worst things about sewing was having to get my machine in and out of the cupboard to get started on a project. It’s so much nicer if you can just get on with it. So, I turfed the dining table out and got my hubby to redesign my old G-Plan unit. I now have a dedicated craft room….complete with tat that doesn’t belong anywhere else in the house :S well, it’s a start!

Oh, how things change!¬† Since then, hubby has started a degree in¬†music tech and taken over the sewing room as a studio.¬† Once more I am relegated to the dining room/homework room/computer room and general tat storage area.¬† I wonder if that’s the reason I crochet these days¬†while the sewing list grows and grows?