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Topic: Foundation Chain Consistency  (Read 944 times)
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« on: March 24, 2013 04:25:45 PM »

I've been crocheting for a few years now, but one thing that's always bothered me is that I have a hard time keeping my foundation chain and first few rows the same tightness as the rest of the project. I tend to keep the chain loose so that it's easier to work with, but then once I get a few rows down my stitches tend to tighten up. Does anyone else have this problem, or have any suggestions on how I can stop this bad habit?
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013 07:28:52 AM »

Have you ever tried not using a chain for the foundation? I found this tutorial (http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/2009/3/tutorial-foundation-single-crochet.aspx) and I think it's a great technique.

If I do use a chain, I get better results by going into the back loop.
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2013 02:14:20 PM »

I've read about the foundation chain and first row together thing before but never tried it. Maybe I should! Back loop is a good idea too 'cause it's easier to work with and then the fabric looks the same on both ends. I'll definitely try your suggestions on some practice pieces and see how it turns out.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2013 03:51:47 PM »

I always do my first row in the back loop too. It makes a nicer finish in the end. I have yet to try the foundation sc. Sme people also just use the same tension throughout and instead of making the chain looser, they just go up a hook size for the chain. And back to the regular hook size for the rest.

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2013 04:41:23 PM »

I've never heard of using a different hook for the foundation chain. That's an interesting idea because then the tension will feel the same to me (and thus be more consistent), but the stitches will be easier to work with. I'll definitely have to give that a try too!
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