True story: Here I am, making big ol’ infinity scarves and starting off with a chain. Everything is hunky-dory until I get to my second round and my third round, when I realize that the chain is too tight, which my double crochet stitches are nice and loose. So then, the whole thing is sort of curved down to the tightness of the chain. Blaargh. Well, now here’s the solution. Instead of chaining, start your project with a foundation single crochet stitch. It keeps the work nice and loose and stretchy and gives you a great foundation to start from (pun intended!)
I’ve started trying to make a few videos, so here’s a video of the foundation single crochet. I hope it makes sense! There’s also text instructions and a pictorial for those who don’t watch videos (like me!).
1. Start with 2 chains on hook.
2. Insert hook into the first chain/2nd chain from hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop.
3. Yarn over and pull up through the first loop on hook <- this creates your first “chain stitch”.
4. Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook <- this completes your first foundation single crochet stitch!
5. To create the second single crochet stitch, insert hook into the “chain stitch” you created in Step 3.
6. Yarn over and pull up a loop to create your next chain stitch.
7. Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook to complete your next single crochet stitch.
And so on and so forth. Keep creating foundation single crochet stitches according to your pattern. And the awesome part is, you can see the stretch right away and adjust accordingly!
This pic shows the bottom edge of the foundation single crochet stitch where I’ve made 2 chains. Mine are a little uneven, oops!
And this shows you the stitches that you’ll work into, at the top of the foundation single crochet stitch. These are easier to recognize!
Admittedly, these stitches take a little longer than just chaining up a storm and working a bunch of single crochets into the chain, but I think it’s totally worth it!