Foundation Double Crochet

Free Crochet Tutorial
Foundation Double Crochet

This method is used to replace the beginning chain and the second row in any dc pattern. It combines both to not only save the step but also to provide a more professional look. Below is my picture tutorial on this method. If you have any questions please feel free to comment below. I hope to make a video tutorial soon as well.

This method seems complicated at first, but once you learn it, it is really quite easy.   You will find this stitch abbreviated as fcdc in patterns or even dcfc (double crochet foundation chain).

1) Ch 3

2) You will be stitching into the 1st ch (3rd ch from hook).  1st two chains will count as your first fcdc



3) Yarn over and insert hook into 1st ch, yarn over and pull through ch (3 loops on hook)




4) Yarn over and pull through the 1st loop on hook, leaving 3 loops on hook (this will be referred to as the sl st of previous st in subsequent steps)




5) Yarn over again and pull through the 1st two loops on the hook, leaving two loops on the hook




6) Yarn over again and pull through two remaining loops on the hook,  this has completed your 1st and 2nd fcdc



7) To make your 3rd, and every subsequent fcdc you will, yarn over and insert hook into the space created when you made the sl st of the previous st




You will repeat steps 3-6 for each stitch required in pattern (Yarn over, insert hook into sl st of previous st, yarn over and pull through st (three loops on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 1st loop on hook (three loops remaining on hook).  Yarn over and pull through 1st two loops on hook (two loops remaining on hook).  Yarn over again and pull through last two remaining loops)

Here is a completed row of 10 fcdc

Foundation Chain Double Crochet tutorial


I hope you enjoyed this free tutorial on foundation chain double crochet.  If you have any questions please feel free to comment below.  If you like what you see please share it.  With your continued support I can keep creating free crochet patterns and tutorials for you.

Have fun and as always….

happy hookin’



    • 2

      Lorene says

      I do not know where you can find a tutorial for this. I would have to do it to even remember how I did it. but I can tell you, it doesn’t look perfect even when I do it. I just sl st to the top and then use the tail from the beginning to weave it closed all the way.

  1. 5

    Mary says

    Thanks for the tutorial! First new stitch I’ve learned in years. I love it! I’m attempting to make the Bulky Stacked Shell Cowl and Shrug for a gift, and I couldn’t get it going without twisting starting chain. This will help a lot in this project and many others! Thanks again!

  2. 7

    Cathy says

    Thanks so much Lorene! For the life of me I just couldn’t figure this out and I would always end up giving up and just chaining and then doing my first row of dc. Going through your tutorial, everything finally clicked for me and I love it. I’m off to make your Romance in the Heartland Coverlet!

    • 10

      Lorene says

      I’m sorry I don’t do looms at all. There are many great beginner patterns and tutorials on youtube. Best of luck.

    • 12

      Lorene says

      Yes, the older we get, the harder things are, lol. But now that you know it, it will be so much easier and you’ll probably like it even better.

  3. 14

    Bijou says

    Re Rolling in the Deep Chevron Infinity Scarf – I finally touched base with someone in my needlework group who understood the foundation double crochet in spite of the Tutorial which didn’t help me at all (I’m left handed and had a hard time visualizing what was going on. Now I’m having trouble with the DC3tog. I’ve made 5 or 6 items using the chevron pattern before, and don’t understand the pattern directions. I come up with a really cute ruffled little collar instead of a chevron. What am I doing wrong? Please help.

    • 15

      Lorene says

      is it the dc3tog that you are having a problem with? did you read the instructions in special sts for how to do it? PS there are lefty video tutorials on YouTube for almost everything in crochet. Kim Guzman has some great ones.

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    Nicole says

    I have been trying (and giving up) on his technique as long as I can remember. This is the first tutorial that has actually got me doing the stitch properly. Thank you!

    • 19

      Lorene says

      Foundation Chain Double Crochet or Foundation Double Crochet… this page is a tutorial for how it is done. Or you can look for a video on youtube


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