Tunisian Crochet Fundamentals: The Foundation Row

Getting Started with Tunisian Crochet: Foundation Row CrochetKim Stitch Tutorial

English Name: Tunisian Foundation Row


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This is a typical Foundation Row. It is the one most often used. There are other types of foundations that can be used. The taller stitches and the lace stitch patterns will usually have a different Foundation, but this one is used most of the time.

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To begin, chain any number. Skip the first chain. I prefer to work into the back horizontal bar so I turn the chain over and insert the hook into the back horizontal bar.

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Yarn over and pull a loop through. Unlike regular crochet, you’ll be leaving this loop on the hook all the way across.

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You will have the same number of loops on your hook as your beginning chain.

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To begin the closing, you will do a chain 1 at the end. This is simple a “yarn over and pull through one loop”.

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When the first loop is closed with the chain 1, you can see it here, turned on its side.

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To continue, yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook.

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Repeat “yarn over and pull through 2 loops on hook” across.

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You will end with one loop remaining on your hook which will be the first stitch of your next row.

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Inspect your work so you can see all the stitches, both front and back vertical bars as well as the closing chain along the top.

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If you’re ready to dive in without the step-by-step, check out the stitches in the Tunisian Crochet Stitch Library.

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