A Good Double Foundation Stitch

The double foundation stitch

The double foundation stitch is great to have in your arsenal, much like the foundation stitch, it cuts out the chain by doing the chain and your first row of double crochet at the same time.

I’ve known about the foundation stitch for a while, but when I started a throw recently, and wanted to start with a double crochet, I figured it wouldn’t be hard to add a few steps to the foundation stitch. As it turns out, my stroke of genius already exists, but since I didn’t know this until I wanted to make this post… I’m still proud of myself.

I’m doing a throw that is 126 stitches long, so I definitely did not want to do the chain and double crochet separately. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I knew if my chain twisted I’d be frogging* it…

*frogging is when you pull your stitches out.

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Stitch key

  • Chain = Ch
  • Yarn over =YO
  • Double crochet = Dc
  • Stitch = st
  • Insert = ins

Double foundation stitch tutorial

Step 1. Ch 4.

Step 2. YO, go into your first ch and pull up a loop.

Step 3. Ch 1, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through the last 2. This is one double foundation stitch.

Step 4. YO, find the Ch st you made in step 2, ins your hook into this st and pull up a loop.

Step 5. Ch 1, YO, pull through 2 loops, YO, pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Step 6. Repeat steps 4 – 5 to your desired length.

Step 7. Turn your work sideways, ch appropriate amount for your next row, turn your work.

Your row of DFS is finished, you can now continue your pattern as desired.

Double foundation stitch with a row of single crochet.

Easy right? Trust me I wish I’d known about, or thought of, this stitch sooner! It can really save time and aggravation on big projects, like blankets/throws, shawls, clothes, and whatever else you can think of! Speaking of which, what project are you going to use this stitch on? Tell me in the comments!

Happy stitching!