How to Work a Foundation Chain {tutorial for HDC}

I thought I’d post about how to work a Foundation Chain, using Half Double Crochet (HDC) since it’s in my Seed Stitch Purse Pattern (coming soon!). Foundation chains can be a little tricky, so here’s a little help for ya! I like using Foundation Chains as opposed to a chain of SC (single crochet), HDC (half double crochet) or DC (double crochet) to make the base of any footwear like baby booties and for the bottoms of purses because the chain is stronger and thicker.

First, slip stitch (SL ST) and chain (CH) 1.

Yarn Over (YO) and insert the hook through the SL ST. You now have 3 loops on the hook.

YO and pull the yarn through all 3 loops on the hook. You know have your first foundation chain!
To make it longer, continue to YO, and then insert through the two loops on the left of the previous Foundation HDC (right below it). Pull up. Then, YO and pull through all 3 loops. 
Et voila! Merry crocheting!
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About Sara McFall

Sara is the owner and founder of My Merry Messy Life, which started in 2011 as a way to chronicle her journey to a natural, chemical-free lifestyle and to share her passions of mothering, real food, homeschooling and crochet. She is a mama to three precious and energetic little boys and wife to a university professor who loves to sing, dance ballet and ballroom, and live simply and naturally.


  1. Sandra Ramírez says:

    I love your page. It has beautiful patterns.

  2. Another fun place for new ideas or tutorials. Thank you. I am so thrilled with the foundation chain.

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