How to work the bottom side of a foundation chain

Today, I’m going to talk about an instruction that can be confusing the first time you see it.

Rotate your piece to work the bottom of the foundation chain.

What does that mean? I’ll show you both in photos and in video how to do it! It’s a great technique for achieving an oval shape in your crochet work. If you’re crocheting a dragon along with us, you’ll find this method at the start of the dragon wing… but don’t feel limited to that! Give it a try!

Photos

Okay, so you’ve crocheted your first row, and your piece looks like this:

Now, you encounter the instruction to ‘work the bottom of the foundation chain’. What does that mean? First, rotate the piece 180 degrees clockwise so that the row you just crocheted is on the bottom:

Now, crochet along the bottom loops of the foundation row (working from right to left), just as if you were working a regular row!

Once you’ve finished the row, you’ll have a lovely oval piece!

Video

Want to see it in action? Check out this video!

to view full-screen, click play, then square icon in the lower right corner

So, think you’re ready to tackle the bottom of a foundation chain? Give it a try!

5 replies on “How to work the bottom side of a foundation chain

  • ZoeOB

    This is a great technique, Stacey. Is this the same way you would work from the bottom if you wanted to make a toy in an oval instead of a circle? Can you work in a spiral after making the oval or is that asking for trouble?

  • kim

    Yep, you’re right, I was TOTALLY confused with how to do this step when I got to it. I tried it several different ways and could not figure it out. Finally I just made up my own way of making the wings. LOL! They turned out fine, but at least now I can see how I’m SUPPOSED to make the wings. The video’s are a HUGE help for me as I’m a very visual learner. Written instructions are really hard for me to understand.

  • EL

    Don’t you have to put three stitches in the side of the last stitch, before beginning the bottom loops, so the piece will lie flat?

    • Stacey

      The exact stitches you’ll want to use will vary depending on the project you’re working on. For the dragon pattern, you don’t do three stitches (just follow the pattern instructions exactly), but you may need to for other items you might be making.

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