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While browsing Pinterest I have noticed many pins for the Foundation Stitch and the Infinity Scarf. So I decided to test out both at the same time.
I like to live dangerously.
The foundation stitch is where you crochet the first and second rows at the same time. For those of you who hate the problems that the first and second row might pose, this is an amazing alternative. Recently, I have been teaching some of my co-workers how to crochet and they were having the hardest time with the second row. I want to introduce them to the foundation stitch, to give them options, but since they are beginners I think it might just blow their minds and I do not want them to give up just yet.
The infinity scarf is a long scarf that is connected at the end. It ends up being a giant circular scarf that can be twisted (so it looks like an infinity ∞) and folded over to be draped around the neck multiple times. I like this a lot since double the scarf means double the warmth, and my neck prefers to be warm. You’re welcome neck.
I came across a blog that did a really good job explaining the Foundation Stitch – Doris Chan Crochet. In particular, she mentions that as you are crocheting you will notice that each stitch comes out sideways or “upside down”. If it wasn’t for that comment I would have assumed I was doing it wrong, thrown it in the corner, and watched Netflix instead. As I got the hang of the process it looked as if I was “making a long, skinny strip that is one stitch wide”. This ends up being the length of the scarf, not the width.
To start, create a slip stitch (sl st), then chain (ch) 2 if you want to do a single crochet (sc)/3 if you want to do a double crochet (dc) row/4 if you want to do a triple crochet (tc) row, etc. To keep it simple, my instructions will stick with the single crochet stitches.
Insert the hook into the second chain from the hook, yarn over (yo) and pull through the loop, then yarn over again and pull through one loop (as if you were doing a chain – this ends up being the equivalent of the first row), yarn over one more time and pull through both loops on the hook (this is the equivalent of the second row).
Yay! You did it!
To start the next stitch, you will look for the chain you created that is the equivalent of the first row and insert your hook there. In the blog I cited, her instructions are “The following stitch is worked under the forward 2 loops of the stem of the previous stitch (into the “chain”)”. Use whichever instructions make the most sense to you.
After you have inserted your hook through the two loops, yarn over, pull the yarn through the loop, yarn over again and pull through to create the second chain of the “first row”.
Yarn over one more time and pull through both loops on the hook to create the second stitch of the “second row”.
You repeat this pattern until you reach the desired length of the scarf. Since the foundation stitch only applies to the first row, every row afterwards you treat normally.
Note: if you notice that the strip of stitches you are creating curves in then you might want to loosen your stitches, in particular when you are creating the chain that ends up being the “first row”. This should lessen the amount of curvature.
Here is a good example where you can see the strip curving and when I start to loosen my stitches and it becomes straight again:
If you are like me and using the foundation stitch in conjunction with the infinity scarf pattern there are a couple of options for you:
1. Just continue the scarf as you would any other, and when you complete it, use a yarn needle to stitch the two ends together. While this is the easier option, the downside is that it may not look seamless.
2. Connect the ends of the scarf together row by row as you go. While this looks more seamless, it does take a few extra steps.
You will want to make sure that the chain isn’t twisted (unless, of course, you want the twist to counteract the twisting that will occur when you wrap the scarf around you later), insert the hook through the two loops, yarn over and pull the yarn through the loop (as if you were still repeating the pattern and creating one more foundation stitch on this row). Bring the two ends together and insert the hook through the two loops of the first chain of the entire row, yarn over, pull the yarn through one loop on the hook (essentially doing a slip stitch).
Next insert the hook through the two loops at the top of the end stitch, yarn over and pull through all loops on the hook.
To start the next row, chain one and single crochet the length of the scarf. When you reach the end of that row, use the slip stitch to connect the first and last stitch of that row, chain one and start the next row.
Continue doing this until you reach the desired width of the scarf, at which point use the slip stitch then tie off the piece and weave in the end of the yarn.
While I did have some yarn left, it wasn’t enough to make another row, so I crocheted my first flower and attached it over the seam.
Here is my finished product using these methods with a festive, burgundy, chunky yarn that I found on sale:
Good luck with your crocheting adventures!