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I am trying to learn the crochet 'foundation single crochet' & have been watching several tutorials on youtube. I'm getting more & more confused as there seems to be different ways of doing it. Please can someone direct me to the link for the correct way to do it. Thank you in advance for any help or advice.
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Are you sure the confusion isn't between UK and US crochet terminology?

I can never remember how to do it, so I look it up every time I want it. Lately though, I've taken to beginning long crochet projects - blankets and such - by doing a crochet hook cast on (on a knitting needle the same size as the hook for the project) and working Row 1 from those loops. It works wonderfully, because I can remember it and usually have knitting needles at hand when beginning something with a lot of stitches.

I'm sorry, but I can't seem to find a UK-terminology website for you. :( But the photo tutorial at Purl Bee seems good: http://www.purlbee.com/crochet-tutorials/foundation-single-crochet-fsc.html
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
Are you sure the confusion isn't between UK and US crochet terminology?

I can never remember how to do it, so I look it up every time I want it. Lately though, I've taken to beginning long crochet projects - blankets and such - by doing a crochet hook cast on (on a knitting needle the same size as the hook for the project) and working Row 1 from those loops. It works wonderfully, because I can remember it and usually have knitting needles at hand when beginning something with a lot of stitches.

I'm sorry, but I can't seem to find a UK-terminology website for you. :( But the photo tutorial at Purl Bee seems good: http://www.purlbee.com/crochet-tutorials/foundation-single-crochet-fsc.html
Thanks for the tip on doing a crochet hook cast on. It will be so much easier to count the stitches and do the first row. I only wish I had known this sooner!
 

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Reyna said:
Thanks for the tip on doing a crochet hook cast on. It will be so much easier to count the stitches and do the first row. I only wish I had known this sooner!
I only got the idea last year, when again I couldn't remember how to do the foundation single crochet. I just wish I'd thought of it a few dozen afghans ago. Have fun! ;)
 

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Basic difference with UK and USA terms are
USA single crochet = UK double crochet
USA double crochet = UK treble crochet
UK does not have single crochet and another tip for telling UK and USA patterns apart (guess who learnt this the hard way!) Look at the needle size, USA usually go by a letter and UK is in mm's.
 

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Chrissy said:
Basic difference with UK and USA terms are
USA single crochet = UK double crochet
USA double crochet = UK treble crochet
UK does not have single crochet and another tip for telling UK and USA patterns apart (guess who learnt this the hard way!) Look at the needle size, USA usually go by a letter and UK is in mm's.
So, what would the action of working the first row and the foundation chain simultaneously be called in UK terms?
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
Are you sure the confusion isn't between UK and US crochet terminology?

I can never remember how to do it, so I look it up every time I want it. Lately though, I've taken to beginning long crochet projects - blankets and such - by doing a crochet hook cast on (on a knitting needle the same size as the hook for the project) and working Row 1 from those loops. It works wonderfully, because I can remember it and usually have knitting needles at hand when beginning something with a lot of stitches.

I'm sorry, but I can't seem to find a UK-terminology website for you. :( But the photo tutorial at Purl Bee seems good: http://www.purlbee.com/crochet-tutorials/foundation-single-crochet-fsc.html
So, how do you do the crochet hook cast on? Sounds like something I could use. :)
 

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So, how do you do the crochet hook cast on? Sounds like something I could use. :)
I learned from a long-lost YouTube video, when YouTube was in its infancy. It is usually touted as a provisional (i.e. temporary) cast on for knitting. I just put the last loop on my knitting needle to use it as the permanent cast on for my knitting projects. Last year it dawned on me that it would make for a very elastic foundation chain for large crocheted projects, and so it does. Instead of putting the last loop on the knitting needle, I just keep it on my hook and commence crocheting the stitches off of the knitting needle. Works like a dream! I have no idea why it hasn't migrated into the crochet how-to books. I guess it's the stupid attitude some crocheters have against all things knit-related. If it's yarn-related, I do it - often combining the two in one project - and to heck with others' misguided 'attitudes'!

Take your pick of links: http://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1FLDB_enCA561CA561&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=crochet%20hook%20cast%20on . One or another of them should 'click' for you.

Have fun!
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
I learned from a long-lost YouTube video, when YouTube was in its infancy. It is usually touted as a provisional (i.e. temporary) cast on for knitting. I just put the last loop on my knitting needle to use it as the permanent cast on for my knitting projects. Last year it dawned on me that it would make for a very elastic foundation chain for large crocheted projects, and so it does. Instead of putting the last loop on the knitting needle, I just keep it on my hook and commence crocheting the stitches off of the knitting needle. Works like a dream! I have no idea why it hasn't migrated into the crochet how-to books. I guess it's the stupid attitude some crocheters have against all things knit-related. If it's yarn-related, I do it - often combining the two in one project - and to heck with others' misguided 'attitudes'!

Take your pick of links: http://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1FLDB_enCA561CA561&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=crochet%20hook%20cast%20on . One or another of them should 'click' for you.

Have fun!
Thanks JJ.
 

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vivd7 said:
I am looking for crochet patterns for old fashioned doilies in No 4o or 2o cotton. Can anyone tell me where to go to find any?
Here: http://www.hassdesign.com/FiletCrochetDesigns/IP/FreePatterns/

And here: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/search#craft=crochet&weight=thread&availability=free&view=captioned_thumbs&sort=best&pc=doily

And here: http://allcrafts.net/crochet/crochetdoilies.htm

And here: http://freevintagecrochet.com/doilies.html

And here: http://www.allfreecrochet.com/Doilies#

And probably on lots of other websites as well.

No matter what size thread the pattern says to use, there are no Crochet Police to tell you you are wrong to use a different size. YOU are making it, to suit yourself.
 

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Jessica-Jean said:
I learned from a long-lost YouTube video, when YouTube was in its infancy. It is usually touted as a provisional (i.e. temporary) cast on for knitting. I just put the last loop on my knitting needle to use it as the permanent cast on for my knitting projects. Last year it dawned on me that it would make for a very elastic foundation chain for large crocheted projects, and so it does. Instead of putting the last loop on the knitting needle, I just keep it on my hook and commence crocheting the stitches off of the knitting needle. Works like a dream! I have no idea why it hasn't migrated into the crochet how-to books. I guess it's the stupid attitude some crocheters have against all things knit-related. If it's yarn-related, I do it - often combining the two in one project - and to heck with others' misguided 'attitudes'!

Take your pick of links: http://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1FLDB_enCA561CA561&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=crochet%20hook%20cast%20on . One or another of them should 'click' for you.

Have fun!
Thanks! Found a couple of pic tutorials. May have to break down and watch a video... But it makes sense. It'll be so much easier counting than trying to count all those chains. :)
Great...that means I'm off to find another WIP. ;)
 
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