As the base for any Tunisian crochet stitches, learn how to make the foundation row.

The start of the foundation row in Tunisian crochet is worked the same way as the foundation chain when crocheting. You start out with a slip knot and creating chains but that’s where the similarities end.

Once you have the number of chains that you need, that’s when you start collecting the loops on your hook. Check out my post on the differences between crochet and Tunisian crochet.

If you want to know more about how to hold the yarn and the crochet hook, check out my post from the Learn to Crochet series.

Let’s get started!

Slip Knot

There are several ways to make a slip knot but here’s how I like to do it:

  1. Take the tail end of the yarn and wrap it around my index and middle fingers
  2. Wrap the tail end around those two fingers again but after the first one (away from fingertips)
  3. Take the hook (hook-side down) and have it go under the first yarn and over the second yarn
  4. “Hook” the second yarn and pull through and turn the hook
  5. Tighten the slip knot around your hook

Now that you have your slip knot made, you can now make the foundation chain. In a pattern, the foundation chain is not considered a row.

Foundation chain

As you make the foundation chain and crochet your project, the loop around your hook doesn’t count as a chain or as a stitch.

To make the foundation chain:

  1. Wrap the yarn around your hook once
  2. Pull through the loop that is around your hook
  3. Repeat step 1 and 2 until you have chained the number of chains you need for your project

Foundation Row

The foundation row will be the base for your crochet project. Unless a stitch is specifically asking to work your foundation row in another way, you can assume that this how you would work the foundation row in any project.

To make any row, including the foundation row, it is a made from a forward pass and return pass.

The make the foundation row,

Forward Pass

  1. Turn your foundation chain slightly to view the bumps behind each of your chains
  2. Insert your hook in the bump of the second chain from the hook
  3. Wrap the yarn around your hook once
  4. Pull through the bump and leave the loop on your hook
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 in each of the bumps in the foundation chain

Return Pass

  1. Chain 1
  2. Wrap the yarn around your hook once
  3. Pull through the first two loops that are on your hook
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you are left with one loop on your hook

Unless otherwise indicated in patterns, the return pass is worked the same way as the return pass of the foundation row.

Check out my video tutorial on how to set up the foundation row in Tunisian Crochet on my YouTube channel.

With each Tunisian crochet stitch that I add to the Learn Tunisian Crochet series, I’ll add a pattern. Swatches are great for getting practice of a stitch. But, a pattern is really great to get more practice on a stitch.

Have you done Tunisian crochet before? What’s your favorite stitch? I can’t decide. The next few stitches on this series, are tied as my favorite.

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