Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.

How to Crochet Double Foundation Chain

double foundation chain front view

Double Foundation Chain

I first came across Double Foundation Chain in the Encyclopaedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont.


How to crochet double foundation chain

Thérèse provides the following instructions (UK terms):

This is begun with two chain stitches, the hook is inserted between the threads composing the first chain stitch, the thread is passed over the the hook, which is drawn through bringing the loop of the thread with it; the thread is again passed over the needle and drawn through both loops; the hook is then inserted into the left hand loop of the stitch just made, the thread is passed over the hook and drawn through, then passed over it again and drawn through both loops, and so on.

This type of chain can often be used in place of narrow fancy braid when the latter cannot be obtained in the required thickness or colour.

My Instructions (US terms):

Round 1 

Chain 2

Round 2 

insert hook into first chain, single crochet

Round 3

*insert hook into loop furthest from hook, sc

Round 4 and subsequent rounds

repeat from *

slip stitch to finish.

Visual instructions



double foundation chain tutorial
 chain 2


double foundation chain tutorial
 insert hook into first chain stitch


double foundation chain tutorial
 yarn over, pull through


double foundation chain tutorial
 yarn over pull through both loops on hook


double foundation chain tutorial
 insert hook into loop furthest from hook


double foundation chain tutorial
  yarn over and pull through

double foundation chain tutorial
 yarn over, pull through both loops on hook


double foundation chain front view
Front of double foundation chain.

double foundation chain - back view
Back of double foundation chain. 

Comments

  1. I really wish I know how to crochet...The best I know is to make a single, simple chain.

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    1. If you can crochet a simple chain stitch you're more then half way there! Single crochet is the next stitch for you to learn. You can do it! You've learnt the hard bit.

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  2. awesome tute, great pics! you did an awesome job on this tutorial Stella. I have been meaning to do the chainless foundation but I find it hard to explain, now I can refer people to this helpful tute! thanks :)

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    1. Thank you! I was a bit worried the pictures were just not describing the method properly.

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  3. Great tutorial - thanks! The pictures make it so clear.

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  4. I love the look of this chain!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Love your stuff!! Pinned

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    1. I love it too. It's a little tricky getting the tension right though but practice makes perfect.

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  5. Stopping by from Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party. What a great little tutorial!

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  6. This is such a pretty stitch. I'm going to have to sit down with this tutorial with yarn and hook in hand and go through this very slowly. I know just a tiny bit of crochet and keep telling myself I need to learn more. Thank you for linking up at the Stitch It, Blog It, Share It Link Party.

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    1. This stitch takes a bit of practice, so don't be discouraged if it doesn't work out the first few times you try it.

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  7. Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. Your step by step instructions with the photos makes it really easy to follow. Best wishes, Darlene

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  8. Foundation chain crochet has definitely taken the crochet world by storm! This is actually on my long list of tips and tutorial ideas that I have planned for Oui Crochet. I won't be getting to this one anytime soon though. Haha!
    Great instructions! Most of the ones I have seen are a bit hard to follow. You make it look so easy! :)
    Thanks for linking to Fiber Tuesdays. I can't wait to "see you" at this week's party! :)
    Susie
    www.ouicrochet.com

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    1. I think every crochet blog benefits from having this kind of tutorial available for their readers. I know that when I'm learning a new technique I like to see 2 or 3 different tutorials so that I can get a better understanding of how it works. With crochet especially, different people seem to do the same technique slightly differently and one way might be better in some situations and the other way another time. Thanks for the great feedback on this tutorial.
      I'll see you at Fiber Tuesdays!

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  9. This is a very professional looking stitch. I have been using it for all my crochet work. You explained it very well. It is tricky. I learned how on youtube.

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    1. I love youtube for learning new crochet techniques!

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  10. Getting ready to start my third project ever and this has helped me learn something that the individual who taught me didn't even know how to do��

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    1. This made my day! I hope your project turns out just how you want it to.

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