Skein Passion

Luscious 'fioro' hand died merino-silk yarn skeins from The Yarn Bowl in the shades sepia rose, abalone and plum purple As Valentines day approaches sprinklings of pink hearts and cutesy romance sayings start popping up all over the place. Yarn sales are overflowing with red and pink colourways and patterns are dotted with love knots.  But I want to talk about Passion. That deep intense desire you experience when you touch that divine squishy yarn skein, you know the one I'm talking about, that skein that makes your heart sing. It's a magic colour, squishing it is like touching a cloud with the lustre of angels. The yarn of your dreams. Where were you when you had that experience the first time? In a specialty yarn store looking at the silk-alpaca blends? I'm willing to bet it wasn't, more likely it was at the discount store passing the bargain aisle and this little ball of fluff caught your eye and you sighed and squished it and wished you had the skill to turn

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.