How To: Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) Stitch

I’ve talked about the Foundation Single Crochet stitch several times on the blog, and I use it in pretty much all of my patterns. The main benefit to using it over a simple starting chain stitch row is that it has stretch, which is nice for hats, headbands, clothing, etc.

I’m finally sharing my own tutorial for it today. It’s not that hard, so give it a try!

Note: I crochet lefthanded, so the pictures reflect that. However, you can hover your mouse over the pictures and they will flip for you righthanded crocheters out there. ;)

1.) ch 2

2.) yo, pull up loop in 2nd ch from hook. There should now be 2 loops on hook.

3.) yo and pull through 1st loop on hook.

4.) yo and pull through both loops on hook. This completes 1 stitch. Next stitch will be worked in loop marked by arrow.

5.) yo and pull loop through space marked by arrow in step 4. Repeat from step 3 onward until desired amount of stitches is complete.

Extra:


When I use FSC, as in most of my patterns, after completing the FSC row, I turn it so that the “v’s” are on the bottom and work the next row over the ch stitch side into the space right above the “v’s.” (As show in the above picture.) This gives you an immediate finished edge and looks tidier, in my opinion.

Project Notes: Wildfields Embroidered Crop Top

I finished this lilac cropped top a few days ago. It’s crocheted using an unmercerized cotton in moss stitch (more commonly know as lemon peel stitch), with handembroidered florals at the bottom. This is basically a second go at this top but with a shorter hem and updated shaping technique for the armholes and neckline. I’m also calling this embroidery pattern “wildfields” now, for simplicity.

Here are a few in-progress pics from my Instagram.

There are a few things I would do differently if I could go back, mainly choosing colors for the embroidery that show up better against the lilac of the top in more lighting tops. I’ve had friends say they show up fine, but to me a lot of the details seem hard to unless you’re right up close to the garment. Still, though, I had fun styling it for this post – I had the idea for the outfit and made a quick sketch a bit before I’d finished the final details of the top, and was so happy that the outfit worked out not just in the sketch or my head.

Overall, I’m pleased with this design, but I think I’d like to try either adding a couple or so inches more ease to the fit, or maybe try a different yarn that’s not as stiff and maybe has a little more stretch. But I’ll have to wear it a few more times before making any real conclusions fit-wise.

November Things

A few things that stood out this November:

1. My son turned 2 this month, and since bananas are his favorite fruit (probably favorite food), we had a banana split party.

2. I released the pattern for The Ramona Cropped Ringer Tee. You can find the pattern in my shop here, or on Ravelry here.

3. My husband and I had a mini-vacation sans child, thanks to my in-laws watching our son for a couple nights. It was the first time we’ve had, just the two of us, like that since before he was born, and it was really lovely and needed, and we were both really thankful. We stayed close to home, basically acting like tourists in our own city. We ate at several restaurants we’d never tried before and also visited a local gourmet chocolate shop. Their salted caramel hot chocolate is probably my favorite I’ve ever had, such good flavor and just the right amount of richness for you to take time with each sip and really savor it. We also tried several of their handmade confections, and my favorite of those happened to be their salted caramel-filled dark chocolate candy. My husband also got a white hot chocolate that he said was really good, too.

Waters Wears: November Outfits

Here are a couple outfits I got pictures of this month but didn’t make into their own posts. This top one is what I wore for my son’s second birthday party.

This is what I wore on Thanksgiving.

I like both of these outfits. I notice a couple themes:

1.) burnt orange/rust orange

2.) leggings-socks-boots

3.) Oh, and also grey and white stripes. haha

I think these are partly due to the fact that it’s autumn, but I do really love these colors and socks over leggings, especially when worn with shorts, like in the first outfit. The second outfit has a bit of a 90s vibe to me, with the dress length + the boots and socks and the layered look on top.

October Things

A few things that stood out this October:

1. My toddler has been learning random letters and numbers (I’m assuming starting preschool this fall has helped spur this at least a little bit) so we’re really trying to run with it. He really loves the letter ‘O’ and will point it out and shout intensely, “OOOOO!” when he sees one.

2. I finished the updated draft of a star stitch sweater and it’s now ready to be edited and graded. Woo!

3. We took my son to a pumpkin patch/apple orchard for the first time. It was mostly fun and he enjoyed having the freedom to run around, but that made it a bit harrowing for my husband and me since the orchard we went to didn’t have the best parking set up and the apples trees were located on the side of a steep hill. Definitely more suitable for older kids. When we took him to the actual patch to pick a pumpkin, I don’t think he quite understood what to do, so we picked a green one for him since he’d been really interested in a green one they’d had over near the games area.

Waters Wears: Lace Embellished Tee

I’ve been wanting to get back into sharing outfit posts more regularly, so here’s a little one. I’m really pleased with this new lace top I got recently. I’ve been looking for t-shirts that have a bit of embellishment, like a floral print, polka dots, lace, etc. I have a good set of solid color tees now, and since I wear them a lot around the house but also out and about, I’ve been getting a little bored with them.

When I originally started posting outfits, one of the goals was to share outfits that included an item of clothing or accessory that I’d made, altered, or mended in some way. I made this necklace years ago and I still like it.

I wore this to my younger cousin’s baby shower. A little dressy, but also comfortable for chasing my nearly two-year-old around trying to keep him from destroying things. (Oh, toddlers.)

Insta-Inspiration

Here’s some insta-inspiration for you this Monday!

DearlyBethany’s photos are clean yet warm. I love how she shares her outfits being worn, and then in a simple flatlay. Her silhouettes are unique and a bit quirky, while feminine and sweet. She’s also big on buying and sharing ethically made clothing and accessories.

Bethany also has a youtube where she shares more in-depth about her clothing, outfits, and other favorites.

Find her on Instagram @dearlybethany

Looking For Test Crocheters

I am looking for pattern testers! This is something I’ve been considering for a long time, and I’m excited to finally begin the process.

Pattern testers must be able to work within a deadline and provide notes on clarity issues, typos, gauge and sizing issues to ensure the final pattern is easy for makers to understand. Experience crocheting garments and using finer weight yarns is preferred, but lack of experience is not necessarily a dealbreaker.

Pattern testers will receive a free copy of the the final pattern, as well as a discount on future pattern purchases.

If interested, go apply here or click “Test Crocheting” at the top of the blog!

Project Notes: “Pumpkin Spice” Embroidered Top

This top is designed top be reversible, front to back, with buttons on one side and a v-neck on the other. I’m happy with the overall design, but I think I’d like to try it in a different yarn. I used an acrylic/nylon blend from my stash, and the yarn’s stretch made the top turn out tighter than intended. This causes pulling on the button placket. I think a cotton yarn would work much, much better.

The embroidery is done using a cotton thread. I love the pop of the white against the burnt orange. I’m debating covering the back of the button placket to hide the thread ends and to see if it will help it hold it’s shape better. It would also help protect to embroidery from pulling and wear, since it’s in a spot that will be stretched and touched a lot.

Here is the v-neck. The point turned out a little softer than I wanted. I would handle the stitching a bit differently on the next go-around. But it looks okay.

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