A few weeks ago, I posted some advice for threading drawstrings through pouches with eyelets. This week, I want to share a method for starting crocheted pouches.
Often, crocheted pouches are started by making a chain as long as you want the pouch to be wide, stitch across the chain in one loop only, and then rotate the piece, continuing to stitch back across the remaining loop. Then you continue making the pouch by stitching in a coil.
There's nothing wrong with doing things this way, but it can be a little fiddly to work twice into the same chain row, especially if the gauge is small.Practical Crocheter has written many times about the benefits of using foundation stitches. If you start your pouch with a row of foundation single crochet (fsc), you have two loops on the bottom of each stitch that are easy to work into.
As an example, here's the beginning of the pattern provided for the pouches I've been making:
Round 1: 2 sc into back loop of 2nd ch from hook; sc into back loop of each of the next 15 chs; 2 sc into back loop of the last ch. ROTATE, DO NOT TURN, and repeat from * to * one time. Do not join. (36 sts around)
Here's what I've been doing:
Fsc 18. Rotate so that the fsc row is upside down. Do not turn. Sc across the bottom of fsc row. (36 sts around)
Both methods accomplish the same thing, but it takes me a lot less time to do the latter than the former, and I'm much less likely to split my yarn. Foundation stitches for the win!