So, you’ve unraveled your foundation chain and or want to because it’s too loose or too tight and are afraid of not being able to piece-mill it back together? Review this tutorial before you begin and have fun with it!
This tutorial was written for someone who accidentally ripped out her foundation chain on a ripple afghan, so it addresses increases and decreases you may have had on Row 1 as well as how a dc stitch should be picked up (there is a twist).
You can easily use this to fix a regular dc foundation chain.
More photos will be posted for sc, hdc, tr soon – so if you need help with those, make a comment and I’ll get to the stitch most mentioned sooner.
Ready, steady, go!
Step 1: This is how you may have it currently (just a larger piece and more unraveled). You’ll notice that with each still attached dc at the top there are 2 strands at the bottom that were in the foundation chain.
So, every time we’re going to fix the foundation chain, you would want to pick up both loops at the bottom for each dc in order to fix the dc.
Step 2: Now in the pattern I used to create the ripple, at an upward point, i have (dc, 1ch, dc) — look at where my needle is inserted (I’ve yet to unravel that loop so you can see instead of just 2 loops you’ll need to pick up 4 for the bottom of the upward pointing increase (dc, 1ch, dc)
Here’s a different angle of the same thing to the right of that needle still inserted.
This is the left end of the piece where you started unraveling and the needle off to the right side of the screen still in the upward pointing part of the chevron.
Step 3: Turn the piece 180 degrees so the unraveled portion is on top (I’m right handed and this makes it easier to sew looking at the top of the piece that needs to be fixed).
A side view of where unraveling started
Top view of the same location – to the left is where foundation chain is still intact
Step 4: Insert the needle from RIGHT to LEFT of the previous DC that was unraveled.
Step 5: Go UNDER the previous foundation chain look and come up behind the loop you just made from picking up the dropped DC (2 more foundation chains were ‘accidentally removed between the last 2 photos so it is showing that I’m working with white instead of blue now but the principle is the same).
Step 6: Keep going with the next few stitches until you get to a dc increase – in my case [DC, 1ch, DC] (you can tell by the row that’s still in tact in your piece — now below the row you are working on). You would wan to pick up from right to left 4 loops instead of the normal 2 since you are getting the base of the 2 DCs.
Step 7: Continue with 2 loops at a time (picking up the bottom of each DC)! You can do it! Soon, you’ll have your foundation edge all fixed and good as new!
<Tip: One thing to watch out for is when you pick up the second loop on each DC. You want to keep the twist on the DC loop on the left. Here’s what it could potentially look like.>
Correct way to pick up the DC with the twist in place (if you aren’t sure just look at your previous rows for how it looks. It doesn’t show well in my photo b/c I’ve only made 2 rows, but you can look at the previous stitches on the same row before the unraveled spot for stitch guide).
Voila! You’re done!