Master foundation stitches and eliminate the need for a long foundation chain at the beginning of any crochet project. Join fiber artist and instructor Marty Miller as she walks you through the four basic foundation crochet stitches: single, half double, double and treble. Next, find out how to “read” your stitches and add or remove them with ease. Crochet these stitches with hard-to-work-with yarns, and use them to add symmetrical shaping or connect handles and buttonholes. Then, learn another alternative starting stitch, the eyelet, which prevents stretched-out chains and makes it easy to spot where your next stitch should be. Moving on, add increases, decreases and skipped chains to your foundation stitch arsenal as you learn to work ripple, filet and mesh stitch patterns. Marty also will share tips for translating any stitch pattern to foundation stitches — even Tunisian and colorwork!