So I usually need a refresher YouTube video before I get started.
Luckily, the other day I signed up for a free mini-class on Craftsy, taught by the Crochet Dude, Drew Emborsky.
Thanks to the Crochet Dude, I think I've got the foundation chain down pat. Drew does an amazing job of explaining this technique, and the video work is stellar. You get extreme close-ups of the stitch as it's being made.
I think the reason he got through to me is that he divides the technique into two distinct steps:
1. how the chain is created,
2. and then how the first row stitch, such as double crochet, is created.
Now I feel a bit more confident that I can branch out into hats made from the bottom up -- starting with a lovely, stretchy foundation chain.