this is where you either make a chain or cast on.
from this 1st row you will form everything -- you will not be constricted or confined by this foundation, but it is there & everything you do in the beginning is affected by it. you can manipulate subsequent rows to grow or shrink from that original foundation row. you have to remember that in your work.
our families are not chosen by ourselves, but they are what we have to work with. you can follow the pattern set by the cast on or you can do some pretty interesting different stitches.