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Many of my crocheted items are created from basic stitches and adjusted to the size and shape that I want for the specific project. Using beginner stitches and a few modifications, I can quickly create a crocheted afghan or crocheted scarf.

This technique works especially well when the projects do not require extensive shaping or increases/decreases – such as crocheted blankets, crocheted scarves, tote bags, and other crocheted items that are flat. The following three sample projects are ideal when you are crocheting on the go, or under a time crunch to deliver a finished gift.

Woven Stitch-Crocheted Afghan (or Baby Blanket)

Single crochet stitches worked in single chain spaces – Easy/Beginner

Crocheted Afghan with Woven StitchThis is a softly textured stitch that is one of my favorites for a crocheted afghan or baby blanket.  It is lightweight and the stitches are simple, making it a wonderfully fast project for crochet. The stitch is available on page 373 of the Complete Guide to Needlework (Reader’s Digest) book. This book is a long-time favorite and usually available at for about $1 plus shipping costs.

The design requires a chain in multiples of 3 chains plus 3.  What that means is to make the item to the width that you want and verify that the stitch count is a multiple of 3, then add 3 more chain stitches before turning. The second row is 1 single crochet in alternate chain stitches of the starting chain with a chain stitch between each single crochet. So, in other words, create the chain and turn at the end. Single crochet, chain 1, single crochet to the end of the row and turn, repeat.

Another example of the Woven Stitch

Single crochet stitches worked in single chain spaces – Easy/Beginner

Crocheted Afghan Using Woven Stitch

Pink Woven Stitch Afghan

Here’s the same stitch pattern for a pink baby afghan. For this one, I added striping and then a border around the edge.

The border is similar to the afghan design, except it is a double crochet alternating with a chain stitch.

So, double crochet, chain 1, double crochet, chain 1, etc around the entire afghan. The ribbon is then woven through the spaces created by the “chain 1” spaces. Same easy pattern but a very different look to the finished item.

And Another Example – Woven Stitch for Crocheted Scarves

Single crochet stitches worked in single chain spaces – Easy/Beginner

Crocheted Scarf Using Woven Stitch (bulky)

2-Strand Scarf with Woven Stitch

Another project using the same concept!  These are crocheted scarves for the Knit Your Bit program, honoring veterans with warm hand-crafted scarves. For these, use two strands of contrasting yarns in the same weight for a chunky stitch.

Use a ruler to help determine the width at the bottom at about 6″ to 9″ wide. The starting chain could also be the length of the scarf for another unique look. The length of a scarf is typically about 50″ but can be customized for the recipient. This technique results in a thick and cozy textile fabric.


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