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Many of my projects are self-created using stitch guides instead of patterns. How do I do this? First, I conceptualize the finished projects. After determining size and shape, I will browse through my many stitch guides and back issues of
How do I do this? First, I conceptualize the finished projects.
After determining size and shape, I will browse through my many stitch guides and back issues of Crochet! magazine to find the perfect stitch.
Most crochet magazines and even some general crafting magazines include a reference section with some common stitches. These are super-handy when thinking about creative projects without a specific pattern.
Here are some examples of simple stitches that I use in a variety of projects.
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Crochet with the Woven Stitch
Single crochet stitches worked in single chain spaces – Easy/BeginnerBlue Woven Stitch Afghan
This is a softly textured stitch that is one of my favorites for baby afghans and scarves. 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 Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework book (You can snag a copy of the book for under $5 on Amazon!). The design requires a chain in multiple 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.
Crochet with the Double Knot Stitch
Single crochet stitches worked in single chain spaces – Easy/Beginner
This double knot stitch is a lacy crochet stitch. Also known as Solomon’s knot or Lover’s Knot, this stitch is popular for lightweight evening shawls or as an overlay blouse to embellish an ordinary blouse or dress collar. I attended the 2015 Stitches Texas event and participated in Jenny King’s “Mastering Solomon’s Knot” class. In only a few minutes, I was able to refresh my memory on how to create this lovely pattern. This is a loop design requiring stretching of the single crochet to create the lace. The trick with this design is to have consistency in the stretched stitches. The diagrams for the stitch are on page 365 of Complete Guide to Needlework (Reader’s Digest). Need a video? This is one of many stitch videos available at Annie’s Stitch Guide.