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Month: July 2019
Stitch of the Week #7: Extended Half-Double Crochet
This week’s stitch of the week is the Extended Half-Double Crochet (exhdc).
This stitch makes a comfy looking fabric, ideal for blankets, scarves, cowls, and hats. It also works up in any type of yarn weight and color.
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You will need any yarn weight and color, I used Red Heart Super Saver in white and Turqua
5mm crochet hook (what the yarn label recommended)
Needle (for weaving in ends)
Exhdc—extended half-double crochet
To work the stitch, you will need to:
- Yo, insert hook into stitch instructed, pull up a loop
- Yo, pull thru 1 loop
- Yo, pull thru 3 loops
To make a swatch, follow the instructions below:
The multiple for this stitch is any number plus 2
To make the swatch, I did a chain of 22. Do this to follow along in the instructions below:
- Yo, exhdc in 3rd ch from the hook, exhdc to end.
- Ch3, turn, (counts as a st), exhdc in the next st (not the first one below the ch3), exhdc to end, placing exhdc in the turning chain.
The repeat for this pattern is row 2. Do this for as big as you want the swatch or project to be.
This creates a lightweight fabric with a little drape. It looks best, in my opinion, with alternating a couple of colors.
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Welcome back to stitch of the week: Alternate Stitch
Welcome back! This week’s Stitch of the Week is the Alternate Stitch.
This stitch is worked by putting 2 single crochets in one stitch. But there’s a way to keep the stitch count.
Different from the previous stitches, the fabric created with the alternate stitch is really quite thin. The past several stitches we have introduced have been fairly thick and squishy.
The alternate stitch is much thinner yet has little drape. I do not recommend this for garments other than gloves or scarves. I do like it for cotton yarn kitchen and bath projects.
Grab your yarn and any hook to get started with this tutorial
To get started, note that the starting chain is a multiple of any odd number.
For swatch size:
- Ch21, 2sc in 3rd ch from hook.
- Sk 1 st, 2sc in next st
- repeat step 2 to the end of the chain.
- ch2, turn
- sk the first st, 2sc in next st
- sk the next st, 2sc in the next st.
- repeat this pattern to the end.
Notes on stitch pattern
The repeat for this stitch pattern is achieved early on, in the very first row along the chain.
It’s interesting how something so simple can make something very pretty and unique.
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Crochet Phone Case Pattern using the paired half-double crochet stitch
When we started the stitch of the week the plan quickly became to get you guys a little pattern that goes with each stitch allowing you to practice it and actually make something at the same time
I mean, who just wants to make swatches?
Sometimes at Sunflower headquarters we look at a stitch swatch and think ‘That would make a great…..’ and the pattern just comes to you so vividly and quickly its awesome. Other times you look, and look, and look.
Or you come up with the same kind of thing that you have already done recently. We want to make learning new stitches more fun than that and mix it up a little.
So, for the paired half double crochet we looked at the swatch and thought that it would be perfect for a mobile phone case
You get ready to go out, make sure your keys, purse and other important items are in your handbag (tissues, gloves, umbrella just in case the wind changes and blows those thick clouds back our way…)
And then you throw in your phone, the one thing in your purse that contains everything you need to survive in the modern world – the facebook and pinterest apps, online banking app, the controls to your central heating system at home and the ability to see and talk to your pooches (who are at home doing their thing) wherever you happen to be that day….
You get the picture.
A phone case isn’t just a practical necessity, it can also look pretty and reflect your personality too
We have two options for you within this pattern.
The first is the pink case – very feminine. I had the button at home that a pen friend sent me from America. I loved the bling of it but could never find the right thing to put it on. A phone case seemed to fit the bill as it is something that will be used every day, so I get to look at the pretty sparkles whenever I like.
The multi coloured case is much sassier and definitely would not get lost amongst all the clutter we tend to keep in our handbags.
So which one are you?
For either case you will need:
- Literally anything that you have at hand. I used some of a leftover Caron Cotton Cake that I had which is a #4 worsted weight cotton
- Size 4mm hook
- Stitch markers optional
- Sewing / darning needle.
Gauge is not important.
Hdc – half double crochet
FHDC – Foundation half double crochet
Phdc – paired half double crochet
SS – slip stitch
*to*–Repeat the instructions written between the two *
FO – fasten off
Note: ch1 does not count as a stitch unless specifically stated.
Phdc – you can find our video tutorial on this at https://sunflowercottagecrochet.com/stitch-of-the-week-paired-hdc/
Ch 1, In the first stitch HDC, *yo pull hook into the stitch that you have just worked, yo pull through, yo and pull through all 4 stitches on hook.* Rep from * to * across.
Pattern for the pink case:
Fhdc as many as required to get the width of the phone plus 2 extra. I did 16
Ch as many required plus 1 and in second chain from hook HDC in each chain across
Rows 2-37 – ch1, turn, Hdc in first stitch, Phdc in each stitch across (see special stitches
Repeat row 2 as many times as is required to get twice the length of the mobile phone plus an additional 1 row.
Row 38 – ch1, turn. Hdc in each st across.
Row 39 – turn, ss in each stitch across until you get to the middle one, Ch several times to create the loop that will fasten to the button. I chained 18 as I used quite a large button. I wanted it to be a focal point for the case as it was so pretty!
SS into the same st from the previous row (the one that you started your chain with) and continue to ss in each st across.
FO, leave long tail for sewing the sides of the case together.
Fold case in half. I left a few rows at the top so that I got a little flap on mine, but you don’t have to (see picture below)
Sew or ss down each side
Attach your button and you are done!
For the multi-coloured phone case:
Row 1: FHDC 16 (or as wide as phone plus 2)
Rows 2- 40 : ch1, turn, hdc in first st, phdc across.
Note – I changed colour after 24 rows
Row 41 – ch1, turn, Hdc in first st, phdc in next 6 sts, ch2, sk2 (this will create the button hole), hdc in next st, phdc across
Row 42: ch1, turn, hdc in each st across including 2hdc in the ch2 sp.
Fold the bottom section so that it will nestle approximately ¾ of the phone and sew the sides together.
Sew in ends
Add button where desired.
An easy peasy phone case (or handy hook case!) using our stitch of the week.
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