The Sedge Stitch and Susan Wrist Warmers
Join us today as we look at the sedge stitch in our Stitch of the Week series and create the Susan Wrist Warmers with us.
What’s in a name?
Despite having what I think is quite a dull and uninspiring name (it reminds me of words such as ‘sludge’), this stitch is far from dull!
It is a durable and attractive stitch which is worked over a 1 row repeat. This makes it easy to master and the effects are simply stunning! In case you can’t tell I am a BIG fan of this stitch….
The sedge stitch is a great stitch to use whilst watching TV on an evening – once you get the hang of it, it has just the right amount of thought required whilst also allowing you to stay focussed on your favourite shows. Your eyes will adjust very quickly to where the stitches need to be worked.
Upcoming pattern alert!
The sedge stitch would make a great basis for a bag because it is a strong stitch with no big gaps and it looks fantastic… In fact we have a Susan Library tote that will be published soon which uses this very stitch! So keep your eyes peeled for that gem.
As you know we are trying to provide a simple and free pattern for each stitch of the week. This helps you to practice the stitch whilst also creating something functional and beautiful.
The free pattern that we have for you using the sedge stitch – the Susan Wrist-warmers – are surprisingly simple and have an optional cuff pattern just to finish them off. There are just a couple of measurements you need to ensure that you get the best fit:
They are so simple that you will probably laugh at how easy they are! But they are so pretty …. I took a few pairs that I had made to the office for photographing a few days ago and everyone fell in love with them. Even the men tried them on! So now I have a few pairs ordered that I need to find the time to make. My daughter has claimed two of the pairs I made whilst working on this pattern for you guys. It’s proving to be popular!
So it looks like these are great products to make for those winter fairs and Christmas presents.
Shall we get started?
You can find the video tutorial on how to work the sedge stitch – Susan Wrist warmers – on our YouTube channel
You can get a pdf version of the Susan Wrist Warmers pattern in our shops:
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The Sedge Stitch:
The sedge stitch has a really simple construction in that it is a repeat of *(sc, hdc and dc) in the same st and then sk2*.
It is worked using a starting chain of multiples of 3 (although this isn’t the case in our pattern. I started with a row of sc which is explained in the video).
In accordance with the free pattern you work the sedge st as follows from row 2
Step 1 – ch1 (counts as a sc) (1hdc and 1 dc in same st), sk2, *(1sc, 1hdc, 1dc) in next st, sk2* until the last st where you will put a sc only. Turn.
Step 2 – repeat step 1 for as many rows as desired.
It really is that easy!
Pattern for the Susan Wrist Warmers:
- You can use any size yarn for this. Thinner yarn will use more. I used approx. 82 yards of Hayfield Spirit DK (#3 weight yarn) with no cuff.
- In the Aran (#4 worsted weight yarn) I used about 80 yards including the making of the cuff.
- Hook recommended for the yarn used
- Stitch markers (optional
Not important for this project as you create the length required with your chains and work to the desired width.
Mine were 5’’ tall and 8’’ wide before sewing the ends together. There is an option to add cuffs also.
- dc–double crochet
- hdc – half double crochet
- sc–single crochet
- ss–slip stitch
- FPDC – Front Post Double Crochet
- BPDC – Back post double crochet
Dont forget to make 2!
Row 1— Ch in multiples of three until you get the desired length of the wrist-warmer. Then ch an additional 3.
I chained (35 in DK or 23 in aran) to start
In second ch from hook work 1 sc and 1 sc in each chain across.
Row 2— ch1 (counts as a sc), (1hdc, 1dc) in first st, sk2, *(1sc, 1hdc, 1dc) in next st, sk2*, sc only in the last st.
Row 3- ch1 (counts as a sc), (1hdc, 1dc) in first st, sk2, *(1sc, 1hdc, 1dc) in next st, sk2*, sc in turning chain from previous row.
For Row 4 – Repeat row 3 until work is wide enough to go around the knuckles.
To get a 4’’ width I made mine measure 8’’ tall as I worked it. You will then turn the finished rectangle on its side to create the finished item!
Do not fasten off.
Turn your rectangle 90 degrees.
Using a stitch marker mark the measurement from the top of the wrist-warmer to where the thumb starts.
Mark where the thumb finishes with another stitch marker.
SS or sew from the top to the first marker.
SS or sew from the second stitch marker to the bottom. Do not FO
Round 1 – Ch1, sc an even number of stitches evenly around the bottom of the glove.
SS to join
Note: be careful not to sc too few as this will make the gap for getting you hand in smaller.
Round 2 – Ch3 (counts as a dc), DC in each stitch around.
SS to join.
Round 3- ch1, *FPDC around the first stitch, BPDC around the next st* around
SS to join
Round 4 – Repeat round 3 until cuff is as wide as preferred.
FO, weave in ends.
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