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Picot Fan Wrap Crochet Pattern

Picot Fan Wrap Crochet Pattern

Our latest shawl crochet pattern is here: the Picot Fan Wrap!  As the name implies, we used picot stitches and “fans” (shells with spacing) to get the look.  I love this wrap because it is so very pretty and lacy yet it was actually pretty…

Crochet The Foundation Single Crochet

Crochet The Foundation Single Crochet

In this tutorial, we will show you how to crochet the foundation single crochet!  This is also referred to as the “chainless foundation row”.  You can do this with single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, triple crochet, etc.   I like to do the…

How To Do The Single Crochet Join Method

How To Do The Single Crochet Join Method

single crochet join

How to do the Single Crochet Join Method

Today we’re going to learn how to do the single crochet join method.  In a previous “how-to” post, I showed you how to do the slip stitch join method.

The single crochet join method is very similar to the slip stitch join.  You will be using a hook and yarn instead of a needle and yarn.

Why use single crochet?

I actually really like how the single crochet join method looks because it creates a “pinstripe” appearance on the right side of your work.  It is a raised, visible line and when done with a pretty color to join your squares with, it looks amazing.

The “pinstripe” appearance of single crochet join

The Method

To do the single crochet join method, you will need to get a couple of squares together and attach your yarn.  If you put the wrong sides together, you will see the raised ridge of stitches on the right side.

sc join
This is the first corner

To start out, find a corner and attach your yarn however you like to attach.  Complete a single crochet right into that corner.

Next Step

Next, you need to place a single crochet into each stitch along this side.  If you have chain spaces between your 3-double-crochet clusters, you will also need to place a single crochet in that space.

Grab both loops of both stitches
Single Crochet in each stitch

Single crochet the two squares together all the way down the side.

Third Step

Once you reach the next corner, you will need to put a single crochet there, too.

Completed Single Crochet join on one side
Place a single crochet in the corner

Your completed join on the one side will look like this:

one side joined

Continuing Onward…

To continue joining more squares I recommend doing the following:

  1. Line up all your squares how you want them.  Start with the very bottom right square and join to the one directly to the left of it.  Fasten off and join the square to the next left, and so on down the row towards the left.  Do this for each row.  This is the same method used in quilting: sewing blocks together to make rows, and then sewing the rows together to make one piece.
  2. Next, join the bottom row to the next row up by attaching yarn in the corner and single crocheting all the way down the entire row.  To join the corners of each square as you go along, simply grab with your hook the opposite (diagonal) corner from the bottom row to the next row up.  and complete a single crochet right into those joined corners.
  3. Continue single crocheting down the row and fasten off at the end.  Grab your next row of squares and join just like the previous step.  Do this for all rows.
  4. At this point, you may want to do a single crochet border around the outer edge of your piece, to make it uniform in appearance.  After that, you can add any other border you wish.

Links

I hope this tutorial was helpful but just in case, we have a YouTube video ready to go for both right hand (here) and left hand (here)!

The next joining tutorial will be all about that Wip Stitch!  See you then!

Sara

Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Spider Stitch Coaster Free Crochet Pattern

Jorja Spider Coaster Free Crochet Pattern Welcome to Pattern of the Week!  This week’s Stitch of the Week is the spider stitch and we fixed up this pattern for you to use that stitch with!  Quick and easy, makes a great gift or even a…

Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Spider Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Learn how to crochet the Spider Stitch with this tutorial! Welcome back to another crochet tutorial with Stitch of the Week; this week it’s the Spider Stitch.  Just in time for Halloween, too!  Though I have to admit, I dislike spiders and that’s putting it…

Wattle Stitch Handbag Free Crochet Pattern

Wattle Stitch Handbag Free Crochet Pattern

Our Pattern of the week, featuring the Wattle Stitch–free crochet pattern–Wattle Stitch Handbag

free crochet pattern for wattle stitch handbag

Along with our Stitch of the Week, we’re including a Pattern of the Week that goes with the corresponding stitch of the week.  This week, it’s the Wattle Stitch and this is the handbag pattern to go with it!

We like to include these as a free pattern to you, so that you have something to make with that new stitch you just learned.

These patterns are also usually small and do not require a lot of yarn or time to do.  We hope you enjoy this pattern and the Wattle stitch as much as we do!

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Materials:

Sizing:

My bag was 7 inches x 8 inches

Abbreviations:

  • Ch(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • rep–repeat
  • dc–double crochet
  • sc–single crochet
  • ss–slip stitch
  • sk—skip
  • FSC – foundation single crochet

Pattern Notes:

  • Written in US terms
  • Ch1 does not count as a stitch

Special Stitches:

WATTLE STITCH

The wattle stitch consists of a [sc, ch1 and a dc] all into the ch1 spaces of the previous row.

We have a how to video on our YouTube channel that will show you exactly how to do this stitch. You can find it here

FOUNDATION SINGLE CROCHET–

This is a really nice alternative to using a chain to start and, in my opinion, will give a much better finish on the vast majority of projects.

You can find a good tutorial on how to do this here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuFVhhE37Os

Pattern:

Row 1— FSC 36.

Working along the bottom of the fsc row you have just created sc across 36 stitches and ss to the first fsc you made.

Row 2— Ch1, sc around, ss to join (72 stitches)

For Row 3— Repeat row 2

Row 4— Ch1, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc

Row 5— Turn, ss Into the next ch1 sp, *[sc, ch1, 1dc] in the same st, sk2* rep between * and * around, ss to first sc

Rows 6-19— Repeat row 5

Rows 20-22— Ch1, sc In each st around, ss to join (72 stitches)

Row 23— Note: this Is where you create the handles

Ch1, sc In next 10 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In next 22 stitches, ch15, sk15, sc In last 10 stitches. SS to join

Row 24— Ch1, sc in each st around and 15sc in each ch15 space. SS to join.If you find that your starting stitch has moved around whilst you have been working – It happens to a lot of people! – then lay your work flat before doing this row, work out where the middle 15 stitches are on both sides of the bag and use stitch markers to denote the first and last. SC around to the first stitch marker, ch15, sc from second stitch marker to the third marker, ch15 and sc from the fourth marker to the beginning of the row. ss to join.

FO, weave in ends.  Embellish as you please 🙂

Download the PDF version here

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Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Stitch of the Week: Wattle Stitch Crochet Tutorial This week’s Stitch of the Week tutorial is on the Wattle Stitch. I feel that this stitch is super easy but creates a very nice texture, especially when more than one color is used. This post contains…

Up and Down (Houndstooth) Crochet Tutorial

Up and Down (Houndstooth) Crochet Tutorial

Stitch of the Week #7: Up and Down (Houndstooth) Stitch Tutorial Welcome back to Stitch of the Week!  This week’s stitch is the Up and Down stitch.  This stitch is more often referred to as the “Houndstooth” stitch.  It really does end up looking like…

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Crochet Solid Granny Square Tutorial

Learn How To Crochet The Solid Granny Square in this Tutorial

crochet solid granny square tutorial

Welcome back to the Tutorial of the Week!  Last week we covered the traditional granny square.  This week, we’re covering the solid granny square.

Why Solid?

Most people are content with the traditional granny square.  It’s recognizable right off, even by beginners.  But what if you don’t want the gaps?  What if you’d like a more solid look, but the freedom that granny squares give you when creating your masterpiece?

I think that granny squares in general do give a certain amount of freedom—you can make them any color or multiple colors that you want.  Mix and match, create a design by arranging the granny squares in a certain way (pixel crochet), and so on.

The solid granny square just offers another way to achieve this.

What you will need:

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Abbreviations:

Ch(s)—chain(s)

St(s)—stitch(es)

DC—double crochet

SS—slip stitch

MR—Magic Ring (video tutorial here)

FO—fasten off

Magic Ring vs Chain 4 and Slip Stitch:

There are two types of people in the “working in the round” crochet community: the magic ring (or circle) and the chain 4, ss to the first ch made.

Is one better than the other?  It’s a long-time debate.  My answer is: no.  Both of them trap the tail end for easy ends weaving.  Both of them provide a circle to work into (albeit one is larger than the other).  And both of them form the same end result: a ring. A circle.  It looks the same in the end.

So start this project with whichever method you use to make a circle.  No judgement here.  If you don’t know how to do the magic ring and want to learn, visit the Traditional Granny Square tutorial either on the blog here, or on the YouTube video here.

The Method:

As I mentioned above, create a ring and chain 3 to get started.  Ch3 does count as a stitch for the entire pattern.

ROUND 1

  1. 11 dc into the ring (12 total)
  2. SS to top of ch3 to join.
Inner point of solid granny
Inner point of solid granny

Round 2:

  1. Ch3, dc in same place as ch3, ch1, 2dc—all in the same joining space.
  2. Dc in the next two sts.
  3. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  4. Dc in the next two sts.
  5. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  6. Dc in the next two sts.
  7. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next st.
  8. Dc in the last 2 sts.
  9. Ss to top of ch3.

 

The first corner of solid granny after middle ring
2 corners and one side of the second round of solid granny

solid granny tutorial
Completed 2nd round of granny

Round 3

Now we’re just growing the square since in the previous round, we created the center and established corners to a rounded area

  1. Ch3, dc in the next st
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 6 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 6 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2cc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 6 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 4 sts
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3.
Start of the 3rd round of granny
finished 3rd round of solid granny

Round 4

It’s round 4 of the granny square  where I like to stop if I’m not making a giant granny square.  I personally prefer 4 round grannies to 5 rounders.  A lot of people do.  The repeat isn’t any of the rounds, but the technique involved in making the granny.

  1. Ch3, dc in the next 3 sts
  2. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  3. Dc in the next 9 sts
  4. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  5. Dc in the next 9 sts
  6. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  7. Dc in the next 9 sts
  8. [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in the next ch1 sp
  9. Dc in the last 5 sts.
  10. Ss to the top of the ch3. FO and weave in ends.

 

first corner of 4th row solid granny
crochet solid granny square
completed 4th row solid granny

How to Continue on the Pattern:

As you can see, your granny gains stitches each round to make it bigger and bigger.  All you need to do to continue growing it, is after you have done your ch3, dc in each stitch over to the first chain 1 space, where you will complete a corner [2dc, ch1, 2dc], and then dc in each stitch along the next side until you come to another corner and make that corner pattern (instructions in the brackets) in the next ch1 space.

Continue on in this manner until you have come all the way around to your starting ch3, and slip stitch to join the round to the top of that ch3.

The solid granny makes a very cool throw pillow, especially if you change colors at some point in the pattern.

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Extended Half Double Crochet Stitch

Extended Half Double Crochet Stitch

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…