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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.
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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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Our stitch of the week this week is the waffle stitch.
Not what you are thinking ….
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I know that many of you will automatically think of the stitch that reminds us all of the waffle pancake deserts we love so much (perfect when you are just craving sugar!), but this stitch is not that!
Yes, there are two types of waffle stitch. Who knew, right?
We are taking a closer look at the rather pretty and more delicate of the two waffle stitches this week. I really like this one – it’s a little playful, has a delicate look to it but it is really quite surprising how sturdy and practical it is. The free project that we have designed for this stitch is the Wenona’s Little Basket , which you can find here in our shop. It’s also on Ravelry and all of the usual places.
I love the look that using two colours gives for this project, but it’s not necessary. It’s a great scrap buster too and a lovely little gift idea!
I use mine beside the bed so that when you are getting undressed all of the bits that somehow manage to make their way into your pockets can be emptied into there and sorted the next morning. It’s amazing how much noise my husband’s keys, change and ring makes when he is getting ready for bed and I am already asleep …. Since using it I have also realised how often my daughter’s hair bobbles and slides end up in my pockets as I move around the house and pick them up from everywhere!
The free pattern is within the linked you tube video for this one!
- #4 worsted weight cotton (you can use your scraps or part skeins too as it uses less than 50 yards in total)
- Stitch marker (optional)
- Yarn Needle
Gauge isn’t important here. My finished catchall measured 4’’ circumference at the base and was approximately 2’’ tall.
The abbreviations in this pattern are:
MR – magic ring St(s)–stitch(es)
Exsc—extended single crochet Sc – single crochet
*to*–repeat the instructions between the two * YO—yarn over
BLO—back loop only FO—fasten off
Please note that all of our patterns are written in US terms.
You will use a couple of special stitch for this. I show you how to do them and make the basket in the YouTube video below.
Extended single Crochet – This is actually a simple stitch to do. Insert hook into indicated st, YO, pull through, pull though one loop on hook, YO, pull through remaining two loops on hook.
Linked extended single crochet– Based on the extended single crochet above, this stitch is worked over two stitches. Insert hook into first st, YO, pull through, YO, pull through first loop on hook. Insert hook into next st, yo, pull through, YO, pull through first loop, YO, pull through all three loops left on hook.
Twisted single crochet – This is a fun and handy alternative to the crab stitch and is worked forwards instead of backwards. Insert hook into indicated stitch, YO, pull through. Make sure that your loops on your hook are fairly loose. Being careful not to drop any of the loops on your hook simply twist your hook 360 degrees (this will twist the stitches and is the reason why you need them to be loose when created), YO and pull through both loops on hook.
How to work the waffle stitch:
To create this attractive and versatile stitch you need to start with an odd number of chains or stitches. For this tutorial we will assume that you are working into a starting chain as the YouTube video here shows you how to work into stitches and how to do the linked extended single crochet (linked exsc) . The difference is only in the way you start the row.
Step 1: In the 3rdand 4thchain from the hook work one linked exsc. (ch1, linked exsc over the next two ch’s) along to the last ch. Ch1, 1sc in last ch.
Note: the ch spaces from the previous row do count as a stitch.
Step 2: Ch2, *linked exsc over the next two st’s, ch1 * along, 1sc in last exsc from previous row, turn.
Step 3: Repeat step 2.
That is all there is to it!
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I believe that the fabric this stitch creates is better for cotton homewares projects, such as kitchen and bath items.
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Yarn—best to use cotton yarns but for the swatch, you can use any worsted weight yarn such as Red Heart Super Saver
Hook—I used 5mm to go with my yarn
Yarn Needle (for weaving in ends)
The multiple for this stitch is any even number of stitches. For the purpose of the tutorial, I did a chain of 20.
Make your chain of 20 and follow the instructions below.
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- Dc in 2nd ch from the hook 2. *Sc in next ch, dc in next ch; repeat from * to the end.
- Ch1, turn, skip first dc, *dc in next sc, sc in next dc; repeat from * to end, dc in turning chain.
The repeat for this stitch pattern is row 2.
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