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Learn To Do The Floret Stitch
In our Stitch of the Week this week we have the perfect stitch for the colder weather setting in – the floret stitch.
Do you recognise the stitch?
We have used this stitch in a few of our designs so far (for example, the highland wrap and the men’s highland scarf). Its a warm cosy stitch with an easy two row repeat. The texture is created by using the varying heights of the double crochet and the slip stitch. If you have never tried this stitch before I would highly recommend adding it to your crochet arsenal!
For those of you new to our Stitch of the Week:
The cute free pattern that we have to go with the floret stitch Stitch of the Week is our Highland Ear Warmer. Ear warmers are great practical gifts and super stash busters! Just working a swatch to learn a new stitch can get boring. Lets face it, we want immediate gratification when we crochet, even if we are learning. You get so much more confidence and a sense of achievement when you actually create something usable – even if its just a dishcloth!
That is why we try to link each stitch of the week with a little free project. At this time of year the ear warmer is a great idea – its practical and is a great stocking filler for a loved one, or even fabulous to add to your donation box! My sister is a runner and so hats are most often not added to her running outfits – even in the cold you sweat. Ear warmers she loves! The ears are protected from our North Sea winds but its not overly warm because the top of the head is still exposed.
Let’s get started!
You can find the free ear warmer pattern in the usual places:
Follow our YouTube video for this project here.
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What you will need:
I made mine 4” tall and 18” circumference to fit a woman – direction is given on how to amend the size in the pattern.
You will need to know how to chain, turn, double crochet and slip stitch. And that is pretty much it!
Written instructions for the floret stitch:
The floret stitch is worked over a simple two row repeat.
Row 1 – ch3, dc in each stitch across
Row 2 – ch1, sk1, *dc in the next st, ss in the next st* around.
It really is that simple! You will need to turn your work at the beginning of each floret stitch row otherwise the texture will be on the inside of your ear warmer! The pattern tells you exactly when to do this.
Lets make the ear warmer!
For the women’s size, finished product is approximately 4’’ tall and 18’’ circumference to fit a head around 21-22 inches.
- dc–double crochet
- hdc—half double crochet
- ss–slip stitch
- Fhdc – foundation half double crochet
- FO – fasten off
NOTE: In order for the floret stitch to have good definition you do need to turn your work on each row as indicated.
Round 1— Either ch64 and hdc in third ch from hook, hdc in each ch across (62)
SS to join.
Round 2— Ch2 (counts as a st). Hdc third loop only in the next st and each st around. (62)
Round 3— Ch1, turn. Note, you will be working on the wrong side of your work
Sk first st, Dc into next st, *ss into next st, dc into next st* around.
SS to join
Round 4 – Turn your work (so you are working on the right side again.)
ch3 DC in each st around. SS to join.
Rounds 5-8 — Repeat rounds 3 and 4 twice more
Round 9 – Repeat round 3.
Round 10— Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc in next st and each st around (62)
Finally, Round 11 – Ch2 (counts as a st), hdc third loop only in each st around.
FO and weave in ends.
And VOILA! A really lovely stitch and ear warmer for you to gift this festive season, or just keep for yourself! You can embellish it any way you like – nip the ear warmer in half between the top and bottom and sew, add buttons or crochet flowers to it for that extra pizazz.
How will you embellish yours? Do share your projects with us on our Facebook group page!
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On to the fun stuff! After all, why not?
Cozies make great quick and simple gift ideas, and are sure to be great sellers at your craft fairs!! Because they are a completely unisex pattern the only thing you have to decide is the colour of cotton you will use!
These cozies fit 20oz Starbucks cups (and here in the UK they also fit Costa take out cups and most re-usable travel mugs). We do recommend that you use 100% cotton for these as they are put around hot cups.
In fact we love them so much that we have trade marked the ‘Coffee Beanie Cozy’!!!
How awesome is that? We are pretty excited to have our first trademark and we hope that you guys love this line as much as we do! Keep an eye out — you will get four of these patterns free as part of our stitch of the week. A thank you to you guys.
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A free and complete video tutorial on how to make this fabulous cozy is on our YouTube channel here
What you will need :
|#4 Worsted weight 100% cotton yarn
Stitch markers (optional)
Not important for this project
Fits 20oz Starbucks Cup
BLO – back loop only
Count your stitches each round to be sure you’re on track
Who will you make yours for? I know you have been reading this, looking at the photographs and already have at least four or 5 people in mind!
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