The Iris stitch has such a beautiful lacy texture and is so simple to crochet. I have seen this stitch used in so many types of projects – bags, summer tops and cardigans, baby blankets. I have a headband that uses this stitch too! It …
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The Zig Zag Slip Stitch Join is a great technique for joining squares or strips of crochet together. It is absolutely full of texture and is much easier than it looks!
Actually, it was a couple of our testers who showed me the technique in early December when they were finishing up testing the Easy Peasy Poncho for me. (Note, this pattern was in an event hosted by Marie over at Underground Crafter and will be officially released at the end of summer 2021.)
I used the zig zag slip stitch join technique when I assembled my version of the Friendship Blanket which was a mammoth CAL I hosted from January 15th to April 18th 2021. It was perfect for this project, whose theme was texture. What do you think?
If you are interested in finding out more about our Friendship Blanket CAL you can do so here.
Hints and tips for working the Zig Zag Slip Stitch Join:
There are some points that I would like to make before we dive in to the tutorials.
- If you are making a blanket with the squares then I would recommend taking a photo of how you would like your squares to be ordered.
- Having a consistent tension is important.
- There is a right and a wrong side to this join – you must join your squares / project with the right sides facing you at all times.
- You will work completed rows one way before turning your project and working the rows which flow in the opposite direction. To illustrate this all of the blue lines (representing joins) would be worked first and the the orange lines would be worked afterwards (or vice versa).
- When working this technique you will ALWAYS insert your hook from the front to the back of your project.
6. You will alternate which square you are working into on each stitch as per the photo below.
Video Tutorial links:
Below we have the written instructions for this stitch and photo tutorial. If you would like the video tutorial we have both a right handed and left handed version.
Right handed version –
Left handed version –
ss – slip stitch
yo – yarn over
rep – repeat
- Make a slip knot
- Insert hook from the front to the back of your first square and draw the slip knot through.
- Place hook into the first stitch on the square you are joining this one to, yo and bring up a loop, pull through first loop on hook (slip stitch made)
- Insert hook into the next stitch on the square you are joining this one to, yo and bring up a loop, pull through first loop on hook (slip stitch made) as per the photo above.
- Repeat step 4 until all of your stitches on this row have been slip stitched together in this manner.
- After you have worked the last stitch in the row, fasten off and weave in ends
Repeat steps 1-5 for all rows that go in the same direction as per the diagram at 4. of the hints and tips section above until your squares are all attached.
Turn your work and then do the same for all of the rows that run perpendicular to the ones just worked.
You will need to keep in mind the hints and tips above!
The trinity stitch has a gorgeous texture that looks great when worked up in one colour or with variegated yarn. Qualities of the Trinity Stitch: This is quite a thick stitch with no real gaps so it is often used to make baby blankets. It …
Stitch of the week tutorial #2 for the paired half-double crochet
Welcome back to stitch of the week!
Last week I was supposed to release this stitch–the paired half-double crochet stitch–however, I was going through a lot of prep for hospital procedures and surgeries. Here’s a little bit of background:
I recently suffered from colo-rectal cancer while I was pregnant (three years ago!) and this caused an emergency situation with birthing. Two surgeries were done back to back to remove the cancer, which worked.
I then was diagnosed with Lynch Syndrome which basically means that my risk of obtaining more cancer in various other places is extremely high. My doctor told me to never have more children because of the emergency situation in which I gave birth, and also because of the cancer that popped up during my pregnancy.
I decided that since I was not allowed to have kids, why continue to suffer each month?
So, I had a hysterectomy done this week to prevent cancer and any other bad situations from happening–at least in that spot.
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Now that we’re all caught up….
Here’s the tutorial that was promised last week:
You will need to gather any type of yarn but I do recommend using a medium weight yarn such as Red Heart Super Saver in any color or two colors you’d like.
A 5mm hook (if you’re using medium yarn) or hook suggested by the yarn label.
*to*–repeat the instructions that appear between *’s
PHDC–paired half-double crochet
HDC2TOG–half-double crochet two together (decrease)
This stitch is worked very similar to the paired single crochet from last time, except instead of single crochet, we’re using half-double crochet in an hdc2tog format!
To get started, put a slip knot on your hook and for the purpose of the swatch size, chain up any number plus 1.
Row 1: hdc in 2nd ch from hook, yo, insert hook into same stitch you just worked and pull up a loop, hold it.
Yo, insert hook into next stitch and pull up another loop–you now have 5 loops on your hook–yo and pull thru all 5 loops. You have just made your first PHDC stitch.
*Yo, insert hook into same stitch you just worked in, pull up a loop and hold it, yo, insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop, yo, pull through all 5 loops on the hook*, repeat from *to* to the end, finishing with a PHDC stitch being completed in the final stitch of the row.
Row 2: ch1, turn. HDC in 1st st, *yo, insert hook into stitch you just worked in, pull up a loop and hold it, yo, insert hook into next stitch and pull up another loop. Yo, pull thru all 5 loops on the hook*, rep from *to* to the end, just as you did for row 1.
Row 2 is the repeat for this pattern.
I do not recommend this stitch for garments or baby blankets as it is far too rigid.
I do recommend using it with cotton yarn and making kitchen and bath projects with it. It’s a sturdy stitch that makes a sturdy fabric. Coming soon, we have some nifty quick and easy patterns using this stitch to get you started!
Be sure to check us out as I upload yet another stitch of the week this week!