At the end of 2020 we decided that we were going to come up with a mini course to teach people how to corner to corner (also referred to as C2C)! This can be such a fun technique and there are so many gorgeous patterns…
Learn how to crochet the X Stitch (cross stitch) with our free coffee beanie pattern!
The X stitch is such a useful stitch to know. We have used it in quite a lot of our designs. It also looks great paired with the bean stitch! We use both the X stitch and the bean stitch on a lot of the Paige Collection because of the resemblance to hugs and kisses. The X stitch also provides a lot of texture to a project and has quite a bit of give in it so it is perfect for hats, bags and cozies where you may need the project to stretch a little.
The perfect gift / stocking filler!
They make the perfect gifts for most ages and use around 30 yards of 100% cotton so are a great scrap buster too! And our patterns for these are gender neutral, you just need to decide on your colour choice. So you see they are a great gift for anyone!
I shared a photo on our Facebook Community page of one that I had been working on whilst my 8 year old daughter was at a birthday party. She asked for it to protect her hands from the cold cup on her slushy.
Learn how to crochet the X Stitch…
This is a fairly simple stitch to do.
Written instructions for this stitch are:
YO, sk 1 st, insert hook into the next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through 2 loops (DC made). YO working behind the stitch you just made and into the skipped stitch, insert your hook from the front of the stitch to the back (It will feel a little awkward) and complete a dc in this st. Cross stitch is made.
Taking these instructions step by step…..
The X stitch is worked over two stitches
We skip the first stitch and work a dc (double crochet) into the next stitch as per the photo below
The first dc is completed.Working behind the first stitch, we need to do a dc in the skipped stitch. The following photo shows you how the hook will need to be inserted. This is the slightly awkward par, but when you get used to it its fine. Note that usually I push the first dc down to the front to get into the second stitch but that made for a confusing photo!
You will then complete your dc as usual.
And then your X stitch is complete!
Crayon Pencil Case Crochet Pattern I was thinking about what would make a good back-to-school themed pattern when this idea just popped into my head. I quickly checked Pinterest to make sure no one had done a crayon shaped and colored pencil case. Not finding…
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…
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.
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You ready to learn this stitch?
You will need a few things to get started, as per usual.
- Yarn—I used Red Heart Super Saver, as I usually do for these Stitch of the Week tutorials. White and Cherry Red are the colors in the picture above.
- 5mm hook. You can use any hook that the yarn you’re using recommends.
- Yarn needle (for weaving in ends)
The wattle stitch is another paired stitch, combining a single crochet and double crochet which are linked by a chain 1 between them. Being paired means they are worked into the same stitch.
The foundation row is always the hardest row as you’re working into a little chain, but afterwards, it is quite quick to work up. Just be sure to check and make sure you have the correct number of groups of stitches at the end of each row and that you do not miss working into the turning chain.
I also feel that this is a great stitch for cotton project such as kitchen and bath as well as purses and bags. Be sure to check for the Stitch of the Week pattern using the Wattle Stitch, which launches right after this post the following day.
The multiple for this stitch is 3sts + 2, plus 1 for the foundation chain. Basically, 3 sts plus 3 for the turning chain.
Wattle Stitch Tutorial:
Let’s get down to it:
Step 1: (row 1) Skip 2ch (counts as 1sc).
Step 2: (row 1 cont.) *[1sc, ch1, 1dc] in next ch, skip 2ch; rep from * to last ch, turn.
Step 3: (row 2) Ch1 (counts as a sc), skip first sc and next dc, *[sc, ch1, dc] into the next ch sp, skip next sc and next dc; rep from * to last ch sp, [sc, ch1, dc] in turning chain, turn.
Another way to explain it is to put [sc, ch1, dc] into each ch1 space across the row, being sure to put that same combo into the turning chain.
Step 4: Repeat step 3, which is the repeat for each row onward.
Don’t forget to check out the YouTube Video of this stitch for even more help with learning how to do this. You can also download a copy of this post on our Stitch of the Week section of the site to keep a copy for yourself!
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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…
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Welcome back to stitch of the week: Alternate Stitch
Welcome back! This week’s Stitch of the Week is the Alternate Stitch.
This stitch is worked by putting 2 single crochets in one stitch. But there’s a way to keep the stitch count.
Different from the previous stitches, the fabric created with the alternate stitch is really quite thin. The past several stitches we have introduced have been fairly thick and squishy.
The alternate stitch is much thinner yet has little drape. I do not recommend this for garments other than gloves or scarves. However, I do like it for cotton yarn kitchen and bath projects.
Grab your yarn and any hook to get started with this tutorial
To get started, note that the starting chain is a multiple of any odd number.
For swatch size:
- Ch21, 2sc in 3rd ch from hook.
- Sk 1 st, 2sc in next st
- repeat step 2 to the end of the chain.
- ch2, turn
- sk the first st, 2sc in next st
- sk the next st, 2sc in the next st.
- repeat this pattern to the end.
Notes on stitch pattern
The repeat for this stitch pattern is achieved early on, in the very first row along the chain.
It’s interesting how something so simple can make something very pretty and unique.
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Welcome to Stitch of the Week #3–Staggered HDC Pairs Staggered Half-Double Crochet Pairs, stitch of the week This week, we’re learning about Staggered Half-Double Crochet Pairs. Last time, we talked about Paired HDC and the time before that, Paired SC. It seems we’re hung up…