Something slightly different today – Solomon’s Knot. It’s a very open, lacy stitch, unlike anything I’ve done before. It seems complicated at first but is actually very easy. The biggest challenge is keeping each stitch the same length as the last. Finally, though, I can see a reason to buy lace weight yarn!
Moss stitch is another stitch that’s ludicrously easy. It’s just rows of alternating double (US: single) crochet and chain, with the next double crochet going into the chain. The biggest challenge is making sure you don’t accidentally drop a stitch at the end of the row, but counting fixes that. It’s a nice looking fabric though!
This one’s ludicrously easy – it’s just rows of half treble (US: half double) but hooked into the lower back loop instead of the top. It gives a nice rib and is simple to do. Definitely another for the day-to-day arsenal.
Today is the fiftieth day of my year of creativity, and I’m still hugely enjoying it.
Today’s stitch is bobble stitch, which is basically puff stitch on steroids. I followed the written instructions, rather than the video, and my sample looks a bit different to their photo. I think again that the cotton is too unyielding which makes the tension very tight. That said, this would be a nice stitch for a blanket, though it would use a lot of yarn!
I knew that when I started this project, there would be days where I just wouldn’t have time to get my entry done and up, and yesterday was one of those days, so today you get two stitches: Grit stitch and mixed grit stitch.
Grit stitch is so ridiculously easy, it’s just double (US: single) crochet twice, skip one and double crochet twice and so on. It produces quite a nice texture, nicer than I’d anticipated actually.
There’s a slight bulge on the right because I think I counted the foundation row wrong.
Mixed grit stitch is exactly the same, but instead of two doubles, you do a double and a treble (US: double). I really like this texture this produces, it’s lovely, and it’s a stitch I’ll definitely use again!
Again, there’s an odd bulge on the bottom right, where I must be doing something wrong although I know that the foundation row was the length it was supposed to be.
Crossed half treble (US: half double) crochet stitch crossed falls in to the category of simple but annoyingly fiddly, though part of that might have been that the yarn I’m using splits easily, which makes it harder to get the hook through the right part of the stitch. The first row was especially irritating, but I got better as I progressed and certainly think higher quality yarn would have helped. It looks nice though, so this would be a good stitch for a scarf or blanket.
Today has been a long day, and possibly not a good evening to try a fiddly stitch. I thought that after last night’s success with waffle stitch, it would be nice to do diamond stitch tonight, but it took me three goes to get the first diamond row done. In part that was just because I’m tired, but also because I was watching TV and there were no written instructions and the video was awkward to watch with only subtitles. I am again reminded how useful charts are, and how invaluable well-written instructions using the right terminology. A video alone is not always the best way to teach.
So today’s swatch is a bit wonky and ragged at the bottom, but I did finally get the hang of it, even if it took me an hour to do this tiny scrap!
Waffle stitch is one of those stitches that I thought would be really complicated, but it turns out to be incredibly simple. It’s just treble (US: double) stitches done either in the top of the stitch below, or around the front of the post of the stitch below. By alternating, it creates a grid pattern. Very clever!!
Bit more of a fiddly stitch this one, with lots of counting. However, whilst it’s not strictly difficult, the harlequin stitch or starburst stitch is tricky because if you don’t get your tension right, it looks lopsided.
The starburst motif is made up of two rows, so a bottom row of tr9tog – ie crochet together 9 treble (US: double) stitches and secure with a chain – and a top row of 9 trebles in that securing chain’s loop.
Ideally, you want the starburst motif to be symmetrical, but I repeatedly found that my tension on the righthand side – in the lower half of the motif formed by the first four or five trebles to be crocheted together – to be too tight, which gives you a slightly constricted look on that side. I suspect, also, that the tension on the top row of the brown below, ie treble 9 in one stitch, was also too loose, which makes the problem worse. It’s especially noticeable in the bottom half of the top lefthand pink starburst.
I would hope that a little practice and a yarn with a bit more give might fix that problem, but still, this is a more challenging stitch if you’re a perfectionist looking for a nice symmetrical look.
Another ridiculously easy stitch that produces a pleasant result, the V treble (US: double) crochet stitch is literally just two trebles in a single stitch and then skip one. It seriously couldn’t get simpler. In my photo, though, you can see that the first few rows I just did back and forth in brown. But […]
If you can do double (single) crochet and a chain, then the picot double (single) crochet will be a piece of cake. Of course, if you can’t count, like I can’t count, your picots will end up in the wrong place.
Today’s stitch is cluster stitch, another easy one! The only issue I had with this stitch was that you really need a slightly stretchier yarn than cotton, and you need to make the loop of the stitch quite large so it can fit over the top of the next cluster.
Arcade stitch is a very pretty one, and I do like it! The written instructions aren’t very clear, but the video is better. It looks a bit wonky in the bottom left because I miscounted the number of double crochets in the that loop. Oops! However, once I got into the pattern it’s really quite simple.
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