C17: Day 32 – Crochet month begins

by Suw on February 1, 2017

Today is the first day of Crochet Month, aka February, during which I’ll e attempting to learn new crochet stitches and trying not to get confused between UK and US terminology. This latter point is non-trivial, because the same terms mean different stitches depending on whether you’re talking in American or British English. Often, it doesn’t really matter – I’ve crocheted an entire shawl with the “wrong” stitch but it came out lovely so I don’t care. But if you’re learning new techniques, then getting the stitch right is important. I’ve got a diagram at the bottom of this post that explains the differences.

Thanks to Pinterest, I have found two blog posts that I’ll be using to provide me with links to stitch instructions, one from Sewrella and one from IdealMe. The list of stitches is:

  1. Harlequin
  2. Block
  3. Cluster
  4. Waffle
  5. Icicle
  6. Cable
  7. Grit
  8. Spike
  9. Crossed double crochet
  10. Boxed puff
  11. Bobble
  12. Moss
  13. Zig-zag puff
  14. Star
  15. Griddle
  16. Tulip
  17. V double crochet
  18. Ribbed half double crochet
  19. Daisy
  20. Side saddle
  21. Picot single crochet
  22. Shell
  23. Crossed half double
  24. Diamond
  25. Puff
  26. Lemon peel
  27. Popcorn
  28. Triple crochet loop
  29. Wave
  30. Arcade
  31. Crossed ripple
  32. Primrose
  33. Single crochet chevron
  34. Granny spike

That’s a lot more stitches than I can fit into 28 days and, indeed, I don’t know how much of one stitch I will get done per day, as crochet isn’t a fast craft. I had initially thought that I would do a 12 cm square of each stitch, but I don’t think that’s realistic.

My first stitch is puff stitch (videos below). It’s pretty easy, and works up relatively quickly, and creates a really nice effect. I did learn that it’s best to start with a foundation row with an odd number of stitches, otherwise you end up with an left-over stitch at one end. Also, with the cotton yarn I’m using, the foundation row needs to be a bit looser than normal, perhaps done with a larger hook because the puff stitch, well, puffs out. Very easy stitch, though, definitely one I’ll use again!

C17 day 32

UK vs US crochet stitches.÷÷÷÷÷

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