May 082018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

Welcome once again to a new photo tutorial that my sister , Ana Maria , and I put together for you . Today’s written instructions follow the series of photo tutorials for the most basic crochet stitches which , if mastered , will allow you to experiment all sorts of other crochet stitches , from the simplest to more advanced and complicated stitches . Today we will show you how to crochet the half double crochet stitch . If you prefer video instructions instead , you can follow my old tutorial on my crochet channel on YouTube that you can find bellow .

The half double crochet stitch is a stitch between the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch . Practically it looks like an elongated single crochet stitch or like a reduced double crochet stitch . Even as a beginner crocheter , you should be already familiar with terms like loops and chains which will be used frequently throughout the pattern . Our photo tutorial will show you lots of illustrative images in order to give you sufficient visual support while you practice the written instructions .

How To Crochet The Half Double Crochet Stitch by coolorful.com

The half double crochet stitch is abbreviated as hdc in most patterns . YO is the abbreviation for yarn over hook .

Let’s begin learning this basic stitch on a smaller sample . While you practice this stitch and you feel more comfortable crocheting it , keeping your tension steady , you can commit yourself to a larger project . Let’s start with 10 hdcs at the moment . To get 10hdc on first row , chain 12 .

How To Crochet The Half Double Crochet Stitch by coolorful.com

Row 1 : Skip first 2ch from the hook ( these 2 chains count as the first hdc ) ; * YO once ( now you have two loops on the hook ) , insert your hook in the third chain from the hook , YO once and pull the yarn through the chain of the foundation chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO one last time and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook to complete your first hdc * ( see images bellow )

Let’s do a second hdc on first row . * YO once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in next chain of the foundation chain , YO once and pull the yarn through the foundation chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO one last time and pull the yarn through all three loops on the hook to complete a new hdc * . ( see next photos )

Continue working the next 7hdc following the instructions given between * and * . Don’t forget that the first 2ch we skipped at the beginning of the row count as a hdc . The following images will show you a repeat of the previous given steps and are meant to help you practice . They will also show you how to finish the first row . At the end of this row , chain 2 to turn ( these two chains also count as a hdc on 2nd row ) .

Row 2 : * Yo once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in the second hdc , bellow the two loops which are visible in the images , YO once and pull the yarn through the hdc ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO again and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook * .

Let’s repeat these steps to crochet a new hdc on second row . * YO once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in next chain , bellow the two loops at the top , YO once and pull the yarn through the chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO again and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook * .

Don’t forget that the beginning chain 2 counts as a first hdc on second row . So we have three hdc completed on second row . Now repeat the given instructions between * and * 6 more times , 9 hdc in total . See next images for visual help .

How To Crochet The Half Double Crochet Stitch by coolorful.com

To crochet the last hdc on second row you should do as follows : * YO once ( now you have two loops on your hook ) , insert your hook in top of beginning chain , YO and pull the yarn through the chain ( now you have three loops on your hook ) , YO one last time and pull the yarn through all three loops on your hook * . ( see next images )

That is about it with the half double crochet stitch . To continue your work , you need to repeat second row as many times as necessary . The next given photos will show you more completed rows of the hdc .

Notes :

1. I know that this stitch tends to turn really ugly on the sides because of the beginning chain 2 which is replacing a normal hdc at the beginning of a row . There are different techniques to add pretty edges when a project is nearly finished . I will compile an article with possible ways to add pretty edges in the future .

2. Also , many people ask for instructions on how to increase or decrease the hdc either on the sides or across a row . This is also going to be shown in a next article .

Happy learning , everyone ,
The Coolorburbians .

Apr 302018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

Glad to meet you once again for a catch up on my crochet blog . I’ve been abusing the crocodile stitch quite a lot lately to make baby blankets , pillow cases , shawls , hats , scarves and mittens . Up until the moment my inner voice whispered to me that I should give the shell stitch a try because it might surprise me at how easy it is to crochet it . And so I did and let me tell you that it was quite fun to relearn it . So here are the written instructions for this lovely stitch . They will include a slight modification in the pattern in comparison to the instructions shown in the video tutorial posted on my old YouTube Channel that you can find here .

I did so because I still find quite difficult to crochet a foundation chain and work a stitch across the foundation chain . What I did here was to add an extra row of single crochet stitches at the beginning for a more solid foundation . Let’s get started .

How to crochet the Shell Stitch by coolorful.com

Abbreviations :

ch – chain ;

sc – single crochet stitch ;

dc – double crochet stitch .

Level : beginner .

Usage : blankets , pillow cases , cardigans , sweaters , purses , etc.

Make a foundation chain from a multiple of 6 plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern . Crochet an extra row of sc across the foundation chain to make it more solid and give your item a nicer look .

Row 1 : Work 1sc in the first sc ; * skip next 2sc ; work 5dc in the next sc ; skip next 2sc ; 1sc in the next sc * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure that you end up the row with a sc in the last sc from previous row ; ch3 to turn ( counts as a dc here and throughout ) .

Row 2 : Work 2dc in the last sc from previous row ; * skip next 2dc ; 1sc in top of the third dc from the set of 5dc from previous row ; skip next 2dc ; 5dc in next sc * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; skip next 2dc ; 1sc in next dc ; skip next 2dc ; 3dc in last sc from previous row ; ch1 to turn .

Row 3 : Work 1sc in top of first dc from the set of 3dc from previous row ; * skip next 2dc ; 5dc in the next sc ; skip next 2dc ; 1sc in top of the third dc from the set of 5dc * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; make sure you end up the row with 1sc in top of beg ch3 on the side from previous row ; ch3 to turn .

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern .

That is about all with the crochet shell stitch . Don’t forget to like and share this pattern if you found it helpful . Also , don’t forget to share images of your work on the Facebook page that my sister , Ana Maria , and I manage . You can find it in the sidebar .

Happy shell-ing , everyone !!

Cătălina (from The Coolorburbians)

Mar 232018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

The photo tutorial on how to crochet the single crochet stitch was originally published in late 2013 , but the written instructions were lost during the time spent in the hospital , when I did not renew the hosting for this website . So the photos have been pending and waiting in my old computer for more than 4 years for me to repost them . So what I will try to do is give the steps on how to crochet the single crochet stitch while my sister will try to synchronize the photos to my instructions .

The single crochet stitch is one of the basic stitches in the art of crocheting , along with the half double crochet stitch , the double crochet stitch , the triple crochet stitch , the slip stitch and obviously , the foundation chain . If you know these simple stitches , then you will know how to crochet many other stitches , fancier and more complicated patterns .

The Single Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

The single crochet stitch is abbreviated as sc in all crochet patterns . It is necessary that you also learn that the term “yarn over hook” is abbreviated as YO . Also note that the term “loop” will be used quite often . I remember showing all these loops and YOs extensively in the photos . To begin learning this stitch I recommend that you try it on a smaller swatch before committing yourself to a larger project . So let’s give the single crochet stitch a try .

There is a small particularity to this stitch . No matter the number of single crochet stitches you want to make on your first row , you will always need to add an extra chain to the foundation chain to complete your desired number of stitches . So if you want to have 20 sc on row 1 , then you will need to chain 21 chains for your foundation chain . But let’s try working 10 sc on a few rows together .

Therefore chain 11 , as seen in the image bellow .

The Single Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

Row 1 : There is already a loop on the hook which is visible in the photo; to crochet the first single crochet stitch , insert your hook in the very first chain of the foundation chain which is also called “first chain from the hook” ; YO once and pull the yarn through the chain of the foundation chain ; now you have two loops on your hook ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both loops on your hook ; that’s it , you just completed your first single crochet stitch . ( see images bellow )

Let’s crochet another stitch together : there is already a loop on your hook ; insert your hook in the next chain of the foundation chain ; YO once and pull the yarn through the chain of the foundation chain ; you have two loops on your hook ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on the hook to complete the second single crochet stitch on row 1 , as you can see in the images bellow .

Repeat the following steps to complete 10 sc in total on this first row : * insert hook in next chain of the foundation chain ; YO once and pull the yarn through the chain ; you have two loops on your hook now ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on your hook to complete another single crochet stitch * . At the end of this first row don’t forget to chain 1 to move on to the next row , which is a step that needs repeated here and throughout . ( see images bellow )

The first row was completed on the right side of the project , whereas the second one will be executed on the back side (also called the wrong side), so at this point you need to turn the project on the other side . Take a look at how the stitches look on row 1 . Notice that every stitch has two loops on top , one in front and the other on the back of your work , as you can see in the image bellow .

The Single Crochet Stitch Written Instructions

Row 2 : To crochet the first single crochet stitch on this row work as follows : there is already a loop on your hook from previous row ; insert your hook in the first sc from row 1 , bellow the two loops pointed out earlier ; YO once and pull the yarn through sc ; you have two loops on the hook now ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on the hook ; now you have a first sc on row 2 and a loop on the hook . ( see images bellow )

Let’s try again for a second sc : insert your hook in the next sc , bellow the two loops of the respective stitch ; YO once and pull the yarn through the sc , bellow the two loops ; now you have two loops on your hook ; YO once again and pull the yarn through both the loops on the hook to complete the second sc ; you now have one loop on your hook . ( see images bellow )

Repeat the steps written earlier to complete the whole set of 10 sc on row 2 . Take a look at the following photos to make sure you don’t lose track along the way , especially at the end of the row . At this point you surely should remember to crochet a chain at the end of this row which is necessary to move on to the next row . Lastly ,turn to the other side of the project , which is now the right side . ( see gallery bellow )

Guys , that’s about it with the single crochet stitch . From now on each row is only a repeat of the second row , which I am sure you already know how to crochet . But to make sure you have visual support in learning this basic stitch you can continue following the gallery bellow which shows a few more completed rows .

Alternatively , you can also take a look at my old video tutorial on my crochet YouTube channel that teaches you how to crochet the single crochet stitch in a few minutes .

I hope this helps . Don’t forget to like and share if you found my instructions useful .

Happy hooking , dear fellow crocheters,

Cătătlina (from The Coolorburbians)

Feb 092018
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends ,

There are many variations to the crocodile crochet stitch and even more applications and ways to use it to make all sorts of items , from blankets , pillow cases , hats , mittens , shawls , cardigans and so many more . I am currently experimenting with these variations to create patterns for small items just to keep my hands and imagination busy . Let me remind you that I lost my sight in November 2013 after suffering a stroke that I wrote about on my personal blog . You can read the story here . But let’s go back to the crocodile stitch . I put together a video tutorial on how to crochet the crocodile stitch that you can follow bellow .

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

However , today’s instructions will show you a variation of this beautiful crochet stitch . Why is that ? It is easier for me to use this variation because of the extra chain 1 spaces . Since I no longer see , I need to use my touching quite a lot to figure out a pattern . Which is why I prefer the lacey stitches a lot more rather than the solid block stitches . Thankfully , the crocodile stitch falls under the first category which I like . So now let me explain to you how I was able to crochet the crocodile shawl that you can see in the images bellow , even though I don’t see . If you prefer visual instructions , you can follow my video tutorial on YouTube on how to crochet this type of shawl that I made shortly before the stroke . As far as I remember , the video also uses a small variation of the stitch . Either way will work just fine .

Information about the materials and tools needed :

1. I used 13 skeins of superfine yarn for the entire project , including the tassels , which I prefer long and thick . I wanted to make a large crocodile shawl because this is how I like them better , long and large . Which is why I used so many skeins of yarn . But if you want to make a scarf or a smaller shawl , then you should get 8 skeins . The information on the label is as follows : 50g (1,76 oz), 255m (~ 278yds), 71% acrylic, 24% wool, 5% metallic yarn, needle 2.50mm.

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

2. I used a 6 mm European size crochet hook , even though the label on the yarn recommends using a smaller size . I chose the 6 mm one because I can’t really hold a smaller hook in my hand . Blind people usually tend to work with big hooks and needles and bulky wool . I should admit that making this shawl was a dare . But the result turned out beautifully , which is why I couldn’t care less about all that effort , sweat , blood and tears .

3. It took me approximately 2 weeks to finish this shawl , with an average of one skein per day used .

4. Sizes: Width= 200cm (78,74 inch), Height= 82cm (32,38 inch), Sides= 128cm (50 inch), Tassels= 17cm (6,7 inch).

Abbreviations and how tos :

ch – chain ;

ch sp – chain space ;

sl st – slip stictch;

sc – single crochet ;

dc – double crochet ;

V-st – V stitch ( insert hook in space recommended and work 1dc,1ch,1dc ) ;

crocodile scale – working from top to bottom , make 5dc around first post of V-st, ch-1, working from bottom to top , make 5dc around second post of V-st .

The shawl will be worked in rows , with the start at the tip of the shawl . It will grow in size on each row , on the edges . Which is why I am only going to explain how to crochet the first rows , the rest of them being a repeat of these first , making sure you add the necessary stitches on the sides to enlarge your shawl .

Row 1 and row 2 : Ch5 ; join with beg ch with sl st to form a ring ; ch 1 ; 5dc in ring ; ch1 ; 5dc in ring ; turn .

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 3 : Ch4 ( counts as 1dc+ch-1 sp here and throughout ) ; 1dc in same space as ch-4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale from previous row ; V-st in top of the first dc on one of the sides of the scale from previous row ; ch1 ; turn . ( 3 V-st on row 3, see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 4 : 1scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; 1scale around last V-st ; turn . ( 2 scales on row 4 , see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 5 : Ch4 ; 1dc in same space as ch4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale ; V-st in next ch1 sp , making sure you grab and crochet around the space between the scales as well ; V-st in the middle of next scale ; V-st in top of first dc of the 5dc on one of the sides of the last scale from previous row ; ch1 ; turn . ( 5 V-st on row 5 , see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 6 : 1 scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around next V-st ; skip next V-st ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; turn . ( 3 scales on row 6 , see image bellow )

Crocheted Triangle Crocodile Shawl

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Row 7 : Ch4 ; 1dc in same space as ch4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale ; * V-st in next ch1-sp , making sure you grab and crochet around the space between the scales from previous row as well ; V-st in the middle of next scale ; * repeat from * to * once ; v-st in top of first dc of the 5dc on the side of last scale from previous row ; ch 1 ; turn . ( 7 V-sts on row 7 )

Row 8 : 1 scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; * 1 scale around next V-st ; skip next V-st ; * repeat fromm * to * once ; 1 scale around last V-st from previous row ; turn . ( 4 scales on row 8 )

Row 9 : Ch4 ; 1dc in same space as ch4 ; V-st in the middle of the scale ; * V-st in next ch1-sp , making sure you grab and crochet around the space between the two scales from previous row as well ; V-st in the middle of next scale * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; V-st in top of first dc of the 5dc on the side of the last scale from previous row ; ch1 ; turn . ( 9 V-sts on row 9 )

Row 10 : 1 scale around first V-st ; skip next V-st ; * 1 scale around next V-st ; skip next V-st * ; repeat from * to * across the row ; 1 scale around the last V-st on the side from previous row ; turn . ( 5 scales on row 10 )

Rows 11-110 : Repeat rows 9-10 , making sure you enlarge the shawl on the sides , as explained and shown in the previous paragraphs .

Row 111 : 1sc in each chain space and stitch from rows 109 and 110 , making sure you grab and crochet around the spaces between the scales and in the middle of the scales from previous row as well / This row is necessary for a stronger foundation when you finish the shawl .

This is about it . Trust me when I say this , the pattern is not complicated at all . And the crocodile stitch is a lot easier to execute than it meets the eye . Even *I* was able to make it and I don’t see . I wrote the instructions on how to make tassels and attach them to a shawl in a different article for a better management of this website . You can find it here . I hope my instructions are of help to you and that you now have a long and gorgeous shawl wrapped around yourself for the upcoming spring . Please share photos of your work on our Facebook page that you can find in the sidebar .

Happy crocodiling , everyone ,
Cătălina (from The Coolorburbians) .

Jun 182016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

In this post we will teach you how to crochet the Granny on the Straight stitch.

This stitch originates from the Traditional Granny Square. Unlike the traditional Granny square, the Granny on the Straight stitch is worked on the long or on the wide in straight rows (thus the name). It is one of the easiest and frequently used stitch. You can crochet a variety of projects with the Granny on the Straight, such as blankets, shawls, scarves, sweaters, blouses, handbags and much more. You just have to use your imagination.

Abbreviations :
ch – chain
ch-x-sp – chain x space
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet
sp – space

And now let’s continue with some technical information:

– this stitch is worked in multiples of 4;

– because the foundation chain tends to stretch a lot because it is looser, we recommend crocheting a row of single crochet stitches for consolidation;

– the double crochet stitch is the main stitch used across the project; it is worked in sets of 3 double crochet stitches called shells (Note: shells are not necessarily crocheted with a fixed number of stitches, the number may vary from 3 to 9 , such as in the Catherine Wheels stitch);

– the shells are separated by a ch-1-space, which creates a space between the sets.

When learning a new stitch, always crochet small swatches before committing yourself to bigger projects.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 4. Then work a row of single crochet stitches.

Row 1: work 3ch (they count as a dc here and across the project); work 2dc in the same sc as the ch-3; * 1ch; skip next 3sc from previous row; 3dc in 4th sc from previous row*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, skip next 3sc, 3dc in last sc from previous row; work 4ch to turn (this counts as 1dc + ch-1 here and across).

Note: If you decide not to work the row of single crochet stitches, the instructions are the same. You will work the shells in the chains on the foundation chain and not in the single crochet. Here it goes: work 3ch; 2dc in 4th ch from foundation ch; *1ch; skip next 3ch; work 3dc in 4th ch from foundation ch*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, skip 3ch from foundation ch, 3dc in last ch from foundation ch; work 4ch to turn.

Row 2: skip 1st shell of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-space; * 1ch; skip next set of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-space from previous row*; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1ch, 1dc in last ch-3 from previous row (this sp is the same as the ch-4-sp from the beginning of the row); work 3ch to turn.

Row 3: work 2dc in 1st ch-1-sp from previous row (these 2dc + ch-3 make a shell); *1ch; skip next set of 3dc; work 3dc in next ch-1-sp from previous row*; repeat fro * to *; finish the row: 1ch, 3dc in last ch-1-sp from previous row; work 4ch to turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to complete the pattern.

If you worked a row of single crochet stitches at the beginning you need to finish the project with a row of single crochet stitches as well. So, work 1sc in each dc from previous row, including the ch-1-sps as well.

We hope that our instructions will help you learn the Granny on the Straight stitch.

We would be happy if you uploaded photos of your finished projects using this stitch on our Facebook page, which you can find in the right column.

If you prefer video tutorials, you can watch them following the links bellow:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

Happy crocheting,
The Coolorburbians.

Jun 112016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Today’s article will show you how to crochet an Anchored Stitch. Why anchored, you might wonder? Well we thought about how to name the stitch and we noticed that the mixture of double crochet stitches in V and one other on top of them looks like an anchor. We admit that renaming crochet stitches requires quite a bit of imagination.

This is a very easy pattern that you can use to make ponchos and scarves.

Take a look at the picture below see how this pattern looks like.

How to crochet the Anchored Stitch

Abbreviations:

[ ] – work instructions within brackets as many times as directed
ch – chain
ch-sp – chain-space
dc -double crochet
sc -single crochet
sp – space
tr – triple (treble) crochet

Level: beginner

Tip: This stitch has very loose and mixed edgings. Make sure you learn how to add various borders to make these edgings look prettier.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 6, plus 3 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work [ 2dc, 2ch, 2dc] in 6th ch from the hook; * skip next 5ch; work [ 2dc, 2ch, 2dc ] in next ch *; repeat from * to *; finish the row: skip next 2ch, work 1dc in the last ch from the foundation ch, 1ch to turn.

Row 2: work 1sc in last dc from previous row; * 3 ch; skip next 2dc; work 1dc in next ch-2-sp; 3ch; skip next 2dc; work 1sc in the sp between the 2 groups of 4dc *; repeat from * to *; finish the row: work 1sc in the last ch-sp from previous row, 4ch to turn.

Row 3: * work [ 2dc, 2ch, 2dc ] in first dc from previous row; skip next sc *; repeat from * to *; finish the row: work 1tr in last sc from previous row, 1ch to turn.

Repeat rows 2 to 3 to complete the pattern.

Happy anchoring,
The Coolorburbians.

Jun 082015
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

It has been a long time since we last posted instructions for crochet stitches. We are going through major changes, but once in a while, we like to get our hands on crochet tools and play. Today we are posting instructions on how to crochet a pairing of single and double crochet stitches. It is a simple, yet very good looking to the eye stitch.

How to crochet a pairing of single and double crochet stitches

Abbreviations:
ch – chain
chxsp – chain x space
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet

Level: beginner.

Tips: Because it is summer and the stitch is a solid one, we would recommend using it to crochet a bag or a purse to go to the beach with. Also, make sure to keep the tension of the thread constant, so that your project will look even.

Work a loose chain from a multiple of 8 plus 4 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work 2dc in 4th ch from the hook; * skip 3ch; in next ch work [1sc, 3ch, 1sc]; skip next 3ch; in next ch work [2dc, 2ch, 2dc]*; repeat from * to *; to finish the row work 3dc in last ch of the foundation ch; work 3ch to return.

Row 2: work 1sc on top of last dc from previous row; *in the next ch3sp work [2dc, 2ch, 2dc]; in the next ch2sp work [ 1sc, 3ch, 1sc]*; repeat from * to *; to finish the row work [ 1sc, 3ch, 1sc] in top of beginning ch from previous row; work 3ch to return.

Row 3: in the first ch3sp from previous row work 2dc; * in the next ch2sp work [ 1sc, 3ch, 1sc]; in the next ch3sp work [ 2dc, 2ch, 2dc] *; repeat from * to *; to finish the row work 3dc in the last ch2sp; work 3ch to return.

Repeat rows to and 3 to complete the pattern.

How did you like the crochet stitch? Pretty easy, right!? We hope you enjoyed it and that you are going to use it to create many wonderful crochet projects.

Happy crocheting,

The Coolorburbians.

Feb 252015
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Welcome to yet another pattern for a fancy stitch. We know that Halloween has already passed, but even so, adding a new stitch to your crochet dictionary is always a bonus. Today’s written instructions will show you how to crochet the spider stitch. You can use it to crochet scarves, cardigans, sweaters, even ponchos, etc.

You can take a look at the image bellow to see how the spider stitch looks like:

How to crochet the spider stitch, written instructions

Abbreviations:

ch– chain
ch- – chain from previous row
sc– single crochet stitch
dc– double crochet stitch
tr– triple crochet stitch

Level: beginner-intermediate.

Tip: The spider stitch is mostly based on the triple crochet stitch. Working this stitch requires you to keep a steady tension, so that the swatch will look even. Otherwise, the spiders will turn out messy.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 14 plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: 1dc in the 6th ch from the hook; * ch1; skip next ch from foundation ch; 1dc in next ch * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return (counts as a dc + ch1sp here and throughout).

Row 2: 1dc in the 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1tr in each of next 4dc from previous row; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 3: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1sc in each of next 4tr; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 4: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch3; 1sc in each of next 4sc; ch3; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 5: repeat row 4.

Row 6: 1dc in next 2nd dc from previous row; * ch1; 1tr in 1st sc; ch1; 1tr in 2nd sc; ch1; 1tr in 3rd sc; ch1; 1tr in 4th sc; ch1; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Row 7: 1dc in 2nd dc from previous row; * ch1; 1dc in 1st tr; ch1; 1dc in 2nd tr; ch1; 1dc in 3rd tr; ch1; 1dc in 4th tr; ch1; 1dc in next dc; ch1; 1dc in next dc * ; repeat from * to * ; ch4 to return.

Repeat rows 2-7 to compete the pattern.

As usual, if you prefer the video instructions, you can watch the one below, that will show you how to crochet the spider stitch.

Photo gallery:

Happy spidering,
The Coolorburbians.

Feb 062015
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

We apologize for the over a month break, but, as you probably remember, one of The Coolorburbians is still recovering after a stroke (that’s me). So, my sister and I are now in Bucharest so I can get more alternative therapy. There is a noticeable progress with the therapy. In any case, since we have a little more free time on our hands, we decided to post patterns and stitches again.

Today’s written instructions will show you how to crochet the tulip stitch. Take a look at the pictures bellow to see how the stitch looks like:

The pattern can be used to crochet all sorts of items, such as scarves, hats, scoodies, vests, neck warmers, ear warmers, gloves and so on. There is no limit to the possibilities.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
ch- – chain from previous row
chx-sp – chain x space
beg chx-sp – beginning chain x space
dc – double crochet

Level: beginner.

Tip: Before committing yourself to a large project, please crochet a smaller swatch before, so you can understand the basics of the tulip stitch better.

Work a loose chain from a multiple of 6 plus 4 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: in the 7th ch from the hook work [3dc, ch2, 1dc]; * skip next ch-5 from foundation chain; in next ch work [4dc, ch2, 1dc] * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: skip next ch-2; 1dc in last ch; ch3 to return. (counts as a dc here and throughout).

Row 2: skip first 2dc from previous row; in next ch2-sp work [3dc, ch2, 1dc]; * skip next 5dc from previous row; in next ch2-sp work [4dc, ch2, 1dc] * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: skip next 3dc from previous row; work 1dc in top of beg ch from previous row; ch3 to return.

Row 3: skip first 2dc from previous row; in next ch2-sp work [3dc, ch2, 1dc]; * skip next 5dc from previous; in next ch2-sp work [4dc, ch2, 1dc] * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: skip 3dc; work 1dc in top of beg ch from previous row; ch3 to return.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to finish the pattern.

As usual, if you prefer video instructions, you can watch the tutorial bellow that will show you how to crochet the tulip stitch:

Happy tuliping,

The Coolorburbians.

Dec 152014
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

Today’s written instructions will show you how to crochet the Moss Stitch. It is a fancy stitch that looks complicated, making you wonder: “How do you do this?” In reality, it is a very simple stitch and to make it, you will only need to know how to slip stitch and how to make half double crochet stitches. In combination, the two stitches will look like a bobble where the yarn will lay across the bobble on the diagonal.

Let’s get going.

Abbreviations:

ch – chain

sl st – slip stitch;

hdc – half double crochet;

Level: beginner – intermediate.

Tips:

The moss stitch will look more emphasized, when using a bulkier and junkier yarn and a bigger sized crochet hook (7mm and above).
When finishing a project using the moss stitch, the last row should end with single crochet stitches in order to look even with the beginning of the crochet project.

Make a loose chain from a multiple of 2, plus 1 extra chain to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work 1 sl st in the next ch from the hook; * 1hdc in next ch from the foundation ch; 1 sl st in next ch * ; repeat from * to * ; ch1 to turn.

Row 2: work 1hdc in 1st sl st; * 1 sl st in next 1hdc; 1hdc in next 1 sl st * ; repeat from * to * ; ch1 to turn.

Row 3: work 1 sl st in 1st 1hdc form previous row; * 1hdc in next 1 sl st; 1 sl st in next 1hdc * ; repeat from * to * ; CH1 to turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 to compete the pattern.

Isn’t this very easy? Don’t be confused by the formula “1SLST…1HDC…”. The secret of this stitch is to alternate the two techniques on each row. What I mean is, you will need to work a slip stitch on top of the half double crochet stitch, and a half double crochet stitch on top of a slip stitch from the previous row.

I hope these written instructions will help you learn the moss stitch.

As usual, if you prefer a video tutorial instead, you can watch the one below that will show you how to crochet the moss stitch. However, the video does not tell you to make a foundation chain from multiples of 2 + 1, which is something I added in the written instructions to make the edges look more even.

The Moss Stitch – part 1:

The Moss Stitch – part 2:

The third video will show you a completed blanket I made two years ago using the moss stitch, ten skeins of bulky yarn in shades of white and and light green and a 9mm crochet hook.

Crocheted blanket using the moss stitch:

Happy mossing,
The Coolorburbians.