Stitches for Your Crocheting Arsenal – Part 2By Erin Burger – 18 Comments
In a previous post I gave instructions for three special stitches, the moss stich, the chevron stitch and the smocking stitch, which all help add texture and interest to crochet projects. Below are instructions for two more special stitches, photos of the stitches and general uses for them.
Classic Checkerboard Stitch
This stitch is great for all kinds of around the home type projects like washcloths and table runners. You can play around with this stitch by making each ‘checker’ a different color or any other kind of variation of colors.
Start by chaining a multiple of 6 plus 5
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across.
Row 2: ch 3, turn, skip first sc, dc in next 3 sc, *ch 2, skip next 2 sc, dc in next 4 sc, repeat from * across.
Row 3: ch 5, turn, skip first dc, *skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, 2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next dc, ch 2, repeat from * across, skip last two dc, dc in top of beginning ch.
Row 4: ch 3, turn, *2 dc in next ch-2 space, dc in next dc, ch 2, skip 2 dc, dc in next dc, repeat from * across, ending with 3 dc in beginning ch.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3
Row 6: Repeat Row 4
Row 7: ch 1, turn, *sc in next 4 dc, 2 sc in next ch-2 space, repeat from * across across, sc in top of beginning ch.
Repeat Rows 2-7 until appropriate length is reached.
Simple Shell Stitch
There’s something so sweet about a simple shell stitch. It reminds me of lovely shawls, baby blankets and thick double stranded afghans.
Start by chaining a multiple of 4.
Shell = (2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc)
Row 1: shell in 4th ch from hook (skip 3 ch, shell in next ch) across.
Row 2: ch 3, turn, (shell in ch-1 space of next shell) across.
Repeat Row 2 until appropriate length is reached.
See? I told you it was simple!
Have any questions about completing these stitches? Know of any other uses for these stitches? Just want to comment? Please don’t hesitate!