Stitches for Your Crocheting Arsenal- Part 3By Erin Burger – 15 Comments
This third installment of Stitches for Your Crocheting Arsenal (check out Part 1 and Part 2 for even more special stitches!) contains the instructions for two more special stitches, photos of those stitches and some general uses for them.
The Basketweave Stitch is one of my favorite stitches in crochet. It seems difficult at the onset, but once you have mastered Back Post and Front Post Double Crochet Stitches, textured stitches like this are a breeze. Great for heavier scarfs and blankets, the basketweave stitch is often used for textured kitchen and bathroom cloths.
Start by chaining a multiple of 8 plus 2 (see Chaining Multiples in Crochet for more info.)
Row 1: dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each st across
Row 2: ch 2, turn, fpdc in first st, *bpdc in next 4 dc, fpdc in next 4 dc, rep from * to end, ending with a fpdc, dc in top of ch-2 on previous row.
Row 3: ch 2, turn, 1 bpdc in first fpdc,* fpdc in next 4 sts, bpdc in next 4 sts, rep from * to end, ending with a bpdc, 1 dc in top of ch-2 ch on previous row.
Repeat Row 3 and then Row 2 until appropriate length is reached.
I assume this stitch is called ‘crazy’ because it appears to be ‘all over the place’. One row seems to be shifting to the right and the next row seems to be shifting to the left. I’ve used the crazy stitch for childrens washcloths, it looks great in bright colors where the ‘shifting’ crazy stitch really shows up nicely.
Start by chaining an odd number.
Row 1: 3 dc in 4th chain from hook, *skip 3 ch, (sc, ch 3, 3 dc) in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with sc in last ch
Row 2: ch 3, turn, 3 dc in first sc, (sc, ch 3, 3 dc) in each ch-3 space across, ending with sc in last ch-3 space
Repeat Row 2 until appropriate length is reached.
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