Saturday, March 31, 2012

Double Crochet with Picot Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/20/16

I’ve spent much of the morning working on that Chunky PinkYarn Blanket I wrote about earlier this week. Phase II isn’t ready for you yet, but hopefully I’ll post about it later this coming week.

In the meantime, I’ve been thinking about something else all week. What if…? Why couldn’t we…? Sounds possible…hmmm, let’s experiment with that idea some more…yarn over, insert hook, pull up loop…chain…no, no, no…tear out stitches, make new foundation chain…try again, and again…okay, a few times more and then…

Well, it definitely works, and personally, I think it looks pretty cool too! Of course the real test is finding out what you think of it, so don’t be shy. Let me know how you like this new – well at least I’ve never heard of it before – double crochet with picot stitch.

Use this stitch in place of traditional double crochets in your pattern, or as an all-over stitch pattern. If you use it as an all-over pattern, add 3 chain to your foundation chain (which will count as your first double crochet), and make 3 chain to begin each row. You might also want to use a traditional double crochet stitch at the end of each row, for a more even look on your sides. When making your foundation chain, begin your first double crochet with picot stitch in the 3rd or 4th chain from the hook, depending on your personal preference.

Step 1: Yarn over, insert hook in desired chain or stitch, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over and draw through 2 loops on your hook; [2 loops remain on hook]

Step 2: Make picot; Chain 3 (using only the last loop on your hook) – expressed another way: yarn over, draw through 1 loop on hook, chain 2; slip stitch in 1st chain [picot complete]

Step 3: Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook

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