Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Daisy Crochet Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

The daisy crochet stitch is a fun and versatile stitch that works up fairly quickly. I’ve made dainty, but very durable, kitchen washcloths with it; I’ve also combined it with the Tunisian stitch to make a winter vest. The daisy crochet stitch would be an excellent choice for baby items, perhaps a charming bib and bonnet set, or soft and cuddly blanket. Once you get the rhythm down, it’s almost as easy as making single crochet stitches, only with a lot more detail and some very fancy stitchery.

Foundation Row: Make an uneven number of chain stitches

Right Side (1st Row)

Step 1: Skip the first chain; draw up a loop in each of the next 4 chain stitches, keeping all 5 loops on hook

Step 2: Yarn over, draw through all 5 loops on hook

Step 3: Chain 1, draw up a loop from the center of the previous daisy stitch you just made

Step 4: Draw up a loop from the last vertical stitch of the previous daisy stitch you just made, and from the next 2 chains (5 loops on hook)

Step 5: Yarn over, draw through all 5 loops on hook

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 – 5 across row

Wrong Side (2nd Row)

Step 7: (beginning daisy to be made as first stitch in each new row) Chain 3, skip first chain, draw up loop from each of next 2 chains in chain 3, turn, draw up loop in first 2 horizontal stitches of previous row (5 loops on hook); Yarn over, draw through all 5 loops on hook

Repeat steps 3 – 5 for pattern, following step 7 to begin each new row.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Begonia Square Crochet Motif

by M. J. Joachim 
Updated 4/19/16 

Uses 2 colors: color A is the flower, color B is the edging 

It’s a tight squeeze, fitting 8 petals around your initial 4 chain ring, when you make the begonia square crochet motif. That’s one of the things that make this motif so effective though, because the petals almost overlap each other, giving the flower a more decorative appearance. Use this motif to make pretty spring shawls, festive table runners and delicate doilies. Depending on the weight of your yarn and size of your hook, the begonia square can be made into just about anything you’d like. 

Step 1: Chain 4 with color A; slip stitch into 1st chain to make a ring. 

Step 2: Chain 4 (beginning of 1st petal), *Yarn over twice, insert hook into ring 

Step 3: Yarn over, pull loop back out of ring and through 2 loops on hook (twice) 

Step 4: Repeat from * in Step 2 continuing through step 3, until you have 5 loops on your hook; yarn over and draw through all 5 loops on hook (first petal complete) 

Step 5: Chain 4 

Step 6: Second and remaining petals – Repeat from * in Step 2 through Step 3 until you have 6 loops on your hook; Yarn over and draw through all 6 loops on hook. 

Step 7: Chain 4 

Step 8: Repeat steps 6 & 7 until you have 8 petals around ring, ending in chain 4 and joining to top of 1st petal. Finish off color A. 

Step 9: Join color B to any chain 4 loop; chain 3 (counts as first double crochet), make 3 dc in same space. 

Step 10: Make 4 dc in next chain 4 space 

Step 11: Chain 6 (makes corner of square) 

Step 12: Make 4 dc in each of next 2 chain 4 spaces Repeat Steps 11 & 12 around, ending with chain 6 for last corner. Join to top chain of 1st double crochet. 

Finish off. 

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Honeycomb Stitch Bathroom Rug

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

I’m sure every crocheter has made one of those projects that started out wonderfully, but didn’t quite turn out as planned. My most recent one happened over a bathroom rug I decided to make, since my bathmats were beyond ready to be disposed of in the trash. It began when I taught myself how to make the honeycomb stitch, and decided this same stitch would be perfect for making the rug.

I already had two large skeins of white and cream colored cotton yarn. To make the rug, I used both yarns together and a large hook. I measured my space with a measuring tape, and proceeded to crochet a long chain. Then I worked the honeycomb stitch for my pattern until I had a large rectangle that would fit in front of my shower.

I’m thinking it’s important to pay a little closer attention when working on large projects like this, because as you can see in the picture, my honeycomb stitch created three vertical rows in the middle of my project, and I should have paid much more attention to my side edges. The honeycomb stitch is a little bit tricky. You have to get it just right at the beginning and end of each row, or you end up changing the pattern in the middle of it.

Once I get into my groove when crocheting, I usually can pick up where I left off no matter how many distractions occur. Not so with the honeycomb stitch, as you can plainly see. However, I’m thinking part of the problem is that I’ve never made a rug before, and this was the learning curve phase, where most people learn from trial and error.

I’m not giving up, good people. Before I even finished making this little ditty for my bathroom, I decided to make a rug for my kitchen too. Rugs are fun crochet projects to make, and even though this bathmat didn’t exactly turn out like I had planned, it is very functional and charming, not to mention comfy to step on when you get out of the shower.

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Honeycomb Crochet Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

When working the honeycomb stitch, it’s important to pay close attention to your rows. Clusters are offset throughout the pattern, requiring you to insert them between clusters, as opposed to directly above them, which will create the vertical row effect.

Foundation Row: Make a chain divisible by 3; chain 1, turn

Step 1: Make cluster in next stitch

Honeycomb Cluster Stitch

a. Yarn over hook, insert hook in desired stitch

b. Draw up a loop

c. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops on hook

d. Repeat steps a,b & c, inserting hook in same stitch, until 6 loops are on the hook

e. Yarn over, pull through all 6 loops on hook

Step 2: Single crochet in next 2 stitches

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 & 2 across row

Step 4: Chain 1, turn; single crochet across row

Step 5: Chain 1, turn; single crochet in next 2 stitches, cluster in next stitch across row

Step 6: Chain 1, turn; single crochet across row

Note that steps 1 & 2 make one row with clusters, while step 5 makes another row with clusters that offset the previous clusters. Single crochet rows between the offset clusters help prevent the stitch pattern from becoming too bulky, allowing it to lay flat.

Repeat steps 1 through 6 for pattern.

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Cable Crochet Stitch

by M. J. Joachim
Updated 4/19/16

The cable stitch uses a combination of double and single crochet rows, but adds a bit of extra interest to the design, by including a cross-over double crochet throughout the pattern. It can be used as a fun trim on jeans, an all-over pattern for a sweater, lined skirt or purse and combination with other stitch patterns to make household items, crafts and whatever your heart desires.

Foundation Row: Make a chain divisible by 4 (+2 more chain stitches)

Step 1: chain 1, turn; single crochet in each stitch across the row and in top of turning chain on additional rows

Step 2: chain 3, turn; skip next single crochet, double crochet in next 3 sc stitches

Step 3: yarn over, insert hook from front to back in missed stitch and make 1 double crochet stitch over the last 3 double crochet stitches you just made

Step 4: skip next single crochet, double crochet in next 3 sc stitches

Step 5: repeat steps 3 and 4 across row; finish with 1 dc in turning chain

Step 6: repeat steps 1 – 5 for pattern

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