Today’s crochet tutorial is really a clarification of how to read crochet patterns instead of an actual stitch. Parenthesis are a huge part of my crochet pattern writing, and I stumble across people that get confused (thankfully not too often) when it comes to the parenthesis. It’s probably a good time to clear this part up, because I’m not the only crochet designer to use them in crochet patterns.
I use this technique All. Of. The. Time. I hate raw edges on my crochet work and tend to turn the work to make different shapes. When writing up crochet patterns that use this technique (most of them), I’ve been taking pictures of how to do this, like it was a weird thing to do when crocheting. It dawned on me that this is a basic crochet skill that we should have in our arsenal of awesome crochet tools.
I learned how to do this stitch when I was first starting out as Knot By Gran’ma. I (foolishly) took on a custom order for the fashion doll version of Princess Diana’s Wedding Gown. Uh, yeah. Long story short… I never got paid, and never finished the dress (although I got close, even after a full restart midway through), and added this easy stitch to my crochet repertoire… along with learning how to do beaded crochet, but that’s another post for another time. Thus, the scallop stitch (scallop st) is our Crash Course Crochet for the day.
There is a definite love hate relationship between myself and Periscope. I like watching other peoples’ videos, but freeze up and choke when doing my own. I have recorded 4 video’s (not counting the one I accidentally turned off 3
Let us talk about the part I hate the most when making dolls. HATE. It just happens to be a very necessary step in having a finished doll if it’s anything other than a snake or tubular kind of creature… unless you cheat and crochet the doll bits to the bodies. Actually, that’s not a bad idea. I’ll have to see if I can figure something like that out. For today though, we’re going to hand sew our arms, legs, eyeballs, horns, mouths, and whatever else needs to be attached with a needle; and I’m going to hate every single moment of it. Don’t be fooled. It’s a good skill to have and not very difficult. I’m just a bit of a baby and would rather this part magically happen without having to hand sew anything. Ever.
Today is all about texture and using up lots of yarn to create a single stitch. I introduce the pineapple stitch (pineapple st). It’s a simple little stitch that packs in a lot of texture and a variety of different ways to use the stitch. I have seen this stitch worked in every stitch on the row, in every other stitch with a chain 1, and on every other row and every single row. It’s very versatile.
Decreasing your crochet stitches is a very valuable tool. It creates shaping, and helps with three dimensional work. You can work your decreases in rows or while working in the round. It all depends on the crochet pattern. I use decreased single crochet stitches (d.sc) in the majority of my crocheted dolls. It’s what creates my doll heads and helps make their body shapes. You can decrease any type of stitch while crocheting. We’ll be focusing on decreasing single crochet stitches over two stitches for today.
Crocheting in the round is such an important skill. Heck, 98% of my crochet is done in the round. Monster heads, bodies, arms, and legs are all done in the round. That hat you want to crochet is probably done in the round. Crocheting in the round allows us to make pieces without a seam (most of the time… we’ll visit that later on in the post), creating a continuous stretch of crochet stitches. It also creates a right side of your crochet piece and a wrong side.
It’s come to my attention that crocheting with thread is kind of terrifying to some crocheters. I get it. The hooks are teeny tiny, and the thread could theoretically slice off your finger if you pull too hard (maybe not off, but it can leave marks).