So many of the Knot By Gran’ma crochet patterns use this crochet technique. It’s called joining in, and today we’ll learn how to do it with a single crochet stitch. Why do I need to know how to join in?
Make your edge look STUNNING after putting in all of that awesome crochet work. Since crocheting anything takes forever, don’t you think it’s a shame to leave your finished edge looking unfinished? Simply fastening off your yarn (the usual slip stitch and pull through) leaves a knot. It leaves your beautiful crochet looking like you have more work to do. You can do better, and your talent demands it. DEMANDS IT!
I posted some pictures of the puppets I have been making sometime last week, and the reaction was awesome. The main comment that sticks out in my mind is how the yarns held together made a cool effect. I totally agree with this. It does make a really cool effect. I’ve been doing this for years, but this was the first time I had many comments about the yarns and what I was doing. I don’t know, maybe everyone doesn’t crochet like this sometimes? I do it all the time.
This is one of the most useful crochet stitches that I have in my crochet tool box. The decreased single crochet (d.sc) stitch allows me to decrease my stitch count, without leaving a gaping hole… the one that would be created by simply skipping a stitch. Being a crocheted doll maker, this is important, because holes cause gaps. Gaps cause your stuffing to show or fall out. I’m a big fan of keeping everything tight. The stitch is useful for all types of crocheting; not just doll work. It’s one of the most useful crochet tools when shaping your work. You can use this stitch to decrease one (or more!) stitch in a few steps. It’s easy enough for a beginning crocheter to master.
I love the little detail adding a picot creates. It’s just so pretty. I’ve been crocheting them “wrong” for years… nothing horrible. I was missing one little step. I would get a very similar effect, but if we’re going to do it, we should do it right. Today’s how to crochet, is how to properly execute a picot stitch (which is really a bunch of little stitches together). If you can single crochet (sc), chain (ch), and slip stitch, (sl st), then you can make a little picot. It adds so much more awesome to your crochet work.
Eventually you are going to come across a crochet pattern that tells you to mark a stitch… or mark the first stitch. It’s going to happen. Marking a stitch isn’t difficult. It’s also nice to know where your rows start if you are crocheting in the round. Marking stitches makes your crocheting easier, and often, takes away some of the counting. What could be better than that?
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.