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?
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.
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.
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.
Let’s talk about crocheting a monster doll for a moment. Most of my monsters are free form crochet… as in I have no pattern. My Mini Monsters and Chakra Monsters do have a loose pattern, but only because I’ve made 80 million of them. I think it’s something I should write down one day, and sell as a real crochet pattern. That will have to be for when I stop selling them online and in shops. That might be happening sooner than later by the way. I just have to get through this ginormous next batch of things to do, but it is on the list… way towards the end.