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 work almost exclusively in single crochet. I make dolls, and that’s the stitching that makes sense to use. Sometimes it gets really boring, and I end up looking for little ways to add texture to my work without sacrificing the composition of the piece. I thought it would be nice to share some of the little and easy things that I do to add a little more pizzaz to my boring single crochet.
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 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.
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.
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.
Now that we’ve practiced our chain stitch (ch) from a few weeks back, let’s move on. Today we will talk about the single crochet stitch. I’m skipping the slip stitch for now, because it’s more of a finishing stitch in my mind than a foundation stitch. It’ll be next. Don’t worry. Back to the single crochet stitch… I use this stitch the most. This is another foundation stitch, in the sense that you need to know how to do this stitch to do more complex stitches.