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.
Today is finally the day that you can make your very own Larry Monster. He’ll hold your stuff, and look awesome doing it. He’s a bit functional art, a bit monster cozy. Mine holds my remote controls in the living room, so I don’t have to worry where the kids or cats may have placed them… a place for everything. I love him.
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!
Yes! You can now make your own Grimeclaw Monster doll. I’m so excited for all of you. This has been a labor of love that has gone on for months. I’m really excited to see it all come together. Today I’m releasing just the crochet pattern. The original plan was to have the crochet pattern and the crochet pattern kit release on the same day… like today. Apparently that wasn’t meant to be, because I forgot about a few things that I really need to ship out the kits. They’re all ordered and will be here very soon. The crochet pattern kit gets its own little PRE-SALE, and you get to save $2 by ordering early.
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.
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.