Here’s another reminder that there will be a charity meet-up at Bruegger’s in Sun Ray shopping center from 9am to noon on Saturday, October 20th. Beginners are welcome; you’ll have a chance to work on a single stitch, making a swatch that will eventually make its way to an afghan For more into, see the blog post.
At the October meeting, Maxine led us through a quick explanation of linked, extended, and post stitches; provided a variety of swatches using these stitches; and she turned us loose to pursue new stitch patterns on our own.
Linked stitches will eliminate that annoying space at the beginning of a row of double crochet. When doing a linked stitch, you do not yarn over. Instead, you use one of the horizontal bars (or chains) of the previous stitch. Check out the October project gallery to take a look at Melanie’s sweater. She used link stitches at the beginning of each row. The linked stitches provide a sturdy seam without unwanted holes when setting in sleeves and assembling a garment.
You can extend any stitch other than a chain or slip stitch. An extended stitch does not begin with an extra yarn over. Instead, after you insert your hook and pull up a loop, you yarn over and pull through that one loop alone, then continue with the stitch as usual, doing a yarn over and pulling through loops as needed for the stitch. Extended stitches result in a softer fabric and add about a half stitch in height; in other words, an extended double crochet is slightly taller than a regular dc and slightly shorter than a treble. That beginning loop is used when making foundation stitches, particular those that include a chain between stitches.
Post stitches lend texture to your fabric. In the right combination, the end result can be crocheted cables or a firm ribbing.
Our next regular meeting will be Saturday, November 10th at
. We will learn all about the good, the bad and the ugly of joining stitch motifs. Prospect Park United Methodist Church