Varying Crochet Stitches

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Stitch Variations

Most crochet stitch patterns are made up of basic stitches. However different effects can be created by varying slightly just one stage in the standard stitch-making procedure, for example the position of the basic stitch and/or manner of inserting the hook into the fabric. There are many variations and combinations and these are usually given with the pattern.

Working under one loop only
Inserting the hook under one top loop only, either the back loop (Fig.122) or the front loop (Fig.123), leaves the other loop exposed as a horizontal bar. Depending upon which stitches are picked out in this way, horizontal ridges of ‘woven’ effects can be created. The fabric also tends to become more elastic.

Fig 122
Fig 123
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Corded or Reversed Double Crochet
Corded double crochet is used as a decorative texture or edging. It consists of working double crochet stitches in the ‘wrong’ direction, i.e. from left to right for right-handers.

After a right side row do not turn.
1. Always starting with the hook facing downwards insert the hook back into the next stitch to the right. Pull the yarn through twisting the hook to face upwards at the same time (Fig.124).

Fig 124
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2. Wrap the yarn and draw through to finish off the double crochet normally (Fig.125).

Fig 125

3. Insert hook ready for next stitch (Fig.126).

Fig 126
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4. The direction of working causes the stitches to twist and create the decorative effect (Fig.127)

Fig 127

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