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Lemon Peel Stitch

December 27, 2019

Foundation Row: Start with an even number of stitches (sts). Add 1 for base chain (ch).

Row 1: In the 2nd Ch from the hook, *(SC, DC). Repeat * until the end of the row. Ch 1, Turn.

Row 2: In the first st,*(SC, DC). Repeat pattern until the end of the row. Ch 1, Turn.
Note: Every SC should be stitched into a DC from the previous row and vice versa.

Repeat Row 2

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

How to Crochet a Straight Seam In the Round

December 27, 2019

Before we start this blog post, I want to make sure you’ve seen our other blog on “How to Crochet in Rounds“. This blog is a building block from this tutorial and will give you a better understanding of the baseline we are starting from.

It’s important to know how to create a straight seam in the round because if you don’t do it, then your seam will be noticeable in your hats, amigurumi, etc.

Seam 1: Pictured above is a seam that is a bit “wonky”. This is a seam we don’t really want in our projects because it makes the seam visible and what appears to be off-centered. The reason this happens is because a pattern designer may ask for you create an increase stitch in the first stitch of the round, instead of the last stitch.
Seam 2: Pictured above is a seam that is considered “invisible” and “straight”. This is a seam we do want in our projects because it goes unnoticed and makes your project look cleaner.

3 Techniques that I do are:

  1. I will always start my rounds by stitching in the same stitch as the joining slip stitch from the previous row.
  2. I make sure that I have good tension when joining my rounds to avoid any gaps that may occur.
  3. I do not start my rounds with an increase stitch.

In the “Seam 1” that is pictured above, the pattern would look as follows:
Start with the Magic Ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, DC 10. (10)
Round 2: Ch 2, *(2 DC) in the first stitch. Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (20)
Round 3: Ch 2, *(2 DC, DC 1). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (30)
Round 4: Ch 2, *(2 DC, DC 2). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (40).
Round 5: Ch 2, *(2 DC, DC 3). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (50)

Notice how the beginning of the round starts with an increase by using 2 DCs.

In the “Seam 2” that is pictured above, the pattern would look as follows:
Start with the Magic Ring.
Round 1: Ch 2, DC 10. (10)
Round 2: Ch 2, *(2 DC) in the first stitch. Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (20)
Round 3: Ch 2, *(DC 1, 2 DC). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (30)
Round 4: Ch 2, *(DC 2, 2 DC). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (40).
Round 5: Ch 2, *(DC 3, 2 DC). Repeat * 9 more times. Join with slip stitch. (50)

Notice how the stitches are reversed and the the increases are done after doing single DC stitches.

Hopefully, this gave you a better understanding of how to get a straight seam in the round!

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

How to Crochet in Rounds

December 27, 2019

Working in rounds can seem daunting; however, it’s actually pretty easy! Once you learn how to work in rows of crochet, working in rounds is the nest step you should take in learning a new technique.

First, you’ll want to check out the blog post on “The Magic Circle“. This is the very basic foundation of how to start your circle.

You’ll learn crocheting in rounds (flat circle method) requires basic math skills. Below, you’ll see a sample of a cheat sheet made to know how many stitches you would need per round. For instance, if you start Round 1 with 6 stitches, then you will add 6 stitches per Round in order to keep the flat circle going.

In order to add additional stitches, it is important to count your stitches and create increase stitches. Below you’ll see how to create Rounds 1-5 beginning with 10 stitches in the Magic Circle.

Round 1: Start with Magic Circle (use blog post referenced earlier). Start with 10 DC stitches. (10 Stitches)
Round 2: After completing Round 1, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 1, *(2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (20 Stitches).
Note: In Round 2, you will always do 2 DCs in each stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the second round doubles the amount of stitches used from the first round.
Round 3: After completing Round 2, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 2, *(DC, 2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (30 Stitches).
Note: In Round 3, you will always do a DC in the first stitch followed by 2 DCs in the second stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the third round is the first round multiplied by 3.
Round 4: After completing Round 3, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 3, *(DC 2, 2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (40 Stitches)
Note: In Round 4, you will always do a DC in the first two stitches followed by 2 DCs in the third stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the fourth round is the first round multiplied by 4.
Round 5: After completing Round 4, Ch 2. Starting in the first DC from Round 4, *(DC 3, 2 DCs). Repeat * 9 more times. (50 Stitches)
Note: In Round 5, you will always do a DC in the first three stitches followed by 2 DCs in the fourth stitch in the flat circle method. If you refer to the chart earlier for stitch counts in the round, you will see that the fifth round is the first round multiplied by 5.

You’ll continue this method for the rest of the rounds that you need in order to complete your project. Hopefully, you followed the method above. If so, you should find that you have a straight seam in your project.

In some patterns, you’ll find that the designer starts with an increase in the first stitch (DC 2) and finishing the round with a DC. When this is done, you’ll find a seam that becomes off centered and more visible. To avoid, this, reference our blog on “How to Create a Straight Seam” for the flat circle method.

Tips, Tricks & Techniques

The Magic Circle

December 26, 2019

Ever wonder how people work in rounds? Well, it all starts with the “Magic Circle”. The “Magic Circle” is a technique used to keep the center of the circle tight and you’ll typically see it used in a hat pattern or Amigurumi projects.

The tutorial below is an example of how to work Double Crochet Stitches in the Magic Circle.

Instructions:

Step 1: Wrap the tail end of your yarn as shown in the picture above. The end of the tail should be on top.
Step 2: Insert hook and draw up a loop as shown in the picture above.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull yarn through the loop. This creates a chain stitch.
Step 4: Create another chain stitch. You should have 2 chains as pictured above.
Step 5: Insert hook into the center of the ring to start the Double Crochet Stitch (DC). You’ll want to stitch over the tail of the yarn.
Step 6: In this example, I created 10 DCs into the Magic Ring.
Step 7: Grab the tail of the yarn. Pull it like a drawstring and allow for the stitches to cinch down together.
Step 8: Insert hook into the first DC of the round.
Step 9: Yarn over and pull yarn through.
Step 10: Join the circle with a slip stitch. This completes one round.
Crochet Stitches

Treble Crochet (tr) Stitch

December 26, 2019
Treble Crochet (tr) Stitch with 2nd generation CroChic Styles hook, “Snow Queen”, from the Fairy Tale Collection.

Instructions: Start with any number of Chain (Ch) stitches (sts). Add 3 Chs for Foundation Row. Yarn Over (YO) and insert hook into third Ch from hook. Pull yarn through. There should be 3 loops on your hook. YO and pull yarn through the first loop. There should be 3 loops on your hook. YO and pull yarn through the first two loops. There should be 2 loops on your hook. YO and pull yarn through last two loops.

Example Swatch:

Foundation Row: Any number of stitches (sts). Add 3 for base chain.

Row 1: Skip 3 Chains (Ch). Tr 1 into fourth Ch from hook. Repeat tr until the last Ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, tr 1 into fourth Ch from hook. Repeat tr until the last Ch. Turn.

Repeat second row.

Crochet Stitches

Double Crochet (DC) Stitch

December 22, 2019
Double Crochet (DC) Stitch with 2nd generation CroChic Styles hook, “Snow Queen”, from the Fairy Tale Collection.

Instructions: Start with any number of Chain (Ch) stitches (sts). Add 2 Chs for foundation row. Yarn Over (YO) and insert hook into third Ch from hook. Pull yarn through. There should be 3 loops on your hook. YO and pull yarn through the 2 loops, repeat.

Example Swatch:

Foundation Row: Any number of sts. Add 2 for base Ch.

Row 1: Skip 2 Chs. DC 1 into the third Ch from the hook. Repeat DC until the last Ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2. DC 1 into the third Ch from the hook. Repeat DC until the last st. Turn.

Repeat Row 2.

Crochet Stitches

Half Double Crochet (HDC) Stitch

December 22, 2019
Half Double Crochet Stitch with 2nd Generation CroChic Styles Hook, ,”Snow Queen” from the Fairy Tale Collection

Instructions : Start with any number of Chain (Ch) stitches (sts). Yarn Over (YO) and insert hook into third Ch from hook. Pull yarn through. There should be 3 loops on your hook. YO and pull yarn through the 3 loops.

Example Swatch:

Foundation Row: Any number of stitches (sts). Add 2 for base chain.

Row 1: Skip 2 Chains (Chs). HDC 1 into the third Ch from hook. Repeat SC until the last Ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, SC 1 into second Ch from hook. Repeat SC until the last st. Turn

Repeat Row 2

Crochet Stitches

Single Crochet (SC) Stitch

December 22, 2019
Single Crochet Stitch pictured with 2nd Generation CroChic Styles Crochet Hook, “Snow Queen” from the Fairy Tale Collection.

Instructions: Start with any number of Chain (Ch) stitches (sts). Add 1 Ch for Foundation Row. In the second chain from the hook, insert hook and yarn over (YO) and pull yarn through. There should be 2 loops on your hook. YO and pull yarn through the 2 loops.

Example Swatch:

Foundation Row: Any number of stitches (sts). Add 1 for base chain.

Row 1: Skip 1 Chain (Ch). SC 1 into second Ch from hook. Repeat SC until the last Ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, SC 1 into second Ch from hook. Repeat SC until the last Ch. Turn

Repeat second row.

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