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Simple Stitches & Edgings
Double crochet (dc)
9 To make a double crochet stitch, insert the hook into the next stitch if working into knitted fabric, or under the top two loops of the next stitch in the previous row, if working into crocheted fabric.
10 Wind the yarn around the hook.
11 Pull the yarn through the st, giving you two loops on your hook.
12 Yrh again, then pull the yarn through both loops. One dc complete.
Half treble (htr)
13 Work to where you want the htr to be, and then wind the yarn round the hook.
14 Insert the hook into the next stitch of the knitting (or top two loops of the next stitch of crochet). Yarn round hook again.
15 Pull the yarn through the stitch only (3 loops on the hook).
16 Yarn round hook again, pull the yarn through all 3 loops. One htr complete.
17 To work a treble, start by winding yarn around hook and then insert the hook into the next stitch of the knitting (or top two loops of the next stitch of crochet).
18 Wrap the yarn around the hook, and pull the yarn through the stitch only.
19 You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yrh again, and draw the yarn through the first 2 loops on the hook.
20 You now have 2 loops on the hook. Yrh again, draw the yarn through the rem 2 loops on the hook. One tr complete.
Working Detailed Edgings
Worked over a multiple of 8 sts + 1.
Row 1: Work 1 dc, *skip 3 sts, work 7 tr all into next st, skip 3 sts, 1 dc; rep from * to end. Fasten off.
Adjust the number of sts skipped in between and the number of dc’s at beginning and end to suit your project.
Worked over any number of sts.
Row 1: *Work 1, 2 or 3 dc, ch2, 3 or 4, join with a ss into first ch (through both ‘legs’); rep from * to end.
Experiment with working more or fewer dc’s and ch sts to create different-sized bumps along the picot edge.
Worked over a multiple of 4 sts + 3.
Row 1: *Work 3 dc, work 1 dc into the next stitch 3 rows down; rep from * to last 3 sts, work 3 dc.
Adjust the number of dc’s worked in between the points to suit the number of sts across your row.
The Crochet Cast-off
Patterns in The Knitter sometimes call for the crochet cast-on method (see our Masterclass in issue 73), or the crochet cast-off. This produces a firm cast-off, suitable for shoulder seams, the back of the neck and areas where you don’t want your work to sag. It is also useful if you run out of yarn, as it doesn’t require any extra!
Beginning at the opposite end to the working yarn, slip the first 2 stitches from your left-hand knitting needle onto the crochet hook. *Pull the stitch nearest the hook through the second stitch, leaving the first stitch on the hook. Slip the next stitch onto the hook and rep from * until all stitches are cast off, pulling the working yarn through the last stitch.