Crochet flowers

Midweek Masterclass: Simple Crochet for Beginners Part Two

This week, learn even more simple crochet stitches to embellish your knitting. Follow Faye Perriam-Reed's step-by-step guides to become a crochet-wiz in no time.

8th June 2016

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Simple Stitches & Edgings

double crochet swatch

Double crochet (dc) 

Step 1 double crochet

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.

Double crochet step 2

10 Wind the yarn around the hook.

Double crochet step 3

11  Pull the yarn through the st, giving you two loops on your hook.

Double crochet step4

12 Yrh again, then pull the yarn through both loops. One dc complete.

Half treble swatch

Half treble (htr) 

Half treble step1

13 Work to where you want the htr to be, and then wind the yarn round the hook.

Half treble step 2

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. 

Half treble step 3

15 Pull the yarn through the stitch only (3 loops on the hook). 

Half treble step 4

16 Yarn round hook again, pull the yarn through all 3 loops. One htr complete.

Treble crochet swatch

Treble (tr) 

Treble step 1

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). 

Treble step 2

18 Wrap the yarn around the hook, and pull the yarn through the stitch only. 

Treble step 3

19 You now have 3 loops on the hook. Yrh again, and draw the yarn through the first 2 loops on the hook. 

Treble step 4

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

Shell edge swatch

Shell edging

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.

Picot edge swatch

Picot edging 

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. 

Blanket edge swatch

Blanket edging 

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. 

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