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- WEEK 10 -

“With crochet, the possibilities are endless.– Sigoni Schaap

Yes, I’m quoting myself this week. 😆

I’m so excited to say that we’ve entered MONTH 3 of LCE already! It’s time to get into the really fun stuff. This month the theme is “Basic Stitches & Beyond” and today we’re going to talk about the base stitches.

If you missed last weeks topic, it was all about finishing crochet projects. Fastening off, weaving in ends, adding borders to blankets, and a few other topics. I also created a new video tutorial!

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March Theme:

BASIC STITCHES & BEYOND

Week 10: Basic Stitch Guide

March 7th - March 13th

We’re talking about more than the basic stitches today. We’ll learn how to make each of the base stitches (slip stitch to double treble), when they’re used, and THEN we’ll talk about different stitch variations and combinations.

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The Base Stitches

You’re probably used to hearing about “the basic stitches”: single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet. But these aren’t the only stitches we’re going to talk about today.

The stitches we’re talking about today are called base stitches because once you know them, you can use them in different ways to create variations and stitch combinations more on that later.

First, please note that I always use US terms in tutorials and in written patterns. Here’s a short conversion chart if you’re in the UK:

US vs. UK Conversions

 

US: Single Crochet | UK: Double Crochet

US: Double Crochet | UK: Treble Crochet

US: Half Double | UK: Half Treble

US: Treble Crochet | UK: Double Treble

US: Double Treble | UK: Triple Treble

Base Stitch #1: Slip Stitch (sl st)

*UK = Slip Stitch (ss)

A slip stitch is used as a stitch itself, to join crochet rounds, and to form a circle in place of a magic circle.

To slip stitch: Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull through the stitch and through the loop on your hook.

Turning chain: When starting a new row or round, no chains are needed to start.

Base Stitch #2: Single Crochet (sc)

*UK = Double Crochet (dc)

A single crochet is one of the most common stitches in crochet. It’s used in hundreds of different projects by itself, different variations, and combinations.

To single crochet: Insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.

Turning chain: When starting a new row or round, chain 1 to start. This chain does not count as a stitch.

Base Stitch #3: Half Double Crochet (hdc)

*UK = Half Treble (htr)

A half double crochet is another common stitch in crochet. It’s used in hundreds of different projects by itself and in combination with other stitches.

To half double crochet: Yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through all 3 loops.

Turning chain: When starting a new row or round, chain 2 to start. This chain does not count as a stitch – unless stated otherwise within the pattern

Base Stitch #4: Double Crochet (dc)

*UK = Treble (tr)

A double crochet is another one of the most common stitches in crochet. It’s used in hundreds of different projects by itself and by using different variations to provide lots of texture.

To double crochet: Yarn over, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through remaining 2 loops.

Turning chain: When starting a new row or round, chain 3 to start. This chain does count as a stitch – unless stated otherwise within the pattern

Base Stitch #5: Treble Crochet (tr)

*UK = Double Treble (dtr)

A treble crochet is a taller stitch that is less common than the others. It’s often used to create lacy patterns or cables.

To treble crochet: Yarn over hook twice, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), [yarn over, pull through 2 loops].  Repeat [ ] 2 more times.

Turning chain: When starting a new row or round, chain 4 to start. This chain does count as a stitch – unless stated otherwise within the pattern

Base Stitch #6: Double Treble Crochet (dtr)

*UK = Triple Treble (trtr)

A double treble is another stitch that’s not used as often. The only place I’ve seen a double treble used was in a motif. I’m sure there are other patterns out there, but I haven’t come across many.

To double treble: Yarn over hook three times, insert your hook into the next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (5 loops on hook), [yarn over, pull through 2 loops].  Repeat [ ] 3 more times.

Turning chain: When starting a new row or round, chain 5 to start. This chain does count as a stitch – unless stated otherwise within the pattern

Stitch Variations & Combinations

All of the stitches I listed above are base stitches because they can be used in combination with each other to create hundreds of different types of patterns.

There are many different variations and stitch combinations you can use. But there is a big difference between the two, so let’s talk about that.

Stitch Variations

If you’re getting bored working with the basic stitches, but you’re not ready to try stitch combinations, try different variations of your favorite base stitches.

When you try different variations you’re only using that stitch, but you’re placing it in a different spot that you normally would.

In the photo below, you can see that my hook is going under both of the loops at the top of the stitch. This is where we normally insert our hook.

Next week we’re going to go a lot more in depth with different stitch variations (and I’ll talk about some of them in Friday’s video). But if you are anxious to see what I mean, here are some different variations you can try:

  • – Front Loop Only / Back Loop Only – video tutorial here
  • – Front Post DC / Back Post DC
  • – Extended Stitches
  • – Puff Stitch
  • – Popcorn Stitch
  • – Clusters
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And that’s just a few to start!

Stitch Combinations

Stitch combinations are when you use multiple base stitches to create a new stitch pattern.

One simple stitch combination is the Suzette Stitch. It uses single and double crochet stitches to create a raised, textured stitch that is perfect for blankets.

You can find a tutorial for that stitch here along with a free blanket pattern.

In a few weeks we’ll be talking a lot more about stitch combinations and I will be releasing a video with 5 simple stitch combinationsthat work great for blankets so keep an eye out for that video. 

But if you’re looking to do a little research right now, you can find many videos and picture tutorials online. Here’s a list from AllFreeCrochet that lists over 150 different combinations.

Another really great place to find both stitch variations AND combinations is inside stitch dictionaries. Here are a few of my own personal favorites:

  • – Crochet Stitch Dictionary
  • – Crochet Every Way
  • – Granny Square Sourcebook
  • – 500 Crochet Stitches
  • – All Around the Corner Crochet Borders
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*You can find all of these books in my Amazon Shop under “LCE Week 10”.

FREE TUTORIAL FRIDAY

This week I have a video that talks about everything we covered today. I’ll show you briefly how to make each of the base stitches I listed above and then we’ll talk about some different variations and stitch combinations using those base stitches. Get ready to learn a LOT!

This tutorial isn’t out yet but it will be on Friday 3/12/21

In the meantime, check out some of my free patterns on the blog or watch some crochet tutorials on my YouTube channel! 

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