Crochet newbies learn how to crochet using the basic stitches. Once you become familiar with the basic stitches like single crochet, double crochet, etc., you can mix them to form different types of crochet fabric.
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Can you mix crochet stitches?
Yes, you can mix your crochet stitches without ruining your crochet project. You can combine basic crochet stitches in many different ways to create various textures and sculptured effects. By combining basic crochet stitches, you can form new stitch patterns that you can use for your various crochet projects.
Some famous stitch patterns, such as the seed stitch, are made by alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches. Another popular stitch is the shell stitch made from a group of double crochet stitches working into the same stitch or space.
Mixing crochet stitches will not ruin your crochet piece. It is the best way to try combining different types of stitches to make unique patterns or textures.
How do you mix crochet stitches?
There are many ways to mix crochet stitches. Your desired shape and composition of stitch patterns determine the way you combine your stitches. You must make sure to maintain proper stitching tension and alignment when joining your stitch patterns.
When you mix crochet stitches, you create simple and sculptural textures. Read on to learn how to mix your crochet into more interesting patterns.
Combining your basic crochet stitches can create simple textures that can form great crochet fabrics.
Chain spaces and chain loops
When you add chains between basic stitches, holes or spaces are created in the crochet fabric, you are making. The spaces created by short chains are called chain spaces, while those formed by long chains are called hoops. When a crochet pattern tells you to work into a chain space or loop, insert your hook through space and not into the actual chain stitches.
- When you work into only the back loops of the stitches in every row of single crochet, you create a deep-ridged effect. The unworked front loops form these deep ridges.
- When you work into only the front loops of every single crochet on every row, you make a less pronounced texture than working into only the back loop.
- When you use the same procedure for working into the back or front of single crochet can be used on all crochet stitches to create ridges. This technique will produce double ridges and will make your crochet fabric look the same on both sides.
- Another way to produce a different texture using basic stitches is to work the stitches into the spaces between the stitches. The simplest form of this stitch pattern is called tweed stitch. To create the tweed stitch, you work on the one-chain spaces between single crochet stitches in the row below instead of the tops of stitches.
You can create attractive sculptural textures by grouping your basic crochet stitches. Below are some of the most common techniques you can follow to make various sculptural textures.
- Front post double crochet
Using the front post double crochet technique creates a fabric that imitates knitted ribbing. It can also be used on its own in rows to create a ridged effect.
- Start with a row of double crochet stitches. On following rows, work two chains, yarn over and insert the hook from the front around the post of the second double crochet.
- To complete the double stitches, yarn over and draw a loop through, then (yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook) twice.
- Work a double around each of the following doubles in the row below in the same way. At the end of the row, work a double into the top of the turning chain. Repeat the second row to form a ridged texture.
- Back post double crochet.
- Start by working a base row of double crochet stitches. To start the second row, work two chains, yarn over and insert the hook from the back around the post of the second double stitch.
- To complete the double yarn over and draw a loop through, then (yarn over and draw through the first two loops on the hook) twice.
- Work a double around each of the double stitches in the row below in the same way. Continue as for step 3 of Front post double crochet.
Shells are one of the most commonly used all crochet stitch techniques. You usually use double crochet stitches to make shell stitches. You create shell stitches by working several stitches into the same stitch or space. You can use any number of double crochet stitches to form a shell. The most commonly used crochet shells have 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 double crochet stitches. Shells can also be made with half doubles and taller basic stitches.
The bobble stitches are made by working your stitches into the same stitch; however, you do not finish the stitches as you work them on the same stitch. You leave the last loop of each stitch on the hook until the last stitch, yarn over, then pull through to join all of them at the top.
- To make a 5-double crochet bobble, work five incomplete double crochet stitches into the same stitch (as for a shell). You will now find six loops on the hook.
- Wrap the yarn around the hook and draw a loop through all six loops on the hook.
- Step 2 completes all of the double crochet stitches simultaneously and joins them at the top. Some bobbles are completed with an extra chain. Bobbles are usually made with 3, 4, or 5 double crochet stitches. When you use half double crochets to make bobbles, the stitch pattern is called puff stitch.
Cluster stitch is similar to the bobble stitch in that you do not complete each of your stitches until the end join. You create the cluster stitch pattern by joining the tops of several stitches, each worked into a different stitch below, into a single top. The cluster looks like an upside-down shell.
- To make a three-double crochet cluster, work double crochet up to the last yarn that completes the double crochet. Then, work an incomplete double crochet stitch into each of the next two stitches in the same way. You will find that you now have four loops on the hook.
- Wrap the yarn around the hook and draw a loop through all four loops on the hook.
- Step 2 completes all of the doubles at the same time and joins them at the top. Clusters can be formed using 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or more double crochets. You can also use half double crochet stitches or taller basic stitches.
The popcorn stitch technique is similar to the shell stitch until you get to the last step. With the popcorn stitch, you will remove the hook from the last loop, re-insert it (front to back) into the top of the first stitch. Then, pull the working loop through to join all the stitches at the top. The crucial step of re-inserting the hook from front to back creates the popcorn-like design on the crochet fabric.
- Popcorn stitches are started like shell stitches. To make a five-double crochet popcorn, start by working five double crochets in the same stitch.
- Remove the hook from the loop and insert it from back to front through the top of the first double crochet of the group. Draw the working loop through the top of the first double crochet.
- By doing this step, you pull the tops of the shells together to form a bobble-type shape. Unlike the top of a bobble, the top of a popcorn bulges forward because of re-inserting the hook from front to back. You can also make popcorns with 3, 4, or 5 double crochets.
Join-as-you-go is a fast and effective way to mix your crochet stitches but takes a bit of planning. Before you start your crochet project, you must decide first on the arrangement of the patterns. You also need to define the method of joining your stitches or patterns. The join-as-you-go technique is usually used in making a mixed stitch stripey blanket.
Simple Colorwork Stitch Patterns
Crocheting in a single-color yarn can create gorgeous crochet pieces. Using your imagination to combine different colors on crochet is more creative. It can give you more challenges and a different kind of accomplishment.
Two common types of colorwork techniques are used in crochet; the Jacquard and the Intarsia. Both are worked in single crochet stitches. Jacquard usually uses only two colors in a row. The color that is not in use is carried across the top of the row below, and stitches are worked over to enclose it. When the crochet piece needs a different color in only one area and not across the entire row, the Intarsia technique must be used.
Crochet colorwork stitch patterns are an exciting bunch to use on your crochet projects. You combine color artistry with different stitches which you think are fitting for your projects. By mixing different stitch patterns with the right color mix, you will make more interesting crochet pieces. Some samples of these colorwork and stitch patterns are simple zigzag stitch, colored tweed stitch, and bobble stripe. You can make your mix and match of colors and stitch patterns.
How many different crochet stitches are there?
There are more than 150 crochet stitches or stitch patterns created since the time that crochet began. The different stitches were gathered from the internet, crochet books, and guides. You can find basic, advanced, unique stitches and combinations and variations of these stitches.
This wide variety of crochet stitch patterns are important for you to experiment in creating your designs by combining them. Knowing even the basic stitches of crochet will allow you to create crochet fabrics with different textures and designs.
By learning new crochet stitches aside from the basic stitches, you know, you will be more inventive with your crochet creations. You can definitely mix your basic and new stitches to create more exciting stitches.
Can you mix knitting and crochet?
You can mix knitting and crochet in one project. It depends on what type of craft you are more inclined to do. Some crafters who do more knitting combine crochet techniques only to accomplish tasks that are easier to do using a crochet hook.
Crocheting the edging of a knitted piece, such as the edges of a knitted dishcloth or coaster, makes it look smoother. Using a single crochet stitch in a single color creates a clean and finished edge.
Knitting a circle such as a bottom of a mug can be difficult to do using knitting needles. The best solution is to crochet the circle bottom and pick up knitting where you left off with crochet.
Edges and button loops of knitting projects are made simpler using crochet, so it is handy to have a hook even if you prefer knitting more. Note that your hook and knitting needles should be of comparable sizes when you mix knitting and crochet so that your stitches will match as well.