Friday, February 25, 2011

Lattice Stitch

Lattice Stitch
(Multiple of 2 +1 turning chain)

The Lattice stitch is a nice stitch for hats and warm sweaters. It has flexibility without losing its thermal quality. This stitch can also be done with a double or triple crochet, but for warmth I prefer the single crochet. 

To start this stitch you'll want to crochet your base chain. As noted above the formula for the base chain of this stitch is a multiple of 2 plus 1 chain as the turning chain. In the above example my base chain is 8 (a multiple of 2) plus a ninth chain to act as the turning chain. 

To start your first row of the Lattice Stitch you will crochet a Single Crochet (sc) in the second chain from the hook. (see above) Next, chain one stitch. This will be the space in which you will add single crochet stitches in each subsequent row.

Skip the next stitch. Crochet a single crochet in the next stitch (see above). If you were reading a pattern from a book this would be written as :

Chain 9, turn
Sc in second stitch from hook, *chain 1, skip next stitch, sc in next stitch.* Repeat from *to* across

When you get to the end chain one and turn. For all subsequent rows the ends must have a single crochet, this will keep your edges firm. When you start your next row you will single crochet in the first stitch and then in the chain one space. Following this you will *chain one, single crochet in the next chain 1 space* and repeat this pattern across. When you reach the end you will Single crochet in the chain 1 space and in the last stitch of the row.

[In this picture I'm adding a Single crochet to the first stitch- 
this is the last single crochet from the previous row.]


[Next you single crochet in the first chain 1 space. If you have trouble finding it, use your finger to make the hole larger. Then repeat across.]

Here's an example in two colors so that you can see the different rows. Here you can see the single crochet stitches from the top row tie into the chain 1 spaces of the previous row.

Keep repeating the pattern until you get the length you want. I use this pattern quite often with my hats. The finished item is flexible, warm and if you interchange colors it can look very cool.

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