Monday, February 28, 2011

Single Crochet Leaf Stitch

Leaf Stitch
(Multiple of 2 +1 turning chain)

The leaf stitch is the smallest and most basic of the multi stitch per chain family. Other examples of this family of stitches is the Picot, Fan and V-stitch. When crocheting this type of stitch you are adding more than one stitch to the same chain (or loop). Because you are adding multiple stitches to one loop you will need to skip other stitches if you want your piece to lay flat, or in the case of the Picot stitch you allow a section to 'stick out' thus creating a textured pattern in the piece.

For this stitch you will be adding two single crochet (sc) stitches to a single stitch and then skipping the previous and following stitches to ensure your piece lays flat.

To start you will want to crochet your base chain. The formula for this base chain is a multiple of 2 plus one for the turning chain.

In this example my base chain is 9 loops - 8 working stitches and 1 turning chain. 

For your first row you will single crochet across, making 8 single crochet stitches.

In the second row you will skip the first single crochet and add two single crochet stitches to the next. Continue to skip one chain and add two single crochet stitches to the next across. If you were reading a pattern this would be written like:

Row 2: *skip first single crochet, 2 sc in next stitch.* Repeat from * to * across.

If you look closely you can see two single crochet stitches.

When you have finished the second row you will start seeing the pattern. Notice how two single crochet stitches in one chain space looks like a 'V' or a leaf (thus the name of this stitch).

In all following rows you will repeat the pattern of Row 2 which will result in alternating leaves.

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