Monday, March 21, 2011

Zigging and Zagging

Zig Zag Stitch
(Multiple of 5 +2)

The Zig Zag stitch is great for blankets and ponchos. Mix and max colors for fun and interesting designs. There's also a way to adapt this for a star pattern - I'll need to research this to remember how it goes SO, to be continued till another time :) 

The formula for the base chain of the Zig Zag stitch is a multiple of 5 plus 2 for the turning chain. I'm making this one with a double crochet, but this design would work just as well with single, half or triple crochet. 

Ok so to practice this one, chain 20 +2 loops. Double crochet in the second loop from the hook and in the next 3 stitches.  
To make our first downward pointing 'zig' we're going to need to perform a DECREASE. To do this, yarn over, insert your hook and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through two of the loops on your hook. This should leave you with two loops as shown above.

Next, yarn over again, skip one stitch and insert your hook in the next stitch - pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through two of the loops on your hook, yarn over and pull through the last 3 loops on your hook.

You have now finished a decrease stitch.

Next, add a double crochet stitch to the next 3 stitches. In the next stitch, add a double crochet, chain 3, double crochet

For the rest of this row:
(1) DC in next 3 stitches.
(2) Decrease by adding a partial double crochet in the next stitch, skip a stitch, add another partial double crochet - yarn over and pull through all 3 loops on your hook to finish the decrease. Add a double crochet to the next 4 stitches.

The next row is crocheted in much the same way.

(1) DC in the next 4 stitches

(2) Decrease

(3) DC in next 3 stitches
(4) Add 1 DC, 3 chain stitches, DC to Chain 3 space

(5) DC in next 3 stitches
(6) Decrease

 Repeat steps 3-6 until you reach the end, add 2 DC to last stitch. 

I made a very pretty Pink and Blue baby blanket for my niece using this pattern. It works up quick and the unique design adds a little something. Also use this to make a great scarf in multiple colors or monochromatic.

Check out my Summer Bonnet for an example of using zig zag stitch as a hat border.

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