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