Monday, May 2, 2011

A little Give and Take

Alternating Stitch
(multiple of 2, plus 2)

When crocheting an alternating stitch you are crocheting just as the title implies, alternating stitches. In today's example I am crocheting alternating double and single crochet stitches. This technique can be used to crochet intricate patterns or add a bit of texture to an otherwise flat piece. For example, this would look great in one color as a purse. 

(This pattern reminds me of Charlie Brown's shirt, thoughts...?)

To crochet the above sample you'll want to make your starter loop, than crochet a multiple of 2, plus 2. For this example I crocheted a total of 14 loops. 

Row 1: Double crochet in the second stitch from the hook. (not including the loop on the hook!)

"Single crochet in the next stitch, double crochet in the next stitch." Continue to alternate till you reach the end. You should end with a double crochet as the last stitch.

Right now it doesn't look like much. This is because the double crochet stitches are being pulled down by the single crochet stitches. The pattern will get more breathing room in the next row. 

Row 2: Chain 1, turn. 
Single crochet in the next stitch (which should be a double crochet in the previous row)
Double crochet in the next stitch (which should be a single crochet in the previous row)
Repeat across

You can see the pattern in the next row. See how one stitch dips low while the other is more shallow. That's the double crochet being pulled down to attach to the single crochet from the previous row. Likewise, the single crochets are pushed up by the double crochet from the previous row. Here's a more close up pic:

Row 3: Chain 2, turn. Repeat row 1.

It a simple, but very pretty pattern. Try it with different numbers of double, single and half double crochet stitches. 

I think I'll make us a craft project for later this week, how about a pencil cup? Seeing as Mother's Day is coming up and all, I think a craft project would be quite fitting. Print out the link and make one together while watching Joy Luck Club. At the very least you can use the yarn to mop up your tears! lol.
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