Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Crochet linen stitch - beautiful, versatile, and EASY!
Many customers have been curious about a project I have been working on, a striped cotton baby blanket I designed for my newest nephew. It’s worked in crochet linen stitch (sometimes called moss stitch), which is one of the easiest and most versatile stitches in the craft. It’s basically [single crochet, chain 1] worked into the chain-1 spaces of the previous row. After the first row or two you’ll fall into the rhythm of it - it’s very relaxing to watch the beautiful fabric just flying off your hook! This stitch breaks up pooling in handpainted yarns and gives an interesting texture to solids. By playing around with color, yarn weight, and hook size, you can get a myriad of different effects with this one simple stitch.
|Kogarashi Cowl (a self striping yarn)|
Crochet linen stitch is versatile, beautiful, and easy to master - what are you waiting for? Grab a hook and get stitching!
My favorite quick gift uses crochet linen stitch and one skein of interesting yarn to make a cowl in a flash. Here’s how to make your own:
- Pick a hook size that is AT LEAST twice the diameter of your yarn. Bigger is better, but don’t go crazy with it. Work a small swatch to make sure you’re happy with the drape of the fabric you’re making.
- Leaving an 18” tail when you make the slip knot, make chain stitches until this foundation chain is the width of the cowl you want to make (between 6” and 8” is pretty standard, but you can make it wider or narrower).
- Work the linen stitch back along the foundation row - instructions here.
- Continue in linen stitch until strip is desired length (or you don’t have enough yarn to complete another row), then cut yarn and secure last stitch.
- Sew the ends of the strip together with the long tail you left at the beginning. Mattress stitch is often used, but you could whip stitch it or use any other sewing method you like.
- For a regular loop, join the two ends without a twist.
- For a Mobius loop, flip one end of the strip once before you join the ends.
- Weave in ends.
This project can also be worked lengthways with no seam; check out this free pattern for instructions on working the Mobius version in the round.