Monday, May 21, 2012

Combining and Mixing Crochet Techniques

I like to combine different techniques and styles when I crochet sometimes. Today, I’m in the mood to mix traditional crochet with Tunisian crochet stitches. You can do this too. All you need is a regular crochet hook and an afghan crochet hook that are the same size. Since I’m only making a swatch, size doesn’t really matter. However, I’m going to make this particular swatch big enough to double as a new kitchen washcloth.

Step 1:  Use the regular crochet hook to make a foundation chain; single crochet in second chain from hook and in each stitch across. Turn.
Step 2:  Chain 4 (counts as 1st dc + 1 chain);* skip next sc, dc in next sc, chain 1

{Repeat Step 2 from * across row, ending with 1 dc in last stitch in row}
Step 3:  Change hooks and begin using afghan hook; turn
Step 4: Insert hook in front loop only of each chain and dc stitch across, casting loops onto afghan hook as you work.
>>>insert hook in desired stitch
>>>yarn over, draw up loop (cast on)

Special note:  Be sure to cast on loop from top of turning chain too.
Step 5:  (casting off) Yarn over, draw through 1 loop (for edge); yarn over, draw through 2 loops, until you have only 1 loop left on your hook.

{Repeat Steps 4 and 5 twice more}
Step 6:  Switch to regular crochet hook; repeat step 2
Step 7:  Chain 1, turn; single crochet across row
{Repeat Steps 2 – 7 for pattern}

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