Friday, January 18, 2013

Long Tail Straight Stitch Crochet Technique

by M. J. Joachim
Sometimes it’s nice to use loose ends to decorate crochet patterns, rather than weaving them in or hiding them all the time. All that is required is a very long tail, or at least one long enough for your purposes.
The long tail straight stitch technique is easy enough to make.
Step 1:  Pull tail in front of work and crochet in stitch as required
Step 2:  Move tail to back of work, and crochet in stitch as required.
By continuously alternating your tail from the front to the back of your work, you create a straight stitch design, much as if you were using a needle and yarn, to weave over and under your fabric. This all inclusive method allows you to do it, while you’re making your pattern.

Notice pink yarn at bottom of pic, using this technique

In fact, you may want to anchor a tail, just for this purpose. Then you can stitch over and under the tail, making all sorts of patterns. Incidentally, this is a great way to use up old yarn. Experiment with different pattern designs, writing them down and taking pictures as you work.

Sure, you could use all those old scraps for small motifs that may or may not be turned into a gigantic patchwork afghan someday. But you could also use them to experiment with your creativity, and design like you never thought possible.
Until next time, happy crocheting!
M. J.
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