Tuesday Evening Tip (crochet)

To finish what I was saying before about free-form crochet, I have some quick hints about working in the round.

Again, like in the previous post, create an adjustable ring, now either work 6 or 8 sc in the ring. I like these 2 because less than six is a cone, and with more than 8 things tend to get frilly.

To choose between these, please keep in mind that starting with 8 will create a flat circle in single crochet, a gentle slope in half-double crochet, and a dome in double crochet. Starting with 6 with create a gentle dome in single crochet, a pronounced dome (think half a ball) in half-double crochet and a cone in double crochet. Take these with a grain of salt, because gauge changes everything! 🙂

Okay, so now that you have (presumably) created your desired number of starting stitches here is a nice, even method of increasing.

Pulling the yarn tight, you will have what I consider the first row ( I work this in spiral to avoid seams)

Row 2: With out any chains or slip stitches, put 1 stitch (for the sake of argument, let’s call them sc)in the first stitch you worked. Pause, place a stitch marker on that first stitch to mark the beginning of your round; then make a second sc in the SAME stitch. Keep putting two sc’s into each stitch until you end up just before the marker.

Row 3: Now remove stitch marker, make one sc in that stitch and replace stitch marker. In the next stitch put 2 sc’s. (Notice the pattern – Row 2 you can count out “one-two” for each stitch; row 3 count one, two-three all around, a repeating pattern of 3 stitches for row three) Continue with one sc in next st and 2 sc in the next, until you come to the stitch marker.

Row 4: arrange the stitch marker as above and continue with the pattern. Here it would be one sc, one sc, two sc in the next three stitches respectively or a count of “one, two, three-four”

The pattern keeps going in this manner. The neat things about this is 1- each row will have a stitch total of the number of stitches you started with multiplied by the number of rows (example: start with 8 stitches and your 5th row will have 30 sts) Also, if you stop and don’t remember where you were, counting rows will let you know how to continue (just remember the center counts as a row!) For example, starting with 6 sts you could tell if you were in the middle of the 8th row you would have one sc  in 6 sts and 2 in the last (an 8 st repeat)

 

This turned out to be so long, the knitting tip will be a separate post

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