Spring is officially here, and it is bringing me so. much. joy. Winter is fun and all.. for like a month, then I'm over it. Give me 70 degree temps, actual colors in nature, and outdoor activities!
Also with Spring comes lighter and airier (that's a word?!) apparel. And with the upcoming release of The Perfect Spring Sweater, I thought I'd put together a little photo tutorial for how to do the stitch for that piece. It's drape-y, airy and really whips up quickly.
I think you're really gonna love this new sweater pattern. It's insanely comfortable. I am literally wearing it right now whilst typing this post and I'm in love with it.
Soooo to start you'll grab the yarn you'd like to use. For the sweater, I used KnitPicks Brava Sport in the color Seraphim. This was a pretty nice yarn to work with... it is a category "2" yarn, but in my opinion could totally be put into the "3" category. It's soft and washable. Score.
So to execute the flow-iness of this stitch, I just about DOUBLED in millimeters the suggested hook size. Now this may vary for each crocheter because we all crochet with different tension, but the key to getting that drape is to up that crochet hook size. I used an 8 mm hook.
For this stitch, your foundation chain will need to be an even number of chains. I chained twenty for this demonstration.
Once your desired chains are acquired, you will hdc into the fourth chain from the hook. In the photo above, it's the chain I'm pointing to.
Above shows that first hdc worked. The three chains you skipped to work that first hdc count as a hdc + ch 1.
Then you will ch 1, skip a stitch, and hdc into the next st. Continue this to the end of the row.
Above shows the entire first row worked.
To work row 2, you will ch 3 (counts as a hdc + ch 1)...
Then you will skip the first st and work a hdc into the next st. The photo gives a bit of assistance on where to work that first stitch.
Photo above shows the first hdc worked.
Then you will [ch 1, sk next st, then hdc] across the row, just like in the first row. When you get to the end of your row, the last hdc will be worked into the top chain of the previous row- shown in the above photo.
Then you just repeat the instructions from row 2 until you reach the desired length.
Voila! That's how you work up a really pretty and Spring-y stitch (like the amount of made up words in this post??).
Be on the lookout for this beauty.. I think you may be surprised by how EASY it is. :)
Happy Spring and happy making my friends!!