Margaret Kavanagh

How Many of These Stitches Do You Know?

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One of the best things about is the variety of stitch patterns available. In case you weren't aware, Happily Hooked has plenty of stitch tutorials available for members and non-members alike so you can up your level of skill, whether you're a beginner or have been at it for decades.
Different stitches add texture and structure to designs. Stitches can define patterns and they can increase decorative detail. There's a stitch for every reason!
Let's take a look at some of the stitch tutorials available on the Happily Hooked YouTube channel by Sam, our social media guru!

1. Foundation Single Stitch

Foundation Single is a great replacement stitch for the initial starting rows of many projects. Instead of creating a normal chain and then single-crocheting (sc) into that chain, try this stitch.

HELPFUL HINT: Here's the logic behind the foundation single stitch, which may help you remember how to do it. When you make the first move (put your hook through 2 loops and pull up a loop, then yarn over and pull through one loop) you are actually making the regular chain link. The next part (yarn over and pull through 2 loops) is making the single on top of the foundation chain. If you look at the structure, it may be easier to understand the process.

2. Tunisian Foundation Row

If you've never seen Tunisian before, you'll want to check out this article. Tunisian creates a beautiful, thick, knit-like fabric. It's worked somewhat like knitting — you start by picking up loops that you keep on the hook, and then you work them off on the way back across.

HELPFUL HINT: If you'd like to see the technique (or any of Sam's videos) more slowly, click on the Settings icon on the video and select a slower playback speed. This is especially helpful for newer artists or if there's a particular part of the stitch you don't quite understand.

3. Crocodile Stitch

The Crocodile Stitch is also called Dragon or Mermaid Stitch. It's incredibly decorative and creates an overlapping scale-like stitch that's perfect for patterns with a lot of texture. It may seem complicated at first, but once you see how it works, it will all make sense.

4. Mesh Stitch

The Mesh Stitch is a simple stitch that works up quickly. It's a repetition of a single stitch followed by a chain one. The next row follows the same pattern. It's an easy way to create visual interest.

5. Chevron Stitch

The Chevron Stitch, or Ripple Stitch,  is one that you've probably seen in afghans. It takes just a bit of time to set up the first few rows, but once you do, it's a great one to do while you're watching TV or take with you on the road.

6. X Stitch

Like the X Stitch name suggests, it forms a decorative X pattern. It's made of double stitches and is a nice embellished stitch substitution for items like hats or blankets.

7. Lemon Peel

A lovely textured stitch, the Lemon Peel is a combination of alternating single and double stitches. It's simple but looks great.

8. Single Cross Stitch

The Single Cross Stitch is such a cute stitch! This one creates little Xs and involves yarning under, rather than over when you go through to pick up the yarn. A must-watch to understand how it works.

9. Bean Stitch

Similar to a puff stitch, the Bean Stitch uses creates a nice reversible closed lattice. Pretty! The bean stitch pulls up several loops of yarn, just like the puff stitch, but instead of creating a big puff that stands up straight, it creates a slanted puff that you work into on the next row.

10. The 3 Double Shell Stitch

The Shell Stitch has a lot of variations. The 3 double version is easy and makes a great fabric. Once again, it's a simple combination of single and double stitches.

11. How to Use Loopy Yarn

Loopy Yarn is a strange animal. It's pre-looped and you need no tools to use it. You basically weave one row of loops through the next. Interesting stuff! Sam shows you exactly how to use it.

12. Rice Stitch

The Rice Stitch combines alternating front post double crochet and back post double crochet stitches. It's highly textured and quite attractive!

13. Alpine Stitch

The Alpine Stitch utilizes two rows, a single row, and a row of double and front post double that drop down to the row below. It creates a look that almost mimics cabling.

14. Crunch Stitch

Alternating slip stitches and half double create the Crunch Stitch. That is a perfect name for this stitch, too. It looks like a taller stitch has been crunched down.

15. Thermal Stitch

The Thermal Stitch is such an interesting stitch and creates a really thick, warm fabric. It combines back-loop-only single with an interesting technique in which you grab the top loop of the row below. Neat!

Top 3 Stitches You Need to Know!

Sam demonstrates her top 3 must-know stitches for you. And I have to say, these 3 are game-changers. The first is the foundation single. (It's the same stitch you saw in the first video above.) Gone are the days of chaining too few or too many starting chains. Or of having chains that are too tight or too loose. Learn this first stitch, and everything changes!!
The second is the half double version, and the third is the double. I recommend you watch this video on repeat and practice the stitches until you understand the concept behind them. You'll never go back to a regular chain again!

Our YouTube channel has so many more tutorials available, so be sure to browse around. We have a great starter series for the beginner artist. You'll love our yarn and product reviews, and a whole lot more.
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Blog Manager & Columnist Coordinator at Happily Hooked | + posts

I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

Margaret Kavanagh

I've been crocheting since my mother taught me as a little girl. I'm lucky to be working with Happily Hooked and I can't wait to share everything yarny and hooky with you! Yarn over, peeps! Yarn over!

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