Thursday, September 13, 2012

Puff Stitch Vertical Rows – All Over Crochet Pattern

by M. J. Joachim

I’ve been working on this next stitch sequence for quite a while. You see, I like the idea of using puff stitches as fabric enhancements and embellishments, so I’m currently exploring different ways to incorporate them into a variety of all-over patterns and rows. Puff stitches are bulky, for lack of a better word, so it takes a bit of patience to come up with crochet patterns that let them lay flat, without buckling the piece as you work. This next pattern uses puff stitches very subtly in the piece, creating simple vertical rows of puff stitches, amidst a background of single and double crochet stitches.  It is an original pattern I created myself. As expected, all copyright rules and intellectual rights apply.

Pattern Sequence (5 rows to be repeated throughout entire piece, ending with 5th row to finish)
1 row single crochet
1 row double crochet
1 row double crochet with puff stitch
1 row double crochet
1 row single crochet

Pattern Instructions
Foundation: Make a chain that is a multiple of 6 stitches (+5 chain, +1 more chain); single crochet in second chain from hook and in each chain across row.
Step 1:  Chain 3, turn; double crochet in each stitch across row
Step 2:  Chain 3, turn; double crochet in next 4 stitches, *make puff stitch in next stitch, double crochet in next 5 stitches

[Repeat Step 2 from * across row, ending with 4 dc in last 4 stitches and 1 dc in turning chain]
Step 3:  Chain 3, turn; double crochet across row
Step 4:  Chain 1, turn; single crochet across row
Step 5:  Chain 1, turn; single crochet across row
Repeat Steps 1 – 5 for pattern

And there you have it, a fun and easy pattern you can use to make just about anything…scarves sweaters, hats, washcloths, floor mats and many other things come to mind.

Happy Thursday everyone! Wishing you only good things as always,
M. J.
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