Innovative Crochet Stitches

While I should be working on holiday gifts, I've sidetracked momentarily and started on the Foxglove Wrap (at right) for myself. It was the stitch pattern that finally got to me. I couldn't resist this incredibly unique combination of shells and post stitches.

I never know what I'll find in each issue of Interweave Crochet, and I am always amazed, from cutting edge construction techniques to in-depth how-to articles on crochet socks, mittens, and more. And don't worry if you're a beginning crocheter. There are plenty of great articles on how to crochet everything from single crochet stitches to post stitches.

One of the most popular crochet techniques right now is Tunisian crochet. Interweave Crochet started publishing Tunisian crochet patterns years ago, but they continue to explore new stitch patterns, techniques, and modern ways to use this historical stitch.

Recently they explored Tunisian crochet stripes. I love this technique.

 
   
For a nice straight edge to your stripes, pick up your new color on the last yarn over of the return pass of the previous row. This will ensure that the first stitch of the new row is in the correct color, and you won't get a color jag at the edge.   You can see here that all of the loops on your hook will be in the new color.   This creates a nice, straight edge to your rows.
     
     
  For a less solid line, that looks more like a woven or blended effect, change to the new color at the beginning of the return pass, instead. This will cause the two colors to overlap at the row where they meet.   These swatches are shown in Tunisian simple stitch, but you can play with many different stitches to create different effects with changing colors.  
 

Discover innovative new crochet techniques, learn new stitches and construction techniques, and crochet incredible accessories, garments, afghans, and more. Whether you are interested in Tunisian crochet, crochet lace, fabulous projects, or the newest thing in crochet, get your Interweave Crochet subscription today!

Best wishes,

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