The Subtle Beauty of the Crochet Linen Stitch
Sure crochet lace, shells, and chevrons are gorgeous, but don’t overlook the subtle beauty of the crochet linen stitch. Want to see what I mean? Take a closer look at the yoke and sleeves of the Shadow Purple Top by Anastasia Cruz. It’s beautiful isn’t it! The delicate texture created with just single crochet stitches and chains gives you just a bit of breathability with a fabric that also gives you solid coverage.
The crochet linen stitch is easy enough for any beginning crocheter to try. The first and last stitch of every row in the Shadow Purple Top yoke is a single crochet. The first row after you have created your chain begins by working a single crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook, chain 1, skip the next chain, single crochet in the next chain, *chain 1, skip next chain, single crochet in the next chain; repeat from * across. Remember that you will end with a single crochet in the last chain. If that means you work 2 single crochet stitches in a row, don’t worry; you’re doing it right.
To work the next row, turn and chain 1, single crochet in the first single crochet, *chain 1, skip next single crochet, single crochet in the next chain 1 space; repeat from * across to the end of the row and single crochet in the last single crochet. Remember I said the crochet linen stitch was easy? Well just repeat this row and you have it down!
Even the basic shaping in this crochet top design are easy! Anastasia Cruz shapes the garment in linen stitch by working increases in the first and last stitches in the row or by decreasing by slip stitching in stitches.
I couple of tips to keep in mind when working crochet linen stitch. Be sure to check your stitch count every couple of rows. It’s easy to skip a chain 1 space and loose track. It can also be difficult to determine the right side of the fabric on appearance alone. So place a marker on right side for easier identification.
Are you ready to try the crochet linen stitch. You need the Shadow Purple Top in your closet! Download or order your Interweave Crochet Summer 2019 and start enjoying the crochet linen stitch. I’d love to know what you think of this simple crochet stitch! Let me know in the comments.
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