Unlocking the Mysteries of the Aloe Wrap

Have you ever been working a project when you come across a new stitch? At first, you’re excited, because who doesn’t love learning new stitches? Then, as you continue to try and fail, you begin to get frustrated. Well, before you put the pattern down and move on, look at this list of steps to overcome frustration in the creative process, and don’t give up!

Once you’ve worked through the list, if you still find yourself stumped, don’t worry—you still have one course of action left! You can always contact us here at Interweave! We are here to help. And we definitely want to assist you in any way we can.

In fact, we recently heard from some readers who were having a bit of trouble with some of the stitches found in the beautiful Aloe Wrap by Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby. The linked first half double crochet (linked first-hdc), beginning extension (beg ext), and the modified foundation half double crochet (mod fhdc) will flow right off your hook once you understand how they’re worked, but we totally get that, until the light bulb goes on, they can be a little tricky. So, in the interest of helping all the wonderers, we’ve put together both a video and photo tutorial that might help (see below).

Linked first half double crochet (linked first-hdc)

Step 1: Start the linked first-hdc by pulling up a lp to the height of an hdc, then yo and pull lp through loosely, but do not tighten the loop (ch 1 made).

Step 1

Step 2: Insert hook under the back bar of the ch you just made (first ch from the hook), yo, pull up lp (2 loops on hook).

Step 2

Step 3: Insert hook in next st or ch, yo, pull up lp (3 lps on hook), yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook (linked first-hdc made).

Step 3

Linked first-hdc

Beginning extension (beg ext)

Step 1: Ch 2, linked first-hdc (see above), hdc in next ch, hdc in next hdc (beg ext made).

Step 1

Beg ext

Modified foundation half double crochet (mod fhdc)

Step 1: Yo, insert hook in top of last st worked into (on previous row) on under 2 lps of “ch” just made, yo, pull up lp, yo, draw through 1 lp on hook (“ch” made), yo, draw through all 3 lps on hook (mod Fhdc made).

Step 1

Mod fhdc

We hope this explanation has helped clear up the mysterious stitches of the Aloe Wrap. Remember, you will work these special stitches multiple times during each first point of the Aloe Wrap, and you will work 11 first points total. This will give you many chances to practice these stitches.

If you’re still stuck, make sure to check out the errata page or feel free to contact us at crochet@interweave.com.

Happy Stitching!
Susanna


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