Today I have a little crochet class for you. I have had a few questions on my skinny stripe blanket and how I made the rows stay straight and what not, so I thought I'd do a 'how to' to show you how I did it and also give you a few other options for narrow striped effects. You know I love a good stripe, so it was fun to make little samples of skinny stripes and actually think about how I have been making them. It's not rocket science, but it might be helpful to people still finding their crochet feet!
The 3 different stripe effects I am going to show you are pictured here.
The top one is the one I used for my skinny stripe blanket, I'll call this one Classic stripe.
The middle one is Classic stripe, but made alternating the starting side. (I'll try and explain this more clearly in a minute)
The bottom one is single rows of sc started from the same side each row.
(Each stripe of colour is actually 2 rows of sc, down the front side, turn work and back down the reverse side.)
1. Make your chain row and sc into the second stitch from hook and into each stitch along the row.
At end of row, ch1, turn work and sc into same stitch as chain (chain is not counted as a stitch in this case), and sc in each stitch along row till end , Fasten off.
2. Join your second colour, and ch 2, ( this counts as 1st stitch) sc in each stitch along row.
3.At end of row, ch1, turn work.
4.Sc in each stitch along, (remember turning chain does not count as first stitch), with last sc going in the second ch of your starting chain where you joined the new colour. fasten off. (See picture below)
So, this is what you have when you have done a few double rows of colour, this is the front side.....
....and this is what you get on the reverse side, I like this side the best as the stripes are nice and defined and quite square. You can also start each new colour with 1ch instead of 2, but I like the extra square edge of each stripe when you do a 2ch start. Totally up to you though.
|front side of classic stripe with a twist......|
|reverse side of classic stripe with a twist.....|
Classic stripe with a twist!
This is made using the same method as the Classic stripe except that you start each new colour at alternating ends. ie, after first blue stripe, start green strip on the wrong side, then red stripe start on the right side, then pale blue stripe start on the wrong side, and so on.
It just gives a slightly different pattern to the fabric, with a less obvious back and front ( the fabric is pretty much reversible) and you don't get the same thickening of the side where all the threads are woven in like you do with stripes started all on the same side.
Single row stripe:
1. After the chain row, sc into second chain from hook, and sc in each stitch till end of row. Fasten off.
2. Join new colour into first stitch of row making 2ch to count as first stitch, then sc in each st till end of row. fasten off.
3. Join new colour into second chain of 2ch made at start of last row, make 2ch and then sc into each st till end of row,fasten off.
4. Continue adding new colour stripes in the same way until work is at desired size.
Ok , I hope that wasn't too confusing or boring, I know most of you would know all this stuff already, but sometimes it is nice to refresh the basics and see different effects with you can get with the same stitch. And I hope it makes it a bit easier for the ladies who were having trouble with their stripes! :)
Have great day, and happy striping!