Now that you know how to crochet the Criss Cross Diamond Stitch I designed, it's time to learn how you can do increases and decreases to add shaping to your projects!
Back in the fall of 2013, I shared how to crochet the Criss Cross Diamond Stitch I designed when I was working on the "Criss Cross Diamond Romper Layette" I made for my auntie's first grand-baby.
It is my pleasure to announce that I have revised this stitch tutorial with clearer written instructions and now it also features both a photo tutorial and a video tutorial to boot!
I am very excited to share a brand new stitch I designed for Valentine's Day and for everyone who loves hearts! Introducing "Sweetheart Kisses" (thanks mom for the name suggestion), a stitch that gives you sweet little hearts lined up in rows...
When, I was working on amigurumi projects last year, I came across a really neat tutorial on "All About Ami" for doing an "Invisible Decrease" (links to original tutorial) whenever a pattern calls for 2tog (a.k.a. sc2tog). I loved it so much that I use it in all my amigurumi projects now!
For my newest fashion doll pattern, "Happily Ever After" (releasing tomorrow), I do several decreases just like the "Invisible Decrease" above. However, for this pattern, not only do I use this technique for single crochet (sc), but I also use it for double crochet (dc) and treble crochet (tr). So, the in the video below, I will show you how to do this for all three of these, and half double crochet (hdc) as well.
Use this stitch whenever you would like to to turn 2 stitch spaces into 1.
Another stitch you will see frequently used in my crochet patterns is the cluster of 2.
I use this stitch to create a decrease in the row without leaving room for any spaces before or after the decrease.
This is one of the best ways to do a double crochet decrease.
One stitch you will see frequently used in my crochet patterns is the bobble of 2.
I use this stitch to create an increase in the row without increasing the stitch count of the row.
This is helps to close up spaces in between double crochet stitches. These spaces can be extremely noticeable when working with thread as I frequently do.
So, it is very handy to use this stitch when crocheting smaller things like fashion doll clothes and accessories, or where you would rather work double crochet stitches and not worry about having large wholes in the garment.
2013 is officially gone, but all the fabulous free crochet patterns from last year have been rounded up here just for you. From stylish barbie fashions to the cutest amigurumis and fun accessories you are sure to have a blast crocheting them all. Happy hooking everyone!
From Top Left Corner - Clockwise Direction: ~8 in 1 Crochet Barbie Clothes #5, ~Crochet Toys for Kelly #8, ~Crochet Barbie Witch Hat #9, ~Crochet Jumbo Dwarf Pumpkin #7, ~Crochet Remembrance Poppies #10, ~Easy Crochet Scrunchy #2, ~Design Your Own Tapestry Crochet Shoulder Bag #6, ~Crochet Little Snowman #11, ~Crochet Mrs. Barbie Claus' Apron #12, ~Crochet Basic Heels for Barbie #1, ~Crochet Barbie Skirt #3, ~Crochet Barbie Top #4.
I am working on a special custom order this month, and I am having so much fun with it! However, I can't show you a proper WIP shot as it is a gift, but I thought you would love to see the two stitches I am using. One I think I may have invented...
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