Fancy Crochet Stitches
Picot: * Ch 5, sI st back into the first ch at beginning of ch 5, sc in each of next 3 sts across, repeat from *.
Cluster Stitch: A cluster st is a group of 3 or 4 sts-dc, tr, etc.. worked off together to form a petal-shaped stitch. Dc (tr or any other st specified) in st, hold last lp on hook, dc in each of next 2 sts, holding last Ip of each dc on hook-4 lps on hook, thread over and pull through all LPS at once. Waffle Stitch: This st is formed by a series of 2 rows eated several times to give the squared effect of a waffle. Row 1: Dc in each st on a foundation ch.Row 2: Ch 3, turn, * dc in each of next 2 dcs, a raised dc in next st (to make a raised dc-dc in dc but insert hook round entire spoke or post of dc instead of through the top); peat from * for length desired, ending with a raised . Row 3: Ch 3, turn, * raised dc in each of next 2 dc, dc in top of next dc; repeat from * across. Repeat these 2 rows to m the pattern. Filet: Filet crochet is composed of open sps and solid bls of dc arranged to form designs. To start a pattern, count the number of sps and bls the first row of a chart or ration, make a foundation ch allowing 3 chs for each sp or bl, 1 extra ch, and 3 more chs to turn if the row begins with a bl, 5 more to turn if it begins with an sp. Space-Dc in 8th st from hook, * ch 2, sk 2 sts, dc in next st, repeat from * across, ch 5, turn. In the second row, dc in each dc. Always ch 2 between Block-Dc in each of next 4 sts of a ch or previous row makes a block, 7 dc makes 2 bls as 3 dcs are added for each additional bl. lacet stitch-row 1: over a row of sps, ch 5 to turn, dc in first dc, * ch 3, sc in next dc, ch 3, dc in next dc, repeat from * across, end row with ch 2, dc in last st. over a foundation ch, dc in 8th st from hook, ch 3, sk 2 sts, sc in next st, ch 3, sk 2 sts. dc in next st, repeat from * across, end row with a sp. row 2: always ch 5 to turn, dc in dc, * ch 5, sk sc, dc in next do (bar made), repeat from * across, end row with a sp. row 3: turn, dc in dc, * ch 3, sc over bar, ch 3, dc in dc, repeat from *, end row with a sp. repeat rows 2 and 3 for the lacet pattern
Star Stitch: On a foundation ch, pick up a Ip in the second, third, fourth and fifth sts from hook, thread over and pull through all lps at once, ch 1 (star st completed-the ch 1 is called the “eye” of the st), * pick up a Ip in eye of st just completed, side lp of same st and each of next 2 sts on ch, thread over and pull through all lps at once, ch 1, repeat from * across ch. Row 2: Ch 3 to turn, pick up a Ip in second and third sts of ch, in top of last star st and eye of next star st of previous row and complete st by threading over and pulling through all lps, ch 1, * pick up lp in eye of this st, side Ip of same st, top of st on previous row, eye of next st on previous row and complete the st; repeat from * across. Repeat this row for the pattern Knot Stitch (often called lover’s knot): * :Make a lp on hook, draw it out to any given length, thread over hook and draw through Ip. Insert hook between the lp and the thread which was drawn through, thread over hook and draw through, thread over, and draw through both Ips on hook for an sc. Draw another lp on hook the same length, sc in lp, sk 4 sts, sc in next st, repeat from * for desired number of knot sts. To turn, make a 3/8-inch knot. Row 2: * Sc in lp at right of sc below and sc in lp at left of same sc below, make a knot st, repeat from *. For a lacy effect, draw the lps out quite long and keep the knots quite small and firm
Half Knot St: To make, * draw up 1/4-inch lp of thread, thread over hook, pull through lp, insert hook through back of Ip just made; thread over and pull through, this makes two Ips on hook, thread over hook and draw hrough the two lps; repeat from *. Row 2: Draw up 1/4-inch lp, over hook, turn work and insert hook in lp from right, * sc in back Ip of half knot st in previous row. Draw up 1/4-inch lp and reteat from *
Afghan Stitch: Make a ch the length desired and 1 extra to turn. Row 1: Pull up a Ip in each st of ch leaving all Ips on hook, * thread over and draw through first lp on hook, d over and draw through 2 Ips) repeated across row. Last lp n hook becomes first st of next row. In the next and all wing rows, draw up lp in each upright bar of thread and work off as before. To bind off last row, sl st across top of piece Loop Stitch: Cut a piece of cardboard the width of lp desired. Make a ch of desired length and sc in each st. Row 1: * Insert hook in next st, holding cardboard in back of work, wind yarn around it from back to front (towards you), catch yarn and pull through st, thread over and complete sc. Repeat from * for each lp. Row 2: Sc in each lp st. repeat these 2 rows for the pattern. Another method is to use the index finger instead of cardboard and work in the same manner Popcorn Stitch (also called bean st): Make 5 (or any number desired) dcs into same st, remove the hook and insert it in first dc of group, catch lp of last dc and draw it through, ch 1 to tighten. Clones Knot: Make a ch the specified length, * thread over, swing hook forward and down and thread over under ch, bring hook forward and up again. Repeat from * 7 times (17 Ips on hook) or 8 times (19 lps on hook) working rather loosely. Thread over and draw through all lps at once, thread over and draw through the lp on hook, pulling tight, sc around ch at base of knot (a Clones Knot completed). Rolled Stitch: Thread over hook 5 times, thrust hook through st of ch, draw a lp through (7 lps now on ok), thread over hook and draw through all lps on hook except the last one (2 lps now remaining on hook). Thread over and draw through these 2 lps. This completes one rolled st. It may be necessary to twist the hook slightly and to use the thumb and forefinger to push the “thread overs” over the head of the hook. The column of the rolled st should be about 3/4 inch high and should be a smooth roll.