Stitch of the Week: Up-Down Stitch

I mentioned before that I’m a big fan of using color to call attention to the easy-to-miss aspects of a crochet pattern. This stitch is laughably easy and doesn’t make much of a splash when crocheted in a single color, … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: The Starburst

“Starburst” makes me think of a glittery explosion of pixie dust, and while this week’s stitch doesn’t sparkle, it’s a lot of fun to work up, especially if you like clusters. Starburst Crochet Stitch Special Stitch – Cluster: (YO, insert … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: Striped Woven Stitch

Busy week! But not too busy for stitch of the week. Never too busy for that…but it’s a quick one this time.

Without further ado, I proudly present the striped woven stitch!


I’m not sure if the “woven stitch” is an actual stitch in crochet. It’s what my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework calls it, but I’ve never heard of it before. All it is is a series of ch-1 and sc, and that’s pretty much all there is to it.


The thing that makes this stitch is color. I chose neutrals, but I can envision some really nice color combos for an easy stripe like this.


Here’s the stitch instructions:

Multiple: 3 plus 2 (I did 14 for this little swatch)

Row 1: Sc in 3rd ch from hook, (ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1 sc) repeat to last ch. Ch 2, turn.

Row 2: (Sc in ch-1 sp from prev row, ch 1) repeat to last ch-1 sp, then ch 1 and sc in ch-2 sp from prev row. Ch 2, turn.

Repeat Row 2.




Stitch of the Week: Solomon’s Knot Beach Bag

This week, I chose to learn Solomon’s knot — or lover’s knot, as it’s also called. It’s a lacy bit of openwork that seems neither wise nor romantic,  so I can’t account for its two monikers, but I do think … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: Lace Clusters

A couple of weeks ago, I picked up a nearly unused hard-bound copy of The Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework at my local library’s used bookstore. I paid $2, and it’s a massive encyclopedia of needle knowledge. Besides having an … Continue reading

Stitch of the Week: Houndstooth Hook Holder Crochet Pattern

In an attempt to broaden my knowledge of fancy crochet stitches, I’m going to try and learn one new stitch or motif a week. Join me and together we can be masters of the fiber universe! For my first go, … Continue reading