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Monday, January 4, 2010

Learn to Crochet - Woven Stitch video tutorial

Woven Stitch in Crochet is such a versatile stitch, and one of my very favorites. A great stitch for the novice crocheter, it only uses chain stitch and single crochet. I've shown many examples of Crocheted Woven Stitch here, and one of them you see every time you visit Hooked On Needles. It's that scrumptious baby blanket in all those delicious colors on my website header! The afghans I made for my two younger children, shown HERE, were also crocheted in Woven Stitch. I made a crocheted scarf for the Special Olympics using the Woven Stitch, crocheting the length of the scarf instead of the width for a very interesting effect. More recently, the Big Black Scarf was made using Woven Stitch.

Way back when I first started offering tutorials here at Hooked On Needles, I did a picture tutorial on the Woven Stitch. But I thought it was high time I offered a video tutorial for those of us who learn better by actually seeing something done. So here it is...


Woven Stitch sampleBefore you jump into the video, I thought I would show you a project that my daughter is working on right now. This is a scarf she is making using Red Heart Soft yarn and a size I hook. You can see just how tight her stitches are in this picture. Not a space to be found! This will be one cozy scarf!

Now on to the video...

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Here is the video sample after a few more rows have been completed...

Woven Stitch sampleYou can see the difference between my sample and the scarf my daughter is working on. I used a size K hook and I crochet a lot more loosely than she does.

Woven Stitch sampleWith this Woven Stitch, you can also substitute any other stitch for the single crochet. For example, you could use half double crochet in this pattern in place of each single crochet. This would give you a softer and looser fabric. You could even substitute double or triple crochet for an even lacier look and feel. Try out different height stitches using the Woven Stitch pattern and see what you like best for the project you want to make.

Here's one more tip: When working your beginning chain for the Woven Stitch, you can count multiples of three if you want and then add the extra two, but it really is not necessary unless you need to repeat exactly the same thing later on. What I do is just work my beginning chain until it is as long as I want the width of my piece to be, then I start crocheting. If there is a chain leftover at the end of the first row, I will either un-do it and turn it into a knot, or I will work it into the border that I work around the piece at the end. I find that much easier than doing all that counting and worrying about one or two chain stitches!

Coming up soon will be a video tutorial on the Crocheted Basketweave Stitch and a handy tip for those who suffer with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Oh yes, and my 500th post giveaway...can't forget that!

Editor's note - 8/11/2011: I just watched this video before email a link to an interested reader who wants to try it, and I noticed that, at the end of the last row of stitches done in the video, I left out the last chain stitch! So I ended the row with two single crochet stitches, instead of a single, a chain and a single. So when I turned my work, you might have noticed that I hesitated for a moment when looking for the hole to work the next stitch into, then turned my piece back over and wrapped up the tutorial. I can't believe I didn't pick up on that sooner! Anyway, did you ever hear the saying "Do as I say, not as I do"? Well it applies in this case! Sorry about that! MGM

Happy Stitching!


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8 Comments:

  • funny that you should post this, as I just started a scarf using this stitch last night! (btw.. this is Milkbrain with a new acct)

    By Blogger Blonde Chick, At January 4, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

  • I am itching to make some more scarves! I think I know which patterns I am going to use! ;0)

    By Blogger Adrienne, At January 4, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

  • thank you...just the stitch I need for a scarf I want to make for my daughter

    By Blogger Stephanie, At January 4, 2010 at 8:09 PM  

  • Thanks!

    this is a really easy pattern that allowed me to do a non-crooked scarf.

    i just started learning :D

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At January 15, 2010 at 2:51 PM  

  • Great website!

    I love the look of this stitch, but not sure why I'm having so much trouble with it.

    I know the "chain spaces" are not jumping out at me, but I'm getting a handle on that.

    I assume that at the end of each row, there should still be the 9 stitches? Doing the woven stitch doesn't change the number of "chains" as viewed from straight on the top edge?

    By Anonymous ratpunzel, At January 27, 2010 at 7:10 PM  

  • Hi Ratpunzel (cute name)! Glad you enjoy my website!

    The stitch count on each row should be the same for the woven stitch. You are correct that the number of chain looking stitches as viewed from the top should be consistent. They will alternate as chains and single crochet stitches, but from the top, they will all look the same. If your stitch count is not the same from row to row, you may be missing the last stitch into the hole made by the turning chain. Can't forget that one!

    MGM

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At January 27, 2010 at 9:06 PM  

  • Thank you for your help!

    I'm still ending up with one too many or one too few, but I refuse to let it defeat me! :) I love the look of this stitch, and I think that baby blanket at the top of the page is just beautiful! :)

    By Anonymous ratpunzel, At January 28, 2010 at 7:16 PM  

  • Hey Mary Grace...just tried out your woven stitch....LOVE IT! My friend Carol has talked and talked about it, but I had never tried it...so cool...thanks for yet another great stitch for us. I find that I have to have a little crochet project going, even if I am in the middle of knitting something...so much fun!
    Thanks,
    Merry ♥

    By Anonymous Merry Thornsburg, At July 28, 2011 at 12:43 AM  

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