Crochet Stitches

Square 1: Easy Braid like Stitch

Hello all and welcome to a new stitch series! In this series I will walk you through different stitches that I am using to make coasters as my wedding favors. Yes, You read right, I Clarisabeth, 3 months before my wedding have decided to make at best 200 coasters and if my spirit holds 400 coasters for the 100 guests that I have invited to my wedding. I’m scared….

So to make this more enjoyable for me and to perhaps entice some of you to rescue me, I have decided to make photo tutorial of the stitches I will be using for these coasters.  First up is this beauty!

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I am calling it an easy braid stitch. Unfortunately the Vogue Dictionary of Crochet stitches does not have the names for any of the stitches included so I shall be making my own up, if perchance you happen to know the name of the stitch, by all means comment or message me!

Helpful Tidbits:

I’m using Premiere cotton yarn in the Sage color (One of my wedding colors)

For this tutorial I am using a 4mm crochet hook

The stitch works with any multiple of 2 plus a chain 3.

 

Onwards!

 

I am making squares the measure approximately 3.5 by 3.5 (coaster sized).

Chain 16 + 3 = 19

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Base row:

Insert your hook into the 4th chain form the hook and pull up a loop. Miss the next chain, insert your hook into the following chain and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. Ch1

 

*Insert hook into the base of the stitch you just made, yarn over and pull up a loop, miss 1 ch space, insert your hook into the next ch space yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all three loops. Ch 1*  Repeat from * to * until end.  Ch 2 and turn.

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insert hook into the stitch you just made

 

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shows the skipped ch space

If you notice we were essentially making a sc decrease over two stitches.

Row 1:

*Insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the ch 1 space, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over pull through all 3 loops. Ch 1* Repeat from * to * across. Your final sc decrease will be made in the ch 2 space from the row below.

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The hook is in the first stitch and the pointer marks the ch 1 space made in the previous row.

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Shows where to put the final sc decrease of the row.

 

Repeat row 1 until desired length is achieved. For this coaster it was 3.5″ tall. Remember you are essentially working a sc decrease over the first stitch and the ch 1 space and it creates a beautiful texture!

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Thank you for reading!

If you try this pattern comment below or tag me on instagram!

 

XOXO

Clarisabeth

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