Friday, October 5, 2018

Stitch Swatch Sampler: Swatch 2, Alternate Stitch


(Adapted from the Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Needlework, p. 372)
This stitch uses only chain, and single crochet stitches, so is a good one to reinforce stitches you have already learned.  It involves working 2 stitches into one and then skipping a stitch, which creates the pretty texture.  I have added a row of plain single crochet to the top and bottom edges to keep them straight.  

Ch 15.  (Multiple of 2+1, +2 turning chains)*
Row 1:  Sc in 3rd ch from hook; sc in each remaining ch across row.   Turn work.   13 sc.
Row 2:  Ch 1, (sk 1 st, 2 sc in next st) 6 times, sc in turning ch.  Turn work.
Rep Row 2  11 times more, for a total of 13 rows.

Abbreviations:  Ch  Chain     sc  single crochet    sk  skip     st  stitch     Rep  repeat

See Single Crochet Pro Tips.
*To use a different number of stitches, start with a multiple of 2, and add 3 to it.

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