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Puff Lace Stitch With Half Double Crochet Vs

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Puff Lace Stitch With Half Double Crochet Vs

Puff Lace Stitch With Half Double Crochet Vs

Photo © Michael Solovay

What do you get when you combine puff stitches, half double crochets, and the v-stitch? Well, there are zillions of different ways you could do that, but the photo above shows you one of my favorite ideas. It's a fancy, lacy stitch with plenty of texture and eye appeal.

This is a reversible stitch pattern that would be suitable for making projects where both sides might be visible at times -- think scarves, shawls, wraps, etc. It's also a marvelous stitch for use in other types of projects.

Abbreviations Used in This Stitch Pattern:

  • ch = chain
  • hdc = half double crochet
  • hdc v st = half double crochet v-stitch; see "special stitches" section below for instructions.
  • rep = repeat
  • st = stitch
  • [] = brackets denote a set of instructions to be repeated. Repeat the instructions inside the brackets the specified number of times.
  • * = asterisks also denote a set of instructions to be repeated.

Special Stitches: This stitch pattern utilizes a couple of special stitches, defined below:

Puff Stitch

To work this stitch:

  • Begin as you usually would for the half double crochet: wrap the yarn over your hook.
  • Insert it into the next stitch to be worked.
  • Grab the yarn and pull it through.
  • DO NOT complete the half double crochet.
  • Instead, wrap the yarn over the hook again.
  • Insert the hook into the same stitch as before.
  • Grab the yarn and pull it through.
  • Repeat the same steps again until you have 5 unfinished half-double crochet stitches in progress. There will be 11 loops on your hook all together.
  • To close the stitch, wrap the yarn over your hook, grab it and carefully pull it through all the loops on your hook.
  • Ch 1.

Half Double Crochet V-Stitch

This version of the v-stitch is made just like a standard v-stitch, with one exception: you'll use half double crochet stitches instead of double crochets.

  • Hdc in next st to be worked.
  • Ch 1.
  • Hdc in same st.

Stitch Multiple: This stitch is a multiple of 6 + 5.

What that means: One repeat of this pattern is 6 stitches. So, if you want to end up with (for example) 5 repeats of the stitch pattern, you'd multiply 6 x 5 to get 30 stitches. The "+ 5" is for the extra stitches you need at the beginning and end to make the edges of the fabric. So you'd take your 30 stitches and add 5 to get a total of 35. 35 would be the number of chain stitches you'd crochet to create your starting chain.

Instructions for Crocheting the Puff Lace Stitch With Half Double Crochet Vs

Calculate the amount of chains needed to work your starting chain, and crochet that number of chain stitches.

Row 1: Hdc in 3rd ch from hook. [* ch 1, skip next 2 sts, hdc v st in next st, ch 1, skip next 2 sts, * puff st in next st.] Rep the sequence in brackets across the row. Rep sequence between *s, then work 1 hdc in each of the last 2 sts.

ch 2, turn.

Row 2: Your turning chain counts as the first hdc st in the row. Hdc in next st. [Ch 1, puff st in next hdc v-st, ch 1, hdc v-st in next puff st, ch 1.] Work 1 hdc st in each of the last 2 sts.

ch 2, turn.

Row 3: Your turning chain counts as the first hdc st in the row. [* Ch 1, work a hdc v-st in next puff st, ch 1, * work a puff st in next hdc v-st, ch 1.] Rep the sequence in between brackets across the row. Work the sequence in between *s, then work 1 hdc st in each of the last 2 sts in the row.

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until the piece is the size you want it to be.

More Stitches:

References

I don't remember ever having seen this particular crochet stitch anywhere before, although I'm sure someone somewhere has probably already discovered it, or at least something similar, in the past. I drew inspiration from the following pages when looking at puff stitch crochet stitch patterns.


Corticelli Lessons in Crochet, Book No. 13
Published by the Corticelli Silk Mills
Copyright 1920 by the Nonotuck Silk Co. in Florence, Mass.


The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches, Volume One
Copyright 1986 by Lyric Books, Limited
ISBN Number: 0 7111 0028 4
Compiled by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh;
Photography by James Walters
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