Saturday, 24 January 2015

Chevrons with a straight edge

Chevron. Ripple. Wave. Zigzag.
Call it what you like, but this little stitch is a winner.

Recently, I've been working on a pattern for a magazine and I needed to straighten up the top and bottom edges so that I could stitch it closed.



also had lots of lovely people on Instagram asking me about the pattern. So here you are. Fresh off the hook. I worked on two different versions- you can choose the one you prefer. Mine are just small samples, but you can adjust the pattern to make it as mahooosive as you like- I'll explain how. 
And I've also written the patterns in both UK and US terms and I've (badly) drawn a chart for each.
Cos I'm nice like that.

As you can see from my photos, a bit of blocking would do wonders for the edges, but as I said, this one's straight off the hook and I really can't be bothered.*



*I totally understand the need to block certain items; It relaxes the stitches and defines the shaping. I know that. I am just too lazy. Do block yours. It will look a gazillion times better.

UK patterns
Work in rows. At the end of each row, turn your work.

Stitches
sl st = slip stitch
dc = double crochet
htr = half treble crochet
tr = treble crochet
dtr = double treble crochet
tr3tog = treble 3 together (over three stitches)
dtr cl = double treble cluster

To make the tr3tog stitch:
1. Yarn over hook, hook into first stitch.
2. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (3 loops on hook).
3. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (2 loops on hook).
4. YOH, hook into second stitch.
5. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook).
6. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (3 loops on hook).
7. YOH, hook into third stitch.
8. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (5 loops on hook).
9. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (4 loops on hook).
10. YOH, pull yarn through all loops.

To make the dtr cl stitch:
1. Wrap yarn twice over hook, hook into next stitch.
2. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook).
3. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (3 loops on hook).
4. YOH, pull yarn through next 2 loops (2 loops on hook).
5. Wrap yarn twice over hook, hook into same stitch.
6. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (5 loops on hook).
7. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (4 loops on hook).
8. YOH, pull yarn through next 2 loops (3 loops on hook).
9. YOH, pull yarn through all loops.

Yellow Chevrons 
Your foundation chain needs to be a multiple of 12, then add 1 more.
Add as many rows as you need.
Make one of each stitch in every stitch along the row unless directed otherwise.



Foundation Chain. ch 25
Row 1. ch 4 (counts as dtr) then beginning in 6th chain from hook *2tr, 2htr, 1dc, 1sl st, 1dc, 2htr, 2tr, 1dtr* repeat from * to * along row.
Row 2. ch 3 (counts as tr) 1tr in same st, 4tr, tr3tog, 4tr, *3tr in next st, 4tr, tr3tog, 4tr* repeat from * to * along row, 2tr in the top of the ch-4 from row 1.
Row 3 onwards. Repeat row 2. The last 2tr of the row should be made in the top of the ch-3 from the previous row.
Top row. This row should be made on an odd numbered row, so that it is right-side-facing. (Otherwise the reverse of the slip stitches will look a little strange).
1sl st, *1dc, 2htr, 2tr, 1dtr, 2tr, 2htr, 1dc, 1sl st* repeat from * to * along row.

Pink Chevrons 
Your foundation chain needs to be a multiple of 16.
Add as many rows as you need.
Make one of each stitch in every stitch along the row unless directed otherwise.




Foundation Chain. ch 32
Row 1. ch 3 and make 1dtr in the 4th chain from hook (counts as dtr2tog) 3tr, 1htr, 1dc, 4sl st, 1dc, 1htr, 3tr, dtr2tog, *dtr2tog, 3tr, 1htr, 1dc, 4sl st, 1dc, 1htr, 3tr, dtr2tog* repeat from * to * along row.
Row 2. ch 3 (counts as tr) 2tr in same st, 4tr, tr3tog, tr3tog, 4tr, 3tr in next st, *3tr in next st, 4tr, tr3tog, tr3tog, 4tr, 3tr in next st* repeat from * to * along row. The last 3tr should be made in the top of the first dtr from row 1.
Row 3 onwards. Repeat row 2. The last 3tr of the row should be made in the top of the ch-3 from the previous row.
Top row. This row should be made on an odd numbered row, so that it is right-side-facing. (Otherwise the reverse of the slip stitches will look a little strange).
*2sl st, 1dc, 1htr, 3tr, dtr2tog, dtr2tog, 3tr, 1htr, 1dc, 2sl st* repeat from * to * along row.

US patterns
Work in rows. At the end of each row, turn your work.
Stitches
sl st = slip stitch
sc = single crochet
hdc = half double crochet
dc = double crochet
tr = treble crochet 
dc3tog = double crochet 3 together (over three stitches)
tr cl = treble cluster

To make the dc3tog stitch:
1. Yarn over hook, hook into first stitch.
2. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (3 loops on hook).
3. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (2 loops on hook).
4. YOH, hook into second stitch.
5. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook).
6. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (3 loops on hook).
7. YOH, hook into third stitch.
8. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (5 loops on hook).
9. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (4 loops on hook).
10. YOH, pull yarn through all loops.

To make the tr cl stitch:
1. Wrap yarn twice over hook, hook into next stitch.
2. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (4 loops on hook).
3. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (3 loops on hook).
4. YOH, pull yarn through next 2 loops (2 loops on hook).
5. Wrap yarn twice over hook, hook into same stitch.
6. YOH, pull yarn through stitch (5 loops on hook).
7. YOH, pull yarn through first 2 loops (4 loops on hook).
8. YOH, pull yarn through next 2 loops (3 loops on hook).
9. YOH, pull yarn through all loops.

Yellow Chevrons 
Your foundation chain needs to be a multiple of 12, then add 1 more.
Add as many rows as you need.
Make one of each stitch in every stitch along the row unless directed otherwise.





Foundation Chain. ch 25
Row 1. ch 4 (counts as tr) then beginning in 6th chain from hook *2dc, 2hdc, 1sc, 1sl st, 1sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 1tr* repeat from * to * along row.
Row 2. ch 3 (counts as dc) 1dc in same st, 4dc, dc3tog, 4dc, *3dc in next st, 4dc, dc3tog, 4dc* repeat from * to * along row, 2dc in the top of the ch-4 from row 1.
Row 3 onwards. Repeat row 2. The last 2dc of the row should be made in the top of the ch-3 from the previous row.
Top row. This row should be made on an odd numbered row, so that it is right-side-facing. (Otherwise the reverse of the slip stitches will look a little strange).
1sl st, *1sc, 2hdc, 2dc, 1tr, 2dc, 2hdc, 1sc, 1sl st* repeat from * to * along row.

Pink Chevrons 
Your foundation chain needs to be a multiple of 16.
Add as many rows as you need.
Make one of each stitch in every stitch along the row unless directed otherwise.





Foundation Chain. ch 32
Row 1. ch 3 and make 1tr in the 4th chain from hook (counts as tr2tog) 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 4sl st, 1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, tr2tog, *tr2tog, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 4sl st, 1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, tr2tog* repeat from * to * along row.
Row 2. ch 3 (counts as dc) 2dc in same st, 4dc, dc3tog, dc3tog, 4dc, 3dc in next st, *3dc in next st, 4dc, dc3tog, dc3tog, 4dc, 3dc in next st* repeat from * to * along row. The last 3dc should be made in the top of the first tr from row 1.
Row 3 onwards. Repeat row 2. The last 3dc of the row should be made in the top of the ch-3 from the previous row.
Top row. This row should be made on an odd numbered row, so that it is right-side-facing. (Otherwise the reverse of the slip stitches will look a little strange).
*2sl st, 1sc, 1hdc, 3dc, tr2tog, tr2tog, 3dc, 1hdc, 1sc, 2sl st* repeat from * to * along row.

And that's about it.

Happy crocheting, lovely peeps.

Sarah xx