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Sophie La Giraffe baby blanket

This was a request from a family friend, for a baby blanket with mustard in it, and I was sent the picture here as an inspiration

The stitch has quite a few names – I have seen it called moss stitch, linen stitch and woven stitch in various places, and an Internet search tells me it is also called seed stitch and granite stitch too! Despite the complexities of naming it, it is very simple to do, and there is a good tutorial, and chart, on the ‘Look at What I Made’ blog here. It is stitch number 18 In Sarah Hazell’s book 200 crochet stitches, for those of you who have it.

Made in Rico essentials soft merino Aran, colours silver grey (096), saffron (066) and cream (061) on a 6mm hook. Mine is 70 x 55cm, it weighs 310g. It is 100 stitches wide and 16 stripes long, each stripe is 8 rows. it used 3 balls each of grey and cream, and one ball of mustard, with a bit of each left over… I would happily make another one. Commissions anyone?

More cuddles

It is still pretty wintry here, and it seemed like a good time to try a different colour-way for my tweed effect hot water bottle cover.
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Made in Scheepjeswol stonewashed XL in black onyx, smokey quartz and moonstone on a 6mm hook. One cover needs 1 ball of each colour. The stitch is my ‘three colour moss stitch’ but I have seen it called ‘linen stitch’ elsewhere. Pattern available on request.

A tale of three stitches

I don’t know if you have noticed that there have been quite a few blogs recently about moss stitch.
Janette from the Green Dragonfly blogged ‘D is for dishcloth’ here
Then Marianne at MaRRose blogged the beginnings of her lovely ‘Dijon’ baby blanket here
Last week I blogged ‘My favourite stitch’ here

Janette describes her stitch as ‘woven stitch’ but I have seen it described as ‘moss stitch’ or ‘granite stitch’ in the UK. Marianne and I both used ‘moss stitch’ but it turns out that the three stitches are all different! I had a bit of fun today playing with three variations on a theme, and thought you might like to know how they compare.
First a picture of the three stitches together:

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Working from bottom to top Janette’s stitch comes first. It is based on US single crochet stitches with intervening chains, and the fabric it makes has a lovely stretch to it. I think it lends itself really well to the dishcloths she has made.

My moss stitch is second up. It is based on UK double crochet using a front loop only technique that I have described before here, and at this point I should thank Keira from Kiki’s Craft Corner who originally taught me the stitch. It produces a fabric with a textured ‘right’ side and a smooth ‘wrong side’ that has worked really well on a number of projects for me.

The top version on the swatch is Marianne’s, based on US half double crochet alternating with slip stitch. The fabric it makes is textured on both sides, and is really effective on the baby blanket that she is making.

I think they are all lovely stitches, whatever they are called, but if you would like to choose a favourite here is a close up of all three:

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Crochet for a long train journey

Our local craft shop has started stocking some lovely Debbie Bliss yarn. and I was taken with the warm colouring of this Riva shade called ‘thistle’
Riva thistle
As you know I am trying to be good about buying yarn just now, but I felt I could justify this purchase as I have a long train journey to do, and a modest scarf seemed like a perfect project. I chose moss stitch for some nice texture (see below for instructions) https://iamsimplyhooked.wordpress.com/2014/06/06/moss-stitch-fingerless-gloves/ and a 10mm hook for drape, and I must say it is working out rather well:
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All of which leaves me with a small problem …….The scarf is nearly finished and the train journey isn’t until Friday!
What am I going to crochet on the train??

If you would like to make one too a 20 stitch scarf worked out as 20 cm wide, and 3 balls of yarn made it 130 cm long.

Moss stitch fingerless gloves

This is definitely a first for me – a pattern that I have made up and could potentially do again!

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These fingerless gloves are made in beautiful moss stitch, which I have not been able to find described on the web (perhaps it has a different name?) Anyway as it is fairly straightforward I should be able to explain it:

Cast on 30 stitches (less if your hands are nice and slender) and do a row of double crochet. This is the finger end of your gloves so it should fit snugly round your knuckles)
For the 2nd row do a row of double crochet but work into the front loop only of each stitch. Like this:

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For the 3rd row do alternate double and treble crochets, the double crochets as normal into both loops of each stitch, the treble crochets into the loop of the row below. Like this:

crochet pic front loop

All the even rows are a repeat of row 2
All the odd rows are a repeat of row 3 but stagger which stitch you start with (e.g. rows 2,6,and 10 start with double crochet, rows 4,8 and 12 start with treble crochet into the loop below)

Continue until your work is about 13-14cm long.
The next 5 rows are in false rib: Alternate front- and rear- post treble crochets. Mine are about 3cm long.

Now if you are like me you will need to make three (yes three!) triangle shapes – starting with a chain of 12 stitches and working in moss stitch as above. Decrease one stitch on each row of double crochet front loop. Like this:

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Choose the two triangles that have come out closest in size and these will be your thumbs.

Stitch one side of the thumb in place on each glove (mine are 4cm from the bottom and 5cm from the cuff) Like this:

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Then crochet the two edges together along the whole length of the rectangle to make the final glove shape:

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And there you have it – give yourself a (wooden) hand!

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Made in Rico baby classic dk ‘Light grey’ on a 5mm hook. It took less than 50g to make the pair of gloves.