How To: Stacked Single Crochet (STSC) Stitch

The Stacked Single Crochet (STSC) is mainly used as a stand-in for the first double crochet stitch in a row and eliminates the need for a starting chain. It looks nice, especially when worked into as you are creating a border or seaming two panels of crochet together. Here’s how to make the stitch!

Note: I crochet lefthanded, so the pictures reflect that. However, you can hover your mouse over the pictures and they will flip for you righthanded crocheters out there. ;)

1.) do not ch at beginning of row. Working into first st of previous row, yo and pull loop through.

2.) yo again and pull through both loops on hook.

3.) yo and pull loop though loop marked by arrow in 2.

4.) you and pull through both loops on hook. This completes STSC.

Full Days and Snow Days

With several projects ongoing, learning about digital art, and the toddler having school days off due to snow and ice, it’s been pretty full week. I’m trying to get business and design related things done when I can, while trying not to fall asleep in between.

One thing that’s made the past couple weeks more interesting is that my son has had another language development leap, and he’s starting to be one of those happy, bossy toddlers – “Mama, sit!” (So he can roll Hot Wheels from the couch arm into my lap.) “Get up.” (To his Dada, grabbing his hand and leading him into the kitchen to demand more banana bread.) “Pizza, pizza, pizza.” (A request for lunch one day.) Haha, it’s been fun but crazy. One friend described the point your toddler starts talking more fully as similar to going on a blind date, like, ‘Oh, so that’s your favorite food, that’s the show you want to watch, etc.’ Suddenly you get a deeper glimpse into their little minds, and it’s wild.

Well, back to editing! Gotta’ use that naptime break. :)

Waters Wears: Quince & Co. Striped Shell Stitch Infinity Scarf

I wore this outfit as my husband and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary on a very, very cold night. It features my finished scarf using Quince & Co. Finch in glacier and chanterelle, which I am so happy with. The yarn is a lovely, soft, squishy wool, and an infinity scarf is still a favorite of mine.

As for the hat, I crocheted that as well several years ago. Beret style used to be a favorite of mine, but I honestly don’t wear it really at all now. I wound up pulling this one from my closet while I was looking for a hat that worked with this outfit colorwise. I originally wanted a beanie style, but this worked.

By the way, I love this skirt. I got it from my sister-in-law’s grandmother after a closet clean out. I love the paisley pattern, the colors, and the fact that it has a bit of form which makes it a bit of statement piece. I’ve worn it before for holiday parties, and tend to pair it with a tighter fitting top to balance out its flare.

December Things

A few things that stood out this December:

1. My son had his first real snow experience at the beginning of this month. Even though he’s two, last year it seemed to only snow while he was sleeping, and be mush or practically gone by the time he was awake. It was lovely to see how happy he was to be in it; he didn’t mind it swirling around his face or getting in his eyes. When I first took him out in it he walked back and forth saying quietly and happily, “‘No, ‘no.”

2. I was sick with various things pretty much all month, and the week before Christmas my husband and I had strep, while my son also had a double ear infection and possibly strep through. So that was just loads of fun. Being sick and on various antibiotics, especially during the part of the year where you’re supposed to relax and enjoy time with family, has worn me out. I’ve been drinking lots of hot tea with local honey.

3. We don’t do a big Christmas morning just the three of us, and we also don’t do Santa. Last Christmas, I made us each a stocking, and on a quiet morning around Christmas, when we’ll have time to spend at least a few hours together (even if it’s not on Christmas day), we look in our stockings. We try to get (or make, in my case) little gifts for each other that are not super expensive, but still fun. My husband and I get each other mostly a bit of candy and a small gift or two, if that, and for our son we usually base his little gifts on his latest interests or something he needs. This year I crocheted him a toy snake using this pattern here, and we got him a lollipop – of the kind that he always reaches for in the grocery store check out line. My husband also got him a little train set, and his little face was so excited when he saw it.

Free Pattern: Retro-Inspired Crochet Headband

This pattern was inspired by necessity, as I wanted a cute way to cover up my undercut during cold winter months on days when I wear my hair up. But of course, you don’t have to have an undercut to wear this headband.

It’s a pretty simple crochet pattern, and involves just a little simple sewing for the finishing touches.

Supplies:
fingering weight yarn (I used Woolike, which is an acrylic/nylon blend since I have quite a bit in my stash that I’m trying to use up, but I don’t know if I’d necessarily recommend it, as it tangles and knots on itself a lot withing the skein which is a huge pain, but it has a good bit of stretch and nice drape, which works well for a headband)
G/6-4.25mm hook
small darning needle
3 in. by 1 in. piece of leather (or material of choice)
leather punch
sewing thread
sewing needle
scissors

Stitches Used: (US terms)
Foundation Single Crochet (FSC): see tutorial here
single crochet (sc)
double crochet (dc)

Dimensions:
Finished headband should measure approximately 20 inches circumference and 6 1/2 inches wide. Size can be adjusted by adding or subtracting FSC stitches and rows. (Note: Headband should have a bit of a snug fit, to help it stay in place when worn. Keep this in mind when adjusting size.)

Directions:
FSC: 94 stitches, turn
Rows 1-41: (For Row 1: holding FSC row with “v’s” on bottom and ch side on top, work into FSC as seen in FSC tutorial linked above. This gives the headband an instant finished edge) *ch 1, 1 sc in first st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat * to end of row, turn

Row 42: ch 1, 1 sc in each st. Fasten off and weave in ends.

Seam ends together using method of choice (whipstitch, mattress stitch, single crochet, etc), using yarn.

Cut a small piece of yarn, about 8-10 inches long. Scrunch seam of headband and tie piece of yarn around it using a double knot to hold in place. Tie several times to make secure. Cut/weave in any ends.

Cut a piece of leather 3 inches by 1 1/4 inches. Use a leather punch to make holes along short sides of leather, about a centimeter from the edge. I made 4 holes along each side. (Be sure to adjust leather size if adjusting headband size). You can also substitute another material if you don’t want to use leather. Wrap leather around scrunched part of headband and line up punched ends, making sure ends meet on inside of headband, so they will be hidden when headband is worn. Use sewing thread and needle to sew sew leather ends together, working back and forth several times to secure.

And you’re finished!

If you have any questions, just ask. Please credit Tales of Butterflies and myself, Mindy Waters, for any finished headbands. Please do not reproduce, copy, or sell this written pattern, just link back here. Thank you!

Looking For Test Crocheters

I’m currently accepting applications for test crocheters to test this pattern. Find out more information and apply if you’re interested on the Test Crocheting page of the website!

If you’ve already signed up to be a pattern tester you may receive an email about this pattern, but you have no obligation to join the test. Only if you want to, no worries!

Insta-Inspiration

Here’s some insta-inspiration for you this Wednesday!

Lynn creates beautiful handmade embroidered bracelets and hoops. Her work is delicate, wonderfully detailed, and unique.

I love that she shares pics of her finished pieces as well as process shots.

Working on some new bracelet designs #wip #handmadejewelry #embroiderybyhand

A post shared by Lynn Furman (@sidereal_lynn) on

She has so many sweet designs, it really is worth it to take a look at her feed!

Find her on Instagram @sidereal_lynn

And you can find her work on Etsy here.

How To: Foundation Single Crochet (FSC) Stitch

I’ve talked about the Foundation Single Crochet stitch several times on the blog, and I use it in pretty much all of my patterns. The main benefit to using it over a simple starting chain stitch row is that it has stretch, which is nice for hats, headbands, clothing, etc.

I’m finally sharing my own tutorial for it today. It’s not that hard, so give it a try!

Note: I crochet lefthanded, so the pictures reflect that. However, you can hover your mouse over the pictures and they will flip for you righthanded crocheters out there. ;)

1.) ch 2

2.) yo, pull up loop in 2nd ch from hook. There should now be 2 loops on hook.

3.) yo and pull through 1st loop on hook.

4.) yo and pull through both loops on hook. This completes 1 stitch. Next stitch will be worked in loop marked by arrow.

5.) yo and pull loop through space marked by arrow in step 4. Repeat from step 3 onward until desired amount of stitches is complete.

Extra:


When I use FSC, as in most of my patterns, after completing the FSC row, I turn it so that the “v’s” are on the bottom and work the next row over the ch stitch side into the space right above the “v’s.” (As show in the above picture.) This gives you an immediate finished edge and looks tidier, in my opinion.

Project Notes: Wildfields Embroidered Crop Top

I finished this lilac cropped top a few days ago. It’s crocheted using an unmercerized cotton in moss stitch (more commonly know as lemon peel stitch), with handembroidered florals at the bottom. This is basically a second go at this top but with a shorter hem and updated shaping technique for the armholes and neckline. I’m also calling this embroidery pattern “wildfields” now, for simplicity.

Here are a few in-progress pics from my Instagram.

There are a few things I would do differently if I could go back, mainly choosing colors for the embroidery that show up better against the lilac of the top in more lighting types. I’ve had friends say they show up fine, but to me a lot of the details seem hard to unless you’re right up close to the garment. Still, though, I had fun styling it for this post – I had the idea for the outfit and made a quick sketch a bit before I’d finished the final details of the top, and was so happy that the outfit worked out not just in the sketch or my head.

Overall, I’m pleased with this design, but I think I’d like to try either adding a couple or so inches more ease to the fit, or maybe try a different yarn that’s not as stiff and maybe has a little more stretch. But I’ll have to wear it a few more times before making any real conclusions fit-wise.

November Things

A few things that stood out this November:

1. My son turned 2 this month, and since bananas are his favorite fruit (probably favorite food), we had a banana split party.

2. I released the pattern for The Ramona Cropped Ringer Tee. You can find the pattern in my shop here, or on Ravelry here.

3. My husband and I had a mini-vacation sans child, thanks to my in-laws watching our son for a couple nights. It was the first time we’ve had, just the two of us, like that since before he was born, and it was really lovely and needed, and we were both really thankful. We stayed close to home, basically acting like tourists in our own city. We ate at several restaurants we’d never tried before and also visited a local gourmet chocolate shop. Their salted caramel hot chocolate is probably my favorite I’ve ever had, such good flavor and just the right amount of richness for you to take time with each sip and really savor it. We also tried several of their handmade confections, and my favorite of those happened to be their salted caramel-filled dark chocolate candy. My husband also got a white hot chocolate that he said was really good, too.

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