Elevate your Crochet Skills with Stacked and Standing Stitches

Elevate your Crochet Skills with Stacked and Standing Stitches

In crochet, it's the subtle touches that enhance our projects, and stacked and standing stitches are no exception. These techniques, though small, can improve the final appearance with their easy application adding extra detail.

Stacked Stitches

A stacked stitch involves working multiple stitches of the same type, often double crochets, into a single stitch. This creates a column or "stack" of stitches layered on top of each other. Frequently used at the start of a row, stacked stitches replace traditional chaining and provide the necessary height for subsequent stitches. This method creates tidy edges, free of bumps or gaps, and facilitates easier stitching on the return row. It's adaptable to various options, from basic trebles to intricate puff or cluster stitches.

Here’s how to complete a stacked treble:

1. Insert your hook into the first stitch (no turning chain needed), yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops (essentially a double crochet).

2. Insert your hook into the left vertical leg of the double crochet from step 1.

3. Yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops to make another double crochet.

4. Now you’ve completed a stacked treble.

5. Continue across the row as required.


Standing Stitches

A standing stitch serves as a seamless method to begin a new round or row without relying on a slip stitch or chain as a starting point. Particularly handy for colour changes or stitches taller than a double crochet, this technique creates a stitch that ‘stands’ alone, without the need for a base chain or slip stitch join.

The method varies depending on the stitch you're working with, but here's a general idea of how you might start a standing treble crochet:

1. Begin by either placing a slip knot onto your hook or wrapping the yarn around once in the usual direction and securing it with your finger.

2. Yarn over (as you would for a normal treble) and insert hook into stitch.

3. Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook).

4. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, and pull through the remaining two loops (or loop and slip knot).

5. Continue crocheting along the row or round as usual.


In Summary

Both stacked and standing stitches offer distinct advantages in crochet. Stacked stitches provide a seamless continuation of rows or rounds without the need for chains, while standing stitches ensure a smooth transition during colour changes. Why not incorporate these techniques into your next crochet project.

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