Learn to Cro­chet LINKED STITCHES

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Linked stitches are easy to make and have fewer holes or spa­ces than reg­u­lar cro­chet stitches. The beau­ti­ful fab­ric that is cre­ated by linked stitches works es­pe­cially well for cloth­ing. If you can make a dou­ble or tre­ble cro­chet, you can eas­ily work linked stitches.

Linked stitches can be worked over any num­ber of stitches. The be­gin­ning stitch count for each swatch will be wide enough to make a scarf if you would like to con­tinue prac­tic­ing the stitches. For each swatch you will need a size H/8/5mm cro­chet hook and worsted­weight yarn.

Linked Dou­ble Cro­chet

We will work our first swatch in the linked dou­ble cro­chet stitch. To be­gin, chain 25. In­sert hook in the se­cond chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop, in­sert the hook in the next chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should now be three loops on the hook (see Photo 1). Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook (see Photo 2), yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook (see Photo 3). You have com­pleted the first linked dou­ble cro­chet stitch.

To make the se­cond linked dou­ble cro­chet, *in­sert the hook down through the front hor­i­zon­tal bar in the cen­ter of

Photo 3

the pre­vi­ous stitch (see Photo 4), yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the next chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. There will be three loops on the hook (see Photo 5). Next, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook (see Photo 6). Fi­nally, yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook (see Photo 7).

Learn a sim­ple vari­a­tion on the clas­sic dou­ble or tre­ble cro­chet stitch to cre­ate a unique fab­ric.

Photo 7

Re­peat from * across the row, then turn.

To be­gin the next row, chain two and in­sert the hook in the se­cond chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop, in­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should be three loops on the hook (see Photo 8). Yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook (see Photo 9). Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook (see Photo 10).

The re­main­ing linked dou­ble cro­chet stitches are worked the same as the se­cond linked dou­ble cro­chet stitches on the pre­vi­ous row. * In­sert the hook down through the front hor­i­zon­tal bar in the cen­ter of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should be three loops on the hook. Next, yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook. Re­peat from * across to the end of the row and turn. Con­tinue work­ing in the pat­tern for de­sired length.

Linked dou­ble cro­chet de­creases are handy stitches. These stitches are often used in gar­ment shap­ing. De­creases and in­creases are also a lovely way to shape the fab­ric with­out leav­ing peek­a­boo holes or gaps.

To be­gin, work the swatch as be­fore to the last two stitches in row 2. In­sert hook in front hor­i­zon­tal bar of last stitch made, yarn over and pull up a loop, in­sert hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop; in­sert hook in the last stitch, yarn over and pull up loop. There should now be four loops on the hook (see Photo 11). Yarn over and pull through three loops. There should now be two loops on the hook (see Photo 12). Yarn over and pull yarn through last two loops on the hook (see Photo 13). We have com­pleted our first de­crease! Con­tinue prac­tic­ing your de­creases at the end of each row un­til you feel com­fort­able with them.

Next we will learn to make the linked dou­ble cro­chet in­crease. Chain 25 and work a few rows as in the pre­vi­ous swatches. We will in­crease by sim­ply work­ing two linked dou­ble cro­chets in

Photo 13

the same stitch at the be­gin­ning and end of each row. Con­tinue work­ing each row, adding new in­creases un­til you are com­fort­able with the new stitch.

Linked Tre­ble Cro­chet Stitch

The linked tre­ble cro­chet stitch has a lovely tex­ture and items work up very quickly due to the height of the stitch. To be­gin, chain 25. Next, in­sert the hook in the se­cond chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the third chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. Then in­sert the hook in the fourth chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should be four loops on our hook (see Photo 14). Yarn over and pull through

the first two loops on the hook (see Photo 15), yarn over and pull through the next two loops (see Photo 16), yarn over and pull through the last two loops (see Photo 17). We have now com­pleted our first linked tre­ble cro­chet!

To make the next linked tre­ble cro­chet, *in­sert the hook in the up­per front hor­i­zon­tal bar of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, in­sert the hook in the lower front hor­i­zon­tal bar of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the next un­worked chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should be four loops on the hook (see Photo 18). Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook (see Photo 19), yarn over and pull through the next two loops on the hook (see Photo 20), yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook (see Photo 21). Re­peat from * across to the end of the row, then turn.

Photo 21

To be­gin row 2, chain 4. Next, in­sert the hook in the se­cond chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the third chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. Then in­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should be four loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the next two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook.

The se­cond linked tre­ble cro­chet in row 2 is made the same as in the pre­vi­ous row. * In­sert hook in the up­per front hor­i­zon­tal bar of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the lower front hor­i­zon­tal bar of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should now be four loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the next two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook. Re­peat from * across to the end of the row and turn.

Con­tinue work­ing row 2 for the de­sired length of your project.

Next we will learn how to de­crease our linked tre­ble cro­chets. Work the swatch as be­fore to the last 2 stitches.

In­sert hook in the up­per front hor­i­zon­tal bar of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert hook in the lower front hor­i­zon­tal bar of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. We should now have four loops on our hook. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the next two loops on the hook. Leave the last two loops on the hook. In­sert the hook in the lower hor­i­zon­tal bar of the pre­vi­ous stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. In­sert the hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop. There should now be four loops on the hook (see Photo 22). Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the next two loops on the hook, yarn over and pull through the last two loops. The de­crease is now com­plete.

The linked tre­ble cro­chet in­crease is just as easy to make as our linked dou­ble cro­chet in­crease. To make linked tre­ble cro­chet in­creases, sim­ply work two stitches in the same stitch. Us­ing the swatch above, add one in­crease at the be­gin­ning and one in­crease at the end of each row. Con­tinue prac­tic­ing in­creases at the be­gin­ning and end of each row un­til you feel com­fort­able with them.

Linked stitches are a won­der­ful tool to have in your cro­chet tool­box! They are quick and easy to make and cre­ate a unique fab­ric with a com­plex tex­tual el­e­ment.

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