Greta Stitch – Photo tutorial

I have been asked by some people lately, to provide a better explanation of the Greta Stitch I used for my Greta’s Blankie Pattern, which I have posted on this blog some years back already.

Therefore I have decided to write photo tutorial 🙂

The stitch is actually not difficult itself, but I understand that reading a written pattern can get tricky somehow, so i hope this will help.

Here is the stitch I am talking about

"Greta stitch"... Photo tutorial coming soon!

As you can maybe already notice, it is nothing else than a 3dctog (3 double crochet stitches worked together), which repeatedly worked on the wrong and right side produce this kind of wavy pattern.
Using a relatively think yarn and a hook slightly bigger than it would call for, will also give to the end product this soft and “spongy” look.

In this case, I have worked a yarn that calls for a 3-4 mm hook, with a 6 mm hook instead.

Now, on to the photo tutorial. You will find two kinds of directions, since the first row (after the foundation chain) is worked differently than the rest of the pattern.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below and I will get back to you asap!

Greta Stitch photo tutorial

GRETA STITCH

by Giulia Pezzi

PATTERN IS WORKED ON A MULTIPLE OF 3 PLUS 2

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 1

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, insert hook into *GS* cluster from the previous row

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 2

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 3

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

pull up a loop

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

pull up a loop

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 4

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through 2 loops

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 5

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

2 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

2 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 6

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 inserting hook in the next chain, 3 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4, 3 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 7

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, inserting hook in the next chain, 4 loops left on hook

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

Repeat steps 1-4 once more, 4 loops left on hook

Greta Stitch Photo tutorial - STEP 8

ROW ONE – first row after having crocheted the foundation single crochet chain

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

ROW TWO (displayed in picture) – second row after having crocheted the previous one

yarn over, pull yarn through all 4 loops, chain 1

psssss! if you click on the pictures you will get redirected to a bigger version on Flickr! enjoy! 😀

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Pattern of the week: thinking of… daisy stitch!

I LOVE daisy stitch!

So here are a couple of useful links for you and of course a pattern that involves the use of this super cute stitch!

Enjoy!

 

DAISY STITCH

Click on the picture for a written tutorial!

OR

check this video for the knitted version of the stitch


OR

check this other video for the crocheted version! (I’m a crochet freak and you know it!)

And here is the cool pattern of the week! 🙂

Hinagiku Hat

(pics from Ravelry, credit goes to their authors)

 

 

I am planning on knitting it with a skein of Manos del Uruguay Yarn that my mum gave me as a present for my birthday 🙂 Gauge won’t fit so it will require a bit of maths, but luckily I have an intelligent boyfriend! lol
The yarn is in the same colour as the picture below… should be cool!

Greta’s Blankie – free pattern

Many people asked me if I could direct them to the pattern I had used for my first attempt at a baby blanket… remember?

So here I am trying to write my very first pattern 🙂 As the stitches, yarn, hook and sizes were determined only by my inspiration at the moment, this is not going to be a step-by-step tutorial, but rather a serie of directions, in order for you to be able to get something similar 🙂

So… ready for GRETA’S BLANKIE?

baby blanket... finished!

YARN:

Since it’s a baby blanket, I figured that using some acrylic yarn would be better. Small babys tend to get messy and acylic can be washed in the washingmachine without too many concerns. Wool yarn looks better though, and I prefer it due to the fact that acrylic tends to be a bit too “shiny” for my taste. So, according to your needs and your preferences, feel free to use what you like best 🙂

I used Cigno Nero Sprint yarn, an Italian brand. It’s 100% acrylic and it’s veeeeery soft to the touch. The label says it should be worked with a 3-4 (G) Hook. I ended ups using about 4 skeins.

Acrylic skeins

HOOK:
I wanted my blanket to be soft yet crispy. I tried the advised hooks and I didn’t like the result with the stitch I had picked (more about it later), so I kept increasing the size until it looked the way I had it in my head. I ended up using a size 6.0 (J) hook in the end!

GRETA’S STITCH:
I was looking through an old craft book my gradmother had given me, when I found something very similar to this cool checkered pattern (the lower one) and I wanted to try it out. Still, for some odd reason I am totally unable to follow directions in italian (which is my mothertongue!), so I failed so sublimely that I ended up with a new stitch 😀

"Greta stitch"... Photo tutorial coming soon!

This stitch (*GS*) is worked in *clusters* of 3 dc.

All the dc will have to be worked as follows: *yo, insert hook in indicated chain, yo and pull up a loop – 3 loops on hook, yarn over and draw through 2 of the loops – 2 loops on hook, 1 dc in next chain (3 loops on hook), 1 dc into next chain (4 loops on hook), yarn over, draw the yarn through the 4 loops, chain one* – stitch cluster done

If you have any doubts, please check the Greta Stitch photo tutorial! Added as of 25.03.2013

PATTERN:

1. BASE: chain a multiple of 3 (+ 3 chains to turn). Pick the lenght that better suits you. My blanket was a size 50cmx70cm.

2. ROW ONE (right side): 1st dc of *GS* in 3rd chain from hook, continue with *GS* clusters till the end, chain 3, turn

3. ROW TWO (wrong side): repeat Greta’s stitch as above, working the 3 dc in the *stitch cluster* of the previous row instead that on single stitches, ch 3, turn

4. ROW THREE to…: repeat ROW TWO till desired lenght size.

EDGING:

there are so many different ways to edge a baby blanket. I just added a collection of my fave stitches.

1. FIRST ROW: 3dc, 2ch, repeat all around. The 2 ch spaces will allow you to add a ribbon.

2. SECOND ROW: *sc in the 2ch spaces of the previous round, ch 3*, repeat all around.

3. THIRD ROW: *1 sc, 1 hdc, 3dc, 1 hdc, 1 sc* in each ch 3 space of the previous round, repeat all around. The “petals” are finished.

You can add other rows if you wish…

here is a detail of the edging, sorry if the pic is not too clear:
Greta's Blankie - edging detail

And last but not least…

FLOWERS:

this is actually a “traditional” pattern. I have seen it in many variations in books and on websites. The correct name should be Irish rose. Have fun googling  for the many possibilities!

So… this is pretty much it. If anyone has ideas, tips or comments, please let me know. It’s the first time that I write a pattern down and english is not mym othertongue, so I would really appreciate any hints 🙂

And if anyone happens to give this pattern a try, please comment with links to your pics! I’d LOVE to see the results!

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Spike Stitch Pillow Sham – Crochet Me

I was looking for funky stitches the other day and I came across this one… isn’t it beautiful? I would love to make some pillows out of it, as pictured in the photos. I have bought many pillows at Ikea for 1€ each, but still I hadn’t found the right pattern for them, now I really think I did!

I just can’t wait to get started with this new project! 🙂

viaSpike Stitch Pillow Sham – Crochet Me.