Welcome to the first entry in our ongoing series Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl! Each month in 2015 we will teach you a new crochet or knit stitch. You can then use the stitch when you make the featured cowl. This month our stitch is working into the back bars of a crocheted chain, and the cowl is the Twisted Cowl in Medley. Keep reading to learn the stitch and enter to win! Use the hashtag #learnstitches to talk about the series.
For the cowl you’ll use Medley, but I used Soft Yarn in 9528 Lilac to make it easier to see the stitches. The cowl is done in a circle so I went ahead and made the sample chain in a circle by doing a slip stitch in the first chain.
In this photo you can see the top of the chain is facing us, so it looks like a braid. In a normal stitch, you’ll put the the hook into each of the “V”s in the chain to do the row of single crochet.
In this picture you can see the backside of the chain, with the bumps that you will be working into. In the stitch we’ll be doing, you will be working into these bumps instead of the “Vs” on the top of the chain.
On the left you can see the hook positioned as in a normal single crochet. On the right you can see the hook positioned to work into the back bump of the chain to do a single crochet. You’ll want to do the back bump version. While you are going under two strands of yarn for a regular single crochet into a chain, when you work into the back bump of a chain you are going under only one strand.
When you work into the back bumps around, the beginning edge of the crocheted piece retains a smooth even edge that matches the top of the last row of crochet. Here is the beginning chain after I did a few rounds. You can see how the chain looks just like any crochet row or round after you complete the stitches.
This very even, nice edge is useful for projects like this cowl, which will have all of the edges exposed.
Have you ever used an edge like this before or worked into the back bumps or a chain? For which projects?
To see the other stitches and cowls in this series, visit the Learn a Stitch, Make a Cowl page.
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