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  • Try This Stitch: Fanfare Crochet

    Fanfare is a beautiful crochet pattern that's delicate and elegant without being too difficult.

    fanfare 1

    You don't need to be an expert crocheter to make something like fanfare stitch. You need to know single and double crochet, chain, and how to work into a chain space. If you need help with the basics of crochet, check out the Learn section or the Learn to Crochet series that recently finished.

    Fanfare looks nice in a heavier yarn, but would also be delicate and soft in something lighter. It makes a nice square -- which could be combined with other stitch squares into a blanket -- or repeated many times for a scarf or shawl. The sample here was crocheted using Lion's Pride® Woolspun®. It is three repeats wide and three tall.

    We have a large selection of knit and crochet stitches and motifs, called the Stitch Finder. In it, you'll find all kinds of interesting things. Lace, cables, flowers, trims, you name it. You can make an entire blanket from the blocks you'll find on that page, too. All the patterns listed are reprinted with permission from various books.

    Fanfare Stitch

    fanfare 2

    (ch a multiple of 6 sts + 4)

    Row 1: Work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc in next 2 ch, *ch 3, skip 3 ch, 1 sc in next 3 ch; rep from * across. Turn.

    Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in first 2 sc, *skip 1 sc, 5 dc in ch-3 sp, skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc; rep from * end 1 sc in last sc. Turn.

    Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as 1 sc and ch 3), skip (2 sc, 1 dc), 1 sc in next 3 dc, *ch 3, skip (1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc), 1 sc in next 3 dc; rep from * to last 4 sts, end ch 3, skip (1 dc, 1 sc), 1 sc in last sc. Turn.

    Row 4: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 3 dc in first ch-3 sp, *skip 1 sc, 1 sc in next sc, skip 1 sc, 5 dc in ch-3 sp; rep from *, end last rep 4 dc in last ch-3 sp. Turn.

    Row 5: Ch 1, 1 sc in first 3 dc, *ch 3, skip (1 dc, 1 sc, 1 dc), 1 sc in next 3 dc; rep from * across. Turn.

    Rep rows 2–5.

    fanfare chart

    Stitch directions reproduced with permission, from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume Four, Sixth & Spring Books, 2007

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  • Try This Stitch: Crystal Chandelier

    Crystal Chandelier is a lovely lacy stitch that would work well for a shawl or scarf.

    chandelier lace

    This lace would look lovely on many different projects, and the width is extremely adjustable. The pattern is eight stitches wide, with one more cast on for symmetry. So you would cast on 9, 17, 25, 33, and so on.

    The sample above is three repeats, so I cast on 25 stitches, using DIYarn in Hot Pink.

    In general with lace, it's best to choose a yarn that's not too fuzzy, so you can really see the stitches. You may also want to steer clear of colors that change to often. Something with a gradual or ombre effect might look nice without being distracting.

    We have a large selection of knit and crochet stitches and motifs, called the Stitch Finder. In it, you'll find all kinds of interesting things. Lace, cables, flowers, trims, you name it. You can make an entire blanket from the blocks you'll find on that page, too. All the patterns listed are reprinted with permission from various books.

    Crystal Chandelier

    Cast on multiple of 8 stitchess plus 1.

    Row 1 (RS): K1, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k2; rep from * to end.

    Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl.

    Row 3: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 5: [K2tog, yo] twice, *k1, yo, ssk, yo, S2KP, yo, k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 5 sts, end k1, [yo, ssk] twice.

    Row 7: K1, *k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 9: K2tog, yo, *k5, yo, S2KP, yo; rep from * to last 7 sts, end k5, yo, ssk.

    Rows 11–19: Rep rows 1–9.

    Rows 21, 23 and 25: K1, *yo, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k1, yo, k1; rep from * to end.

    Row 26: Purl

    Rep rows 1–26

    This pattern comes with a chart, as well, if that's the pattern method you prefer to use.

    If you are unsure how to do any of the stitches mentioned, see our Learn section for instructions.

    Reprinted from Vogue Knitting Stitchionary Volume Five: Lace, with permission from 6th&Spring Books; copyright 2010; photos by Jack Deutsch Studio. All rights reserved.

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  • Try this Stitch: Arrowhead Lace

    Arrowhead lace is a beautiful stitch that looks intricate without being too complex or difficult.

    arrowhead-1

    The four-row pattern repeats across 10 stitches, with one extra cast on for symmetry. A single repeat (11 stitches) makes a great headband, or can be incorporated into a larger piece, like a hat or sweater. Two or three repeats (21 or 31 stitches) make for a nice, open scarf. Cast on even more -- 61, 71, 81 -- for a wide shawl or wrap, perfect for summer nights or inside a chilly office.

    While the intricacy of arrowhead lace really shines in a solid yarn, something with subtle variegation could look lovely as well. You may want to avoid something with color changes that are too bold or too frequent, as they may detract from the stitchwork.

    We have a large selection of knit and crochet stitches and motifs, called the Stitch Finder. In it, you'll find all kinds of interesting things. Lace, cables, flowers, trims, you name it. You can make an entire blanket from the blocks you'll find on that page, too. All the patterns listed are reprinted with permission from various books.

    Arrowhead Lace

    arrowhead-2

    Cast on a multiple of ten stitches, plus one (11, 21, 31, 41, and so on).

    Row 1 (WS): Purl

    Row 2 (RS): K1, *[yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1; rep from * to end

    Row 3: Purl

    Row 4: K2, *yo, ssk, yo, sl 2 knitwise-k1-p2sso, yo, k2tog, yo, k3; rep from *, end last rep k2

    Rep rows 1-4.

    The sample pictured is knit with 24/7 Cotton® on US 6 (4.0 mm) needles. However, the Arrowhead stitch pattern would look lovely in any weight. One with good stitch definition like the cotton would be best, so for a slightly heavier knit, Woolspun® would be a nice choice. The sample is 11 stitches wide, which is one lace repeat.

    This pattern is reprinted with permission from  Vogue Knitting Stitchionary: Volume One, Sixth & Spring Books, 2005.

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