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Crochet Stitches Q & A
By: Lion Brand
We're delighted that so many of you are enjoying our new feature, Crochet Stitches of the Week! They are a great way to try out a new skill or use them to create your own projects. Since we've gotten some questions on making and using these crochet stitches, we've put together this short list of questions and answers for you.

What yarn and hook size do I use with these crochet stitches?
They can be worked in any yarn you wish. Use the suggested hook size that is indicated on the label. You can also experiment with hook sizes; a larger hook will produce a looser fabric while a smaller hook will produce a denser fabric.

What does it mean to chain a multiple of a certain number of stitches?
This is called a stitch multiple. It is the number of stitches needed for one complete repeat. For example, if it states to chain a multiple of 4 sts + 3, chain any number divisible by 4, then add 3.

What are some ways I can use these stitches?
Be creative! If you've made a few smaller samples, they can be used as coasters. You could take four cotton samples and seam them together to create a washcloth. You could even seam together a few samples in a row and create a scarf.

You can also use them to create scarves or afghans in one continuous piece. First determine the width you'd like your project to be. Then determine your gauge, using your selected yarn and hook size. Stitches per inch x desired width=number of chains. Just remember to begin with the correct stitch multiple (which may cause you to have to readjust your desired width).

Can I incorporate a stitch into another project?
Yes. If you find one that you like, you can use that stitch to embellish a plain afghan or to make a border on a jacket. You could also use the stitch pattern in a pattern for a scarf or an afghan you already have that uses, for example, plain single crochet.

The sky is the limit when it comes to new stitch patterns. Consider it a new skill you've learned and feel free to incorporate them into future projects.

Authored by Lion Brand

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