Surface Crochet

Surface crochet is a great technique. It works in freeform crochet, tapestry crochet, and all sorts of patterns, from simple to complex. It’s basically a way of working a line (or curve, or circle, etc) across the surface of a piece. It doesn’t have to follow any predetermined line or pattern – you can go wherever you want with it. It’s confusing to read about though – the first time I encountered it in a set of written instructions, all I could say was, “huh?” I figured it out eventually, but a video sure would have been easier. So without further ado…

How to Surface Crochet

When you’re all done with your line, just break the yarn, pull the end up to the front or right side through the last loop, and use a tapestry or yarn needle to go back into the same hole and weave the end in on the wrong side.

Surface crochet can be a major part of a crochet project, or it can be just a tiny embellishment. It’s perfect for adding color and interest when you don’t want to add bulk or weight, and for outlining color changes to give them a smoother line. Once you try it and see how simple it is to do, I’m sure you’ll find lots of ways to use this fun technique.

Have you made any projects using surface crochet before? What did you think? Are there any other techniques or stitches that you’d like to see a video tutorial for here at moogly? Let me know in the comments – I love to take requests!

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Slip Stitch (sl st)

The slip stitch is a handy little stitch to know. So quick and simple it’s often overlooked when teaching someone to crochet! But it’s very important, and there are many times when no other stitch will do. It closes up circles, it adds great edgings, it can join seams, it’s the basis of surface crochet, and it gets you from point A to point B without cutting the yarn. Let’s watch:

How to Crochet the Slip Stitch:

As you can see, it’s like a chain worked into another row… or like a single crochet without the yarn over. So easy and quick! The slip stitch is used in the vast majority of patterns out there, so learning it is important – even if it’s just to make the seamless join.

Another reason to take a closer look at slip stitches is the increasing popularity of slip stitch crochet. More than just a normal slip stitch, these slip stitches twist and bend and use the back loop and front loop only to create amazing new patterns and looks! I have only just begun to learn about this technique myself, but if you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out A Yarnified Life. David Burchall’s site really lays out everything you can do with slip stitch crochet, featuring stitches, patterns and tutorials I’ve never seen anywhere else. David also has patterns for sale on Ravelry, and though they are crochet they look so much like knitting it’s hard to believe! Which just goes to show -  there’s more than meets the eye in crochet. Even when it comes to the humble slip stitch!

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