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Crochet Workshop

Popcorn Clover and Brush Strokes Stitches

By Bella La Coste, New Kits on the Block

If you have decided to learn to crochet, there are some excellent books for beginners. I suggest you try flea markets and rummage sales where I have seen them for ten cents. At that price, buy a few and use the one you find easiest to understand. I plan to explain a selection of fancy stitches and designs over the next year or so. I will preface these with instructions for any stitches that are not basic single, double or triple crochets or combinations thereof. The format will be for the making of a grannie square, but once you have mastered the design, you will be able to make anything you like or adapt your favorite patterns to new look.

Popcorn CloverPopcorn Clover

For popcorn stitch, work 4 dbl crochets in stitch, drop loop from hook, insert hook in first dbl crochet of the group. Pick up dropped loop with hook, pull loop through first dbl crochet of group.


Row 1: Chain 33 sc in second ch from hook and in each stitch across. Turn (32 sc made)

Row 2-5: Ch 1, sc in each stitch across, turn

Row 6: Ch 1, sc in first 16 stitches, work 4-dc popcorn in next stitch, sc in next 15 stitches, turn

Popcorn Cover Gragh Rows 7 - 32: Ch 1. Work each stitch of row according to graph.


Brush Strokes

Brush StrokesRow 1: Ch 33 skip first 3 ch from hook (counts as turning ch of row) skip next 3ch , 3 dc in next ch,*ch 1, yo, insert hook in second ch of 3 ch just skipped, yo and pull up a long loop that wraps around last 3 dc made (pinching the base of 3dc with thumb and fourth finger on left hand as you work makes this easier), (yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 2 times; working in the same ch, repeat from * 2 more times (wrapped shell completed); skip next ch, dc in next ch, (work wrapped shell, skip next ch, dc in next ch) 4 times, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, 3 dc in same st as ch 3 , sc in next ch-1 loop; * for wrapped shell, skip next 5 dc, 3 dc in next dc, ch 1; wrapping sts around last 3 dc made, work 3 dc in second st of 5 dc just skipped (wrapped shell completed); sc in next ch-1 loop; repeat from * 3 more times, 4 dc in top of turning ch 3 , turn.

Row 3: ch 3, work wrapped shell; * sc in next ch-1 loop, work wrapped shell; repeat from * 3 more times, dc in top of turning ch 3, turn.

Rows 4 - 13; repeat rows 2 & 3 five more times.

Row 14: repeat row 2

These beautiful stitches are quite easy if you break them down one step at a time. You will see some absolutely exquisite dolls on my web page. They are such fun to do because they are so detailed that even the tiny buttons work! I have offered a selection of beginners kits for those who think they can’t do it or who feel the need, as I did, to start with something fairly simple and work their way up. The intermediate and advanced dolls present a fun and interesting challenge for people who have more experience. I have had a life-long love affair with dolls and am in the process of becoming a doll doctor. I have designed and copyrighted patterns for knitted dolls and often alter these doll patterns to create one unique to my collection. I invite any input or questions you may have and would love to receive patterns for special stitches you may wish to share or pictures of beautiful things you have created. I will have 2 new stitches for you next month.


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