Reticulate is a fun basic technique for making a woven scarf or shawl.
This is a ZERO PATTERN project! Because the number of stitches depends on the overall size you are making and the the size of hook and yarn you are using!
Click here to learn how to do the Foundation Double Crochet mentioned in this tutorial video.
Experiment with weaving different materials through your crocheted mesh base!
Experiment with different fibers for the crocheted base too!
This example is made with Butterfly Cotton for the crochet mesh base and woven with Darn Good Yarn Recycled Sari Silk Strips! I think the next one I make will be a crochet thread base, then who knows what sorts of fun I will weave through it!
Have fun and share pictures of your finished projects! Click here for the Ravelry Project
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This technique is super helpful then you run out of yarn in the middle of a row and do not want to tie a knot in your yarn!
You can also avoid having to come back later and weave in ends in the middle of your project.
This is perfect for afghans, but I wouldn’t do it if the join might end up in the front of a sweater. It might be ok on the back of a sweater or on a hat. You have to be the judge of that because it does make a slightly bulkier spot in the yarn that might be visible with different types of yarn.
Give it a try and let me know how it works for you!
This crochet stitch might be referred to as moss stitch, or linen stitch.
Using multiple colors of yarn can really show off the way the rows interlock into the rows below, hence my calling it interlocking rows.
I have used this technique for almost every sort of project. It has a little more give than traditional crochet stitches.
It does not matter how many stitches you start with, just make your foundation using my Foundation Single Crochet technique to the length you want, and get started.
Sit down with some practice yarn or your project and watch this tutorial video and work along.
Here is a fun version I did as a wrap using 2 strands of yarn together and “fading” the solid color yarn!
P.S. Here are some photo examples of how this stitch has been used. I’d love to add your version to help inspire other stitchers. When you start your project, don’t forget to create a project in Ravelry! Share the link to your project in the comments of this post, and share on social media using the hashtag #ashleyafghan
When you learn the crochet basics you are adding a powerful tool to your stitching toolbox.
If you are a knitter, knowing how to crochet can open up opportunities for different finishing techniques.
People ask me all of the time, “Which is easier, crochet or knit?”
I don’t think one is easier than the other, some people have more challenges with using the “2 pointy sticks” and find knitting to be awkward.
Other people find the intricately laced loops complicated when they first learn to crochet.
Another frequent question is, “Which is better?”
Neither is better than the other! For me, that is like asking, “Which is a better painting? Oil on canvas, or watercolors on linen paper?” NEITHER is better! They are just different!
Crochet and knitting have some inherently different qualities that suit each technique for different applications.
Crochet generally makes a thicker fabric and is less stretchy, giving your finished project more structure; which is great for some projects, but not for others!
Knitting is designed to be inherently stretchy, which gives movement and drape, which makes it more suitable for some projects, but not for others.
With that basic overview, I want to encourage you that you CAN learn how to crochet basics, and I am here to help you!
Grab your practice yarn, crochet hook, and a cup of tea. Get comfortable and start working through this Crochet Basics tutorial series, in order, and you will be able to crochet basics today!
Relax. Take your time. Give yourself lots of grace. If you are in the Arlington, WA area, you can also stop in at the shop and sign up for one of my one-on-one or group beginning classes if you need more interactive teaching support as you learn to crochet basics!
Please, refer back to this learn to crochet tutorial series often and share it with your friends!
Have fun and leave a comment below if you loved it and found it helpful!
Once you master these basic crochet sstitches, you will love learning how to do these advanced stitches!
Foundation Single Crochet http://wp.me/p8SjGN-1u
Foundation Double Crochet http://wp.me/p8SjGN-1L