I have been quite busy these last couple of weeks and have been trying to set aside time to make up some samples for my crochet camp. I think it is always helpful when students can see what they can make before they start. My kids are on spring break this week and we decided at the last minute to head up to Oregon to visit with my dad. Well…this gave me oodles of time to crochet because my husband likes to do all the driving. Whoopie!!
I though about what someone who is just learning to crochet would need to know and the chain stitch is the foundation to everything. Those two strands of chain stitch don’t look very exciting do they? The picture is also a little dark because it was taken in the hotel room.
But shoelaces are sure exciting! How do those single strands of chain stitch look now? Now that they are in shoes? And the other one is in the other shoe! This is my 17 year old’s foot and she now wants red and white ones to match her shoes. In fact all five of my kids want shoelaces!! I will have to get cracking in order to have samples for class!!
The next stitch I thought the kids would do well knowing is the single crochet (or sc). So this project is a combination of chain stitches and single crochet. They start with a slip knot on their hook, sc once around the hair tie, the chain 10, 15, or 20 chains depending on what they like.
Here is the 15 year old modeling it. It’s going to be tough getting it back!
You need an elastic hair tie, yarn and crochet hook in the size recommended for the yarn.
Start with a slip knot on your hook, single crochet once around the elastic hair tie, chain 10 to 15 chains depending on how big you would like your loops and then single crochet once around the hair tie. Repeat this process until the elastic hair tie is completely covered.
It’s so simple, easy, and cute, but it allows practice of the chain stitch to help with technique and getting the tension right. Tension is important for other projects.
More crochet samples coming soon!!