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Handmade Christmas 2013 {cheveron crochet tutorial}

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Today is the first in our 9 weeks of Handmade Christmas 2013. The reason we’re starting so early is so that we can get our projects done by the beginning of December so we can enjoy the holiday season and not be stressed.

I told you last week that I had some surprises for you and I’m so excited that Nora of Day By Day Homestead has generously written a great chevron crochet tutorial for us. Now, I’m not much of a crocheter, but I can do a single stitch so I can’t wait to give this a try. Please be sure to visit her blog or facebook page and thank her for such an amazing tutorial.

The Many Uses of the Ripple/Chevron Stitch
I just love to use the Ripple/Chevron Stitch, it has so many versatile uses. I am going to share a few of them for you today, along with the patterns (and how to expand the pattern for you and so you can make your own adaptation of this pattern)
Scarf—Place Setting—Table Runner— Hot Water Bottle Cover— Pillow
 
 
This is how I make my ripple stitch pattern. I grab myself some graph paper, and use each square as a stitch. In this pattern, we will be working with single stitch (sc). The “X” means skip that stitch/chain, the orange square means 3 sc within the one stitch, and the yellow square means one sc. Each orange square 3 sc will create a mountain…and each 2 “X,X” will create a valley. As you can see there is definitely a pattern within the pattern I had made. To expand this pattern (make it wider, you will not add the last three squares until you have reached the desire width…You will keep on adding the 2 “XX” skip spaces, the six sc, the one orange 3 sc, 6 sc etc until you reach the desire width  then you will add those last three stitches.
Now to make the ripple mountain and valleys deeper, you can also adapt this pattern by adding more sc to the 6 sc in the area of the pattern. You can add eleven sc instead of the six on both sides of the mountain and valley parts and you will have a deeper looking ripple. At the end of this, I will be showing a photo of a lap afghan I am making that will show I used eleven sc .
 
For the scarf, I used black and gray simply soft yarn and size “H” crochet hook.
 
        1) Chain 50 in black
 
        2) Sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain (total 2 sc), “X” skip next chain, * sc in next 6 chains, 3 sc in next chain space, sc in next 6 chains, “XX” skip next two chain spaces*  Repeat from * until the last three chains,   “X” skip one chain, sc in last two chains, chain 1 turn. 
 
 Sc in next two stitches, “X” skip next stitch, * sc in next 6 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 spaces, “XX” skip two stitches *   Repeat from * until the last three stitches. “X” skip 1 stitch, sc in last two stitches, chain 1, turn. Continue this row till desire length.
 
Now, I wanted to show you that after crocheting two rows of black I added a different color to change the look. 
 
Here I added just one row on gray and then added two rows of black
 
Now I added another row of gray.
 
(sorry that I was not able to show the finished project, this is still a work in progress)
 
I just continued in crocheting to the length that I wanted, in the last stitch I crochet three sc instead of just one, and then I sc down the length of the scarf, three sc in the corner, sc again across the width, three sc in the corner, and finished crocheting sc to the next corner of three sc. I slip stitch in the first sc of the set of three, finished off  and weaved the yarn end. You can change the look even more by crocheting in the back loops only as I did here: 
 
 
And by adding another color it changes again…..
 
Here I decided to stop crocheting in the back loops and crochet in the entire stitch to change the texture of the piece. 
 
I decided that I would first make a place setting..
 
 Then I kept on crocheting to make a table runner…
 
I also made a Hot Water Bottle Cover by crocheting the table runner just a bit longer…
           
 
I also was able to take this same piece and make a Throw Pillow Cover: (please excuse the bright pink buttons…they were the only color I had on hand, LOL)
 
Poncho—Bathmat Pattern
         
 
(I used the same project I had been working on in making the hot water bottle cover and pillow just to show you the possibility of a bathmat, you would use the following pattern to make it wider)
 
This is the same pattern as the scarf but wider. I used the same “X” to mean skip a stitch, the orange square means 3 sc in one stitch, and the yellow means one sc. I alternated the row colors to make a nice chevron pattern.
 
1. Chain 95 in your main color
 
2. Sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain (total 2 sc) skip next chain, * sc in next 6 chains, 3 sc in the next chain space, sc in next 6 chains, skip next two chains spaces * Repeat from * till last three chains, skip one chain, sc in the last two chain, chain 1 turn.
 
3. Sc in next two stitches, skip next stitch, *sc in next 6 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, skip two stitches * Repeat from * till last three stitches, skip next stitch, sc in last two stitches, chain 1, turn. Continue until piece measures at least 32”   
 
**I found if I would slip the panel over my arm/shoulder and drape it across to the opposite side/hip area it would give me a better measurement of how long to make the panel. Once I got to the length I wanted, I would fasten off and replicate the second panel to the same amount of rows. 
 
This is how to sew the panels together
Afghan and Lap Blanket
Again I am using the same pattern but making it wider and longer.
 
1. Chain 230  in main color
 
2. Sc in second chain from hook, sc in next chain (total 2 sc) skip next chain, * sc in next 6 chains, 3 sc in the next chain space, sc in next 6 chains, skip next two chains spaces * Repeat from * till last three chains, skip one chain, sc in the last two chain, chain 1 turn.
 
3. Sc in next two stitches, skip next stitch, *sc in next 6 stitches, 3 sc in next stitch, sc in next 6 stitches, skip two stitches * Repeat from * till last three stitches, skip next stitch, sc in last two stitches, chain 1, turn. Continue to the desire length of the afghan, crochet three sc in place of the last sc of the row, sc down the length of the afghan, three sc in the corner, sc down the width of the afghan, three sc in the corner, and sc down the other length of the afghan. Slip stitch in the first sc of the three sc corner. Tie off, weave in ends. 
 
As you can see, the ripple/chevron pattern is very versatile. You can switch colors in a few rows, every row and even go so far as not have a certain pattern of rows per color. You can stitch in the back loops only or do as I did and do some rows in back loop stitching and revert back to stitching both loops in the next rows. You can use only one color, two colors or multi-colors.
 
There are so many possibilities in using this pattern to make gifts for others and items for yourself. Enjoy!

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