Did you know that you can also crochet with pixel patterns?
In our Once Upon a Pixel book we’ll show you an example of a horse cushion. Continue reading to learn how you can use the same technique to turn any pixel pattern into a blanket or cushion.
This is part 1 of our mini crochet course. Below you will find an explanation of basic crochet stitches.
What you need:
- A Crochet Hook (NL) (rest of World)
- A pixel pattern / e.g. in our Once Upon a Pixel Book
- Yarn (NL) (Rest of World)
How to make a Slip Knot
Your crochet project always starts with a slip knot. There are many ways to do it, we’ll show you one way.
Make a loop with the yarn and pull your hook through the loop. Make a knot by pulling the tail of your yarn. Now you have made your slip knot.
How to make a Chain Stitch (CH)
Now that you have your slip knot, you can make your chain. Pick the yarn around your crochet hook and pull it through the loop. Now you have a chain of 1 stitch, or 1 CH. Repeat this step as often as needed for your pattern. For our example that is 19 CH.
How to make a Single Crochet (SC)
After you made your chain, you can start making Single Crochet (SC) stitches.
Insert the hook from front to back into the second chain from the hook. Be sure that you have the right side of the foundation chain facing you and your yarn hand holding the foundation chain.
With your yarn hand, wrap the yarn from back to front over the hook. What you’ve just done is called a yarn over (abbreviated yo).
Rotate the throat of the hook toward you with your hook hand, and pull the hook with the wrapped yarn through the stitch. You should have two loops on your hook.
With your yarn hand, wrap the yarn from back to front over the hook. You completed another yarn over.
Rotate the throat of the hook toward you with your hook hand, and draw the hook with the wrapped yarn through both loops on the hook. One single crochet is now complete, and one loop remains on your hook.
Repeat as often as needed according to the pattern. In our example this is repeated until the end of the chain (19 SC).
How to make a Slip Stitch (Sl.St.)
Like with the SC, insert the hook into the next chain. Pick up the yarn as shown on the picture. Pull it through the SC, and directly through the chain on your hook. This stitch is indicated as (1 Sl. St.)
How to make a Turn Chain (Tch)
To continue stitching from row to row you will have to turn your work at every row. To continue keeping 19 SC you will have to make an extra chain at the end of every row. This is called a turn chain. Turn your work and pick up the first SC. Continue to make your SC as per the pattern.