Crochet N More

Volume XII, Issue No. 20
October 30, 2009

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(A different crochet stitch and/or tip featured in each issue...
to be added later to the Crochet Basics page)


A Spike Stitch is a crochet stitch that is worked into one or more rows below the previous row on a project.
It's called a Spike Stitch because it actually "spikes" down, working over part of a stitch on a prior row.
Any normal crochet stitch can be "spiked".

One example of a Spike Stitch is a LONG SINGLE CROCHET (LSC)

A Long Single Crochet Stitch is worked the same as a regular single crochet stitch,
except... it is worked in a stitch one or more rows below the normal working row.

To make a Long Single Crochet stitch you:

Insert hook in indicated stitch,
yo, draw a loop through (2 loops on hook),
yo, draw through both loops on the hook.

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Practice this stitch with our Spike Stitch Square pattern:













SINGLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

HALF DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

DOUBLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

TRIPLE CROCHET (click here for instructions)

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Wondering how many stitches are on the row you just finished?
The top of each crochet stitch resembles a little heart.
The top edge of a row of stitches looks like hearts stacked on top of one another.
Turn your project so you can see the little hearts... then count the hearts
along that row to see how many stitches you have.








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RE: Apple_Afghan_Square

I have a question. When it is time to crochet the red stitches, do you start with the red at the beginning of the row and continue on, or do you start when the first red stitch is to be done? Really doesn't say in the pattern. Thanks. Judy Molinari

<< reply >>

I pick up the red yarn when the pattern calls for the first red stitch. I begin the red in the last step of the last white stitch just prior to the first red stitch. Then I carry the unused color along to where I need it again on the next row.

Subject: Help Understanding a crochet instruction

I am fairly new to crocheting. Can you tell me in plain english what this means I should do:
(DC between next 2 sts) across.
I am trying to make your basketweave towel topper. Thanks, Jan

<< reply >>

Visualize each double crochet like a little fence post. All you do is place the double crochet between two posts... all across the row.

I'm a cancer patient on Chemo doing great.
Came across your site, so I thought I would have a look.

Help!!!!! I know that you printed the way to put squares together that doesn't leave the squares looking awful. It was when you get finished, you drop the yarn and I forget what else. I have looked and looked and can't find it anywhere. Thanks and God Bless you and yours doris

<< reply >>

I have a page on how to join crochet squares here:
Hope this is what you needed.

Your alphabet coasters have been such a blessing to me. My husband lost his job last spring, but praise God...was hired in August. Knowing I would be unable to buy gifts this Christmas, I searched for a crochet pattern that would be personal and practical. The coasters are amazing. my heartfelt thanks for sharing these designs! God Bless!


Thank you for being here with all the free patterns.
I am just learning, so nice to be able to brouse and look for easy patterns.

Subject: Baby Booties 2 - FPDC & BPDC

I want to crochet the booties you have on your web site (Baby Booties 2). I know most of what the instructions give to do but the appreviation Fpdc and Bpdc was not mentioned on the beginning of the first page. Please help! thank you

<< reply >>

Thank you so much letting me know I failed to list the two stitches at the beginning of the pattern.
I have updated the pattern page to include those stitches at the beginning of the pattern.

Fpdc is a front post double crochet
Bpdc is a back post double crochet

Here's how:

Yarn over, insert hook from the front side of the work
right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

Yarn over, insert hook from the back side of the work
right to left around the post of the indicated stitch on a previous row;
yo and pull up a loop (3 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (2 lps on hk)
yo and draw through two lps (1 lp on hk)

This link is helpful in explaining these stitches.

You can find these and many other crochet stitch abbreviations as well as the instructions
for them on our Crochet Basics page:

I hope you enjoy the pattern!

Subject: Cross_Afghan_Square_3

I am a member of a Prayer Shawl ministry. Tonight we were discussing making something small for our service people to carry in their pocket, since a full shawl would be too bulky to carry around with them. May we use this as our pattern? We would have the pastor bless them and then send them to the military personnel in our church. Thank you in advance for considering my request. Wren Dillon

<< reply >>

By all means... you have my permission to use any of my patterns for this project.
(Keep in mind that not all patterns listed on my site are my designs)

My husband was in the Army and went to Desert Storm when we first got married
so I know how much little things can comfort our servicemen and women.

You might also enjoy these patterns:

The guys might not like the flowers but we have alot of ladies defending our country too.
May God bless you exceedingly for your works!

Re: Scrubbing DishCloth... HELP!!

I'm so excited to crochet this scrubbing dishcloth, but I just don't understand the very first step. I do hope that you're not far from your computer, as I've been waiting for my daughter to bring me the yarn all day, LOL. I, just recently (two weeks) broke my ankle and am confined to the sofa couch. As she works all day, & I'm unable to currently drive, the days are spent doing whatever it is that I can. In between, I rest & relax with my crocheting & knitting projects. I should have looked at the pattern last night, when I first found it, LOL. However, now... when I chain four, how is it done to do 11dc's in the 4th chain from the hook - to then join with a sl st in chain 4?? Please forgive me, I must admit to being blonde (I grin)... are you there?? I'll be awaiting your reply & should I figure it out on my own - I'll be sure to send you another message :-) Thank you Leda

<< reply >>

Sorry I wasn't on line yesterday. I'm glad you like the pattern. I'm sorry that you broke your ankle. I know several people here that have had foot/ankle breaks lately. It must be a common thing right now. Anyway, the first part of this pattern is made using the mesh bag that oranges come in... or a similar type of mesh.

For Row 1 using the prepared netting and a hook size P you make 4 chains. Then work 11 double crochet stitches into the very first chain you made. Then you join with a slip stitch in the top of the beginning chain 4. That's the scrubbing part of the dishcloth... now you fasten off and weave in the ends.


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A Sunday school teacher asked her students to draw a picture of their favorite Old Testament story.
As she moved around the class, she saw there were many wonderful drawings being done.
Then she came across the drawing of one little boy.
He was busy drawing a man driving an old car.
In the backseat were two passengers.

"It's a lovely picture,” prompted the teacher, “but which story does it tell?”

The little boy seemed surprised at the question.
“Well,” he exclaimed, “doesn't it say in the Bible that
God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden?”

A friend of mine is a deputy with the sheriff's department canine division. One evening, the deputy was dispatched to the scene of a possible burglary, where he discovered the back door of a building ajar. He let the dog out of his patrol car and commanded it to enter and seek.

Jumping from the back seat, the dog headed for the building. After lunging through the doorway, the dog froze and backed out. My friend was puzzled until he investigated further. Then he noticed the sign on the building: "Veterinarian's office."

A teacher writes on the blackboard:
I ain't had no fun all summer.
"Now how should I correct that?"

Little boy: Get a hobby.

Memorial Day weekend was coming up, and the nursery school teacher took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism. "We live in a great country," she said. "One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free."

One little boy came walking up to her from the back of the room. He stood with his hands on his hips and said. . . .
"I'm not free. I'm four."

When my husband and I decided to rent a car and drive to Oregon to visit family, we discovered that many rental agreements come with restrictions. After several calls, I wearily asked a sweet young agent if her company had any restrictions on taking its rental cars out of state.

After a bewildered pause, she replied, " have to bring it back."

The psychology instructor had just finished a lecture on mental health and was giving an oral test. Speaking specifically about manic depression, she asked, "How would you diagnose a patient who walks back and forth screaming at the top of his lungs one minute, then sits in a chair weeping uncontrollably the next?"

A young man in the rear raised his hand and answered, "A football coach?"

During a home renovation, my grandfather was watching me drive in nails.
"You hammer like lightning," he said.

"Really?" I replied, flattered.

He said, "You never strike the same place twice."

While reviewing math symbols with my second-grade pupils, I drew a greater-than (>) and a less-than (<) sign on the chalkboard and asked, "Does anyone remember what these mean?"

A few moments passed, and then a boy confidently raised his hand. "One means fast-forward," he exclaimed, "and the other means rewind!"

When my printer's type began to grow faint, I called a local repair shop, where a friendly man informed me that the printer probably needed only to be cleaned. Because the store charged $50 for such cleanings, he told me, I might be better off reading the printer's manual and trying the job myself.

Pleasantly surprised by his candor, I asked, "Does your boss know that you discourage business?"

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The kindergarten was learning the letters of the alphabet.
"What comes after 'T'?" the teacher asked.

John quickly replied, "V."

The professor loaded his class down with enough problems to keep them busy for several hours. After 15 minutes, when the instructor had settled comfortable into his swivel chair, he was interrupted by a student asking, "Sir, do you have any more problems?"

Taken by surprise, the instructor asked, "Do you mean you have already finished all the problems I assigned?"

"No," said the student. "I could not work any of these, so I thought I might have better luck with some others."



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