I have finished the Star Trek Security Red Pillow, and I've also written up the pattern for it. Yeay! Its finished size is 16" by 16." Here it is. Enjoy! You can download the pattern for it here. download now
When you have really tall stitches, like the treble crochet stitch, and don't want the holes between stitches, you can link stitches together. This can be done with all stitches except single crochet stitches.
To link stitches: Insert hook into the horizontal loops of preceding stitch and draw a loop up. This is done in place of doing a yarn over before inserting hook. For a treble crochet, you would do this twice before inserting your hook into the next stitch to complete the stitch.
This swatch is of a group of linked treble crochet stitches.
This stitch helps solve the problem, if you want to call it that, of the large gaps and holes between stitches between normal treble crochet stitches. It also seems to create a double ridge on rows that looks almost like working a stitch in the back loop.
What I don't like about this method is the holes created by the unattached turning chains. Perhaps not linking every stitch in a row would alleviate the holes on the end if the rows.
To make a double single crochet stitch: insert hook and draw a loop up (you will have two loops on your hook). Yarn over and draw through one loop. (Still two loops on hook.) Yarn over again and draw through both loops.
This stitch is abbreviated as dsc.
Extended stitches can be used to create smoother edges when transitioning between the more basic stitches.
Notice the size difference between the single crochet (red) and the double single crochet.
Here is a stitch that I don't think I have ever seen in a pattern. (Maybe I should use it in one.) The dtr or double treble crochet stitch is made like the treble crochet stitch but with an extra yarn over.
For example, the double crochet stitch needs one yarn over before inserting the hook into the stitch. The treble crochet stitch needs two. If you combine the two stitches (hence the name double treble), you need three yarn overs.
This stitch makes really tall rows and a lighter fabric with much more drape to it.
Swatch of dtr stitch
Single crochet stitch swatch next to the dtr swatch.
Here are pictures of the finished Star Trek Command (yellow) Pillow. I'll post the pattern and chart when I'm finished writing it up. The finished size is 14" and worked entirely in single crochet stitches.
You can download the pattern on Ravelry or by clicking here. download now
I'm in the process of working on the other two pillows. Red (Security) and Blue (Science). I'll post those patterns when I'm done with them as well.
Materials used: Red Heart Yarn - gold and black; I Love This Yarn (From Hobby Lobby) - Buttercup; and 1 14" pillow form.
Here are a few pictures of the World of Warcraft Horde Banner, which is done entirely in single crochet stitches. (I will post the pattern and chart when I'm done writing it up.)
I used two wooden dowel rods to hold the shape and for hanging. The top dowel rod is 25" and the bottom (hidden behind the banner just above the middle point) is 18". The top one is longer than the width of the banner to make it easy to hang it up. The bottom rod is just to provide the bottom some weight to maintain its shape.
The treble crochet stitch (tr) is one of the tallest stitches I have come across in patterns. There are taller ones, just add more yarn overs before pulling through your stitch, but this is the most common that I've seen. This stitch leaves you with an even more hole-y look than the double crochet stitch. It works up very quickly.
The video for how to make this stitch is listed on the directory of stitches.
Treble crochet stitches
Double crochet stitches (left) next to treble crochet stitches,
From left to right: Single crochet, double single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet.
The double crochet stitch, another basic crochet stitch, is great for when you want to work up a piece quickly because it adds more height (compared to the half double crochet stitch) to each row. It doesn't have the density the single crochet has, so it drapes much better. The stitches have a hole-y look to them. Here's a sample swatch.
Here we have a swatch of double crochet (the gold) next to the swatch of half double crochet stitches. Notice how the half double crochet swatch doesn't seem to have as much space between the stitches?
When designing your own crochet patterns, draping and density will be important factors when choosing the right stitch for the pattern.
To see how this stitch is made, watch the video on the crochet directory page.
The half double crochet stitch is nice when you want the density of a single crochet, but you want a little height. This stitch works up a little faster than the single crochet stitch, but it doesn't leave you with the hole-y look like the double crochet stitch.
To make a half double crochet stitch: yarn over once before inserting hook. Insert hook, yarn over and draw one loop through. (You will have three loops on your hook.) Yarn over again and pull through all three loops.
Here we have a swatch of half double crochet.
The red is a swatch of single crochet. Notice the size difference.
To learn how this stitch is made, watch the video on the directory of stitches page.