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Grandmother stitch

Detail Knitting Stitches

There are hundreds of different stitches and combinations available.  These are the top detail knitting stitches from the Sunshine book.

CROSS STITCH

Cross Stitch is the basic of the detail knitting stitches
Cross Stitch is the basis of the detail knitting stitches

Make a chain the length required.

1st row: Work 1 double crochet in the 5th stitch from needle, make another double crochet across the 1st one in the next stitch on the chain. This makes the Cross Stitch.

Now make one double crochet in 2nd stitch on the chain and the other double crochet across in the stitch skipped.

2nd row: Same as the 1st row; make the stitches above each other and take up in the double stitch on the row below.

Turn for every row.

RIB STITCH

Rib Stitch is a common is one of the most popular detail knitting stitches
Rib Stitch is a common is one of the most popular detail knitting stitches

Make a chain the length of the work.

1st row: Take up one loop in the 2nd stitch on the chain, put the yarn over hook and pull through both loops on needle. This is the single crochet. Repeat in every stitch in the chain to the end of row; turn.

2nd row: Make one chain, work same as on 1st row, taking up in the back of the stitches on the row below.

More Detail Knitting Stitches

SLIPPER STITCH

Slipper Stitch
Slipper Stitch

Make a chain as long as 1J/2 times the length of the work.

1st row: Begin with seven single crochet (larger or smaller number of stitches as desired, make three single crochet in the next (the 8th)stitch on the chain, then make seven single crochet, skip two stitches on the chain and repeat from * to end of row.

2nd row: Plain, or 1 single crochet for each stitch on a row below, taking up in the back of the stitches.

3rd row: Same as the 1st row; make three single crochet in 1 stitch at the point, then work seven single crochet, skip two stitches and repeat.

Repeat 2nd and 3rd rows for the work.

BLOCK STITCH

Block Stitch
Block Stitch

Make a chain the length required.

1st row: Work three double crochet in the Sth stitch from the needle. *
Make one single crochet in the 4th stitch on the chain, then make a
chain of 3 stitches and three double crochet in the same place as the single crochet; repeat from * to end of row; turn.

2nd row: A chain of 3 stitches; make three double crochet in the single crochet below; then work one single crochet on top of the block over the chain of 3 stitches.

Now make a chain of 3 stitches, and work three double crochet in the same place as the single crochet over the chain of 3 stitches: then a single crochet on top of next block and repeat this for the work.

SHELL STITCH

Shell Stitch
Shell Stitch

Make a chain somewhat longer than the length of the work.

1st row: Work five double crochet in the 5th stitch from the needle.
* Make one single crochet in 4th stitch on the chain, then a shell of 5 double crochet in 4th stitch from the single crochet and repeat from * to end of row; end row with a single crochet, turn.

2nd row: A chain of 3 stitches; work two double crochet in the single crochet on the row below (always taking up in the double stitch).

* Make one single crochet in the middle of the shell, then make a shell of 5 double crochet in next single crochet and repeat from *, ending the row with three double crochet, turn. Start next row with a shell and repeat for the work.

GRANDMOTHER’S STITCH

Grandmother stitch
Grandmother Stitch

Make a chain the length required.

1st row: Put yarn over hook and take up one loop in 4th stitch from needle, yarn over and pick up another loop in next stitch on the chain; now yarn over hook and pull through 4 loops, yarn
over and pull through 2 loops and make one chain.

Repeat the stitch to end of the row, taking up in every stitch on the chain; turn.

2nd row: Draw out the loop on the needle, put the yarn over hook- and take up the 1st loop in: the chain below, yarn over and pick up 2nd loop between 1st and 2nd stitch on the row below.

Pull through as before and repeat for the work, always taking up the loops for the stitch on each side of the stitch below.

creating a chain stitch

Basic Crocheting Stitches

Chain Stitch

creating a chain stitch
Make a chain of loops pulling out 1 loop through the other.

Slip Stitch

creating a slip stitch
Place the hook in a loop on the chain, pull the yarn over hook and pull through both loops on the needle at once.

Single Crochet

creating a single crochet stitch
Take up 1 loop on the chain, pull the yarn over hook, and pull through both loops on the needle at once.

Double Crochet

creating a double crochet stitch
Put yarn around hook, take up 1 loop on the chain, yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops at a time.

Long Crochet

creating a long crochet stitch
Put yarn around hook and pick up 1 loop on the chain. Yarn over hook and pull through 1 loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice.

Treble Crochet

creating a treble crochet stitch
Put yarn around hook twice and take up 1 loop on the chain. Yarn over hook and pull through 2 loops on needle and repeat this 2 times more.

The Sunlight Book of Knitting

The Sunlight Book of Knitting Introduction

Experienced crocheters and knitters will appreciate this latest edition of the Sunlight Book of Knitting and Crocheting as it presents the very latest ideas and designs for making all sorts of classic items.

Image of detailed instructions for a stitch from the original Sunlight Book
Detailed instructions for a stitch from the original Sunlight book

Readers will find each step detailed clearly with simple and straightforward directions.   Our hope is to make them as easily understood as if they were demonstrated by a live instructor as the instructions were all written from doing the actual work with the items.

The stitches here are the basis of an almost unlimited variety of fun and useful items.

Knit baby hatJust as in the time of The Sunlight book, baby items are still popular.  Blankets are treasured items, and bonnets have been a rage since photographers captured England’s Princess Charlotte coming home from the hospital in one.

We’ll cover a bit about care also.  This section has been updated as soaps and detergents have changed substantially since 1915.  The Sunlight lesson is: choose your materials carefully so that they’ll last.  Of course, they recommended Sunlight yarn, but the quality lesson is still important.  Use quality yarns for satisfactory work, lasting colors, and long wear.

Why Knit?

People knit when The Sunlight book was published for an economy.  Home knitting could provide better clothing and accessories than available commercially and at a much lower price.  Nowadays, the price is no longer as important.  There are plenty of good quality clothes available at low cost.

Yet there’s still no store bought substitute for the pride that you feel wearing your own hand knitted items.  And some say that knitting is akin to meditation.  Once you get going, muscle memory takes over, and your mind can loosen up a bit.  It’s a great stress reliever and some say that it lessens anxiety and depression.

To many, it’s like a crossword puzzle: mildly stimulating, requiring some though but not a lot of worries, and a challenge to the brain.  And the gentle motions actually keep your joints healthy and strengthen your hands.

But most of all, knitting is fun and enjoyment.