Left Hand Week 3: Crochet Llama Blanket Stitch Along


Welcome back to The Crochet Crowd as well my friends over joann.com week number three the halfway spot of your stitch along together. This is a Bernat Blanket Stitch Along with the Festive Afghan. We’re moving on to this section right here. So let’s get started on week number three. So week number three has something really quite unique to it and what we are going to be doing is adding in a lot of extra stitches. This type of stitch has a lot of compression to it and so we are going to be expanding from our 80 stitches that we’ve been having to 103. And I th, I know what you’re thinking. Wow, that’s a huge thing. This stitch has a lot of compression. So we’re gonna be doing our setup row and if you look in the diagram which I’ll show you next you’ll see that we are going to be increasing our, our, um, stitches. You’ll also notice that we are going to be carrying our yarn. So you’ll notice how the lines go straight up. Now if you have to trim your yarn every time you’re finishing one of these you’re gonna end up with a lot of tails. So what the designer is recommending is that we carry the yarn that is not in use over top of the stitch. So when the white is being crocheted in the orange there is just being carried underneath the stitches so that you can see it. So if you look at, see right here, that’s the yarn being carried underneath. So you want to make sure it’s nice and taut not too loose but not too tight either so that it changes its um, its flexibility. so we’re gonna be doing that today. So let’s take a look at the diagram. So the diagram here kinda shows us what we’re going to be doing and you’re going to notice is that we have a repeat that we are going to do. So it’s setup rows number one and two and you see that this is an increase row. So in row number one, we’re going to be increasing our stitches a certain amount of times. So you see how that there’s two single crochets here in a row and one single chro, or one chain here that should technically have a space but because we’re gonna increase our stitches that’s what’s gonna happen. And you can see that happens right in the very beginning as well. So we’re gonna be diving hard into that today too. We have two rows to start with this one here. So one and two and we will be using the white the Vintage White and this will create a border on the other side of this when we get over, up over here. So then we’re going to make sure that we have this pattern here. We’re working in the back loop only to create the ridge look and then what we’re going to do is that we’re gonna do an increase row and this is going to massively expand the amount of stitches so that this particular stitch work can work together. This type of stitch work has the tendency to compress so the designer has figured all the extra stitch work to put in here to keep it in balance up through the sides. So without further ado, let’s start off row number one and let’s pick up a project and let’s begin. So let’s begin row number one and we’re gonna be working in the back loop only for this one. So chain up one and we still wanna bury in our two yarn strands that we have and we wanna come in the first one. That’s a single crochet and just slipping down the back loop. So if you’re looking at the stitches, you will see two strands. The first strand is the front loop the second is the back loop. And so what I want to do is just scoop up underneath these stragglers and then get the back loop only it’s kind of harder to see on camera than it is in person. The color has a lot to do with that as well. And of course, I pulled the stitches nice and say from what I did this last time. So okay, so let’s okay, so now we’re in the back loop so just pulling through and through. So continuing all the way down just take this straggler about two inches across. So back loop it, the first one’s always kind of little tough and then just go in back loop all the way down and so create a nice new section for your particular afghan. So back loop double or single crochet all the way down. Okay, now that we’re on the other side go right into the last stitch and turn your work and we’ll turn now and I’ll just start number two, and this is going to be framing this particular section. Okay, row number two we’re just gonna chain up one and then just do one single crochet in each of the stitches going all the way across. When you get all the way across I don’t want you to fasten off at all. Just keep this white going and then we’re gonna do the setup rows in order to do the fun work that you see within this section. So just please put in one single crochet in each all the way to the end. So we’re all the way to the other side and now we’re just gonna turn our work. You should be looking at the front side so your bobble should be popping up. And now let’s go back to the diagram because now we’re gonna do an increase row that is gonna allow the other part of this to be able to compress properly within this afghan. So let’s go to the diagram now. So if you look really carefully here you will notice here that technically it should be looking like a straight line here but it’s not. So when we go to chain up two that counts as your first single crochet and a chain one space and single crochet in the next, chain one and then single crochet here. So what I want to show you here is that there’s gonna be three sets, so 1, 2 and 3 where the single crochets are directly beside each other without a gapping space in between. Then after those three sets we chain up one, skip one, single crochet into the next, chain one, skip one and then another three sets in a row. And we’re gonna repeat that all the way across and this is what’s gonna increase us as we go. Okay, so now let’s work this out and let’s go slowly together. We’re going to chain two and that counts as your first single crochet and your chain one and you’re gonna come immediately to the next stitch here and single crochet and then chain one and now the next sets of three are all gonna be the same. So you’re just gonna skip the one stitch and go to the second over and single crochet, chain one and single crochet directly next to it. Then chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next, chain one and then single crochet in the next one after that. So this is the second set of the three. Chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next, chain one and then single crochet in the next. So that was your three sets all together. So you have 1, 2 and 3. I know it’s hard to see on camera but it’s there. So now what you got your three sets chain up one, skip one, single crochet in the next and this is part of your repeat pattern. So let’s go through repeat one more time. So you’re gonna chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next, chain one and go immediately to the next one. Okay chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next, chain one, single crochet in the next. Okay, that was the second set of uh, three. Chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next, chain one and a single crochet in the next and this is the end of the repeat. So chain one and then skip one and single crochet in the next. So you’re just gonna keep repeating that all the way across and then essentially it’s just one single crochet, skip one and then they’re just sets in, in, in pairs of like three if you look at it from the diagram point of view. Please do that all the way just look at the diagram, go slowly and then make sure you have your counts right at the end. So we’re coming all the way to the end of the, the section on this side here, and I’m just gonna start the repeat. So I’ve got single crochet, chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next, chain one, single crochet in the next, chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next, chain one, single crochet in the next, chain one, skip one, single crochet in the next and chain one, single crochet in the next. So at the very final two here you’ll notice in the, in the photo, in the diagram is that you’re gonna chain one, skip one and the last two stitches are the same. So single crochet chain one and single crochet. So you’re gonna feel like it’s wrong in every level but it’s not. But what I want to do before we continue on with this is that just back out one and I want you to get your orange ready and we’re gonna be begin to do that. And then we’re gonna be alternating and this is a really unique technique I’m about to show you and it’s something that’s really inspired me for another project. So let’s get our Leaf Orange ready. I’m just gonna create a slip knot and I’m going to put it on. Do not get rid of the white. You’re gonna keep this white on because this is a technique I’ve never seen done before so just pull through. Let’s just turn our project now and then let’s go back to the diagram and let’s review. Now we’re on setup row number two as you can see here and so we’re going to be coming up with our orange and then filling in these spaces. So this is going to stabilize it then for the rest and you’ll notice that the project will start to condense and it will match the side of the project that you’ll see. So what we want to do is that we want to just alternate between the orange and the white and we do not fasten off at the end of each of these rows. We keep it and we drag across and I’m gonna show you how to hide the color as well in a previous row that we’re gonna do. Let’s go back to the main photograph because something I want to show you because it’s really quite easy when you see it. So when you look at the diagram from this point of view, do you see the orange. There is a number of orange rows. Let’s count them, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Once you have your seven done just like you see here then that’s when I’m gonna pick you back up. Okay, so I’m gonna show you the next one and then I’m gonna show you how to hide the colors and I want you to keep on going until you see seven of these. It also gives you the measurement of I believe in 9″ so that you wanna carry it over so that you’re gonna keep it going as we’re working this way. So it’ll be 9″ from this particular point so from the first row. So let’s continue along and I’m just gonna concentrate what’s here in the diagram. So I wanna get my 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 of these rows of the orange in and then I’ll pick you back up at the end of that. So I’m gonna show you something really neat here. So let’s begin. We’re gonna always chain two and I’m not gonna worry about the stragglers yet. So just chain two and then we’ll start. So you skip the first single crochet and you go right into the chain one space that is created underneath. Grab this stragglers, straggler and then this white that is going right to the yarn ball. So you don’t wanna cut that at all and you just wanna scoop up underneath into the single crochet space and single crochet right around all of that. And then chain one and then come to the next chain one space and see, I’m gonna scoop up around it all. Now you’re just gonna do that all the way across. So chain one and single crochet. Now it can really look sloppy when you see this being dragged and I’m gonna show you how to hide this even better so that it’s barely even noticeable in your project. So you’re just chaining one and then just jumping to each of the chain one spaces and as soon as that the orange is dragged far enough you can hide it. Now you’re kinda worried that how it’s going to look now. Don’t worry about it we’re gonna show you how to do that. So just continue along and chain one, single crochet into each of the spaces and I’ll see you at the end of this row. Don’t forget to keep dragging that white all the way with you. So just rest it on top. If it’s hanging out the back or being really sloppy just tug it a little bit but don’t over tug it so that it changes the um, the flexibility of your afghan. Okay, so just do that all the way across and I’ll see at the end of this row. So I’m coming all the way across and I’m still dragging my white across as I go. I’ve never done that before. I think it’s kinda cool. I’ve done another sample since I’ve learned how to do this with the sample and it looks amazing even with doing different yarns. So chain one and then you come into the last chain one space and that’s where you’re gonna end. So come in but before you pull through the orange let it drop and then just grab the white that is coming from the ball. It’s easier if the balls are in different locations. So I have the white one this way and then the orange one is that way so that um, yarn strands don’t tangle. So I’m just gonna pull through. So I’m gonna turn my project now and then I’m gonna show you how to hide in this carrying yarn that we’ve been hiding in or been putting in there. So let’s turn our work and let’s begin that. Okay so now I want to carry my orange across the top and I want to work with the white. So get the white up and ready and I want you to chain two, 1 and 2. So that always be the same and our first stitch is in this chain one space that you see. But do you see how this strand here is just kinda hanging out on its own? You see it once in a while. That’s what I want you to bury in. So it’s a really great technique that I’m about to show you. So I want you to scoop up underneath the orange okay, so just capture it on, scoop up underneath that carrying yarn and go right through the project and then pull through and then single crochet as normal. And what that’s doing is that’s holding that carrying yarn but it’s also picking up that other yarn and putting it underneath so it’s really well hidden. So chain one skip to the next one. So do you see the carrying yarn? Just scoop up underneath through it, through the project and just see, it’s picking it right up. So chain up one so pick uh, scoop and pick up that carrying uh, the carrying yarn and then make sure the orange is on top. If at any time you turn around and you realize that you’ve left this one behind you will help to backtrack to um, pick it back up. So keep going to that chain one spaces with this yarn and what this is doing is that this is actually row number one of the repeat pattern. So sometimes the straggler yarn can be down here so just pick it up and going in and it will pull it up into the stitch and then it’s really well hidden. So do that all the way across and I’ll see you there and we’ll turn one more time. We’ll try, we start with the orange because now the orange is being drugged and when you look at behind you will see the carrying yarn here and I will show you how to hide that it’s the same thing but I will just make sure that you understand that one more time. So get to the end and then we’ll turn and then we’ll change over our yarn colors, but do not fasten off this color. So if you remember this is when we started the orange and I said not to worry about it until now so what I want you to do is that we’re gonna just chain up one and as I scoop up that carrying yarn I wanna scoop up that orange one as well at the same time and keep that orange lying on the top. So just scoop it all up into the same one and it will suck all in together. So you see that orange is being carried so is the white and that so just going in and just capturing it and it pulls it up underneath. Pretty cool, right? Okay. So we’re gonna come all the way to the end, chain one and you’re gonna come into the final chain one space. So as you finish that one you’re gonna drop it and then bring up your orange and pull through and then turn our work and I’m just gonna get you started on this row and then I’m gonna leave the rest of this section for you, and then I’ll be back at the end. So remember what I said, you have to go 9″ or just look and do seven of these rows here of the orange. So this is row number two of the orange that you’ll see. So now you’re just gonna chain up two as always so just like if it was white and then I want you to just scoop this white one and the carrying yarn is right there. Do you see it? Just scoop up underneath that to capture it to pull it upward and then single crochet. So chain up one and just pull this white one a little bit tighter and then move on. So if you see, see I’m just using my finger and pushing. You can actually see the carrying yarn. Sometimes the yarn can be directly in front and some like here it’s in front so I just have to look for it and make sure I capture it. If you don’t capture it you will notice it later. I can guarantee you that. So capture it and be done with it. So just going across so where is it now? So if I pull this one up I know this one is see how I pull this one up and I can see that it’s moving here that is the carrying yarn and I’m just going to single crochet and usually once I start pulling that one it’ll be very obvious where the next one will be when you start pulling on things like that. So want you wanna do is you just wanna continue up. So I’m gonna pull because I’m not sure and do you see how it’s moving the others. That’s the same one. So if it’s attached to a stitch it won’t pull like that, so that’s a really good indication. So make sure you take in your white with you as you’re going and then you’ll just switch back at the other side. So what I want you to do is go back and forth and you will just have all these rows line up to you and I want seven of these orange done and then we’re gonna meet back here and then we’ll continue on to the end of the clues and you will notice that this here will start compacting in so you’re edging will line up uh, once it gets to a certain level it’ll start compacting. So, let’s see at the end of this clue and we’ll finish up the final rows together. So once you get to your 9″, that’s it. So you’re done. So I have that done. I’m going to release the Leaf Orange now and we are going to go once across then just with the regular Vintage White. So that’s our next goal. So this is now getting beyond the repeat pattern and et cetera. So I’m just going to leave this hanging for now, I don’t know what I’m doing. But I’m just going to drag it underneath the stitches like I’ve been before. So we’re gonna turn our work and begin the next row and this is part of the repeat pattern. So let’s move along to the next row as we’re gonna start decreasing in order to bring the stitches back to where we had started when we were right here. So I had the designer step in and help me I’m a professional crocheter and educator, but some things I get confused on and the patterns not wrong, the diagram is not wrong, it’s just for myself. I was just really confused by the number of repeats that was going on. So I was confused by trying to get 103 stitches back to 80 stitches as it’s suggesting and that’s because I was mistreating the pattern and the diagram. We’re gonna start off chain one and they’re gonna single crochet first chain one space. Now the bracket here you’re going to repeat that a total of seven times but when you’re in the bracket, and you see the written words you will see that there’s two single crochets in a row and then it will give you this instruction. So single crochet in the next single, skip the next chain one space and single crochet in the next single crochet and chain one space. It will tell you to repeat that a total of three times. So you see 1, 2 and 3. Once you have those three done the main bracket here is done. So this is the asterisks that’s telling you to revert back to. So when you start the next bracket you’re just gonna start off just like you said uh, like you see. The designer has indicated just to show me how this is working and then eventually you come to the very end of the project. So what I want you to do is that we’re gonna take our time and getting this done and you will notice that every time we’re doing these chaining like these three sets here. You’re removing one extra stitch so this chain one here, here and here get removed. So each time you do the repeat, so seven, like you see here will take you to three so that’ll give you 21 stitches that it will take out and then because you’re skipping the first one and the last one that removes you to 23, which gives you back to 80. Hopefully that makes sense and let’s do this. I’m gonna be working slowly as we work our way across in this, it’s an important row. So let’s begin the decrease row. I’m gonna take my time in this one either, because I need to take time for myself anyway to comprehend this as well. So there’s nothing wrong here with the pattern. It’s just a matter of just doing what it needs to do. So the straggler we’re gonna keep down on top of the lines so that we can get that stuck underneath. I would also continue, see how these were the carry overs. I would continue to get those stuck into position as well. So let’s start off and we’re going to chain up one and we’re gonna skip the first single crochet that is here and just grab your materials here and also the carrying strand and you are going to single crochet into the next four stitches or sorry let’s just say one. So just and it’s a chain one space so you’re gonna single crochet there. So now this is the beginning of a repeat. So here we go. The first two are gonna be one into the single crochet that’s existing, so the next one here is single crochet in the chain one space. So this is now the brackets is right from here the single crochet and the chain one space. So now what I’m going to do is that I’m going to start one of the three of the repeats. So the next single crochet here is that it’s gonna be a single crochet and the next chain one space I’m going to skip. The next single crochet is a single crochet and the next chain one space is also a single crochet and that’s one of three for the repeat. So let’s go again. So we have to do that two more times. So let’s begin. The next single crochet is a single crochet. The next chain one space we’re gonna skip. The next single crochet is a single crochet and the next chain one space is a single crochet and now that was the second of three repeats. Here we go again. So the next single crochet is a single crochet, the next chain one space we’re gonna skip. The next single crochet is a single crochet and the next chain one space is a single crochet. So this here from the from the one section okay, right from here to here is one bracket. So let’s do one more bracket together and then I’ll rely on you to do the remaining. So let’s go and look at the brackets. So we’re going to start up the next two, so it’s gonna be the single crochet and the chain one space is a single crochet. Like that. The next one here is now we’re going to start the repeat pattern. So and its the three repeats. So it’s going to be the next single crochet and we’re gonna skip the next chain one space and the next single crochet and the next chain one space. So that was one of three. So let’s do the second of, of three. So it’s gonna be the single crochet, skip the chain one space and go to the next single crochet and then go to the chain one space. So that was number two of the repeat. Okay, so let’s do the third one. So it’s the next single crochet, skip the next one, single crochet into the next and into the next chain one space and now you’re just gonna repeat the brackets all over again. So this is here I want you to just take your time make, making sure that you’re looking across. Uh, freeze frame that other sheet that I showed you if you need to and it will help you greatly as you work your way across. So hopefully you took your time. I want you to double check to make sure that you have 80 stitches on here. If you are off like one or two, I would try to like put two together or et cetera. If it, if it’s that bothersome for you just restart and try again. So just make sure you get yourself to 80 because it does matter for your next set of clues. So we’re going to do one more row going all the way across and then we are going to be finishing off clue number three for today. So let’s turn our work and begin. So I’m coming up to the end of clue number three. In the last stitch we want to make sure that we’re gonna put on our Deep Sea, get ready for a clue number four as we begin then and that’s all good to go. So let’s just get in there and just put your Deep Sea on and take care of any loose ends that you will have at the end of this clue. Therefore you’ll be ready for a fresh start. So now your Deep Sea is on and I will see you next time as we’re continuing our crochet along together with you. So let’s continue and we’ll see you again real soon. So that’s it for now. Week number three is actually really easy one once you get the idea and once you get it started. So I really like this stitch. It really is quite fabulous. I’ve used it more often than I can imagine and I think that you’ll enjoy learning this stitch if you haven’t already learned it before to be able to use it elsewhere. So we’d love to see your creativity of course on our social media. Please use our #handmadewithjoann and we would just love to see how you’re making out, we’d love to see your colors and a lot more. Of course if you need advice the community is there in order for you to have some advice given to you as well. So until next time it’s Mikey on behalf of my friends over at joann.com as well as myself here at The Crochet Crowd. We’ll see ya and have a good day. 👋

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