View Full Version : Chains vs Stitches
02-22-2009, 09:35 PM
I've been reading many crochet patterns (i've always been a knitter but have been crocheting for a week) and some instructions say "2SC into the next stitch". In all the instructional videos they refer to them as chains. Are they one in the same? Or do they mean to go INTO the stitch itself and NOT the chain? Below is one row of instructions...it's for a chevron pattern...
row 2: 1ch, 2sc into 1st st, *1sc into each of next 4 ts, skip 2 sts, 1sc into each of next 4 sts, 3sc into next st rep*-* etc...
Thanks so much!!!!
02-22-2009, 10:52 PM
My experience is that you crochet your first row into the chain, and after that row, everything else is a stitch (because it's made by forming a crochet stitch and not by making a chain). Essentially, for me, if it's not a chain, it's a stitch. I hope that makes sense.
Welcome to the world of crocheting!
When a pattern refers to 'the next stitch' it may be a chain or it may be something else, depending on what was done in the previous row. If it is a chain, it is usually referred to as 'the next chain' though.
With the chevron pattern that you mention, to begin row 2, you would do 1 chain then do 2 single crochets into 'the next stitch' which is the last stitch of the previous row. the turning chain 1 does not count as 'the next stitch'. Then you would work a single crochet into each of the next 4 stitches, which I am assuming are single crochets from the previous row since the beginning chain is not usually referred to as row 1.
Then you skip the next two stitches which serves to draw up the work to form the 'valley' of the chevron. Then single crochet into each of the next 4 stitches.
then work 3 single crochets all into the next stitch which forms the 'peak' of the chevron.
So if the Row 2 you are talking about is indeed the second row AFTER the beginning chain, you will be working all your stitches into the single crochets of Row 1. Row 1 would be similar, but would be worked into the CHAINS of the beginning chain.
Oh boy, I hope I didn't confuse you even more! If you are interested in working this particular pattern and can't find a video to help you, let me know and I'll work one up and post it on my website. I've done many for knitting and crocheting, a few of them by request of people here on knittinghelp.com for patterns they were having trouble with.
Crocheting is fun, so don't give up! Let me know if I can help!
02-23-2009, 09:16 AM
It makes perfect sense..THANKS!
02-23-2009, 06:31 PM
Most often this is equivalent to the CO in knit. It may also be called a foundation chain.
The second use of the chain stitch is to raise the working loop on the hook to the top of (height) of the next row of stitches to be worked. There is no equivalent to this in knitting that I have encountered. This is often called the turning chain when working flat (back and forth).
The third use of the chain is in the middle of a row (or round) to create an open space or turn a corner. This would be followed by instructions to skip x number of stitches. Ch 3, sk 3, SC in next st. This could be used similar to knitting sts uses to create open holes for lace or button holes, etc. (PSSO and YOs ? I hope I that's knitting right, I haven't used such knitting sts.)
02-25-2009, 11:37 AM
With the chevron pattern that you mention, to begin row 2, you would do 1 chain then do 2 single crochets into 'the next stitch' which is the last stitch of the previous row. the turning chain 1 does not count as 'the next stitch'.
I get chain one... But I'm not sure how you single crochet twice into a single stitch.
HERE (http://www.hookedonneedles.com/2008/12/crocheted-border-small-and-big-scallops.html) is a video that shows working multiple stitches into the same stitch. It's a border pattern demonstration, but the concept is the same.
Would it be helpful to you if I did a video for working the chevron pattern? I would be happy to do it. Just say the word!