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Arielluria
02-05-2010, 04:41 PM
Where can a newbie crocheter find good photos and instructions on fancy crochet stitches? I'm ready to graduate past SC & DC.......not that there's anything wrong with that....
:flirt:

suzeeq
02-05-2010, 05:17 PM
You ought to be able to get some from crochet pattern centeral (http://crochetpatterncentral.com/directory/stitches.php).

MGM
02-05-2010, 06:28 PM
I'll put in a shameless plug for Hooked On Needles (http://www.hookedonneedles.com/)! I have an extensive library of video tutorials on crochet stitches as well as other needlework things!

Anything in particular you have in mind to make?

MGM

etoilechaude
02-05-2010, 11:47 PM
I love your videos Mary!

Arielluria
02-06-2010, 02:29 AM
Nothing yet that I can explain, I just feel ready to try my hand at an original design ;)

So far my most favorite has been this bag (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Arielluria/nordstrom-crochet-hobo-bag) (Ravelry link). Is there a name to this stitch or just 4 dcs in one? :os

Also, so far I'm hooked (no pun intended) on crocheted purses specifically. I'm just finishing up my 2nd one (diff. from one below).
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3416/3476986457_4ed152d15a.jpg

OffJumpsJack
02-06-2010, 09:15 PM
DMC has a page with drawings of stitches.

http://www.dmc-usa.com/majic/pageServer/1w010100iv/en_US/Crochet-Stitch-Guide.html

starts with the simple stitches and then goes on with pico and a popcorn

http://www.nexstitch.com/v_crochet_videos.html

Has both video and static photos of advanced crochet stitches.

NexStitch has a larger list and some patterns too.

Arielluria
02-07-2010, 12:51 PM
I'm dying to watch some of those today. Are there any good crochet books you recommend with color pics for easy take-along reference?

melmac51
02-08-2010, 04:40 PM
I believe that is called a "shell stitch".

suzeeq
02-08-2010, 05:05 PM
I was going to say shell st too, but I think that's 2dc, ch1, 2dc.

OffJumpsJack
02-09-2010, 12:57 AM
So far my most favorite has been this bag (Ravelry link). Is there a name to this stitch or just 4 dcs in one? :os

A V stitch (in DC) would be *DC, Ch, DC* so if you double each leg of the V wouldn't you call it double V stitch.

Just don't confuse it with a double U...

:think:
Why is "W" called a double "U" when it looks like "VV" more than "UU."
:doh:

Well, it seems that pattern designers may name a stitch combination in any way they see fit. Even if the stitch is already known by another name.

Where to find crochet stitches?

In a crochet dictionary, of course. :doh: Why didn't I think of that before.
www.crochetcabana.com/crochet_dictionary.htm
has a list with text descriptions and images. Some instead have links to other sites (like NexStitch and others) with video instructions for the listed stitch. :thumbsup:

suzeeq
02-09-2010, 10:20 AM
A shell is usually 2dc, ch, 2dc in one. However, it doesn't quite look like there's a ch1 in the st, but there may be and it's just obscured by the sts that are made in it.

Arielluria
02-09-2010, 10:28 AM
I was going to say shell st too, but I think that's 2dc, ch1, 2dc.
No, it's 4 DCs in one place.

Arielluria
02-09-2010, 10:30 AM
:think:
Why is "W" called a double "U" when it looks like "VV" more than "UU."
:doh:
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In French it's a 'double ve' or 'double v'. I guess they're the only ones who noticed :teehee:

OffJumpsJack
02-09-2010, 12:44 PM
A shell is usually 2dc, ch, 2dc in one. However, it doesn't quite look like there's a ch1 in the st, but there may be and it's just obscured by the sts that are made in it.

No, it's 4 DCs in one place.

I would say it is a shell stitch when it is without a chain space in the middle. (I checked with that crochet dictionary I linked to above.) It is usually 3 or more of the same stitch made into the same foundation st. They are usually made from DC or larger stitches and it is named shell stitch for the resemblance to a bivalve shell:
upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/41/Bivalve_Sea_Shell.png/150px-Bivalve_Sea_Shell.png

Now with a chain space in the middle, it becomes a V stitch. A V stitch is most often encountered as a DC, ch, DC combination. Also if the stitches are doubled then the space is usually made larger also: 2DC, ch 2, 2DC combination in same stitch. The reason is to give room in the ch sp for the four DC stitches in the next row of the repeat. But since Arielluria pointed out it is 4 DCs in the same stitch, then it is simply a 4 DC shell stitch.

Having said that, I will acknowledge that complex crochet stitch names are not set in a standard. You will find the same stitch pattern called by different names. Somethimes this reflects the usage, such as a 4 DC increase at the top of a chevron (also called ripple, or even zig-zag).

Arielluria
02-09-2010, 02:17 PM
I just made the Lacy V Shopping Bag (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Arielluria/lacy-v-shopping-bag). Like it a lot, already started another, but hate the colors in this one:
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_se6lXbyWrW8/S22271zthWI/AAAAAAAAGIU/HmDc-9VV_do/P1000581.JPG

suzeeq
02-09-2010, 08:21 PM
I would say it is a shell stitch when it is without a chain space in the middle. (I checked with that crochet dictionary I linked to above.) It is usually 3 or more of the same stitch made into the same foundation st.

Now with a chain space in the middle, it becomes a V stitch. A V stitch is most often encountered as a DC, ch, DC combination. Also if the stitches are doubled then the space is usually made larger also: 2DC, ch 2, 2DC combination in same stitch. The reason is to give room in the ch sp for the four DC stitches in the next row of the repeat. But since Arielluria pointed out it is 4 DCs in the same stitch, then it is simply a 4 DC shell stitch.

It may be. I used to crochet, and last month tried out a couple patterns to see how they looked and if I wanted to do more. I ran into shells and V sts and dbl Vs, and just followed the instructions given for them in the pattern, and I'm not altogether certain which was which.

melmac51
02-10-2010, 03:26 PM
Ariel, I like those colors! It has kind of an earthy look to it. Also, you pup is adorable, sitting there looking innocent.