Monday, September 17, 2018

Crochet Tutorial for the Lateral Braid Stitch


A Free Crochet Pattern and Tutorial 




I'm going to be coming out with a new child's sweater pattern soon. Have you seen it on Instagram?  In the pattern there is a stitch that might be unfamiliar to some of you so I wanted to have a quick tutorial for how to execute the stitch.

As always with my tutorials when you are done you will have a finished dishcloth to use or gift.

The stitch is a modified front post double crochet stitch. That's a mouthful. I asked around a little to see if there was a name for this stitch and there was no determined answer. Moogly has a video tutorial where she calls this stitch the Shallow Post Double Crochet. But she made the name up too. So I am calling the stitch the Lateral Braid Stitch. If someone comes along and says what the name is I will go back and change.

I wanted the look of a knitted lateral braid for the sweater. I felt that this stitch had the definition and texture that I was looking for.  So without further ado.

The Lateral Braid Stitch. 


Like I said earlier this is a modified Front post Double crochet, so you will start the stitch just like any double crochet stitch.



  • a yarn over
  • insert your hook right under the v of the stitch you just finished stitching into, and around the post of the next stitch. so it looks like you are straddling both "v's"





  • yarn over
  • pull hook back through the stiches
  • yarn over
  • pull through 2 loops


  • yarn over
  • pull through 2 loops 

Some things to think about when you are making the dishcloth pattern below. 
  • Make sure you are keep watch of your stitch count. This stitch is easy to make one too many, or be short a stitch, because of going into the last stitch just made. 
  • The lateral braid shows up on the wrong side of the fabric
  • This stitch really only works when you are turning after each row. I tried this going in the round and it did not have the same look. 

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Dishcloth Pattern


Designer: Julia Schwartz 

Yarn: worsted cotton yarn 2 colors 1 skein of the main color and scraps of the second color.
Hook: H/8 5mm
Notions: tapestry needle, cable needle
Size: 4 by 4 by 4 inches
Gauge: 13 sc and 14 rows (not really needed for this pattern)
Copyright: 
Julia Schwartz. Do not reproduce, copy, distribute, or sell this pattern without permission of the designer. This pattern must not be translated, reproduced, or circulated in another language without prior consent. If you have questions about this pattern please contact Julia.diligence@gmail.com.



Row 1: Ch 18, sk 3 chs (counts as first dc), dc in the next 14 chs. (15 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn (counts as first dc), lateral braid stitch in the next 14 sts. (15 sts)

Row 3- 8: repeat row 2. 

Edging:
Ch 1, {rotate your work so you will work down the side, 2 sc in each of the dc posts, (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner st, rotate your work again,  sc in each dc, (sc, ch 1, sc) in the corner sp} repeat {to}. 

Finish off. 
Weave in your ends.  

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