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Crochet shapes

10 Apr

I’m fascinated by making shapes.

That could mean manipulating fabric into the shape of a bag or scarf or teddy bear using a sewing machine. It could be knitting and crochet yarn into fabric of near-infinite shapes or patterns.

I find it a fun challenge to think two or three-dimensionally, to create flat shapes or 3D shapes. (Maybe I should have been an engineer?)

Anyway, I’ve been having fun recently playing with making crochet shapes. I’m a fairly new crocheter, having only started last year, but I’ve been knitting and sewing for at least five years. So I’m already fairly confident with making shapes in knitting or sewing, but crochet is still new to me and it’s fun to explore the fresh possibilities of creating crochet fabrics.

So I played around recently, making different shapes and seeing how they turned out…

Crochet shapes

Crochet shapes

I just used double crochet (that’s single crochet to Americans), a cotton DK yarn, and a 4mm hook.

Triangle
I think the triangle is the easiest – it’s just worked in rows, with a simple decrease of one stitch at the end of every row.
So make a chain of about 20 stitches.
Row 1: Work a double crochet stitch (single crochet for Americans) in every chain on the first row.
Row 2 and every row after: Work in dc (sc) but decrease one stitch at the end of the row.

Circle
The circle was very simple, but looked more like a hexagon until I got to the fifth or sixth round!
So make a chain of 4 stitches, then join to the first stitch with a slip stitch to make a ring.
Round 1: Work 8dc (8sc for Americans) into the ring and join to the first dc (sc) with a slip stitch.
Round 2: Work 2dc (2sc) in each stitch and join the round with a slip stitch.
Round 3: Work 2dc (2sc) in next stitch, 1dc, 2dc, 1dc, etc, increasing in every other stitch all around, then join the round with a slip stitch.
Round 4: Work 2dc (2sc) in next stitch, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc, 1dc, 1dc, etc, increasing in every third stitch all around, then join the round with a slip stitch.
Round 5: Work 2dc (2sc) in next stitch, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 2dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, etc, increasing in every fourth stitch all around, then join the round with a slip stitch.
Continue like this until your circle is the size you want.

Square
I know what you’re thinking – why bother working a square in the round, when you could just work it in rows?! Well, I know that, but I wanted to try creating a square fabric in the round, and to see how it would look. I think the finished edges are more neat than working in rows.
So make a chain of 4 stitches, then join to the first stitch with a slip stitch to make a ring.
Round 1: Work 8dc (8sc for Americans) into the ring and join to the first dc (sc) with a slip stitch.
Round 2: Work 1dc (1sc), 3dc into next stitch, 1dc, 3dc into next stitch, etc, to end and join the round with a slip stitch. (16 sts)
Round 3: Work 1dc (1sc), 1dc, 3dc into corner stitch, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 3dc into corner stitch, etc, to end and join the round with a slip stitch. (24 sts)
Round 4: Work 1dc (1sc), 1dc, 1dc, 3dc into corner stitch, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 1dc, 3dc into corner stitch, etc, to end and join the round with a slip stitch. (32 sts)
Continue like this until your square is the size you want.

Now I’ve got the basics sorted, I’m wondering what other shapes I could make… is a dodecahedron too ambitious?! 🙂

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 10, 2013 in Crochet

 

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3 responses to “Crochet shapes

  1. cro29

    April 10, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    like your blog, am nominating you for the Liebster award

     
    • Becky Skuse

      April 17, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks so much, that’s so nice! Now, what is the Liebster award? Do I need to do anything?

       
      • cro29

        April 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

        if you want to take part then theres details on my blog 🙂

         

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