If you're an avid crocheter, learn a new stitch for your repertoire. While sometimes called the block, box or diagonal stitch, the "crazy" stitch has been practised since the 1870s and is used primarily in afghans. With basic crochet skills and a bit of concentration, you can learn to crochet the crazy stitch and use this stitch for your yarn projects.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Worsted weight yarn (any colour)
- Crochet hook (H or I)
Place a slipknot onto your crochet hook and chain six.
Crochet a double crochet in the fourth, fifth and sixth chains from the crochet hook to complete the first row.
Chain six and double crochet in the fourth, fifth and sixth chains from the crochet hook. You should now have two double crochet areas (row one and row two) that are at right angles to each other. Flip row one toward row two.
Insert the crochet hook under the third chain of row one and join the two rows with a slipstich.
Chain three and crochet three double crochet stitches in the same space--the first chain three counts as one double crochet--this is your box shell repeat. This finishes two complete rows that appear as a right angle to each other.
Chain six and double crochet in the fourth, fifth and sixth stitches--this is your increase box shell. Flip both rows one and two up to join them with a slip stitch under the third chain or the chain three space. Complete a box shell repeat.
Continue making and joining box shells to the end of each row. New rows begins with a box shell increase and a flip join. Continue repeating these steps to add rows on a diagonal to your project.
Begin to decrease once you reach your desired size. To crochet the decreasing rows. Chain one and turn in the normal crochet fashion. Make a slipstitch in each of the next three double crochets and slip stitch in the chain-three space. Chain three and crochet three double crochet stitches in the same space.
Make a slipstitch under the chain loop, complete a box shell. Repeat this until you reach the end of the row.
Repeat steps three through five again and then repeat step nine until you reach the end of the row. Make a slipstitch at the end.
Repeat steps eight and nine to reach the end of the next row. Continue decreasing by repeating steps eight and nine and make a slipstitch at the end.
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