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Learn to Crochet: Single Crochet Two Stitches Together

Hey, do y'all remember that time I crocheted a Baby Surprise Jacket?  That was awesome. 

 

Or at least it felt pretty awesome to me.

If you're unimpressed, click here to see some of the amazing color choices and pattern variations other crocheters have done.  Super impressive stuff!

But I loved my first attempt at this sweet little pattern, in part because of its plain simplicity.  My favorite part of this, though, is that it's one piece! 

The two front parts of the jacket that look like the rows are turning corners* is made by single crocheting two stitches together.  It's completely different from simply skipping a stitch, which creates a little gap in your work.  And because you single crochet two stitches together (sc2tog) at the same point on every row, the points begins to pull the fabric upwards to create a corner.

This:

is what happens when you do this:

     

Crocheting two stitches together can feel weird at first, but making a whole sweater that calls for them is a great way to get in the swing of things.

And actually, I say that because I'm kind of feeling the itch to make another one of these.  I don't remember the last one taking very long, and the pattern is sized for babies 6 months, 18 months, and 2 years.  Like I've mentioned before, I really want to make my daughter and my nephew matching sweaters.  I may not be able to wait until this fall.

And now that I've had a little refresher course in how to single crochet two stitches together, maybe it's time for me to get to work on some Easter sweaters......

 *That's the only way I can think to describe it, anyway.  And now you know why I show you video tutorials instead of trying to write out instructions and tips myself.  Words are hard!

9 thoughts on “Learn to Crochet: Single Crochet Two Stitches Together”

  • Lady Dragoness

    And, from the other point of view: watching videos can be the hardest way for some people to learn... so, even though I am intrigued by this technique, I'll have to find someone talented enough with words to explain it for me. Can we say - disappointed?I do love the way that single crochet two stitches together makes the corners of the sweater look as if they are mitered together.

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    • Jen

      The book has good explanations of all the techniques used in its patterns, and they have pictures and written descriptions. I don't think I'd tried out the technique before, and it was fine! http://www.leisurearts.com/products/surprise-crochet-sweaters-for-baby-ebook.html

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  • Violet Nordby

    I would love to see the pattern. I am a read and do. So many crochet sites use the video and I can NOT follow along. It is just to difficult for me. I would love to see the pattern for this and try to make it as I have a few babies in my life right now. If I could get the pattern I would appreciate it. grandmanordby@yahoo.com

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    • Bonnie

      Pattern can be bought at http://www.leisurearts.com/products/surprise-crochet-sweaters-for-baby.html

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    • Jen

      Bonnie beat me to it! Here's a link to the ebook, just in case: http://www.leisurearts.com/products/surprise-crochet-sweaters-for-baby-ebook.htmlThere are pictures and written instructions for this technique in the book.

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  • Judy Quick

    Very Easy and it explains the stitch perfectly. I don't know how it could be any clearer!

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    • Jen

      Judy, I don't either. I guess that means we're officially audio-visual learners! Videos are my favorite way to learn knitting and crochet stitches, especially if I can follow along with my work in my hands.

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  • Marissa

    This stitch is commonly used in ripple or chevron patterns. Any book containing those patterns should have directions and still pictures.In words:Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop (just like starting a normal sc) (two loops on hook)Insert hook in next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop (3 loops on hook)Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops.

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    • Jen

      Bravo! You're right--the book has directions and pictures. http://www.leisurearts.com/products/surprise-crochet-sweaters-for-baby-ebook.html Thanks for stepping in with some clarification!

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