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Issue #9: Slip Stitch for Style

It's January and I know some folks have scarf fatigue after churning out a pile of gift scarves late into Christmas Eve! This is not actually a scarf.
This is pure slip stitch crochet. It did NOT take a long time to make, despite its reputation among the uninitiated (which is due to being perceived as the tiniest stitch in the entire crochet universe).

This fabric excites me greatly! I've written a basic sample pattern for it, below. I'm so affected by how the fabric stretches, squishes, and drapes that I'm not sure how well my photos convey it visually.

If I weren't already a convert to Slip Stitch Crochet, this would do it. My friend Colette is behaving like a convert: she loved it and went right out to a yarn shop to buy yarn. A designer friend saw it and started holding it up to her body every which way with design ideas tumbling out.

I hope you'll use the pattern below to try a swatch and see for yourself, even if you've slip stitched already, because there is more than one way to make fabric with this stitch & gauge. This one resembles knitted stockinette or 1X1 knitted rib to many people. It also reminds me of another knit stitch called Brioche, or Shaker Stitch.

I'm less interested in making crochet look like knitting and far more jazzed about reclaiming an underestimated crochet stitch to make such pleasing and useful fabric. It behaves like classic ribbing and design-wise this opens up to crocheters all sorts of classic fashion looks, for both genders. I prefer it to the usual crochet ribbing made of posts, half doubles or single crochet stitches.


Simple, Quick, Gratifying Slip Stitch Project

As I said above, my goal is NOT to make a scarf, but so far, this would be a fabulous one, for men too. This ribbing is the start of a mystery design.
Here are the particulars of Step One of my current garment experiment, if you wish to follow along; or, it's a complete free pattern for a scarf in itself.

Slip Stitch 'Classico Scarf'
With worsted weight yarn (shown is Berroco Vintagetm) and a size J-US10/6mm crochet hook, Ch 25, sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook, sl st in each ch across: 24 sl sts. Ch 1 to turn: chain tightly enough so that the chain stitch is half the size it would normally be. Make your turning chain the same tightness every row. Note: Some people don't ch 1 to turn in Slip Stitch Crochet. In this case I do for the Mystery Design, so it's optional for you.
Row 1: Sl st in the back loop only of each sl st, ch 1 as noted above, turn.
Repeat Row 1 until Classico Scarf is as long as you wish. Your last row is also the finished edge, so just fasten off and weave in ends.
For a 50-inch long scarf, I used a little over 1 skein of the yarn shown; scarf is 6 inches wide. If your rows are not as wide, you're probably accustomed to pulling your slip stitches tighter than other stitches (this is common). Please see my blog post about this here.
http://crochetpatterncompanion.blogspot.com/2010/03/whats-hook-led-gauge-why-is-it.html

Abbrev's: ch=chain, sl st=slip stitch.


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It's Going to Be BIG!
I consider Slip Stitch Crochet to be a trending topic in its early stages in crochet land.
(For comparison, Tunisian Crochet, another hot topic among crocheters as well as knitters, is further along.)
I'm using "Slip Stitch Crochet" to encompass an international variety of old and new types. You can read an overview I wrote, with handy links, here.
http://www.designingvashti.com/stitches/slip-stitches.html

Mystery Design
The green ribbing-style slip stitch fabric above looks like it's a scarf--and if I stopped now it would be. It's actually the start of a slouchy sweater experiment. If it ends well, it will be a dazzlingly fun project.

The slip stitch patterns I've published until now differ from the ribbing type shown above.
This is Pullover Shrug, in raw silk.
http://www.shop.designingvashti.com/Pullover-Shrug-4-WZ5105S.htm
Also, Mr. Stretchy, Slipster Slackscarf, and Onefellswoop Fingerless Mitts:
http://www.shop.designingvashti.com/Mitts-Hats-Headbands_c19.htm
http://www.shop.designingvashti.com/Mr-Stretchy-A-Convertible-Crochet-Scarf-1-N12104S.htm
Working the slip stitches into the front loop only results in a different fabric. I'm already exploring more kinds of slip stitch fabrics.

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