Yes, today’s post isn’t going to be another tutorial, I’ll save that for when I actually have enough time to sit down, plan out and write out a full-on tutorial for you guys. For now, I’ll be talking about the differences between Solid Stitches, Textures, and Lace stitches.
Now, some of you already know what I mean, but the truth of the matter is that we sometimes prefer one over the other, and even when we mix them up, and combine them, it doesn’t always work out for the best. That’s why I’ll be explaining what each stitch means and how you can identify them, and in what ways they can be used together to create beautiful crochet pieces. So, stick around! You don’t want to miss this!
Solid Stitches – The Foundation
First off, let’s look at solid stitches. What I mean by solid stitches, is that they’re repetitions of stitches that make up a solid looking piece. So, you know those endless rows of SCs, DCs, HDCs, and TRs? They are what you’d call solid stitches. They help make the foundation of a piece so that it’s strong enough to withstand constant use.
Of course, there are other types of solid stitches, and they require a little more thought. For example, you could be working with two colours at the same time and create a kind of basket weave look. Now, I don’t usually use this stitch and although I could also classify it as a textured stitch, I don’t, because I use mostly lace or texture stitches in my patterns, but if I wouldn’t be averse to using this. In fact, I’m currently experimenting on where I could use this stitch, and maybe I’ll come out with a pattern for you once I have the time.
In any case, solid stitches are great for when you want to make something durable. Not only that, but it’ll also fill up spaces in lace or textured pieces, especially if your piece is large and needs something to break up the special patterns. For example, if you’re making a delicate lace blanket to cover your bed linens, you might want to add solid stitch pieces so that the blanket won’t break apart when you put it in the washer. If you’re making a lacy bag, you might want to use solid stitches for the inside lining, so that your valuables don’t stick out, or fall out of your bag while you’re out and about.
Solid stitches are meant to be used as foundations, and if you’re creating toys, they’re necessary, because you don’t want the stuffing poking out. They’re also great for clothing, especially tops, swimwear, and undergarments because you don’t want anything unnecessarily exposed now, do you? Now, although I don’t use solid stitches too much, I do still have pieces where they’re necessary, and I do use them every now and then, especially if I’m experimenting with clothing and fashion pieces.
Textures – Make It Interesting
Now, when I say Texture Stitches, I mean the kind of patterns that stick out of a piece. So, you’re utilising the Front Posts (FP) or Front Loops (FL) of the previous row. Think about the Roses I’ve made for my shop. These are textured pieces and are great little makes if you’re trying to make something decorative. Texture Stitches do exactly what they say, they add texture to your piece. So, if you have solid stitches going throughout your piece, by adding a few Texture Stitches here and there, you’ll make your piece a little more interesting.
I love using Texture Stitches because they’re great tactile stimulants. What I mean is, I’m a very kinetic person, my hands need to be busy doing something, and if they’re not typing, they’re doing all kinds of crafts. And sometimes, while I’m working on those crafts, I pause and just run my hands over the project I’m working on, like when I cross-stitch, I love feeling the little bumps that the thread makes. When I’m knitting or crocheting a blanket, I like feeling the little gaps between stitches, and if I have a piece that uses Texture Stitches, I like feeling the way the stitches poke out. I don’t know what it is about them, but it just feels very satisfying.
Now, you can use Texture Stitches to make many decorative things, like floral bunting, or complicated toys and dolls, and you can even add them to blankets, cushion covers and yes, even clothing too. I don’t usually make toys with Texture Stitches, because I find it a bit too complicated when I sew the pieces together because it can be difficult to determine where to add that extra piece, but I do use them in a lot of blankets, and smaller figurines, like the time I tried making a Volteon mini plushie last year.
Essentially, Texture Stitches just adds that extra dimension to your crochet piece, and it isn’t really hard to do. They can be fiddly and annoying when you’re working with a pattern that’s very complicated, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll want to add textures to your pieces everywhere! I know I do.
Lace Stitches – It’s Not A Doily!
When you think lace, you probably think doilies. While yes, they make excellent patterns for doilies, Lace Stitches are amazing for so many things. You can make curtains out of them, or statement pieces on your clothes. In fact, if you look back to February 2017, when Demi Lovato walked the Grammys red carpet in that uber-expensive crochet dress, you can see that it was made of pretty much all lace stitches, with a few solid stitches here and there to cover up the more important bits.
Lace Stitches are amazing and detailed work. It takes a lot of concentration to make a piece out of Lace Stitches, and while you can use thicker yarn, to create something using these patterns, more often than not, they’re mostly used with very fine, yarn or even embroidery thread. Lace patterns are very difficult to do, especially if you’re not used to working with fine yarn or thread. But it’s undeniable that if you do use them, they make for delicate and beautiful pieces.
Now, I do use Lace Stitches, but with the standard yarn, and in bigger projects, like blankets or rugs, because I like the way they look on those big pieces. They draw your eyes to them, and you can’t help but take another look, because they look so complicated. However, I’m definitely going to try making a lace pattern with a thinner yarn, and maybe one day I will try crocheting with embroidery thread, just to see whether or not I can make a lace piece like that dress Demi wore. It’ll be a while before I can achieve that level of detail, but it never hurts to try.
Just be sure that when you’re undertaking a lace piece, you have the patience to see it through. It’s not an easy pattern, but once you get the hang of it, you might get bored of it. So, take your time with it, and if you need to, work on something else, so you can come back with a fresh and clear mind.
Choose Your Stitch!
So, now you know the difference between Solid Stitches, Texture Stitches and Lace Stitches, go ahead and try each of them out for yourselves. Remember some of these patterns are harder than others, and it takes a lot of trial and error to get them right. But don’t give up, because you can easily undo the mistakes you make, and try again, and unlike in knitting, when you drop a stitch, you don’t run the danger of undoing rows and rows of hard work, because the pattern unravels one stitch at a time. So, you can remove your crochet hook, unravel your piece to where you made your mistake, and still have an intact pattern. Practice makes perfect, so keep practising!
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