Posted by: mamas2hands | May 9, 2012

Stretchy Fabric

One of the complaints about crochet fabric that I hear from lots of folks is that it isn’t stretchy enough.

My response is, you need to use the right stitches and stitch patterns (the yarn you choose has a big influence as well).

For solid stitch work that creates a stretchy fabric try my favorite stitch,  the Half Double Crochet – abbreviated “hdc”. That is the US crochet terminology for it, I think that it is called a Half Treble in the UK.

The hdc has been my go-to stitch for hats for years now.  Especially worked in spiral rounds, like the hats I made for my sons this past Christmas.

I just enlarged my Little Bitty Noggin Cap pattern by using worsted weight yarn and adding a few more increase rounds. To create even more visual interest I worked a few rounds in black to make a stripe just above the brim.  When I make a hat with worsted weight yarn I use a Size H (5mm) hook for a denser fabric.

The hdc is very simple to work.

To start the stitch, wrap the yarn once around your hook (just like you do with a Double Crochet), then insert into the space or stitch you are working on.  Wrap the yarn around your hook (YO – yarn over), pull thru a loop.  You now have 3 loops on the shaft of your hook. YO again and pull thru all the loops.

You just made a half double crochet.

Give it a try in your work and see if you like the stretch you get with this stitch.


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