There are so many different crochet stitches out there, but sadly I think crochet is underrepresented. Don’t get me wrong, I love granny squares, mandalas and basic stitches, but I think there is a lack of representation in projects posted on Ravelry, Instagram or Pinterest to exhibit the variety that exists in crochet. I’d go as far as arguing that if you want to find projects using different stitches you’d need to look for vintage crochet patterns on Etsy or eBay. To be fair, there are some designers out there who are pushing the boundaries of imagination when it comes to crochet, situating it as a modern craft; Jeanette from Lutter Idyl and Molla Mills are two of my favorites. There are also books you can get teaching you all the different stitches that exist in crochet. The problem is the disconnect between what's possible to do and what's being done.
So where is this rant going, you ask? Well, this is why we decided to start what we call The Stitch Academy - a collection of crochet & knitting stitches; It’s our way of both learning new stitches & contributing knowledge to the world of crochet & fiber crafts.
The first stitch we’d like to share is called the Crossed Ripple Stitch; aka raised double crochet at the front of the fabric. It’s worked by inserting the hook from right to left around the stem of the stitch in the row below the one you’re working on. The abbreviation for this stitch is Dc/rf.
The crossed ripple stitch pattern is worked in multiples of 3 + 2 and 1 more for the base chain. In our example, we chained 21 stitches; that’s 18 + 2 + 1
Row 1 (WS): 1sc into the 2nd chain from the hook, work across until the end, turn.
Row 2 (RS): 3ch (counts as the first st), skip the 1st st, *skip 2st, 1dc into the next st, 1ch, 1dc back into the 2nd skipped stitch; rep from* 5 mores times, 1dc into the last st, turn.
Row 3: 1ch, sc across to end, turn (20sts). Make sure to work up the ch spaces made in the previous row.
Row 4: 3ch (counts as the first st), skip the 1st st, *skip 2st, 1dc into the next st, 1ch, worked a dc around the stem of the first stitch in the crossed pair [2 rows below - i.e. row2].
Continue by repeating Row 3 & Row 4.