Monday, December 30, 2013

Creating a "Crochet" Chain with Knitting Needles.

Many designers use a crochet chain as part of their shawl bind off. This technique can be seen in shawls by Boo Knits, Rosemary (Romi) Hill, and Corrina Ferguson. Some designers call for a crochet hook and others call for knitting needles. I prefer to chain with my knitting needles so that I do not need to break form.

If you look at the front of a crochet chain, it looks like a single column of knit stitches. This effect can be accomplished with your knitting needles in one of two ways:

Just Knit the Chain

For this method you will knit each chain stitch into the previous stitch. Basically, you knit a column of stitches 1 stitch wide. If you don't know how to crochet, this method will be the easiest since you are just "knitting".
Have the stitch that will start the chain on your working needle.
Slip your left needle through the front of the stitch on the right needle (working needle). The positioning will be the same as if you are going to knit the stitch through the back loop.
Wrap the yarn around the working needle.
And pull the yarn through...
The stitch...
The chain...

Crochet the Chain with Knitting Needles

For this method you use the tip of your needle like a crochet hook. Only the working needle is used in this method. I find that I tend to create a tighter chain with this method.

Have the stitch that will start the chain on your working needle.
Bring yarn from front to back of working needle.
Wrap the yarn over and around the needle.
Use the tip of the needle to catch the loop just wrapped around the needle and pull it through the stitch.
The chain...

Prairie Willow can be found on Ravelry at noliegirl. Prairie Willow is an avid knitter and jewelry designer. My jewelry can be found at Prairie Willow Jewelry;

Photos copyright Prairie Willow Knits.

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