I learned a new crochet stitch this week. As I was refreshing myself on vintage crochet terms and getting my references together for writing that post earlier this week, I realized that there, right there in The Encyclopedia of Needlework (published in 1884), was a stitch I had never tired before. Ms. Thérèse de Dillmont called it a “knotted stitch”. I’m calling it a knotted half double crochet until someone (like a dear reader!) comes up with a better name.
If this stitch is in use today, I haven’t run across it. A quick trip through google didn’t get me very far because there are other stitches out there with very similar same names. The knot stitch in crochet, which is another name for Solomon’s knot, and the knotted stitch technique in embroidery. So… I’m calling this a knotted half double crochet.
Its made very similar to a half double (that would be a half treble in UK crochet). For comparison sake I made up little samplers in both.
|Half Double Crochet
|Knotted Half Double Crochet
The knotted version definitely has more texture. Textures can be a good thing, a very good thing. This stitch is giving me ideas for washcloths and scrubbies and borders.
Its easy to make. Here’s how:
One of the very best things about being a crocheter is that I will never know it all. There are so many stitches in so many varieties that there is always something new to learn. I tell people that crochet its easy to learn to crochet but it takes a lifetime to master.
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