Chain Stitch Embroidery, Working Over Ends, and More

May 21, 2012

I love learning new crochet tips and techniques. Over my years of learning to crochet, I have been fascinated with Tunisian crochet, obsessed with motifs, and searched for new construction techniques. I have gathered a few of my favorite  how-to blogs here to share with you.

Plaid Skirt by April Garwood

Crochet Chain Stitch Embroidery

 A close-up look at the embroidery technique used on the Plaid Skirt

Among the many great techniques we showcase in the Spring 2012 issue of Interweave Crochet is chain stitch embroidery. Designer April Garwood brings this technique to light in her Plaid Skirt, a fun, flirty garment with endless possibilities for color experimentation. And while the garment looks so impressive, chain stitch embroidery is actually quite an easy technique. If you can make a crochet chain stitch, you can do this!  In fact, once you try it you're bound to find yourself using chain stitch embroidery to add some pizzazz to many of your crochet projects.

Now, to get you started, here's the process up close. Note: once you start, you may never stop embroidering everything in sight. You have been warned. Read More . . .



Weaving in Loose Ends

Often times, the difference between a good-looking finished crochet project and a great-looking one is neat and clean finishing techniques. One finishing skill that will become invaluable once you master it is weaving in ends. Here are some tips and tricks to set you on the path to perfect finishing. Read More . . .


Working over Loose Ends

Any time you have to change colors or join a new yarn to your work, you're creating ends-those pesky detriments to finishing your work quickly, and often the culprit of unfinished objects.

Learning how to crochet over your ends is a great way to hide and secure those tails as you go, leaving only light weaving and trimming at the end of your projects, instead of a time and work commitment that can rival the stitching itself. Here's a quick demo, using the motif pattern from the Meadow Shawl as an example. Read More . . .



Felting: It's a word that inspires delight and fear, excitement and apprehension. I've washed my fair share of completed wool sweaters and even once was given a vest that, amazingly, fit me perfectly despite the fact that it had been washed and felted. But I have also experienced the wonderment of creating a project, carefully placing it in the washer and checking it, perhaps too often, to witness its transformation into a dense, slightly fuzzy fabric. If you have never felted before, there are a few things to remember. Read More . . .


Six Way to Wear a Shawl

I love making shawls. But I have trouble wearing them-it just doesn't come naturally to me. Sarah Read, our project editor, can totally wear shawls. I try to learn from her. So, with the help of my friend, Peggy Sue, I styled the Moss Fern Wrap by Kimberly McAlindin (worked in my own azalea colors) to show you six ways to wear a shawl. Read More . . .


Find more great tips in the How to Crochet blog and in the pages of Interweave Crochet. Subscribe to Interweave Crochet today for more great projects highlighting chain embroidery, colorwork, Tunisian crochet, lace, stripes, and more.

Best wishes,

P.S. I would love to know what techniques you would like to learn about. Let me know below.

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on May 21, 2012 11:06 AM

Hi there a reason you couldn't use different colors on bobbins (or bags) and add colors to form the plaids.  I've done a lot of designs in knitting that way and at the moment, I'm trying to picture the process in my mind.  I know it would take extra care to tie or sew in the ends.  If you know of no reason, I'll try a sample but, if you've "been there, done that" I don't want to waste my time as I'd rather work on finishing a project than failing at one that's been tried.

I use the method you've described to pick up dropped stitches in knitting and it's so much better than ripping back to where the stitch is.


on May 21, 2012 11:21 AM

Enjoyed the article 'Learn to Chain Stitch Embroider'. What a great technique - I can understand how it may become addictive. Can't wait to give chain stitch embroidery a try.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on May 21, 2012 3:42 PM

Hi Elizabeth,

I don't know of any reason off-hand that multiple bobbins wouldn't work. It might not be quite as sharp, but I could be wrong. I'd love to see what you come up with! Many of the exciting new  techniques and designs I have seen over the last few years are people who just decide to try something out of the box.