Crochet Openwork Stitches for Spring/Summer
This week on Ask Me Monday, we focus on openwork stitches for crochet which are perfect for warmer weather. Like their knitted counterparts (see last week’s Ask Me Monday post), these stitches can be used as the basis for overall garments, or just airy detail sections in plainer stitched garments. I love these stitches for wraps, bags, lightweight scarves, and hanging planters. Watch my video tutorials, then take these stitches for a spin using the below swatch instructions. Enjoy! –VH
US Size 8/5mm Knitter’s Pride/KnitPro Waves Crochet Hook
Sport-weight, denim wash cotton
Swatches in U.S. Terms
U.S. to U.K. Conversion
sc = dc
dc = tr
tr = dtr
Checkerboard Filet Crochet Swatch
Row 1: Dc in 7th ch from hook (counts as dc, ch 2, dc), *ch 2, sk 2, dc; rep from * to end. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), sk 2, dc, *ch 2, sk 2, dc; re from * to end. Turn.
Rows 3-7: Ch 3, 9 dc, [ch 2, sk 2, dc] 3 times, 9 dc. Turn.
Rows 8-11: Ch 5, sk 2, dc, [ch 2, sk 2, dc] twice, 9 dc, [ch 2, sk 2, dc] three times. Turn.
Rows 12-13: Ch 5 (counts as dc, ch 2), sk 2, dc, *ch 2, sk 2, dc; re from * to end. Turn.
Indian Crochet Cross Stitch Swatch
Row 1(WS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in every ch to end. Turn. — 14 dc.
Row 2: Ch 4 (counts as tr), *sk 1, 3 tr, create cross-stitch by working a dc in the skipped st by pulling up a long loop across 3 tr; rep from * to last 2 sts, sk 1, tr. Turn.
Rows 3: Ch 2, dc in next st and in every st to end. Turn.
Row 4: Rep Row 2.
Rows 5-6: Rep Row 3.
Broomstick Lace Swatch
Row 1: Place loop from hook onto knitting needle; *using hook pull loop up from the next ch and place onto knitting needle; repeat from * to end. Turn.
Row 2: *Holding knitting needle in left hand, slip 5 loops from needle to crochet hook; [YO, pull through loops, YO pull through rem loop to close], 5 sc in center of hole just created; repeat from * to end. Turn.
Rep Rows 1-2, three times more.
Suggested Projects for Other Openwork Crochet Stitches
Arcade Stitch Cardigan (Take my full class on this sweater on Creative Live!)
Mon Tricot Knitting Dictionary Stitches Pattern (vintage)