When working, hold the hook lightly in the right hand in a horizontal position, and with the left hand grasp the work and hold the last stitch between the thumb and forefinger. Put the cotton over first and second fingers, under the third, and over the little finger of the left hand (see illustration). Remember it is dangerous to carry hooks about without a holder.
Double Foundation (Fig. 3). - This is a row of chain and single crochet worked into it - viz., put the hook into a foundation stitch and draw the cotton through it, and the loop on needle at the same time.
Cord Foundation Worked with Two Threads (Fig. 4). Crochet instructions: Make a slip-knot, put hock through it. Do the same with another length of cotton, and put hook through it (two loops on needle), and draw through both loops with the cotton on the left-hand side; then make one chain with the cotton on the right-hand side and one with the cotton on the left-hand side, and continue this alternately. Draw the cotton tightly after each stitch. Note. - This, if worked in black silk, makes a nice thick cord for eyeglasses or for draw-strings for work-bags, etc.
Treble (Fig. 8). - Crochet instructions: Cotton over hook, put hook into a foundation stitch, draw cotton through (three loops on needle), cotton over hook, and draw it through two loops; cotton again over hook and draw it through the last two loops.
Double and Treble (Fig. 10). - The 1st and 2nd rows are of double crochet; 3rd row 4 doubles, then 3 trebles into the 1st row (see sketch); repeat throughout row; 4th and 5th rows the same as 1st and 2nd. 6th row the same as 3rd row, but work the 3 trebles into the 3rd row to commence with, as this alternates the pattern. Repeat from 1st row.
Note. - In turning, do one chain.
French Knots on Crochet Patterns. - Crochet instructions: Make six trebles into a stitch of former row; remove hook, place it through back loop of 1st treble, and draw loop of 6th treble through it.
A Solomon's Knot (Fig. 11). - Crochet instructions: Make an ordinary chain stitch; draw it out loosely on hook, and make a double crochet into the back part of the stitch.
To Form Them into a Group (as will be given later in fancy patterns). - Start by making two Solomon's knots, then put the crochet hook into the first knot made, and draw the cotton through into a long loop, and * make another Solomon's knot; put cotton over hook and draw it through the loops on hook. Make another Solomon's knot, then put hook into the centre of next knot on the left-hand side, and draw a long loop through, and continue from*.
A Picot. - Crochet instructions: Make a certain number of chain (say five or six) and then a double crochet into the first or second stitch from hook, and this will make a small tight loop; then do one or two chain (according to whether the first or second stitch is worked into) into the next stitch on the crochet foundation. These small loops are often seen on the last round of a pattern.
Note. - In doing double crochet, directions usually say whether it is better to crochet through the front thread, back thread, or through both threads together. In each case the patterns produced are different.
In finishing off crochet, draw the cotton thread, or wool, through the loop and pull firmly, then thread the strand through a needle and darn it in and out through the work, making it quite secure and neat.
Very useful garments and beautiful patterns can be made out of two or three different kinds of stitches when these are well understood and grouped together properly.
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