Sometimes it’s nice to outline an intarsia shape with some embroidery, like in the last post. And then sometimes it’s easier to do that embellished embroidery with a crochet hook instead.
The chain stitch is one of my favourite embroidery stitches and it’s really the same thing as a crocheted chain that goes through a supporting fabric. Why not crochet it instead?
The plan for this project is to crochet around the concentric circles in the flower shape. This will help make a smoother transition between colours for the rounded shape. There’s also the added benefit that it masks any sloppy intarsia colour transitions—great for beginners!
You’ll need coloured yarns in the same or similar weight to your knitted project. They can be contrasting or matching. You’ll need a crochet hook (the same size or slightly smaller than the project needles) and a blunt tipped tapestry needle. I used Cascade 220 Superwash Sport with size 3.75 mm (US 5) to knit the project and I used a 3 mm (approx US D-3) crochet hook.
1. Choose a point to begin and insert the crochet hook from front to back.
2. Pick up a loop of yarn on the crochet hook, from the back …
3. … and pull the loop through to the front.
4. Move the crochet hook one stitch to the right and insert hook again.
5. Wrap the yarn once around the hook and pull it through to the front.
6. There are now two sts on the crochet hook. Slide the first stitch through the second stitch, leaving one st on the hook.
7. Continue in this manner around your shape.
8. To join the crocheted chain to it’s beginning to become an enclosed shape, cut the yarn leaving a tail at least 6″ (15 cm) long and pull it through the loop on the hook. Thread the tail onto a needle.
9. Insert the needle behind both sides of the first stitch.
10. Gently pull the yarn through the stitch, maintaining tension.
11. Insert the needle into the pointy end of the tear-drop shaped stitch you’re creating and through the fabric to the WS.
12. Pull the yarn through and secure on the WS.
The Flower Motif Pullover pattern by yours truly can be found in 60 More Quick Baby Knits, published by SoHo Publishing.