Can you make a slip stitch fabric? A complete piece using crochet slip stitch alone?
I, and probably most crocheters, have always considered the slip stitch as a tool rather than a stitch, and use it primarily for joining or for getting from one place to another without breaking the yarn.
One day, someone asked me if it can be used to form a fabric. I poo pood the idea. The stitch has no height whatsoever so how could it form a fabric without taking forever?
Then I was recently reminded that one of the greatest ways to be creative and come up with something new is to break the rules so I thought I would give it a go. This is what I came up with.
As you can see, it is not a bad looking result. As you can also see, I didn't get very far before giving up. It is fiddly, difficult to decipher where you are supposed to be inserting your hook and takes a long time. As far as I am concerned not really worth all the effort.
However, if you want to have a go, this is how to do it:
Choose a hook that is far too big for the yarn. I used a 6mm hook and double knitting yarn (UK weight)
Make a length of chain stitches. Make a slip stitch into the second chain from the hook working under one loop instead of two and repeat this all along the row.
Make a single turning chain. Work slip stitch all along the row again, inserting your hook under one strand only. Repeat this row.
I am intrigued to have found this book totally dedicated to the slip stitch! There are no reviews so I don't know what it's like, but worth a look
Uk residents click here: Learn Slip Stitch Crochet (Annie's Attic: Crochet)
US residents click here: Learn Slip Stitch Crochet (Annie's Attic: Crochet)
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If anyone can think of any possible use for this fabric I would be intrigued to know.
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