Beginners Series: Project 1 – Chains and Slip Stitches

What can you make with just chains and slip stitches? Well a few things 🙂 Here’s a couple I designed:

Chain Bracelets

Chain Bracelets: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

What do you need? – Yarn (I used DK yarn from the local discount store), Hook (I used a 3mm hook, but a 3.5mm, 4mm or 4.5mm hook would also work well), Scissors

What do you do?

  1. Slip knot to attach the yarn to your hook.
  2. Chain around 40 to 50 chains (check how many by putting the chain around your wrist. It should be loose enough to get on and off).
  3. Slip stitch through the first chain you made to close the bracelet.
  4. Cut your yarn. Pull the end through the chain on your hook to knot it.
  5. To make the yellow bracelet (actually 3 joined together) – make another chain of the same length, but thread it through the first one before doing the slip stitch. Repeat with the third chain.
  6. Weave in the ends if you want a neater look

Chain Bracelets: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

Three Chain Necklace

Three Chain Necklace: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

What do you need: Three different colours of yarn (I used cheap yarn from the discount store), a crochet hook (I used 3 mm, but 3.5, 4 or 4.5mm would work too), scissors

What do you do?

  1. Hold three colours together and make a slip knot to attach them to the yarn
  2. Letting one of the colours aside, use two colours to make a chain long enough for a necklace (I did 120 chains, but it’s up to your own preference)
  3. Slip stitch into your first chain to close the necklace
  4. Put one of the colours aside and pick up the one you put aside earlier.
  5. Repeat steps 2 and 3
  6. Put aside the last colour and pick up the one you put aside earlier
  7. Repeat steps 2 and 3
  8. Use the scissors to cut the yarn and pull the ends through the chain on your hook to knot off the end
  9. Make a small chain with one colour (about 6 chains) and slip stitch it around the three chains
  10. Repeat with the other two colours

Three Chain Necklace: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

 

Chain Flower

Chain Flower: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

What do you need? 2 colours of yarn, a hook, scissors

What do you do?

  1. With the first colour, chain 6, slip stitch into the first chain to make a small circle
  2. Chain 10, slip stitch around the circle to make the first petal
  3. Repeat 4 more times, cut the yarn and pull the end through the chain on the hook to tie
  4. Attach the second colour to the hook. Use a slip stitch to attach it to the middle of the flower (between 2 petals)
  5. Chain 12, slip stitch in the next space between the petals
  6. Repeat 4 more times, cut the yarn and pull the end through the chain on the hook to tie
  7. Attach the flower to a pin, clip, bag, shirt . . . or anything you like

Chain Flower: Crochet of a Subversive Reader

 

Other uses for chains

Chains can be used for lots of things.

  • A long chain instead of a ribbon for a gift
  • Several long chains could be plaited together to make a headband or a hair ribbon
  • A long chain (or several) can be sewn onto material to make pictures or words
  • Chains can be looped together to make household decorations
  • Chains can be plaited or sewn together to make straps for bags

Crochet Beginners Series

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