Crochet – Granite stitch
Crochet hooks at the ready! This week we’re going to take a look at a new crochet stitch. This stitch is known by many names and is a very easy stitch to crochet. It consists of only single crochets (in British this is a double crochet) and chains 1s. It’s known by many a name, like moss stitch or seed stitch. But we’re going to go with granite stitch. After the colors I worked with on the previous few blogs I was very happy to get back to working with colors that are more my style ; – ).
I quickly found out that the granite stitch really doesn’t work for one of our yarns. That’s the first time I’ve come across that problem! Do you want to know which one? Let’s take a look…
First of all, let’s take a closer look at the granite stitch. This stitch looks like v’s intertwined with one another. That’s all there is to it. But it looks so good! In my opinion this is another great case of ‘less is more’.
The granite stitch starts off with an even numbered chain. From the second row onwards you start alternating between single crochet and chain. This creates a project that is very thick and firm.
Let’s take a look at the granite stitch I created using Must-Have and Fabulous. The v’s I made using Fabulous seem to seamlessly flow over into one another. This doesn’t seem to be the case for Must-Have. I might have used a hook that was a size too big, but I think that I like the results the thicker yarns give anyway. The velouresque qualities Fabulous has, looks great again. Doesn’t it?!
Taking a look at the swatches I made using Super Must-Have and Charming I can see a very clear difference between the two when it comes the type of material these yarns are made of. They both look great, but I can’t help feeling week at the knees when it comes to Super Must-Have. Because this yarn is made up of thinner threads twined together, it sort of looks like a colourful piece of rope. This gives it a rugged look. My mind seems to be drifting because suddenly I really want to crochet an ecru colored pillow for in the cabin of a sail boat. I love it!
Eventhough I love Super Must-Have dearly, I’ve still chosen to use a granite stitch in combination with Charming for a fall project. Here’s a little sneak peek… You must have gotten used to how much I mess about with which size hooks I use with which project. The same is true for this design. I’ve decided to use a much bigger sized crochet hook and so the granite stitch looks a lot looser and suppler than usual.
After crocheting my Fresh swatch I burst out laughing. I couldn’t help but see it as a huge mess! It looks so weird! The rows have gotten completely lost and it looks like a massive knot has formed. I may be the only person to say that this doesn’t look too good, and it may just not be my taste, but this is definetly not my favorite! I’d recommend using any other yarn than this one for working with the granite stitch. You could use this yarn for a different stitch, like this one, for instance or this one.
The swatch I made using Super Charming is just gorgeous. You can see the rows very clearly and the v’s in the rows give a nice little texture to it. On a side note, I absolutely adore this color Charming (004 Birch). The mélange of this color and the white is so very subtle.
Right, back to the swatches. Let’s take a look at what the granite stitch looks like with Epic and Urban. I was really surprised by how these swatches turned out. The Urban swatch looks a bit messy. The rows look like they’re all tangled up and that wasn’t exactly the idea. The swatch I made using Epic looks very clean cut. This makes the messy look of the Urban swatch look even messier than it actually is. The Epic swatch shows us very clear rows of v’s and this is why the swatch looks very calm and cool.
Which swatch is your favorite? And what project would you use the granite stitch for?