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Topic: Chainless Foundations Tutorial - open increases/decreases  (Read 827 times)
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« on: April 24, 2011 09:03:51 AM »

You will want to be comfortable with chainless foundation stitches before attempting this tutorial.

This tutorial covers adding holes to your first row. 

In regular crochet, to make an open increase, you typically make a chain stitch (or more) between the stitches you're using for that row.  To make an open decrease, you typically make a stitch, then skip a stitch (or more) before making the next stitch.

You can also create a hole in your row using both of these techniques at the same time - make a stitch, ch1 (or more), skip a stitch (or more) before making the next stitch.

In this tutorial, we're going to make that last one so that we can cover both techniques. 

Once again, I will be using dc stitches to demonstrate, but you can use any stitch.

Work your foundation row until the point where you want the hole to be.  To make the "open increase" part of this, you simply ch1:

(Or do as many chains as your heart desires pattern calls for.)

Open increases are just as easy as that!

Now let's add the "open decrease" which will emulate "skipped chains" in your pattern.  For this tutorial, I'm going to emulate a "skip 1 ch" instruction.

So, yarn over as many times as you need to for your chosen stitch:

(I'm doing dc, so I did one yo.)

Then, yarn over a number of times equal to how many "skipped chains" you need:

(So in this case, 1)

Insert your hook and pull up a loop:

*yo, pull through 2 loops* a number of times equal to how many "skipped chains" you need:

(In this case, just once)

ch1 (because we're doing foundation stitches)

Then finish your stitch as usual:

And remember, if you're trying to only do the increase, or only do the decrease, just ignore the other half of the instructions.  Either add your chains and then continue on as normal, or yo as required for your stitch, and yo as many times as chains you need, and follow the last half of the directions.

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