Saturday, April 19, 2014

Rocky Road Stitch Tutorial as used in "Battle of the Stitches: Round 1"

Let me just start by saying, it was such an honor being asked by Kate of Crafting Friends to participate in the very first round of Battle of the Stitches!  I got to rub elbows with some of my favorite crochet artists!  Jennifer of Hatch-ed With Love, JoAnne of GrammyJo Lids, Tera of Trifles N Treasures, Schere of Schere's Crafty Crochet, Hope of Awe Stitch, Rachel of The Country Hooker, Ann of Glamour4You, Katy of KT and the Squid, and Kimberlie of ShopKimberlie! Then, to have your work reviewed and Judged by Heidi of SnappyTots, Jennifer of Crochet by Jennifer, Lisa of Loops of Love and Stacy of Too Yarn Cute and have the honor of having your design published along side all of these wonderful, wonderful ladies in Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine... It was like meeting your favorite musician!  I'm still feeling a little star-struck even now after B.O.T.S. has ended.

Since, in this special edition of the magazine, all designs are using the same stitch, we thought the easiest thing for everyone would be to have one single crochet tutorial in the magazine instead of stitch placement photos in each individual pattern.  It was my privilege to write the tutorial used in the magazine, and I am going to share those photos with you here.  Be sure the check out the latest edition of Too Yarn Cute Crochet Magazine to see all of the wonderful patterns created by all of the B.O.T.S. challengers.

Rocky Road Stitch Tutorial

For the purpose of this tutorial I am using worsted weight cotton yarn and H hook to make the sample shown in the photos. Any yarn weight or hook size can be used.

To begin, you will want to chain any multiple of 4 (I did 20) +3 more (total of 23). 

Left Handed
Right Handed

Row 1: sc in the second ch from your hook *[sc, ch 2, dc 2] in the next ch sk next two ch sc in next ch*

Left Handed
Right Handed

Repeat from * to * across to last ch sc in last ch, turn 

Left Handed
Right Handed

Row 2: ch1, sc in first sc *[sc, ch 2, dc 2] in next sc sk 2dc and ch2 sp sc in next sc* (work will lay in front of the work from the previous row)

Left Handed - Front Side

Right Handed - Back Side
Right Handed - Front Side

Left Handed - Back Side

Repeat from * to * across to last sc sc in last sc, turn

Left Handed

Right Handed

Row 3 and beyond: repeat Row 2.

Change the look of the stitch with color changes or by incorporating other stitches into your work. Using different weights of yarn and hook sizes will also change the look of the stitch.

Close up of stitch worked in a solid color.
Close up of stitch worked in stripes.


A special THANK YOU to Mandy Jo of The Knotting Ham for helping me test my B.O.T.S. design, the To Mom With Love Cozy.
Photo courtesy of The Knotting Ham

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