Mystery of Slanted Seams and Crochet Stitches

Have you ever wondered why your stitches, seams, or rounds look slanted? After long research and many hours of testing along with our testing team at IraRott.com, I would like to share our results and ideas.

Based on information from our polls that we collected during the past 4 years through different sources, the majority of crocheters work their stitches using YARN OVER (YO) in every step of making a stitch. We call this style “Classic” or “YO” crocheting as most educational sources use this method for teaching.

However, there is a large number of crocheters (including myself), who work crochet stitches using the HOOK OVER (HO) rule, which is basically holding your yarn under the hook in one of the steps & all the other steps of the stitch remain with YO. We named this method “Self-Compensated” or “HO” & I will explain my reasons below.

Let’s take a look at some examples based on double crochet (DC) stitches as DC is the most common stitch that requires corrections in certain circumstances. The instructions and videos below are given for both – right & left handed crocheting.

  • CLASSIC (YO) DC: YO, insert hook in next stitch, YO & pull working yarn through the stitch; [YO & pull through 2 loops on the hook] 2 times
  • SELF-COMPENSATED (HO) DC: YO, insert hook in next stitch, HO & pull working yarn through the stitch; [YO & pull through 2 loops on the hook] 2 times

How to work classic and self-compensated double crochet - for RIGHT and LEFT hand

Other than YO vs HO, what are the main differences between the Classic & Self-Compensated DC stitches? When crocheting in the round, we’ve noticed that Classic stitches are naturally straight but the seam is slanted; however Self-Compensated stitches are naturally slanted but the seam is straight. The reason for the slanted seam in Classic crochet is that the stitches are not placed exactly on top of each other, but are slightly off-centered. However, Self-Compensated crochet does not have that issue since the stitches are naturally slanted to the opposite direction from the offset stitch placement, which compensates slanting & makes the seam straight.

 

Straight and slanted double crochet stitches when working in the round

Crocheted in the Round Beanie (RIGHT Handed Version)

Symmetrically designed patterns that are worked in the round are often tricky for Classic crocheters as the offset stitch placement breaks the symmetry of entire piece. However, it is not an issue for Self-compensated style & finished pieces are always straight and symmetrical.

Classic double crochet stitch worked in the round SLANTED seam and rounds Self compensated double crochet stitches - STRAIGHT seams and rounds


On a good note, the offset of the Classic stitch placement would only be noticeable for working in the round. There are no issues for working in rows as slanting is compensated in every row by your work direction & the edges are always straight. Also, Classic DC stitches look straight & beautiful when working in rows. Meanwhile, Self-Compensated stitches are naturally slanted, but it will not slant the edges when working in rows.

Which method works best? I would say the one you are used to, but there is always room for trying something new. It took me just a few minutes to switch my style when I first tried crocheting with YO. I can now easily go from one style to the other depending on my projects without a difference in my speed & tension. Nevertheless, we noticed that it was more complicated to work HO for those who are used to YO originally.

If you are a Classic crocheter, I hope these options will help you with the symmetry & straight seams of your future projects that are worked in the round:


SWITCH STYLES

Even if you can’t get the hang of HO from the first try due to the habits developed through the years or you do not see an instant result, just keep trying! You might need to try playing with your tension or hold your yarn & hook differently. Remember, practice makes perfect!


BACK & FORTH ALTERATION

Much like when you work in rows & the offsetting is compensated by the direction of your work in every row, you can alter patterns that are worked in the round so that one round is worked on right side (RS) & then turn to work the following round on wrong side (WS). You will need to convert every other round of the pattern for working backwards, in the direction from the end towards the beginning of the round. Converting is easy with a diagram reference, but you can convert any written instructions as well.

Classic double crochet stitch worked in the round back and forth

Here is an example of altering RS round to WS round:

  • RS (ORIGINAL): ch 2; 2 dc in same st as join; dc in next 26 sts; [2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts] 2 times; 2 dc in next 2 sts; [dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st] 2 times; dc in next 26 sts; [2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 st] 2 times; 2 dc in next st; [2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts] 2 times; join = 124 sts
  • WS (CONVERTED): ch 2; [dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st] 2 times; 2 dc in next st; [dc in next 6 st, 2 dc in next st] 2 times; dc in next 26 sts; [2 dc in next st, dc in next 6 sts] 2 times; 2 dc in next 2 sts; [ dc in next 6 sts, 2 dc in next st] 2 times; dc in next 26 sts; 2 dc in same st as join; join = 124 sts & now TURN to RS.

How to reverse crochet instructions for working in the round back and forth


BLOCKING

If your crochet piece turned out asymmetrical, you can always try to rescue your work by wet blocking.

  1. Soak your finished crochet piece in warm water (soaking works better that spray blocking in this case).
  2. Gently squeeze excess moisture out, then roll it in a towel to absorb moisture.
  3. Lay the piece flat on a blocking board or interlocking play mat. Shape & stretch until it looks straight.
  4. Rotate & flip periodically to ensure even drying. Please keep in mind that the drying process might take from 2-3 hours outdoors under open sun in the summer or up to several days indoors, depending on the temperature & humidity level.

Classic double crochet stitch worked in the round SLANTED before blocking
Classic double crochet stitch worked in the round - blocking and shaping

Classic double crochet stitch worked in the round after blocking


FINAL NOTES:

I hope you found our research helpful and some of these tips will work for you. It would be great to hear about your experiences and to know what is your natural way of crocheting.

I would also like to say THANK YOU to our FABULOUS testing team, we really appreciate your willingness to help and your kind assistance throughout this project. I’m very grateful & I couldn’t have done it without you!

Working With Multiple Strands Of Yarn At Once

When a pattern calls for working with multiple strands of yarn held together…what would be your best options? The easiest answer, obviously, is to pull 1 strand of yarn from individual skeins to create a group of 2, 3 or more yarn strands!

3 Strands from 3 skeins of yarn

 

But what to do if the number of skeins you have is not a multiple of the required number of stands? Here are a few easy solutions!

UNIVERSAL METHOD

This method works like a charm! Simply wind the required number of balls out of 1 skein of yarn. Use electronic scale to check the weight of the balls for accuracy.

2 STRANDS FROM 1 SKEIN

Pull the tail from the center of the skein & use the end from the outside of the skein as your second strand. Hold these 2 ends together for knitting or crocheting with double strand at once from a single skein of yarn.

2 strands from 1 skein of yarn

3 STRANDS FROM 1 SKEIN – LONG CHAIN METHOD

Working with 3 strands of yarn at once is super easy! The “long chain” method is based on a foundation chain commonly used for crochet projects; it is done by pulling the chains (loops) as long as possible to triple the working yarn. Check our video below for step-by-step instructions.

3 strands from 1 skein of yarn

4 STRANDS FROM 2 SKEINS

Just like you would work with 2 strands from a single skein, use 2 skeins to use 2 strands from each skein (4 strands in total)!

4 strands from 2 skeins of yarn

We hope this article was helpful & you  might like to try these techniques with some of our Crochet Rug Patterns.

Crochet Rug Patterns by IraRott

Pattern Testing Call – Ivory Dream Christening Gown

Hello everyone, we hope you had a Happy New Year & an awesome beginning of 2017!

Our first BIG project of the year is an update for our Ivory Dream Christening Gown Pattern (originally designed & published in 2012). I have been working on this project  since last year & am very close to finishing the newest version of the pattern that will include many new diagrams and step-by-step photos.

Ivory Dream Christening Gown Crochet Pattern by IraRott

We are currently looking for some additional volunteers for TESTING this pattern! If you would like to participate in this pattern test, you can feel free to fill out the application below. Please understand that we are not able to answer personally to every submission, but you will receive an email within 12-48 hours if your application has been approved. Also, please do not get discouraged if you have not received an email from us, as we only can accept a limited number of requests. There will be more testing opportunities in the future!

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Skills – understanding crochet charts / diagrams
  2. Timeline – this test needs to be completed within 2 weeks (approx from Jan 16 to Jan 30)
  3. Yarn – Bernat Baby Sport (1 big ball) or any other sport weight yarn with the matching gauge (11 dc X 6 rows = 2″ X 2″ using hook 3.5 mm)
  4. Test – make one of the required items from the pattern (see form below)
  5. Feedback – provide pictures of your finished item by creating a project page on ravelry

TESTING NEEDS:

  1. Make an item
  2. Compare the row-by-row instructions with the diagram(s) (just for the item you make)
  3. Check the pattern for mistakes, typos, & clarity
  4. Submit your feedback by email
  5. Submit your photos through ravelry

APPLICATION: CLOSED!


POST UPDATE: January 9 / 2017

Thank you everyone for sending your applications. This testing call is now closed.


POST UPDATE: February 1 / 2017

Our Ivory Dream Christening Gown Crochet Pattern has just been updated! We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who participated in this pattern test during the past 2 weeks, awesome job everyone! The updated pattern has been sent to all previous buyers. Please check your email if you previously purchased this pattern, we hope you enjoy it!

Happy 2017 from IraRott Inc.

Another year has gone by & we are so excited to look back at all the work that was done in 2016!

  • We have created 21 NEW pattern designs that were published at IraRott.com
  • We gave over 75K of IraRott® patterns to our customers for FREE this year alone

2016 IraRott pattern designs

  • We have published some of our past designs in PDF format:
  1. Charming Pineapples Prom Dress Crochet Pattern (originally designed in 2007).
  2. Charming Pineapples Top Crochet Pattern (created based on Prom Dress pattern).
  3. Plutonian Paul Alien Beanie Knit Pattern (originally designed in 2012 with an assistance of  Ira’s mom – Olena Rott).
  4. Yarn Amy Square Hat Crochet Pattern (originally designed in 2012).

2016 knit and crochet pattern designs by IraRott

  • In 2016 we have updated 16 of our previously designed patterns. We have also provided free updates to all our customers who purchased these patterns before. To ensure you have the latest version of the pattern, please check the following list & dates. If for some reason you have not received an update, please contact us with your request through –> this form on our site & we will be more than happy to resend it to you (please remember to include an email address that was used for purchasing).
  1. Luna the Moo-Moo Cow Hat Pattern (updated: Aug 18, 2016).
  2. Festive Snowflake Coaster Pattern (updated: Dec 06, 2016).
  3. Pinky Piggy Hat Pattern (updated: Apr 01, 2016).
  4. Papa Noel Santa & Elf Ornament Pattern (updated: Dec 12, 2016).
  5. Canadian Maple Leaf Backpack & Beret Pattern (updated: Jul 11, 2016).
  6. Josefina &  Jeffery Elephant Pillow Pattern (updated: Jul 25, 2016).
  7. Jingle Bells Scarf Pattern (updated: Dec 07, 2016).
  8. Furry Boot Cuffs Ef! Pattern (updated: Nov 22, 2016).
  9. Floral Baby Blanket Pattern (updated: Feb 05, 2016).
  10. Fiesta Owl Skirt Pattern (updated: Nov 07, 2016).
  11. Josefina &  Jeffery Elephant Rug Pattern (updated: Jul 03, 2016).
  12. Classic Teddy Bear Hat Pattern (updated: Mar 29, 2016).
  13. Cera Tops the Triceratops Hat Pattern (updated: Jun 01, 2016).
  14. Canadian Maple Leaf Coaster Pattern (updated: Jun 16, 2016).
  15. Baby Frog on Lily Pad Pattern (updated: Nov 21, 2016).
  16. Christmas Snowfall Pattern (updated: Dec 20, 2016).

2016 pattern updates

Our best selling patterns in 2016 were Josefina & Jeffery Elephant Rug & Elephant Pillow! If you made these elephants, please post your finished projects on ravelry or our Facebook page. We are always happy to see your work!

Here are some finished items made by different crafters on ravelry. To view the links below, just login to your ravelry account for privacy reasons:

Josefina and Jeffery Elephant Rug and Pillow Crochet Patterns by IraRott

Thank you everyone for your loyalty and support throughout 2016!

We would also like to say a HUGE Thank You to our amazing testing team, tech editors, photographers, and models! We could not have done it without you!

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Crochet Pattern Specials

I can’t believe it has already been a year since our previous mega sale! Our biggest SALE of 2016 has just begun and will run through Black Friday – Cyber Monday weekend.  This only happens once a year at IraRott.com – save 40% on all IraRott® Knit and Crochet Patterns! No coupon code or minimum qty are required, just add as many patterns as you wish to your cart and the discount will be applied automatically at checkout.

Black Friday to Cyber Monday Biggest Sale of the Year at IraRott Patterns

FREE Patterns have already become a good tradition during our annual Black Friday – Cyber Monday sale…and of course, we have prepared something special for you this year as well! Please enjoy the FREE download for the following IraRott® patterns (limited time offer) –> Baby Frog on a Lily Pad Crochet PDF Pattern, Furry Boot Cuffs Eh! Crochet PDF Pattern, Floral Baby Blanket Crochet PDF Pattern, Canadian Maple Leaf Backpack and Beret Set Crochet PDF Pattern.

free irarott baby set pattern for a limited time

free irarott crochet boot cuffs pattern for a limited time

free irarott baby blanket pattern for a limited time

free irarott hat and beret set pattern for a limited time

Remember, when you buy patterns through IraRott.com you will be able to download & save them to your electronic device or store these PDFs in your ravelry library as long as you are logged in to your ravelry account, just be sure to click “add to Ravelry account“! All purchased patterns will be sent instantly to the email that was used for purchasing after the payment goes through.  You might need to check the “Bulk” folder if you do not see an email from us in your inbox. If you need any help with pattern downloads, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

These promotions expire Nov 28, 2016 at 23:59 (PST)…That’s right, we will stay awake for all our pacific time customers this year 🙂

Happy shopping & Happy crafting!

Double Chain Easy Cord Tutorial

Double Chain Easy Cord is one of our favorite techniques in IraRott® crochet patterns. You can make ties, belts, or even use Double Chain (D-ch) as a foundation sc to begin your work.

STEP 1: Leave a long yarn tail at the beginning, approximately 3 times as long as the desired length of the cord.

STEP 2: Make a slip knot to create the first chain.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEPS 1 & 2 ~ Working yarn, First chain, & Yarn tail

STEP 3: Hold the working yarn around your index finger. Tail over the hook from front to back = 2 loops on the hook.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEP 3 ~ Tail over the hook

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEP 3 ~ 2 loops on the hook

STEP 4: Hold the bottom of the cord with your thumb & middle finger; grab working yarn & draw it through both loops on the hook = 1 loop on the hook.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

STEP 4

STEP 5: Repeat STEPS 4 & 5 until you reach the desired length.

Double chain easy cord foundation sc tutorial by IraRott

Repeating STEP 3 ~ Tail over the hook

Here are some IraRott® crochet patterns where we used the D-ch easy cord technique 🙂

Fiesta Owl Poncho & Doll Poncho Crochet Patterns:

Fiesta Owl Poncho Crochet Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Fiesta Owl Poncho Crochet Pattern

Peacock Hat Crochet Pattern:

Pavo the Peacock Crochet Hat Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Pavo the Peacock Crochet Hat Pattern

Bunny Rabbit Baby Hat & Cocoon Set Crochet Pattern:

Crochet Carrot Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Carrot for Bunny Photo Prop Crochet Pattern

Luna the Moo-Moo Cow & Bull Hat Crochet Pattern:

Cow and Bull Crochet Hat Pattern by IraRott - Double Chain Easy Cord

Bull Hat Crochet Pattern by IraRott

 

 

Crochet Picot Stitch Tutorial

Picot is a decorative, pointy stitch that creates an elegant crochet edging & is often used in crochet lace patterns…for example in snowflakes, doilies, Irish crochet, lace garments, and many other crochet patterns.

There are a few ways to crochet picots, which is basically creating a tiny loop by slip-stitching a chain of 3 (or more) into a circle.

In this tutorial I would like to share my favorite technique for making a picot stitch, that we love to use in IraRott® patterns.

Picot – ch 3 (photo A); insert the hook from right to left under the front loop & bottom vertical bar of previous stitch (photo B); yarn over & pull through all loops on the hook. Picot stitch completed (photo C).

How to crochet a picot stitch tutorial by IraRott