Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Open-weave Rattan Stitch pattern - free crochet pattern

Here's a crochet stitch pattern I made up and called open-weave rattan stitch. It came up when I wanted to crochet a mesh shawl different from the ordinary loopy one I previously made (tropical shawl). Still using our local cotton thread size 8, I wanted the fabric to be stretchy. To achieve this, I used a bigger hook than usual. The pattern is quite simple, though the use of esc stitch (extended single crochet) makes it unique. Its a 4-row repeat pattern...it looked to me like the rattan weave I've seen on furnitures (pic here), except that the holes are not lined up straight, but diagonal.

The first shawl project I made using this stitch pattern is shown here. It starts at the long edge of the shawl and ends at the tip.

For now, here's the pattern for the swatch I made.

Crochet rattan stitch
Open-weave rattan stitch crochet pattern

Cannon cotton thread, size 8, (100% cotton thread)
Crochet hook size 4mm
Gauge swatch measures 4 1/4" square

Stitches used
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet 
esc - extended single crochet: insert hook in next stitch (or space), yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and draw through one loop to make a ch, yarn over and pull through two loops on hook to complete the stitch.

Row 1: Ch 22 (increase or decrease in multiples of 4), esc (extended single crochet) in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across, turn. (21 esc)
Row 2: Ch 2 (does not count as st), dc in the same st, ch 2, skip one esc, sc in next, (ch 3, skip one esc, sc in next) repeat across, end with ch 2, dc on the last st, turn. (10 ch-spaces)
Row 3: Ch 1, 2 esc in each ch-space across, esc on last st, turn. (21 esc)
Row 4: Ch 4, sc in the next st, (ch 3, skip one esc, sc in next) repeat across, end with ch 2, dc on the last st, turn. (11 ch-spaces)
Row 5: Ch 1, esc in same ch-space, 2 esc in each ch-space across, turn. (21 esc)
Rows 6-17: Repeat rows 2 - 5. Fasten off.

Poncho project using the open-weave rattan stitch - pattern here.

crochet poncho