By Crochet Contributor Sara. Follow Sara on her blog, Sunflower Crochet Cottage.
Welcome to Stitch of the Week! This week’s tutorial is the paired single crochet stitch.
Also known as the interlocking single crochet stitch, this is a quick and easy stitch to do. It is worked by single crocheting two-together across the row. To keep the stitch count, each stitch will be worked twice, as well as starting each row with a single crochet in the first stitch.
I promise, once you get into it, you will find it easy peasy!
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The fabric created with this stitch is a fairly rigid fabric that is not suitable for garments or blankets. I recommend using cotton yarn and making kitchen and bath projects with it, or even home decorations such as throw pillows or Christmas stockings.
ALRIGHT, LET’S GET STARTED!
To begin, you can use any type of yarn and any hook that is recommended by the yarn label however, I recommend keeping it simple and using a worsted weight (#4 or Aran) yarn and a 5mm H8 crochet hook.
The multiple for this stitch is any number plus 1 for the turning chain.
PSC–paired single crochet
To create the sample swatch for practice, let’s do a short chain so you can get the hang of it quickly.
Ch11, sc in 2nd ch from hook. Insert hook into the same stitch you just worked and pull up a loop. Hold. Insert hook into the next st and pull up another loop. You now have 3 loops on the hook. YO and pull through all 3 loops. First PSC made.
Continue down the chain as follows: Insert hook into the same st, pull up a loop, insert hook into the next st and pull up another loop, yo, pull thru all 3 loops on hook.
Row 1: Ch1 and turn. SC in first st, *insert hook into same st and pull up a loop, insert hook into next st and pull up a loop, yo, pull thru all loops.* Repeat from *to* to the end.
This is a nice and easy stitch to do. Here’s a video to help you along.