Sriracha Twinset – Crochet in Two Directions

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All photographs courtesy of Interweave Crochet/Harper Point Photography

Half double crochet (hdc) stitch is a powerful little stitch, and I believe it is the unsung hero of the craft. Crocheted in ordinary fashion, it creates fabric with its own subtle texture. When worked in the back loop, hdc both looks and functions like 2 x 2 knitted ribbing. Block it flat, and then you have fabric with an extra bit of drape and strong textural lines. Just determine whether the lines run horizontally or vertically by choosing to work bottom-up, or side to side.

I’ve used the versatile half double crochet stitch in both directions to create the Sriracha Twinset which is featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Interweave Crochet. Mixing texture and color, Sriracha is a twist on the classic sweater set. Vertical ribbing on the bottom sections of the shell and cardigan elongate the torso and disguise the tummy while horizontal ribbing across the bodice accentuates the bust. Simple armhole and neck shaping guarantees a fitted silhouette. Finally, a spicy pop of contrast color is injected into the borders and button bands.Sriracha_Shell_medium Sriracha_Cardi Back_medium

So why go to all the trouble of crocheting in two directions? Why not just work the whole twinset from the bottom up and let the horizontal lines fall where they may? Because the introduction of vertical lines into a garment is a sure way to flatter nearly every figure. (For more on how vertical lines can impact crocheted skirts read this post.)

Needless to say, hdc worked in the back loop is one of my favorite techniques, and you will see it again and again in my designs. Ready to take your hdc in new, flattering directions? Stitch up your own Sriracha Twinset today! Or choose my take a look at my Viedma SweaterMarilyn Pencil Skirt, and Rialto Ribbed Top designs. You’ll be using half double crochet to its best advantage in no time.