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Fun With Stitches: Split Single Crochet Stitch


Hey guys! Sorry for the hiatus! I just moved to San Francisco for school, and it's been a bit busy for me. So this is my first time away from home and there are a few things that I never thought about getting haha. One of which is a hot pad for pots and pans, but you know I'm not going to go buy them!

So I knew I wanted to make a hot pad, but didn't know what stitch or pattern to use. I follow a site called New Stitch a Day, it's this really awesome site where they post new "how to's" for crochet and knitting each day! Every day Johnny posts a stitch with a beautifully made video that boggles my mind and makes me want to use it in my projects, so I did!





I used a stitch called the Split Single Crochet Stitch, here is a video from New Stitch a Day on how to do it:


Here's what the stitch looks like close up.
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Materials:
Lion Brand Cotton/Lily Sugar’n Cream
(basically any 100% cotton works)
-Needle to sew in ends with
Abbreviations:
-SL.ST = Slip Stitch
-SC = Single Crochet
-HDC = Half Double Crochet
-Ch = Chain
-Rnd = Round

Ch 30
Rnd 1:  skip first ch, sc 1 in each ch (29)
Rnd 2 - 40: ch 1, using the Split Single Crochet Stitch (how to video above), sc 1 in each (29)
*For edging*
Rnd 41: On the edge of the pad (the sides of Rnds 1-40), hdc 1 in first, sl.st in next, repeat until you reach end (40 [20 hdc, 20 sl.st])
Rnd 42: Repeat the process (hdc 1, sl.st 1) down the chs made in the beginning (your basically just continuing this pattern in each Rnd and stitch around your pad) (≈30)
*For hanging loop*
At the end of Rnd 42, ch 8 and sl.st 1 in last st used
Rnd 43: Repeat process in Rnd 41
Rnd 44: Repeat process in Rnd 42, when you reach the end, cut, pull through and sew into your project to hide the end

Now you can safely rest pots and pans without worrying about burning your table!

P.S. Don't really use crummy yarn for this, it could easily melt if you use a low grade acrylic or polyester yarn.

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