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Stitch This ~ Sip This; No. 6

Updated: Sep 20, 2023

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Hiya, Lovelies; here we are at the end of another week and the beginning of a new month.

Rose and Raised

I know it is cliche but the year is definitely 'flying by', at least for me! Sweet thing is that Fall is right around the corner; my favorite season! Anyway, why not mark the end of July and start of school and Fall with discussing Rosé and Raised stitches.

Here's what's awesome about learning different stitches - every knit/crocheted fabric is comprised of a few basic stitches. Once you get the basics down, then learning other textures is just a matter of building upon the foundation you've have already established for yourself.

Raised stitches are created by inserting the hook around the stem of the stitch. "Stem of the stitch"? you ask. Well, luckily, earlier in the week during my Certified Instructor's course, we discussed what is referred to as "stitch-anatomy". I thought this concept was truly tops - I mean, actually understanding and really getting into the anatomy of a stitch. This concept pretty much blew my mind because I really think the more you understand each individual stitch you stitch the better yarnist you'll be.

I really dig crochet charted symbols and hope you do too, with them you can really see what is going on with a stitch. For example, the middle photo details the stem the the double crochet stitch (or what I like to call the stitch body with the head being the

v closure at the top of the stitch which is worked into, right, get it?? I hope so) For many of the stitch patterns you'll be working with double crochet, but sometimes it'll be treble crochet. So, as a staple just remember these symbols, especially the the hook like part - the front and back raised stitches (you may also be familiar with these symbols as "post" stitches.) ~ either way, add these symbols to your mental filing cabinet of crochet stitches so you'll have them when needed! So let's take a closer look at a combination of raised stitches by looking at the square I worked up.

To add texture and dimension to the square I worked for this blog, I used two colors. Mind you, this raised stitch will look fabulous in a single color as well, but just to add a little extra, try adding another color to the mix.

Color coded raised stitches

Now let's talk about the steps. This stitch pattern is also called the Raised Ripple - can you see why? :0)

The specific pattern we shall discuss now calls for the use of front raised treble (Frtr), double crochet and single crochet. Here's what you do:

1. Start with an odd number of stitches, turn. (if using a foundation chain, add 2 more stitches)

2. Linked-starting dc in first st, dc in each across, turn.

3. Ch 1, sk first dc, sc in next and in each across

4. Linked-starting dc in first sc, *sk next sc, frtr around dc in row below skipped sc, dc in next sc; rep from * to end of row ending with dc in last st

5. Rep. Step 3

6. Linked-starting dc, *dc in next st, Frtr around dc in row below skipped sc, rep from * to last dc, 1 dc in next dc, Frtr in last st in row below.

Alright, so there it is in black and white. I really need to get on the videos (it is just finding the time) But, I'd love to had a video version of the written (I am a visual/tactile learner ... so I get the importance of videos) Anywho, I hope you try this pretty interesting stitch to add some dimension to your Fall stitching.

So, play around with the stitch pattern and see what you work up. Aim for 6" (15.2 cm) squares this way you can create sample "gauge swatches" AND spa wash cloths or dishcloths. I really like having a tangible takeaway from my practice projects.

Rose WIne

Rosé!!! I am so excited about this blog post because I am not typically a Rosé person. Honestly, this blog has really helped to push me outside of what I would usually drink: dry, big bold Cabs and Malbecs, etc. I have been loving trying new varietals. Been super awesome to expand my horizons.

Rosé is a wine that incorporates some color from the grape skins; however, not enough to qualify it as a red wine. The pink color can range from a pale "onion-skin" orange to a vivid near-purple, depending on the varietals used and wine-making techniques. The aromas and flavor of rosés are primarily influenced by the particular grape varieties used to produce the wine but the method of production also plays an important part. (I love the chemistry of winemaking, pretty sweet)

Rosé is the perfect wine for sipping in the park or at a backyard barbecue so get your sipping on for the last few weeks of summer. A decent Rosé costs no more than $30 so it is also really good on the 'ole pocket book.

A common misconception that all Rosés are overly sweet and taste the same. This Rosé is the complete opposite. It is dry and simply delightful on the palette. I 100% recommend it to any and everyone. A very enjoyable, sipping wine. Get out there and try this or any Rosé. I doubt you'll be disappointed, I wasn't.

So until next time, my lovies; may your stitches and sips by plenty!!! xoxo :-D

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