Split single crochet stitch is also known as waistcoat stitch. It’s a slight modification in the placement of the single crochet, and can be worked in both rounds and rows. Try it out in the Snowflake Crochet Coin Purse pattern!
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Split single crochet placement
The top of most crochet stitches has a V-shape, formed by front and back loops. When working a normal single crochet, you insert your hook under those loops.
Single crochet (sc) stitches also have a post. The two legs of the post form a V shape in the front, and an upside-down V shape in the back. To make a split single crochet, insert your hook between these legs instead of in the normal placement.
Knit-look fabric in the round
By splitting the posts of the stitches in this way, the tops of the stitches are hidden. When working in rounds, this makes a smooth, knit-look fabric. All of the stitches are lined up in straight columns.
This fabric has a grid-like structure which makes a perfect backdrop for embroidery.
Split single crochet stitches in rows
When worked back and forth in rows, the look is slightly different. This is because you are always working into the back side of the previous row, with the V shapes upside down.
As you make each stitch, it will line up in the back, and look offset in the front. The end result is what looks like offset pairs of rows. Still a very pretty stitch, but not the same look as in rounds.
Split Single Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial
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