Hello all! Today, I’m kicking off a little mini-series that will result in a fun beach bag pattern. I find myself struggling to finish projects as often as I’d like to be writing, so I’m gonna break it down a little. I’ll start off with a little how-to on crocheting chevrons. Spoiler alert: the beach bag will have chevrons.
Instead of just giving you a pattern (which I will also do later in this series), I’m going to show you how to do chevrons, so you can incorporate them into your own work. To start off with crocheting chevrons, the first thing you have to do is figure out how long your foundation chain will be. I’m a bit of a mathematical thinker, so the easiest way for me to figure it out was to do a little sketch. First we’re going to determine what multiples we need to do our foundation chain in.
While the upper and lower points will always require the same number, the number you stitches choose up and down the sides will determine the height of your work. The more stitches you add, the taller your chevrons will be. I decided that for this particular project, 8 stitches high was a good number for me.
So based on this, I need to chain in multiples of 19. I can make the work as long or short as I need to, as long as I’m working in multiples of 19.
The next piece of info you need is the starting and finishing chains. Since we want nice even edges, we will need to add two stitches on the beginning and end. Let’s say, for instance, that we only wanted to do one chevron and stop, those two stitches on each side would ensure that we get the full chevron effect.
Finally, you need a turning stitch. The turning stitch will depend on what kind of stitches you’re using to make your project. For example, in a single crochet project, you only need to chain 1 when you turn your work. For half-double and double crochet, you would need to chain 2. Whatever your turning stitch is, simply add that to your running total and you’ve got your foundation chain total.
Ok, so that might seem a little complex, but once you figure out your number, the rest moves right along. And like I said, once you know how to do this part of it, you can put chevrons in whatever you’d like.
So, lets practice! For my sample, I decided to use single crochets and 8 stitches as my chevron height. My sample is only going to be two chevrons, so my foundation stitch will be 43 ((Multiples of 19 x 2 chevrons) + 4 beg/end stitches + 1 turning stitch). Phew, hard part is done! Let’s get some photos going; we all like to look at pictures and I’ll break it down as we go.
Single crochet in second chain from hook. Single crochet in next stitch. Skip 1 Stitch. (Beginning stitches)
Single crochet in each of the next 8 stitches. (Upward Height stitches)
Work 3 Single crochets in next stitch. (Peak of Chevron)
Single crochet in each of the next 8 stitches. (Downward Height stitches)
Skip 2 stitches. (Bottom Point of Chevron)
Repeat Upward, Peak & Downward Stitches. (You should have 3 stitches left unworked)
Skip 1 stitch, Single crochet in each of next two stitches. (Ending Stitches)
Ta-dah! We’ve completed our first row! Don’t worry if it looks a little wonky at first, it will even out as we add to it.
Chain 1 and repeat from beginning stitches. Continue until your sample is the desired width.
I only did 3 rows for this demonstration, but you can see that the chevrons become more defined as you add to them.
And there you have it, you can crochet chevrons! No even better, you can create your own cool stuff with this because you understand how they work. Hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. We’ll take what we learned in this part and add to it for the next step in our summer beach bag! Until then, Happy Crafting!