Well, look at you going strong! Let’s get to the 3-puff cluster so you can get that wonderful jasmine stitch all by yourself!
Changing rows or rounds
So you’ve reached the end of your foundation puff stitches like like I’ve shown you in the previous post! How do you go to your next row or round?
As in other crochet projects, you need to make your work “go up”. If you were working with double crochet, you’d make a few chain stitches and then start working on your double crochets. With the Jasmine Stitch, the principle is the same. Therefore, to make your work “go up” you need to make 1 puff stitch. And that’s it. You’ve gone up! 🙂
Turn you work
Do you need to turn? In the first row or round, you don’t need to. However, you will always work in the same direction (right to left if you’re right-handed; left to right if you’re left-handed) so after the first row or round, you will need to turn your work. You can turn your work either before or after making the first puff stitch.
Flat vs In the round
Do I have to make anything different if I’m making a flat project or one in the round? Depends! 😛
To change row or round, it doesn’t matter how you’re doing your project. You will always need to make that first puff stitch.
However, if you are working in the round, this first puff stitch will have a particularity which I will tell you about when we talk about joining in the round. 😉 For now, just keep in mind that to go up on your work you need to make that first puff stitch every time.
Now, to keep working we need to know how to make the 3-puff cluster. It’s by making these that we will work along the row or round.
To do a 3-puff cluster you will start by make a puff as described, but you will not close it. Instead, you will make 2 more puffs (also without closing them) and then closing the 3 at a time.
Where do the stitches go?
But how do these puffs connect with the round before? Here’s how. Your row/round starts with the first lonely puff stitch. Then, you will start working your cluster.
The first puff of the cluster will connect to the first puff (or previous cluster), but for the following two puff stitches, you will insert your hook in the stitches between puff stitches, thus connecting this round with the one before.
It may seem a bit strange, but just think that whatever the direction you are working, your puff stitches are connecting to the stitches behind.
Let’s do it then! The 3-puff cluster as follows assumes that you have made the first puff at the start of the row or round.
Just as before, for this and the other tutorials I use the following abbreviations (US terms):
- ch: chain
- st(s): stitch(es)
- yo: yarn over
Step 1 – First 5 loops on hook
Lengthen your loop (1 loop on hook). Yo (2 loops on hook) and insert hook into st, pull up a loop and lengthen it (3 loops on hook). Yo (4 loops on hook) and insert hook into st, pull up a loop and lengthen it (5 loops on hook). Yo as if to pinch the yarn, but instead, insert the hook into the st between the last 2 puff sts (the puff that made your work “go up” and the last puff of the previous row/round) and pull up a loop.
Step 2 – Going up to 10 loops on hook
* Lengthen your loop. Yo and insert hook into same st as before and pull up a loop. Repeat from * until you have 10 loops on hook. Yo as if to pinch the yarn, but instead, insert the yarn into the st that connects the 3rd and 2nd completed puff st from hook.
Step 3 – All 15 loops on hook
* Lengthen your loop. Yo and insert hook into same st as before and pull up a loop. Repeat from * until you have 15 loops on hook. Now, yo and pinch the back loop from the yo. Holding the yarn pull through all loops (1 loop on hook). Insert your hook under the yarn you are pinching and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook). Yo and pull through both loops to close the cluster. Ch 1 to tighten it.
From the 3-puff cluster to the jasmine stitch
You made one cluster! Now make another. And another ,and keep going until you reach the end of your foundation stitches. At this point turn your work and make the lonely puff stitch, in whichever order suits you. Keep making your clusters.
When you finish 2 rows or rounds, take a look at your fabric and you will see the beautiful jasmine stitches you have just made! 😉
There you have it!
YOU DID IT! You made the much eluded Jasmin stitch!
As with everything, practice makes perfect so keep practicing and you’ll soon master this stitch with your eyes closed!
But there’s more!
If you’re enjoying this stitch and want to try more dashing projects, check out the next tutorial. Find out all about joining in the round!