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          Speed Crochet: Which Stitch Will Take Home the Gold?

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          You want to make a lickety split crochet project ( try this super fast cowl! ) ? Great. Perhaps you already know that you should choose a pattern made with bulky yarn and a large crochet hook. A small one-skein project would be really fast.

          But which stitch is going to get you across the finish line in first place? Here's everything to know when time isn't on your side.

          Surprise, Surprise: Basic is (Usually) Best

          In general, the basic crochet stitches — single, half-double, double, and treble crochets — go more quickly than advanced or decorative crochet stitches . They all basically use the same method, but each one is taller than the one before. One way to measure a stitch's speediness is to measure how long it takes to make just one stitch or just one row using those stitches. In that case, you'll likely find that single crochet works up more quickly than the others. Since there are fewer steps per stitch, most crocheters can make a single crochet faster than a double crochet.

          But What About Height?

          If you want a piece of crochet fabric to become a certain size and you're on the clock, then you have to consider not only how long it takes to make one row of stitches but also how quickly you can add fabric to the project.

          Since the single crochet is half the height of the double crochet , it takes about twice as many rows to crochet the same size fabric in the shorter stitch. As a result, it isn't necessarily faster to make a project in single crochet even if you can quickly work a row in that stitch.

          Taller Stitches Aren't Always the Fastest

          For instance, a treble crochet requires two yarn overs at the start and more steps to finish the stitch. That extra yarn over can add extra time comparable to the double crochet, which begins with just one yarn over.

          For some people, that extra time slows things down a lot. That means it can be slower to make a project in treble crochet than it is in double crochet, even though treble is actually a taller stitch.

          Find That Middle Ground

          The fastest stitches tend to be the stitches that have a little bit of height but are also easy to crochet. Those are the half double crochet and double crochet stitches .

          Honestly, it varies from person to person, but if you want to make a quick crochet project, then it's a safe bet to go with either of these two stitches. Beyond that, the crochet stitch that you use the most often will become like muscle memory, and will often be your fastest stitch as a result (whether or not it's one of the basic crochet stitches).

          FInd Your Fastest Stitch

          1. Crochet a chain that measures about 6" long.
          2. Set a timer.
          3. Crochet rows of single crochet until you have a 6" x 6" square.
          4. Check and write down your time.
          5. Repeat the process with rows of half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. (Note: you'll need to add an extra chain for each of these rows to account for the turning chain.)

          Whichever square was completed in the fastest time was made using the crochet stitch that works most quickly for you.

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