This year fur wool clothing, like a sort of “Teddy Bear” is a bit hit, so we said to ourselves: “Why don’t we come up with some ideas to do with the fur stitch, also known as the loop stitch, that can be both knitted and crocheted?”.
…and Bob’s your uncle!
Below you can find tutorials for 2 different loop stitches. One knitted, and one crocheted. Really nice either separately or even combined, why not? For those who want to be stylish and animal –friendly! The yarn we picked out? Our Piuma of course! Why Piuma, you ask? Because it’s soft, chunky and kind to animals and the environment: 100% certified mulesing-free extra fine merino wool and dyes in accordance with Oeko-Tex guidelines.
How to crochet the Astrakhan Stitch
Chain a multiple of 2+3 for the foundation.
Note: it’s possible to start the work without a set-up round. In this case, do the 1st round in the foundation chains.
Forward Pass: skip the last worked chain, *insert the hook into the following chain, yarn over and come out of the chain leaving the loop on the hook *, repeat from * to * until the end of the round. Don’t turn the work over.
Return pass: yarn over and bind off 1 loop on the hook, *yarn over and bind off 2 loops together *, repeat from * to * to the end of the round. Don’t turn the work over.
Forward pass: 1 knit stitch across each stitch to the last one, 1 edge stitch in the last stitch. Don’t turn the work over.
Return pass: yarn over and bind off 1 loop on the hook, yarn over and bind off 2 loops together twice, *3 chains, yarn over and bind off 2 loops together twice *, repeat from * to * to the end of the round. Don’t turn the work over.
Forward pass: as the forward pass for the 1st round.
Return pass: yarn over and bind off 1 loop on the hook, yarn over and bind off 2 loops together * 3 chains, yarn over and bind off 2 loops together twice *, repeat from * to * until you’ve got 2 loops on the hook, yarn over and bind off 2 loops together. Don’t turn the work over.
Repeat the 1st and 2nd row until you reach the desired length.
Now let’s move on to the knitted loop stitch. We’ve chosen Piuma again, but this time multicoloured.
How to knit the Loop Stitch
It’s done on an even number of stitches.
1st row: knit stitch
2nd row: Make a loop in each stitch (=insert the needle to the right of the following stitch, wrap the thread around that stitch, then around your index finger on your left hand, then again around the tip of the needle to get 2 stitches. Let these 2 stitches slip through the stich on the needle, slip them off the right-hand needle onto the left-hand needle, so working them together through the back of the loops)
3rd row: repeat from 1st row.
Tip: the outcome may be altered by using steam or cold water. Once the piece has been made, you can:
1. Not treat it and only have it dry cleaned obtaining a 3-D texture with naturally flat loops.
2. Steam it with a simple iron and only having it dry-cleaned, you’ll see the yarn will puff up noticeably, creating a real chunky fur wool.
3. Wash it in cold water, giving the yarn a bit of a frisé effect.
Below you can find the 3 variations. Which one do you like best?
Want more animal-friendly fur wool pieces? Then be sure to check out these posts “wool fur: truly indispensable” and “an animal-friendly fur” that we made a few years ago. Piuma is yet again the main attraction but worked in an offbeat style.