The double crochet stitch is the most suitable for Starfox his vest, because it creates the bulky lines of it. However, I never knew exactly how to make a correct dc. Working in rows instead of spirals is required too, also something I was unsure about how to do right.
After some research, I finally understand the principle and want to share it, because it’s quite simple and logical. And if you’ll make my patters, it’s helpful to know how I did the stitches, even though there might be other correct ways.
Okay, here it is.
I work in rows like this: A chain I close with a slip stitch to make a circle, then add the right number of turning chains and crochet ahead clockwise. I always use a stitch marker in the first st. Every row I close with a slip stitch. Both working with a chain or a magic ring, that means you do the slst in the first st of the previous row. This creates a flat round. Now you want to go ‘level up’, so for sc you add one st, for hdc two and for dc three, then crochet ahead in the st after the chain (2nd, 3th, 4th). At the end of the next row you’ll notice you’ll have one, two or three stitches extra, the chain you just added, skip them and slst in the first stitch of previous round, add your ch and etc. Continue this every row.
Now the dc I do on a flat piece or vest: for 6 st. make a chain of eight, start your first dc in the 3th ch from hook. Do the other 4, you’re now at the end. Make a turning ch 2, turn. Now, start your next dc in the 4th ch from hook (skip the ch of two and the st after that) and do six dc’s. Note: the last dc you make in the top st of the turning ch 2. This method gives the neatest result, with nice stacked stitches. In the picture you can see the difference in adding just a chain of two or three, without skipping the ‘first’ st. Some people don’t skip a stitch, but that’ll give a wobbly edge to a flat piece.
1. 2 ch add, 2. 3 ch add, 3. 2 ch and skip a stich, looks best!
I didn’t invent this method myself of course, here I found it, after checking out many other ways and decided this looked the best.
Note: normally I work in spirals, so only work in rows when indicated!