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Most of the time, you will notice that the garments and items you’ve made using crochet will end up looking lacy or ‘webby’. While this can be a very trendy look, some people are just wary of using this style of clothing. The same goes for baby blankets. Lacy blankets can be considered somewhat of a safety hazard, since toddlers and babies can easily get their fingers and toes stuck inside the little holes. As much as you want to create something that looks perfectly solid as possible, crochet patterns inevitably will always have little holes in them as part of their style. If this bothers you to a great extent, the good news is that there are a number of patterns out there whose finished results are safer for use around babies or are less see-through in design. A good place to start is to be really mindful about the patterns you choose and make your stitches tight enough that you can still fit the hook for the next row of stitches but won’t leave any holes while you’re making it.

Choosing the Right Stitches is Key

If you are not a fan of crocheted garments that have holes in them, you may make use of a pop-ular stitch known as a linked double crochet stitch. If you’re used to doing a regular double cro-chet stitch, you will notice that there are gaps in between stitches. However, with this stitch, it allows you to links the gaps in between with the use the yarn. This completely closes the gap in between double crochet stitches. The best thing about this stitch is that it doesn’t change the density of the resulting fabric. Crocheting with the linked double crochet stitch would still yield the same thickness as the regular double crochet. It just pulls each of the double crochet apart to meet each other instead of bulking it up to close the gaps.

To do a linked double crochet stitch, start by chaining the desired amount of stitches before you add chain 3 more stitches. To make the first linked double crochet, chain 3, and insert the hook in the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Then insert the hook in the fourth chain from the hook, yarn over once more and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook, yarn over once more and pull through the last two loops on the hook. Voila, you now have you’re first linked double crochet!

Another stitch that is known for its tight look is called the waistcoat stitch. This is basically an alternative way to work single crochet stitches and it makes the fabric a lot thicker and warmer, with no holes in it. This stitch is worked in circular rounds and it’s perfect for projects that need to be worked in spirals. The way to start with this stitch is by making a foundation chain of as many stitches as you need and work the same for single crochet. The next step is for you to in-sert the hook into the center of the “v” formed in the stitch of the previous row. Bring the yarn over the hook and pull it back through the stitch and finish the stitch the same way you would with the single crochet stitch. This means that you just bring the yarn over again and pull the hook through the two loops of yarn on the hook. Just carry over and continue the same way and you will find that your rows miss the holes that are normally present. If you want to work this kind of stitch in a flat surface though, all you have to do is cut the yarn at the end of each row before you join it again at the beginning.

Knitting as a Cool Alternative

As traditional crochet stitches will always appear to have gaps in between, this is generally the reason why knitting seems to be the preferred technique for use in making wool or silk garments such as sweaters and cardigans. As such, if you were really keen on creating handmade gar-ments without the lacy or webby appearance, another idea would be for you to take up knitting.

Although both crochet and knitting are just two different techniques used to pull yarn through loops in order to create fabric, its end results will always look different. That’s because knitting makes use of two needles that hold rows of live stitches, while crochet only makes use of a sin-gle hook for one live stitch. Crocheted fabric is also visibly thicker and stronger than knitted fab-ric. That’s because in crochet, the simplest stitch is made of two loops that is wrapped around one or two strands of yarn while knitted stitches are only looped on a single strand of yarn. You will also find that crochet doesn’t seem to have the same stretch in the fabric, as do knitted items. For this reason, knitted garments just drape a lot better than crocheted garments do.

So even if knitting and crocheting are technically just different ways of pulling yarn through loops, knitting is a better technique for making fashion garments and crocheting is more ideal for use in making home decors, throw blankets and rugs.

Try Using a Slip

If learning how to knit is not an option for you, you can always opt to use slips under your cro-cheted garments. You can also just save crocheted garments for the beach too, as you can wear them as ponchos on top of your swimwear while you go around the beach looking for that perfect spot to sunbathe on.

If you have the patience for it, learning both crafts could be a good idea. For one, you can knit sweaters and add crocheted borders on them to make them look even more fashionable. You can even add lace collars done through crochet. There are lots of stitching styles for both crafts and they surely will not bore you.