Have you heard of Center Single Crochet (CSC)? It’s sometime called the waistcoat stitch or split single crochet too.
So what is it?
It’s simply a single crochet (SC) worked in a different spot than the traditional SC. The result is a completely different fabric, that looks knit. It’s a nice dense stitch that’s perfect when you want something sturdy that doesn’t allow transparency (think dresses or skirts) or things to fall through (think bags and totes). It’s also great for nice firm edgings and borders on blankets and afghans, rugs and more! The picture to the left, shows the difference between the CSC (top) and CS (bottom).
How is it done you ask?
Well first let’s look at traditional SC. It’s worked underneath the two loops in the spaces between stitches from the previous row.
In CSC, however, the stitch is worked between the “legs” of the stitches from the previous row. This is the space between the upside down “V” formed by the previous rows stitches. Other than the location, there is no difference, it is worked exactly the same way as the traditional SC. One tip thought, work this stitch rather loosely or you will have a very tough time working into the correct space!
That’s it, it’s that simple! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning this stitch and will find many ways to use it in your projects!
Below is a one page graphic with the tutorial for easy reference.