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How To Split Single Crochet (ssc)

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Do you want to know How To Split Single Crochet (ssc) for that knit look, that’s crochet?

I often try to mimic my crochet and knit designs just for fun. It can be a challenge, but a fun challenge. I find crochet and knit to be like two different languages. They are similar in that they both use yarn and tools, but different in the way they are shaped, written, and created.

A popular stitch called the Split Single Crochet (ssc) Stitch or Waistcoat Stitch is one that can mimic knit quite well in not only look but also the direction of the stitch. Another fun stitch is working stitches in the third loop or back bar of the stitch. In single crochet, this gives a horizontal knit look. I decided to combine these two stitches on a hat and the results are fun.

Split Stitch Hat Caymus Slouchy

When trying out the Split Stitch here are a few helpful tips:
Keep your hands loose and comfortable. If your hands are starting to hurt, then the tension of the stitch is too tight. When entering the stitch, pull up the loop a bit more than you normally would, it will give the ‘V’ more space for the next round and make working the ssc comfortable.

This stitch is worked as a single crochet but where the hook is inserted is the only difference. The hook will be inserted between the ‘V’ of the stitch.
Join to the center of split stitch for each round until brim.

Do not pull Magic Circle (Ring) closed tight until first two rounds are complete.
Keep stitches loose and go up a hook size on the first few rounds if needed. The first few rounds will be the most challenging due to increasing, but it gets easier as it goes. If you crochet tight, go up a hook size.

Split Stitch Video:

Crochet in the Third Loop Video

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