Alright, here’s the deal: when I started this alphabet series, I didn’t put a ton of thought into what exactly I was doing. I knew I didn’t want to do techniques or simple stitches. I wanted fun things that you may not see anywhere else or that you may not have learned to work yet. Upon thinking about the letter E, I have come to the realization that there just aren’t any interesting letter E stitches. There are Extended stitches (extended double crochet for example) but that’s really a technique. There are some motifs that start with E, but motifs are also a category unto themselves (in my book anyway). There’s edgings, basics and cop outs, but no REAL stitches that start with E (feel free to argue that point, if you have one I really DO want to know about it!).
So, just for you all. Because I made a commitment to you and I don’t want to let you down, I would like to introduce: The Eye Drop stitch by Natalie Laffranchi.
What is it?
You know when you put eye drops in and no matter how accurate you are they roll down your face? Aside from being really irritating, that’s what this stitch reminded me of and how it got it’s start.
To begin, chain a foundation that is a multiple of four plus one. Then chain one to turn and single crochet in every foundation chain across to make the first set up row (you should have 21 single crochets and one turning chain that you don’t do anything with).
For set up row two, chain two to count as your first single crochet, then double crochet in the next single crochet.
Now, working in the FRONT LOOP ONLY, triple crochet. We’re going to use that back loop for the drop stitch on row four.
Next double crochet then single crochet and continue on in that pattern of double, triple in the front loop, double, single across the row.
Now it’s time to begin the pattern rows proper, the first is really easy, just chain one to turn (like before) and single crochet across. You’ll notice that the row of single crochets sort of pulls the wavy from row two straight. Don’t worry, it works itself out.
Chain four to start the next row. That will count as your first triple crochet, then double crochet.
Next we’re going to work a sort of modified half double crochet drop stitch. For those of you unfamiliar with the drop stitch technique, any time you work a stitch into the any row below the row you’re working, you’ve used the drop stitch technique (not to be confused with the DROPPED stitch which means you’ve lost a stitch in your row–not usually good). Now, if you’ve never done a drop stitch they’re really easy, but they don’t USUALLY stretch across a triple crochet. The key with this stitch is to take it slow the first couple of times and make sure you have a nice, even tension. You want your drop stitch to lay nicely across the face of the work without pulling too much.
Insert your hook into the exposed back loop under the triple crochet on row two.
Yarn over and draw that through the loop.
Then insert your hook into the next single crochet on row three.
Yarn over and draw through the stitch. You should have three loops on your hook at this point. Make sure you’re happy with the way the dropped part on the other side of the work looks.
When you’re ready, yarn over one more time and draw that through all three of the loops on the hook to complete your stitch. For the sake of this pattern, that stitch is now named the eye drop.
In the next stitch, work a double crochet and then start the pattern over. Triple crochet (still working triples in the front loop only), double crochet, eye drop, double crochet across and end with a triple crochet. Chain one to turn and work another row of single crochet.
Chain two to count as your first single crochet. If you’ve paid close attention to this point, you’ll see already that you’re not going to work the eye drop at the beginning of the row, you won’t work it at the end of the row either.
So, moving on, work a double, then a triple in the front loop and then a double and an eye drop. Continue in the pattern across and work a single crochet in the last stitch of this row.
And you’ve got it! Congrats! And have fun with Eye Drop Stitch!
What Else Can You Do With It?
Well, here’s the thing, I just came up with this, so it’s a bit untested. You can do whatever you’d like with it! Wanna make it a square? Just end on a single crochet row to give it faux boarder. Wanna make it a circle? Join your foundation chain with a slip stitch.
I think this stitch would make a great afghan, decorative pillow, or basket. I also think that doing this stitch in two colors would be fun as well.
The Short Version
Eye Drop: insert hook into exposed back loop, yo draw through, insert hook into next sc, yo draw through, yo draw through all three loops on hook.
Chain a multiple of 4+1
Set Up Rows
Row 1 (RS): ch 1 to turn, sc in each ch across.
Row 2 (WS): ch 2 (counts as 1st sc) *dc, tr in front loop, dc, sc rep from * across
Row 1 (RS): ch 1 to turn, sc in each ch across.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 4 (counts as 1st tr) dc *eye drop, dc, tr in front loop, dc rep from * to last stitch, tr in next sc.
Row 3: rep row 1
Row 4: ch 2 (counts as 1st sc) dc, tr in front loop, dc, *eye drop, dc, tr in front loop, dc rep from * to last stitch, sc in next sc.
Repeat pattern rows 1-4 until desired length is reached.