The half double slip stitch saves the day (and Oreo’s pet mat)

I went into this weekend with high hopes of finishing the pet mat for my neighbor’s dog Oreo, but while I made substantial progress, finish it, I did not.

Yesterday, at some point in the midafternoon, I finished crocheting both of the circles I would need for Oreo’s pet mat:

Two large cookies with the edges curled

Two large cookies with the edges curled

While I was mostly happy with how the two crochet cookies had turned out (having managed the stitch increases so that the finished piece looked like a circle and not like a hexagon), I realized that I would need to so something about the edges so that the edge did not curl so much:

Detail of the curled edge

Detail of the curled edge

I tried several things.

I continued working a final round with a slip stitch.

That did not work.

I frogged that and tried working the final round in something I call a half double slip stitch (hdss).

That also did not work.

I frogged that, and then (because of something I had noticed when working the half double slip stitch while looking at the front of the cookie, I tried working the half-double slip stitch in the opposite direction with the back of the cookie facing me.

To my delight (and relief), it worked, and the “cookie” was much better behaved.

The half double slip stitch saves the day

The half double slip stitch saves the day

Eventually, I finished edging the second cookie as well. By then, both pieces needed to be soaked in water, dried by rolling them out between towels, and then placed under a ceiling fan to dry.

And while the cookies dried, I added an 11th row to the first shawl,

I add an eleventh row to the first shawl

I add an eleventh row to the first shawl

wove in a few of the ends of the tenth row:

Detail of the first shawl

Detail of the first shawl

and made a quick video that demonstrates the magic (and ease) of the half double slip stitch.

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One Comment on The half double slip stitch saves the day (and Oreo’s pet mat)

  1. Estella
    May, 19th 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks for your explanation of the half double slip stitch. I had never heard of it before. (And I ask myself why I never thought of it.)
    But I have one question. The half double slip stitch in the opposite direction might be more decorative but did you try a row of slip stitches or single crochet in the opposite to avoid the curling?

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