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The Basic Stitches
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hdc (half double crochet) Yarn over once & insert hook, yarn over and pull loop through loop where hook was inserted. Yarn over again and pull through all three loops on hook. This is when he touches her that first time. He feels the hook slip between the loops of his heart and knows that he is being wrapped. But he does not resist the knot.
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htr (half treble crochet) Yarn over twice & insert hook. Yarn over and pull through two loops. Yarn over again and pull through remaining loops on hook. She kisses him once, and then again. It is a simple matter to do it twice.
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tr (treble crochet) Yarn over hook two times. Insert hook in stitch, yarn over, work through two loops. Yarn over, work through two loops. Yarn over, work through remaining loops. Every time he is with her he wants her more, deeper, heavier, stronger. He feels her pliability, he feels her tension. She is growing in his hands, becoming more elaborate, extending, stretching.
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dtr (double treble crochet) Yarn over hook three times. Insert in stitch, yarn over, work off two loops. Continue to work off two loops at a time until finished. As the blanket nears completion, so they move closer and closer to becoming a single soul. Their stitching and knotting are creating a fabric which can not be breached. Now it is time only to know when the size has been reached, to judge when it is ready for the knots to be allowed to take the weight of it all.
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tr tr (triple treble) Yarn over hook 4 times, work off two loops at a time until finished. The final closing of the edges is the hardest but most joyful time. Hard, because it is not easy to move from being a maker to being an occupier, but joyful because now the blanket is ready to hold them. The period of design and construction is, for the time being at least, in abeyance. Now the moment comes when they can put down their tools for a while and rest, with faith and trust. But that never has come easily to him. He has worked with her to knot himself in, but in truth he prefers straight lines.
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