Starter Brick Stitch

      Learning how to START the Brick Stitch is similar to starting the Square Stitch, only you have one additional Boondoggle strand. This stitch is also used to start Twist, Heart, Eye-Glasses, and some Combination stitches!

      Before you begin, you'll need to FIND THE CENTERS of the three strands...

Start by laying the two shorter strands ON TOP OF and ACROSS the longer strand, which should be facing away from and towards you...
Hold the strands with your thumb to free up your other hand...
Take the end of the longer strand that faces you and bring it UP and OVER to create the first loop...
...which you can hold in place between your pointer finger and middle finger.
Now take the long strand that faces away from you and bring it UP and OVER towards you to create the second loop...
...which you can hold in place between your ring finger and middle finger. Always hold the strands with the longer strand facing towards and away from you, so that you create TWO loops, instead of FOUR loops.
There are FOUR weaves, instead of TWO, as in Square and Circle. Take the short strand that is FARTHEST away from you and bring it UP and OVER the loop closest to it, then UNDER the loop farthest from it...
...and pull it through.
Now take the next farthest strand from you, which should be on the other side of the stitch, and bring it UP and OVER the loop nearest it, then UNDER the loop farthest from it...
...and pull it through. You've just completed a Square Stitch; but onto the Brick!
Similar to the way you started the stitch, take the third strand, which should be on the same side you started the stitch on, and bring it UP and OVER the first loop, then UNDER the second...
...you know what to do, right? Pull it on through!
Hey, we're almost done! Just one more strand! Bring it UP and OVER the first loop, then UNDER the second loop...
...and pull it on home! Take a good look at this stitch, as it's nothing more than TWO Square stitches!
Now for the pulling! With some practice, you can train your hands to actually pull in FOUR DIRECTIONS at once...
...you can kind of see how I do it in this sequence...
...all tight! There's the basic Brick Starter stitch!

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