THE HERRINGBONE SINGLE CROCHET
Several years ago, I was looking for variations of basic crochet stitches and stumbled across the herringbone single crochet stitch. However, I found it difficult to get the hang of it so I gave up.
I came back to it a year ago and was finally able to master this unique stitch. Even though this is a variation of the single crochet, it can feel very unnatural to complete.
This stitch is worked from the back to front on the even-numbered rows. These rows can take some getting used to. While this is a bit of a challenging stitch, once you fall into a rhythm it doesn’t feel as awkward. Just be patient with yourself – the result is worth it, I promise 🙂
Video Tutorial for the Herringbone Single Crochet Stitch:
- your favorite yarn and hook combination
- Intermediate – while this is a variation of the single crochet it does take some getting used to. The maker should be comfortable with all basic stitches first.
- you can start with any number of chains for this stitch
- all stitches in the odd-numbered rows will be worked as normal: front to back
- all stitches in the even-numbered rows will be worked from back to front
STITCHES USED AND ABBREVIATIONS:
- ch = chain
- yo = yarn over
- st/sts = stitch/stitches
- sc = single crochet
- hbsc = herringbone single crochet
Instructions for the Herringbone Single Crochet Stitch:
This tutorial is just for a practice swatch. However, if you’re a confident crocheter and want to just jump into making a project (dishcloth, scarf, etc.) then go for it!
Step 1: Make a ch of any number. Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook.
Note the 2 bars you see facing you. Note the 2nd bar with the red arrow. This is the bar you’ll insert your hook into in the next step.
Step 2: Insert your hook into the 2nd bar.
Step 3: Without yarning over, immediately insert your hook into the next ch and pull up a loop.
Step 4: Yo and pull through all three loops. First hbsc is made.
Note the 3 bars you now see facing you.
Step 5: Insert your hook into the third bar (the one farthest from the hook)
Without yarning over, immediately insert your hook into the next ch
Step 6: Pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook. Yo and pull through all 3 loops.
The second hbsc is now made.
Step 7: Continue steps 5-6 for each stitch until you reach the end of the ch. This is what your first full row will look like. Each stitch will be slanted.
Step 8: (Row 2) Ch 1 and turn (ch 1 does not count as a stitch).
Step 9: For this row (and all even numbered rows) you will be working from the opposite side. This means you will be inserting your hook from the back to the front. Tilt your work so that you can see the other side. Keep your working yarn to the front, otherwise, your stitches will look different. Note the two bars on the other side.
Step 10: Insert your hook into the second bar (the one farthest from the hook)
(Making sure to insert your hook from back to front) without yarning over, also insert your hook into the next st and pull up a loop.
Step 10: You will now have 3 loops on your hook.
Yo and pull through all 3 loops.
Step 10: Repeat steps 5-6 for all other stitches in this row – the only difference being that you will be inserting your hook from back to front for each st.
This is what row 2 will look like when you’ve reached the end. Note how the stitches are now slanting in the opposite direction.
For the next row (and all odd-numbered rows) you will repeat steps 5-6 working from the right side again (inserting your hook from front to back as normal.)
Remember: you will continue to repeat steps 5-6 for every stitch from here on out, however: all odd-numbered rows are worked by inserting your hook from front to back and all even-numbered rows are worked by inserting your hook from back to front.
Whew, you’ve done it! I know it’s a bit of a challenging stitch to make. But isn’t the texture so lovely?
What will YOU make using this stitch? Did you make a practice swatch? Did you just go for it and make a project with it? Either way, I’d love to your work! Please do share and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I absolutely love seeing all your makes ❤️
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