THE ALMOND RIDGE STITCH
This Almond Ridge Stitch Tutorial is fairly simple! But it’s beautiful texture with waves and ridges will have others thinking you’re making something more complicated.
For my visual learners, you can watch this video tutorial on how to make this stitch.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE ALMOND RIDGE STITCH
The Almond Ridge Stitch is more of a sequence more than an actual stitch. And it’s fairly simple too. Start with any multiple of 8 + 5. It is first worked in groups of 4 slip stitches and then 4 half double crochets. You repeat the same sequence for 2 rows, then you switch for the next 2 rows. I like to call this ‘stacking stitches’. So you will make sl sts on top of sl sts and hdc on top of hdc for 2 rows at a time. For example, if you start the row with 4 sl sts, make sure to repeat that row a second time. Then for the next 2 rows, start with a set of 4 hdc.
This is what the Almond Ridge Stitch looks like after making the first 2 rows. You can see what I’m talking about with ‘stacking stitches’. The sl sts are on top of each other, likewise, the hdc are also on top of each other.
This is what it looks like after putting the next 2 rows on. These rows are opposite of the first 2 rows, which creates this wave-like pattern.
- your favorite worsted weight yarn
- 5.00mm crochet hook is recommended, however, if you tend to have tight tension, you should go up a hook size or two
- tapestry needle
- Advanced beginner. This tutorial uses basic stitches, but being able to tension your yarn properly is very important.
- This tutorial is written using standard US crochet terms.
- The chain 1 at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch.
- Loose tension is very important for this particular stitch! You may need to go up a hook size or two if you have very tight tension.
STITCHES USED AND ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS):
- ch = chain
- st/sts = stitch/stitches
- sl st = slip stitch
- hdc = half double crochet
This tutorial is just for a practice swatch. However, if you’re a confident crocheter and want to just jump into making a project (blanket, scarf, etc.) then go for it!
To start your practice swatch, ch 33.
Row 1: sl st in 2nd ch from hook and in each of next 3 ch. [hdc in each of next 4 ch, sl st in each of next 4 ch] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn
Row 2: working in the back loops only in every row from now on make 1 sl st blo in each of first 4 sts, [make 1 hdc blo in each of next 4 sts, make 1 sl st blo in each of next 4 sts.] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 3: make 1 hdc blo in each of first 4 sts, [make 1 sl st blo in each of next 4 sts, make 1 hdc in each of next 4 sts] Repeat from [ to ] across. Ch 1, turn.
Row 4: repeat row 3.
Rows 5 and beyond: repeat rows 1- 4 until your practice swatch (or scarf or blanket!) is your desired length.
Fasten off and weave in your ends.
So what did you think? Pretty easy, huh?
What did YOU make with 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 ❤️
Looking for a great pattern to use your newly learned stitch on? Check out my Almond Pillow Crochet Pattern
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