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A stitch I have always thought looked really elegant and really brought a different look and feel to projects is the the herringbone stitch. There are variations of this stitch–the herringbone single crochet, the herringbone half double crochet and the herringbone double crochet stitch. I played with these stitches years ago, but I’m not sure which I was playing with. However, recently I crocheted a lovely shawl that uses the herringbone double crochet and I really really love the look of this piece. I mean, crocheting it was so soothing and the way it looks is stunning in my opinion.
So, in the interest of sharing crochet knowledge and helping you all learn more and become stronger at your craft, I’m sharing how you can create this beautiful stitch. I mean really, why aren’t we using this stitch more??
Herringbone Double Crochet
The thing I love about this stitch is how it leans to the left, which creates a nice effect in a finished piece–as you can see in my Soul On Fire shawl pictured. I love the look of this stitch whether it’s in variegated yarn or in a solid colour. It’s just so pretty in my opinion.
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Worsted weight yarn
For my swatch, I used Lionbrand’s Schitt’s Creek and a 5.50mm hook. Lionbrand yarn is great for learning as it’s not usually prone to splitting and is fairly affordable. It’s a great brand to use when you are first starting out in crochet before you dive into pricier yarns made with merino and other more delicate fibres. You can of course use any yarn and appropriate hook size.
Begin with any number of chain stitches.
Row One: *YO, insert hook into second ch from hook, pull through both the yarn and loop on hook as though you are slip stitching, YO and pull through loop on hook, YO and pull through two remaining loops*. Rep from * till end of row. Ch 2, turn.
Row Two: *YO, insert hook into first st, pull through both the yarn and loop on hook as though you are slip stitching, YO and pull through loop on hook, YO and pull through two remaining loops*. Rep from * till end of row. Ch 2, turn.
Rep Row Two for pattern.
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Isn’t this stitch pretty? I think it’s a lovely alternative for blankets and scarves and sweaters too. It just gives the look of pieces a little something different. Oddly enough, I haven’t seen this used a lot in the patterns I’ve chosen to hook up over the years. In all honesty, I’ve only seen it used in one, the Soul on Fire shawl I just worked on and love. I think that we ought be using this stitch more, it’s lovely and can really lend a little pizzaz to an otherwise simple piece.
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