How to Crochet the Block Stitch

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The block stitch is a really fun and quick crochet stitch to work up. It’s fairly airy and open which can make a nice lightweight scarf and the eye catching appearance looks especially good in home decor pieces like table runners and placemats. The block stitch is also beautiful when used in blanket projects, especially if you’re switching colours between the DC and SC rows. As with many stitches, sometimes they might be familiar to people under a different name. You might have also seen this stitch referred to as the brick stitch although that term seems to be less common.

Learn how to crochet the block stitch below…


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Materials Needed:
– A bit of worsted weight yarn (I used WeCrochet Dishie cotton)
– A crochet hook to compliment your yarn choice (I used my 4mm hook from the WeCrochet Dots set)
Scissors and a yarn needle if you would like to fasten off and weave in your ends

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Tutorial Notes:
– This tutorial is written in US terms (find a stitch conversion chart here)
– This stitch is worked by making a CH using multiples for 4+2 (ex: CH 12, then add two extra CH stitches)
– Beginning CH 1 does not count as a stitch
– Beginning CH 3 counts as a one DC stitch
– This stitch looks great in one colour and really pops using two (alternating the SC and DC rows)
– The block stitch is very lightweight and airy creating an open fabric
– There can be many different versions of the same stitch depending on the pattern or designer. This tutorial simply outlines the method I like to use when crocheting the block stitch
– We will be making a small swatch for this tutorial. If you would like to practice this stitch later on or use it in a project, please adjust your CH length using the appropriate multiples to create the size you need
– Sometimes, the beginning CH and first row can look a little loose or uneven. This often fixes itself as your project grows. Another option however (if your pattern allows), is before starting your first row of SC and CH stitches, make one whole row of SC stitches into your foundation CH first. This can help to fix up the loose appearance and tighten the stitches up. This isn’t necessary but can be helpful.
– If you find your finished project a little wibbley on the edges, that’s normal due to the stitch combination. A simple stretch and pull should even things out but you might consider doing a quick blocking session for best results

Terms:
SK – SK stitch
CH – Chain
SC – Single crochet
DC – Double crochet


Block Stitch – The block stitch is worked over a two row repeat. One row containing SC and CH stitches and the other row containing 3 DC worked into each CH space from the previous row.

Cluster – For this tutorial, a cluster is referred to 3 DC stitches that are grouped together within a CH 3 space.


Block Stitch Tutorial:

Begin with CH 26 (24+2) and start row 1 in the second CH from your hook (this will be your first stitch)

Row 1:
Into the first stitch, *place 1 SC. CH 3 and SK over the next 3 CH stitches*. Repeat from * to * 5 more times. Place 1 SC into the last stitch and turn your work.

(7 SC stitches, 6 CH 3 spaces)

Row 2:
CH 3 (counts as 1 DC). SK the first SC stitch and place 3 DC into the first CH 3 space. *SK the next SC stitch and place 3 DC into the following CH 3 space*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. Place 1 DC into the last SC and turn your work.

(2 DC stitches [one on each end], 6 DC clusters)

Row 3:
CH 1 (does not count as a stitch. Place 1 SC into the the first, stand-alone DC. *CH 3 and SK the next 3 DC stitches (cluster) and place 1 SC in the space between the cluster you skipped and the next cluster*. Repeat from * to * 4 more times. CH 3, SK the final 3 DC cluster and place 1 SC into the top of the CH 3 stitch from the previous row. Turn your work.

(7 SC stitches, 6 CH 3 spaces)

Row 4:
Repeat row 2

Row 5:
Repeat row 3

Continue repeating rows 2 and 3 as much as you’d like until you achieve your desired length. If you’d like your final row to match the beginning, ending on a row 3 repeat is best.

I hope you enjoyed learning how to crochet the block stitch. Looking for more new stitches to learn? Check out some of my other tutorials below. Happy crocheting!

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