How to Crochet the Lemon Peel Stitch

Are you getting tired of using regular single crochets or double crochets, and just want a new look for your crochet pieces? One of the amazing things about crochet is that you can take those stitches that you do all the time and turn them into something different! With those basic stitches you can do this beautiful stitch pattern known as the Lemon Peel stitch since it has the texture of a lemon peel. By alternating single crochets and double crochets you can create a new look to your projects!

Since this stitch pattern uses just single crochets and double crochets you won’t need to know anything complicated. You can use this stitch pattern in any project such as a sweater, blanket, scarf wall hanging, or dish towels. I’ve been using it in some of the designs I have coming out, and I don’t know why I haven’t tried this stitch pattern sooner! All you’ll need is some yarn, your hook, and you’ll be ready to learn this easy and unique crochet stitch pattern.

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Supplies:

  • Any weight yarn. For this tutorial I used a worsted weight yarn, such as Caron Simply Soft or Red Heart Super Saver.
  • Corresponding hook for your yarn. I used a 6mm crochet hook.
  • Scissors

Lemon Peel Stitch Youtube Crochet Tutorial:

Lemon Peel Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Start your piece by chaining an number of ch stitches that you want to use for your project. I did 19 stitches, so that after starting the next row I have 18.

Then starting in the second chain from your hook, do a row of single crochets. This is your foundation row before you do the stitch. You could also do a foundation single crochet instead of chaining and doing a row of single crochets.

  1. Chain 1 and turn. The next row is going to be the start of your lemon peel stitch rows.
  2. In the first stitch, single crochet 1.
  3. Then in the next stitch do a double crochet.

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After the double crochet stitch, do a single crochet. For the rest of the row you’ll just be alternating between single crochets and double crochets. You do single crochet, double crochet, single crochet, double crochet, all the way across your piece. Isn’t that awesome! That’s all you have to do in order to get the texture of this stitch pattern!

When you start the next row, how you start will depend on the amount of stitches that you have in each row. If you have an odd amount of stitches you’ll alternate starting with a single crochet on one row and a double crochet the next. When you start the row with a double crochet, you’ll do a single crochet next, and then just switch between the two all the way across. If there is an even amount of stitches in the row, then you can start with a single crochet every row. No matter what amount of stitches you have, you’ll be able to get the beautiful look of this stitch.

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And that is all you need to know to start crocheting the lemon peel stitch! Wasn’t that easy? It’s such a fun and simple stitch that works great for just about every project that you make. If you want a project to make this project with, check out my Llama Crochet Wall Hanging that uses the lemon peel stitch as the back ground! Be sure to tag me @eclairemakery on any projects that you make using this stitch pattern. I’d love to see them!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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