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.

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.

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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Beginner’s Guide to Tapestry Crochet (Step By Step Photo & Video Tutorial)

Tapestry crochet is my new crochet obsession, and today I am going to show you how to do it so that you can use tapestry crochet too! If you’ve seen the beautiful color work that some people do with tapestry crochet, you might think that you could never be able to do it. You totally can! Once you learn the basics of tapestry crochet you can create any pattern that you want, and soon you’ll have beautiful crochet pictures and patterns throughout your home.

One of the things that got me back into designing was doing cross stitching, I loved the idea of getting to create pictures out of pixels, and I got to combine my love of drawing with my love of textiles. For a long time I thought that I would never be able to combine those two loves with wanting to design crochet patterns. I heard about tapestry crochet, but was too nervous to try it because it seemed too intimidating. After coming up with an idea for a tapestry crochet pattern I wanted to try to create, I decided to finally learn how to do tapestry crochet.

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Easy Guide to Tapestry Crochet by E'Claire Makery

I was amazed that it wasn’t too hard to learn how to do! Essentially all you do is carry the secondary color throughout your project while you are crocheting with the first color. Then you switch back and forth with your design. In this tutorial I will show you how to carry your yarn, how to switch yarn colors, and how to do flat tapestry crochet.

I’ve created an easy beginner tapestry crochet pattern that uses flat tapestry crochet to create a cute Crochet Cactus Coaster. It only uses two colors while you are working the pattern, so it makes it super easy to do. You can find the pattern to practice on here. For now though, let’s learn how to tapestry crochet!

Tapestry Crochet Video Tutorial

Tapestry Crochet Photo Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. When you first start out your tapestry crochet pattern, you’ll begin by working the stitch amount of the first color before you switch to the second color.
  2. Then on the last stitch (in this case a single crochet) you’ll switch to the second color before completing the stitch.
  3. Finish the stitch off by pulling the second color yarn through the two loops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. You’ll now have a finished single crochet and successfully switched to the second color.

5. Now that you have switched to the second color, you are going to begin carrying the yarn. To do this, start by pulling your first color yarn to go along the top of the stitches in the previous row.

6. Then insert your hook in the next stitch, and yarn over with the second color yarn around the first color strand.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Pull the loop through the stitch.

8. Complete the stitch and you’ll now have successfully carried the first color yarn through that first stitch. You can see it sticking out of the second color stitch.

9. Continue carrying the first color yarn through the rest of the second color stitches till you have finished the amount you need to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. When it comes time to switch back to the first color, you’ll do the same thing you did to switch to the second color by finishing your stitch in the second color with the first color yarn.

11. Once you switch to the first color, you now can continue working in that color. If you are doing tapestry crochet in the round, then you will carry the second color throughout your rounds like you did with the first color.

Flat Tapestry Crochet Photo Tutorial

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. If you are doing flat tapestry crochet, when you get to the end of your row you’ll turn your piece and begin working back across the piece. The color work pattern for this row will be going from left to right, which is the wrong side.

13. When you get to where you need to switch colors, you’ll pull up the second color yarn from where you left it before.

14. You’ll pull it up to finish the stitch, and then begin working in the second color.

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15. Since you are working on the wrong side, you don’t want any of the yarn strands to show up on the right side. You can do this by moving the first yarn color to the front as pictured, and then the second color to the back.

16. Complete you next stitch with the first color in the front as you use the second color.

17. Keep the first yarn color in the front as you crochet around it to carry the yarn as you work with the second color till you need to switch. You switch colors as normal, and then when you go back to working on the right side, you’ll continue like you did before. To see working flat tapestry crochet, the video tutorial I created that shows how to tapestry crochet shows how to do it.

I hope that this tutorial helped you learn how to tapestry crochet, whether its tapestry crochet in the round or flat tapestry crochet! It’s a technique that I’ve really grown to love, and the possibilities are endless with what you can create with it. Imagine all of the fun pictures you can make! If you design and tapestry crochet patterns, be sure to tag me on Instagram @eclairemakery so I can share your awesome projects!

Happy stitching,

~Claire

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Beginner's Guide to Tapestry Crochet by E'Claire Makery

How to Crochet the Horizontal Puff Stitch: Photo & Video Tutorial

It’s time for another Stitching Saturday Crochet Stitch tutorial! There are so many fun crochet stitches out there that often it is extremely difficult to choose, which one to teach next. I mean, can’t we just do all of them at once? As I’ve been trying out other makers’ patterns, I’m learning lots of new stitches to begin using in my designs. One of the recent ones that I’ve come to love is the Horizontal Puff Stitch, which is what I’ll be teaching you today!

 
The horizontal puff stitch is made by doing a double crochet, and then yarn around the post of that double crochet stitch a few times. I had never done this stitch before until I started making Hooked Hazel’s Paired Paths shawl. Her shawl pattern uses Horizontal Puff stitches as an accent for the other stitches in the pattern, which I think adds a really pretty texture and detail to the pattern. I’m loving the stitch so much that I’m going to be using it in one of my upcoming spring/summer designs!
 

In this tutorial, I have a step by step photo guide that walks you through each step of making the horizontal puff stitch. If you like videos better, I’ve also included the video tutorial that I created for this stitch, since I always learn better by watching someone else do it. This stitch can be made using any weight of yarn or corresponding hook size, but I also added in what yarn and hook that I used for this tutorial in case you’d like to use the same. I used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton in Jade, which is what I’ll be using for my new design, and I really like how the horizontal puff stitch looks in the cotton yarn. Let’s go ahead and get started!

Horizontal Puff Stitch Photo & Video Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIRMAKERY.COM

Supplies:

  • Yarn (I used Lion Brand 24/7 cotton, which is a Yarn Weight 4 Worsted Weight yarn. I really like how this cotton yarn drapes and has great stitch definition with the horizontal puff stitch.)
  • Hook to go with yarn weight chosen (I used a 5.0mm crochet hook to go with the 24/7 cotton yarn to create a tighter fabric.)

 

 

Video Tutorial:

Photo Tutorial:

Horizontal Puff Stitch Photo & Video Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIRMAKERY.COM

Before you start doing horizontal puff stitches, you first want to create a foundation row to crochet them on. I chained 18, and starting on the third chain from the hook I double crocheted 16 across the chains.

 

Horizontal Puff Stitch Photo & Video Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIRMAKERY.COM

A. Once you have your foundation row, chain 2 and turn your piece to begin a new row.

B. Starting in the first stitch, double crochet 1.

C. Chain 2, and then yarn over.

 

Horizontal Puff Stitch Photo & Video Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIRMAKERY.COM

C. After you’ve yarned over, you’ll be inserting your hook to go behind the post of the double crochet you just did.

D. Yarn over again, and pull yarn through.

E. Pull yarn up to be the height of the chain 2 you did before starting the puff stitch.

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F. Yarn over again and repeat steps C-E till you’ve done it a total of 3 times.

G. Once you’ve done steps C-E three times, you’ll now have 7 loops on your hook. Yarn over again and this time pull the yarn through all of the loops on your hook.

H. You’ll now have your first horizontal puff stitch. Now we’ll chain 1 again to start another one.

Horizontal Puff Stitch Photo & Video Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIRMAKERY.COM

I. Skip 1 stitch, and double crochet 1 in the stitch after the one you skipped.

J. Chain 2

K. Then begin doing steps C-H till you have your next horizontal puff stitch. Keep doing the pattern of chain 1, skip 1, horizontal puff stitch till you’ve gone all the way across your row. 

 

Horizontal Puff Stitch Photo & Video Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIRMAKERY.COM

Now you know how to do the horizontal puff stitch! This gauge swatch is what a complete square of double crochet rows and horizontal puff stitch rows looks like. If you like the look better, you can even do just horizontal puff stitches! It’s really up to you to do any combination that you’d like. 

I hope this tutorial was helpful for you and that you loved getting to learn a new stitch! Stay tuned for next week’s Stitching Saturday Tutorial where I’ll teach you how to do another crochet stitch. 

 

Happy Stitching!

~Claire

 

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Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial

If there’s one stitch that’s trending in crochet design right now, then it is definitely the bobble stitch. You might have seen it used to accent different crochet patterns, or seen sweaters made completely of bobbles. They’re one of my favorite stitches! I’ve been using them in so many of my designs recently that I had to make myself diversify my stitches more, so everything wouldn’t look the same, haha. What I love about them is that they are such a simple stitch that adds a great pop of texture to a design, and they make the crochet fabric thick and cozy.

Bobble stitches are perfect accent stitches to use in crochet patterns! I love using the bobble stitch as a brim on a crochet hat, or for a beautiful texture on a crochet bobble blanket wrap. I’ve even seen people create pictures or patterns out of bobble stitches on garments or blankets. You can use it however you want!

How do you do them though? That’s what I’m here to show you! Essentially a bobble stitch is also known as a double crochet 5 together (DC5TOG). So if you know how to do a double crochet then you can do a bobble stitch. They take a classic crochet stitch, and put a nice little spin on it. Bobble stitches can get super meditative after awhile because you are repeating the same techniques so much. So let’s get started!

Some of my favorite patterns with bobbles:

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

Bobble Stitch Video Tutorial

Supplies:

-Yarn of any weight (I used Mary Maxim Starlette Yarn, which is a worsted weight yarn.)

-Crochet hook to match the weight of yarn you used. (I used an I/9 5.5mm to go with my worsted weight yarn.)

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Bobble Stitch Photo Tutorial

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

Step 1: Chain an even number of stitches, I chained 18.

Step 2: Do a double crochet in the 3rd chain from hook. Yarn over, insert hook into 3rd chain from hook, yarn over again and pull through.

Step 3: Finish the double crochet.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

Step 4: Now, you’ll start the first bobble stitch by yarning over.

Step 5: Insert hook into next st

Step 6: Yarn over and pull through stitch, you’ll have 3 loops on your hook.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

Step 7: Yarn over and pull through first two loops

Step 8: Yarn over again

Step 9: Insert hook into same stitch, yarn over, pull through, yarn over, and pull through first two loops on hook.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

Step 10: Repeat steps 8-9 till you have 6 loops on your hook

Step 11: Once you have 6 loops, yarn over, and pull yarn through all six loops on the hook

Step 12: Now you’ll have your first bobble.

Bobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

Step 13: Once you have your first bobble, do a double crochet in the next stitch, and repeat steps 4-12.

The bobble stitch can be done in any combo of double crochets and bobbles. You can either do *double crochet, bobble* across, or even spread out the bobble stitches more.

I hope you enjoyed this stitch tutorial! Stay tuned for next Saturday for another Stitching Saturday Crochet Stitch tutorial.

Happy Stitching!

~Claire

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How to Crochet the Crystal Stitch

Do you love learning new stitches?? I love the feeling of learning something new that I get to apply to my craft and use to create anything I want! Since I love that so much, I decided that I want to start doing a series this year called Stitching Saturdays, where I have a new crochet tutorial that I release every Saturday. I’ll do stitches that I enjoy doing, have learned, or have even created myself!

This week’s stitch is the Crystal Stitch, which is a stitch pattern that I created to make my Ocean Crystals Cowl. It’s a fairly simple stitch that uses chain stitches and double crochets to create the affect of crystals being grouped together. Very similar to the stitches used for granny squares, this stitch is very easy to pick up rather quickly. Let’s get started!

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How to Crochet the Crystal Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

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Supplies needed:

  • Any weight of yarn (I used Mary Maxim Official Starlette yarn, which is a worsted weight yarn. This stitch would also be really pretty in Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice.)
  • Recommended Crochet Hook for the size of yarn being used. (I used a 5.5mm crochet hook for mine.)

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Stitches Used:

  • DC = Double Crochet (UK treble crochet)
  • Ch = Chain stitch
  • R = row
  • Sk = skip

Crystal Stitch Photo Tutorial

How to Crochet the Crystal Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM
  1. Ch 17
  2. Starting in 3rd Ch from Hook, DC 1
  3. Ch 1, Sk 2, Dc in next stitch
How to Crochet the Crystal Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

4. Dc 3 more in same stitch

5. *Ch 1, sk 2, Dc 4 in next st,* repeat 2 more times

6. On second to last stitch, sk 1, dc 2 in last ch

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7. Ch 2, turn

8. In first dc, dc 1 (chain 2 counts as 1 stitch)

9. *Sk to ch 1 space, and dc 4 in ch 1 space* repeat through to last ch 1 space

Crystal Stitch Video Tutorial

Crystal Stitch Pattern

Here is the complete written stitch pattern without the photo tutorial. You can easily use this in any size or shape that you would like it to be in.

R 1: ch 17, starting in 3rd ch from hook, dc 1, *ch 1, sk 2, dc four in next st,* repeat 3 more times stopping ending in 3rd to last stitch, ch 1, sk 1, dc 2 in last st

R 2: ch 2, turn, dc 1 in first st, ch 1, *sk to ch 1 space, dc 4 in ch 1 space,* repeat 4 more times through last ch 1 space

Repeat R 2 till you have your desired stitch length.

How to Crochet the Crystal Stitch Crochet Tutorial by ECLAIREMAKERY.COM

I hope you enjoyed learning this new stitch! I can’t wait to see all of the beautiful things that you make from it!

Happy stitching,

~Claire