How to Crochet, Maddy's Minis

The Lemon Peel Stitch (How to Crochet)

How To Crochet (3)

Welcome to my tutorial for the lemonpeel stitch! Since this is my first tutorial beyond the basics of crochet, I thought I’d start with a fairly simple stitch and we could go from here.

When we talk about a “crochet stitch” we’re almost always talking about a pattern of stitches rather than doing something different within each stitch. There are exceptions, of course, but if you’ve followed the tutorials, you already have all the ingredients to do pretty much any stitch. You just need to learn to put them together.

The pattern of stitches for the lemonpeel stitch is simply sc-dc-sc-dc etc. As in, you do a single crochet stitch in one stitch, and a double crochet stitch in the next stitch, and then another single, and then another double, until the end of the row.


your crochet:


Do an SC in the next stitch to be worked:


And then a DC in the stitch next to that:


Easy, no?

I do have some tips for doing a lemonpeel stitch, though:

  • If you can, make your foundation chain in an even number. That way, each row will end on a DC, so you will be starting each new row on an SC.
  • If you do need to use an odd number of chains for some reason, put a safety pin or stitch marker on the end where you will be starting with an SC. It’s easier than you might think to lose track of which side is which.
  • Because each two rows balance each other out, height-wise, you’ll end with a straighter edge if you crochet an even number of rows in your piece.

Because we all learn differently, I thought it might be helpful to some learners to see the stitch being done in real time, and so here’s the Maddy’s Mini video for this stitch:

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That’s it for this week!  Have a lovely weekend, and stay happy, healthy, and safe!


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