The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory, but it's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers who want to bring some gorgeous texture to their projects.
This stitch looks great with a variety of yarn weights, so feel free to experiment! Choose a hook that pairs well with your yarn weight.
If you're comfortable with working these stitches and reading patterns, you can dive right in with the pattern below. If you need a little more instruction, we've got a step-by-step version, too.
Number of stitches: Multiple of 3 + 2
Foundation row: (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in 3rd ch from hook. *Skip next 2 ch, (1 sc,ch 2, 1 sc) in next ch, repeat from * across the row, end with 1 hdc in last ch. Turn.
Row 1: Ch 3, *3 dc in next ch-2 space. Repeat from * across the row, end with 1 dc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 2, * (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in 2nd dc of next shell, repeat from * across the row, end with 1 hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.
Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you reach the desired length.
Primrose Stitch, Step-by-Step
Now, let's break that down step by step.
The Foundation Chain
Chain a multiple of 3 sts + 2 sts. For this swatch we're chaining 14 stitches, but you can chain any multiple of 3 (plus 2 more stitches) that you'd like. For example 5, 8, 11, 17, etc. would all work.
The Foundation Row
Work the following into the 3rd chain from your hook: 1 single crochet, chain 2, 1 single crochet.
*Skip the next 2 chain stitches, then work 1 single crochet, chain 2, 1 single crochet into the next chain, just as you did before. Repeat from * across the row until you reach the last chain. Work a half double crochet into the last chain, then turn the work.
Chain 3 for the turning chain. *Work 3 double crochet into the next ch-2 space. This will be the space from the previous row where you chained between single crochets.
Repeat from * across the row, then work a double crochet into the top of the turning chain. Turn your work.
Chain 2. This counts as the first hdc.
Now we're going to work that same *1 single crochet, chain 2, 1 single crochet* into the second double crochet of the next 3-dc shell. Repeat from * across the row. When you reach the end, work 1 half double crochet into the top of the turning chain. Turn your work.
Keep repeating Rows 1 and 2 until you are happy with the length.