Crochet the Primrose Stitch for Hands-On Texture

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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.

Primrose Stitch

Level: Intermediate

Abbreviations

  • Ch – Chain
  • Dc – Double crochet
  • Hdc – Half double crochet
  • Sc – Single crochet
  • St/sts – Stitch/stitches

Gauge

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.

Instructions

Pro Tip

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.

Row 1

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.

Row 2

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.

That's It!

Keep repeating Rows 1 and 2 until you are happy with the length.

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