Learn how to do the Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch, a great basic stitch to have in your arsenal. The Lemon Peel Stitch is very easy to crochet and creates a sturdy fabric with lots of pretty texture. This post may contain affiliate links. See my full disclosure policy here.
Hey there! Ready to learn a fab new crochet stitch today? I hope so because I am sharing one of my very favorite stitch patterns today: the Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch. I love this stitch because it is really simple do and super easy to keep track of (that’s a big deal! Everyone loves crochet projects that don’t take too much thinking!). It also creates a nice sturdy fabric with beautiful texture, so it is one of my go-to stitches that I use all the time.
Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch Materials:
- Yarn (I used Caron One Pound in Pale Green for this sample)
- Hook (I used an H 5.00 hook)
- Yarn Needle
Okay! Let’s do this!
Begin your piece by making a chain of whatever length you like. For this sample, my initial chain was 25 chains long. (You could also start with a row of foundation single crochet if you prefer.)
Now, let’s crochet the first row. Start by working a single crochet into the second chain from your hook.
Next, work a double crochet stitch in the next chain.
Continue in this pattern alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches until you get to the end of the row.
We will follow the same pattern in the next row, making sure that you always work a single crochet stitch into a double crochet stitch and vice versa.
Since the first stitch I am working into is a double crochet stitch, I will be working a single crochet first. I start by chaining one, and then work a single crochet into the first stitch.
Since my sample has an even number of stitches, each row begins with a single crochet. If I had an odd number of stitches in my rows, then the rows would alternate beginning with single and double crochet stitches.
Next, I will work a double crochet into the next stitch (which is a single crochet).
And this, my friends, is the main reason I love this stitch (besides the yummy texture) – you never have to refer to a chart or pattern. All you need to do is look at the stitch you are working into – a single crochet gets a double crochet and vice versa. Easy peasy!
Just keep on going in this pattern until your piece is the size you want.
The Lemon Peel Stitch is perfect for any project that needs a fairly sturdy fabric with texture. I have used it in hats, headbands, bags, and many other projects. It is especially good for washcloths – just use some cotton yarn and work up a little square. But really you can use this stitch in any simple project. For example, I turned my sample piece into a cute little pouch:
I just folded the finished rectangle into thirds, stitched the pouch closed on the sides (just like how I made my raffia clutches here) and added a button closure to the front. Easy peasy!
I hope you guys will give this stitch a try. I think you’ll like it as much as I do. Happy Crocheting!
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