The Leaping Stripes Crochet Stitch is a free crochet stitch tutorial by Nana’s Crafty Home!
I love a crochet stitch that lends itself well to color work, has a unique look and has a simple and easy repeat. The Leaping Stripes and Blocks crochet stitch has all three characteristics!
The best part is that it is so much easier than it looks using just chains, single crochet and double crochet stitches throughout.
I am releasing a brand new crochet blanket pattern the Winter’s Night Rhapsody Blanket in the next couple of days and the Leaping Stripes crochet stitch plays a starring role in this fun stitch sampler style blanket. The perfect addition to your winter home decor!
I will be releasing the Winter’s Night Rhapsody Blanket as a crochet a long in 4 parts in just a few days and the Leaping Stripes and Blocks crochet stitch is found in part 1 of the design.
Leaping Stripes Crochet Stitch Details
The Leaping Stripes crochet stitch is an easy two-row repeat which means that it is perfect for a mindless evening of crochet. Great for a beautiful blanket or for wearables!
This stitch would be lovely in a solid color but it really shines when worked in multiple colors. You might be thinking “oh the horror” so many ends to weave in! But if you work this stitch in two colors, you can drop the non-working yarn to change color and then pull it back into your work at each color change! All you will need is a simple border edge to cover the yarn jogs! Definitely takes the typical striped blanket crochet blanket to a whole new level.
The interesting and unique bit about this stitch is that you are working your double crochet stitches in skipped stitches from the previous row over the chains between double crochet stitches. With the color changes you get a lovely jagged zig-zag block appearance. I would say this stitch would be a great pattern for adventurous beginners.
I also have a complete video tutorial available on the blog as well which you can find below at the bottom of this post or you can watch it on YouTube. Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get notified whenever I post a new video.
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You may also like the following free crochet stitch tutorials by Nana’s Crafty Home:
- 1. Parquet Crochet Stitch Tutorial
- 2. Alpine Crochet Stitch Tutorial
- 3. Falling Leaves Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Leaping Stripes & Blocks Stitch Written Pattern Instructions + Photo Tutorial
Pattern written in US crochet terminology
- Hobby Lobby’s Yarn Bee Rustic Romantic, Weight 4 Medium (85% acrylic / 15% hemp) 220 yd / 3.5 oz
- Color A: Blueberry Bushel
- Color B: Blush
Crochet hook size H (5 mm)
- RS = right side
- sc = single crochet
- ch(s) = chain(s)
- st(s) = stitch(es)
- dc = double crochet
- sp(s) = space(s)
- sk = skip
Leaping Stripes & Blocks Stitch Tutorial
- To resize, chain multiples of 4 + 2 for foundation chain.
- If adding a border, do not cut yarn when changing between colors – drop unused yarn to be picked up 2 rows later.
With Color A, ch desired number of chains. Sample is worked with 34 chains.
Row 1: (RS) 1 dc in fourth ch from hook (skipped chs count as first st), dc in next ch, *ch 2, sk 2, 1 dc in next 2 chs,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 dc in last st. Turn. (18 sts + 7 ch-2 sps)
Row 2: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, *working over the ch-2 and in unworked chs from row below 1 dc in next 2 chs, ch 2, sk next 2 sts,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 sc in last st. Switch to Color B. Turn. (16 sts + 8 ch-2 sps)
Row 3: ch 3 (counts as a st), *working over the ch-2 and in unworked stitches from row below 1 dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk 2,* repeat from * to * to last ch-2 sp, 1 dc in next 2 sts from row below, 1 dc in last st. Turn. (18 sts + 7 ch-2 sps)
Row 4: ch 1, 1 sc in same st, ch 2, sk next 2 sts, *working over the ch-2 and in unworked sts from row below 1 dc in next 2 sts, ch 2, sk next 2 sts,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 sc in last st. Switch to Color A. Turn.
Continue to repeat rows 3 – 4 to size desired, alternating colors every two rows.
Last row: (even row) ch 1, sc in first three sts, *working over the ch-2 and in unworked stitches from row below 1 dc in next 2 sts, 1 sc in next 2 sts,* repeat from * to * to last st, 1 sc in last st. (32)
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