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VIDEO: How to Crochet the Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch

Learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch in this easy video tutorial. This modern-looking stitch is great for afghans, scarves and striped projects. Because it's based on double crochet, it also worked up really quickly! Lion Brand Thick and Quick in "Oatmeal" pictured.
Learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch in this easy video tutorial. This modern-looking stitch is great for afghans, scarves and striped projects. Because it’s based on double crochet, it also worked up really quickly! Put it to use in my free “Bixby Cowl” pattern.
Learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch in this easy video tutorial. This modern-looking stitch is great for afghans, scarves and striped projects. Because it's based on double crochet, it also worked up really quickly! Lion Brand Thick and Quick pictured. This post contains affiliate links.
Do you guys know what I mean when I say something looks “too crocheted?” As in, it looks just a little fuddy duddy and old fashioned? Like some sort of toilet paper roll cover that you’d see in a church basement bathroom. You know, too crocheted.

Don’t get me wrong. I love crochet. (Obviously.) But I particularly like it when the texture looks intricate, modern and sometimes even (dare I say it?), like knitting.
Learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch in this easy video tutorial. This modern-looking stitch is great for afghans, scarves and striped projects. Because it's based on double crochet, it also worked up really quickly! Lion Brand Thick and Quick in "Oatmeal" pictured.Today I’d like to show you how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch because it has all the qualities we love about herringbone tile or fabric. This stitch has classic clean lines, a graphic overall effect and it’s really easy (and fast!) to crochet. I love how it looks in this Wool-Ease Thick & Quick from Lion Brand. So squishy and plush, isn’t it? (UPDATE: Like those buttons? They’re part of the free “Bixby Cowl” pattern that uses this stitch!)
Learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch in this easy video tutorial. This modern-looking stitch is great for afghans, scarves and striped projects. Because it's based on double crochet, it also worked up really quickly!Learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch in this easy video tutorial. This modern-looking stitch is great for afghans, scarves and striped projects. Because it's based on double crochet, it also worked up really quickly! Lion Brand Thick and Quick pictured.
Alright, without further ado, let’s learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch! Check out the video below for step by step instructions or keep scrolling for the written instructions.

And stay tuned later this week because I have a free pattern coming that can put this stitch to use! (You can even catch a sneak peek at the end of this video tutorial!)

Note: I don’t mention this in the video, but the final stitch of each row should be worked in the top part of the turning chain. I only learned this after making and recording the video. I suspect that doing this might eliminate the “gap” at the edges that I mention. My suggestion would be to make a little swatch using two turning chains and one using three turning chains and see what you like best!

How To Crochet the Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch – Written Instructions

Abbreviations (US Terms):
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
yo – yarn over
st – stitch
tch – turning chain
hbdc – herringbone double crochet: yo, insert hook into next chain, yo and pull through the chain and the first loop on the hook, yo and draw through 1 more loop on the hook, yo and draw through both loops on hook.

Notes:
• I explain this in the video, but the two swatches below illustrate the difference between using two (left) or three (right) turning chains. This stitch usually calls for three turning chains, but I prefer how there is less of a visible gap at each edge when two chains are used. These instructions explain the 2 turning chain (blue) version and instructions for the 3 turning chain version are in parentheses.
• Work the final hbdc of each row into the top of the turning chain to create a smoother edge.

Two different ways of working the herringbone double crochet stitch. (Lion Brand Thick and Quick pictured.)

Multiple:
Any number of stitches, plus 1 for the chain (or plus 2 for the chain for the 3 tch version).
Row 1: Sk first 2 ch (sk first 3 ch for 3 tch version) (counts as 1 dc), 1 hbdc in next and every ch to end; turn.
Row 2: Ch 2 (ch 3 for 3 tch version) (counts as 1 dc), sk first st, 1 hbdc in next and every hbdc to end of row, working last hbdc in tch; turn.
Repeat row 2 for as many rows as you wish.
Now that you know how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch, you can make my free “Bixby Cowl” pattern with ease!
This free crochet cowl pattern uses the herringbone double crochet stitch to create a deliciously chunky scarf with a modern look! The oversized buttons add another element that is endlessly customizable. Pictured in Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in "Oatmeal."If you’re looking for more “fancy” crochet stitches that are far simpler than they look, you might like these video tutorials:
How to crochet the Suzette stitch video tutorial
How to crochet the side saddle cluster stitch video tutorial.

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15 Comments

  • Tricia Brown
    January 16, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Thank you for free crochet patterns.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 18, 2017 at 9:45 pm

      You’re welcome, Tricia! I love getting to chat crochet with people all over the world. It’s so wonderful!

      Reply
  • Doris Marshall
    January 22, 2017 at 11:24 am

    I like the stitch that looks like stars Could you please send me the how to do that stitch Thankyou. Doris

    Reply
  • Aisha
    January 27, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I thank u for sharing since I’m new to crochet. I don’t know how to make stitches and am ignorant in this area. U will enlighten me in this area so I can enjoy the smiles of my grandchildren in making them any items that I wish to make for them. Again thank u ever so very much.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 29, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Hey Aisha,

      Do you have some crochet skills already? If you’re totally new to it, you might enjoy my Modern Crochet 101 video course which teaches you all the basics. You can take it for 99 cents with my instructor referral link:
      http://skl.sh/2aaucCf

      Good luck to you!!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Kathryn Horn
    February 6, 2017 at 11:13 am

    You didn’t mention that your ‘yarn overs’ are from the front and not the usual wrap from the back for this stitch.

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 8, 2017 at 10:43 pm

      I think everyone does yarn overs slightly differently. I didn’t do them any differently for this stitch/video than I do for any other crocheting. 🙂

      Reply
  • Kathryn Horn
    February 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

    I do all of my yarn overs from the back, so I’m wondering if the stitch will come out looking like yours, or like a completely different stitch? I haven’t tried it myself, yet…..

    Reply
  • Laura Read
    February 11, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Jess!

    This is a great stitch I can’t wait to try! I’m confused though… I my grandma taught me the double crochet like: yarn over, pull through chain or stitch, yarn over, to front (3 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through 2 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 loops… Have I been remembering the right stitch or have I mixed up the double with the 1 1/2?

    Thanks!
    Laura

    Reply
  • Heather
    March 3, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Have you ever tried this pattern with a lighter yarn that isn’t bulky?

    Reply
    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Hey Heather,

      I haven’t actually, but this google search resulted in some pretty good images in different weights. Might give you an idea of how it could look. 🙂

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Rebecca
    January 3, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    Thank you so much for this pattern! I appreciate how simply you explained it, and I love how fun and original the stitch turns out. I’m using a lighter weight yarn and my project is looking great! Thanks again 🙂

    Reply
  • Sharon
    March 19, 2018 at 9:49 am

    My new favorite crochet stitch/blanket!! So cute and thank you for your generosity in sharing with the rest of us!! I’m excited to make a gift of it for a friend having her first baby.

    All my best…

    Reply
  • Linda
    October 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I believe what you’re doing is actually a yarn under. I’m going to have to try this to see if it looks differently done with a yarn over. Regardless, it’s a lovely stitch.

    Reply

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