Learn how to crochet the herringbone double crochet stitch (hbdc) in this easy video tutorial. This modern-looking stitch is great for afghans, scarves, and striped projects.
Because the herringbone design is based on double crochet, it also works up really quickly! Put it to use in our free "Bixby Cowl" pattern.
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- Modern Herringbone Double Crochet
- Easy Variation on Double Crochet
- Suggested Supplies
- Step-By-Step Video Tutorial
- Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch Written Instructions
- Final Thoughts On the Herringbone Stitch
- Other Crochet Stitch Tutorials
- Invitation to our Facebook group
- How To: Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch
Modern Herringbone Double Crochet
Do you know what I mean when I say something looks "too crocheted?" As in, it looks just a little fuddy duddy and old-fashioned? Like a 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.
Easy Variation on Double Crochet
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.
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I love how the herringbone stitch looks in this Wool-Ease Thick & Quick from Lion Brand. So squishy and plush, isn't it? Using a chunky weight yarn and a large crochet hook makes for a thick and cozy fabric, but this stitch looks beautiful and delicate in DK weight or worsted weight yarn too.
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.
Step-By-Step 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!
Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch Written Instructions
Here are written instructions for crocheting the herringbone stitch.
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.
• I explain this in the video tutorial, 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.
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How to Start Herringbone Double Crochet
The stitch multiple for starting herringbone double crochet is any number of stitches, plus 1 for the chain (or plus 2 for the chain for the 3 turning chain version).
To say that another way, you can start with an even number (if you plan to do the 3 tch version) or an odd number (if you plan to do the 2 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.
Final Thoughts On the Herringbone Stitch
The Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch is a versatile and reversible stitch perfect for many crochet projects. It adds great texture and drape, whether you're making a hand towel, a baby blanket, or a cowl.
Try swatching with cotton yarn so you can turn your practice square into a useful dishcloth or washcloth.
And now that you know how to do the herringbone double crochet stitch, you can make the free "Bixby Cowl" pattern with ease!
Other Crochet Stitch Tutorials
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How To: Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch
- Any yarn
- Crochet hook in size appropriate to yarn weight
Abbreviations + Glossary (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.
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- Foundation: Chain any odd number of stitches (or even number of stitches 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.
Overall Pattern Notes
- The stitch multiple for starting herringbone double crochet is any number of stitches, plus 1 for the chain (or plus 2 for the chain for the 3 turning chain version). To say that another way, you can start with an even number (if you plan to do the 3 tch version) or an odd number (if you plan to do the 2 tch version).
- Work the final hbdc of each row into the top of the turning chain to create a smoother edge.