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Video Tutorial: How To Crochet the Suzette Stitch

This beginner-friendly video tutorial shows you how to crochet the Suzette stitch, which is used my my free crochet tote bag pattern. This stitch is very simple, but creates an interesting, sophisticated texture.

The Suzette crochet stitch is surprisingly easy and a perfect “fancy” stitch for beginners. Use it in my free Suzette bag pattern!

I recently shared a free crochet tote bag pattern that is made entirely using this one, simple stitch–the Suzette stitch! This pattern is perfect for beginners who want to move on from scarves and washcloths, but don’t want to have their head buried in a pattern while they crochet.

This beginner-friendly video tutorial shows you how to crochet the Suzette stitch, which is used my my free crochet tote bag pattern. This stitch is very simple, but creates an interesting, sophisticated texture. Once you master this one stitch, you’ll be well on your way to crocheting your own modern tote bag!

This free crochet bag pattern for beginners is deceptively simple. Neutral colors and a beautiful texture combine in the perfect modern tote or oversized purse. Click for the full "Suzette" stitch tutorial and free bag pattern. | MakeAndDoCrew.comFor those of you who don’t know, this is my VERY FIRST VIDEO! Woohoo! It’s been a goal of mine to get tutorial videos up on Make & Do Crew since I started this site eight months ago, but this video business is intimidating! The technology. The lighting. My voice. All of it.

I feel a mix of pride (I finished it!) and slight shyness (it’s not perfect!) about putting it up here. So thanks in advance for being gentle. As Brene Brown puts it, I think I might have a “vulnerability hangover” tomorrow. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel to catch new tutorials as I create them. (If you hurry, you might earn the title of my very first subscriber! Ha.) 

How To Crochet the Suzette Stitch – Written Instructions

This stitch is worked on a foundation chain in multiples of 2. (This means you’ll end up with an odd number of stitches to work with because one chain will be lost to turning.)

Row 1: (1 sc, 1 dc) into second st from hook, *skip next st, (1 sc, 1 dc) into next st; repeat from * to last 2 st, sk 1 st, 1 sc in last st; turn.

Row 2: ch 1, (1 sc, 1 dc) into first sc, sk next dc, *(1 sc, 1 dc) into next sc, sk next dc; repeat from * to end finishing with 1 sc in turning ch; turn.
Repeat Row 2 for pattern.

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78 Comments

  • PEGGYPEARSON
    July 9, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    thank you so much

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      My pleasure, Peggy!

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      • tia
        January 19, 2017 at 6:53 pm

        what type of yarn dI’d you use I love the color .

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          January 22, 2017 at 11:27 pm

          It’s so pretty, isn’t it!? It’s Bernat Maker Home Dec yarn in “Clay”. You can find it at Michael’s.

          Happy crocheting!

          Jess

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    • Anna
      July 30, 2016 at 4:57 pm

      This is already a stitch callent the blanket stitch. I don’t believe this is your stitch.

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      • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
        July 31, 2016 at 8:33 pm

        Hey Anna,

        I had no intention of implying it was my stitch, just offering it up as a useful way to sew hexagons together. Thanks for telling me what other people are calling it.

        Jess

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        • Karen
          October 1, 2016 at 8:30 pm

          Jess I have a question can an afghan be made with the Suzette stitch. I just love that stitch and your video on how the stitch was made was wonderful and very well explained. I am a new crocheted. If you could send me a pattern I would really appreciate it. Thank you

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          • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
            October 5, 2016 at 11:45 pm

            Hey Karen,

            Thank you so much! I think this stitch would make a lovely afghan! You would just want to decide how wide you want it and then make sure you chain a multiple of two. (So like 52, 56…98 chains…anything like that.) You’ll end up with an odd number of stitches because one of the chains will be lost the the turning chain on the first row.

            Good luck! I’d love to see a pic if you make the afghan!

            Jess

      • Lauren
        March 15, 2017 at 6:23 am

        This is not the same as the blanket stitch. The blanket stitch has a single and TWO double crochets. This is one and one.

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  • Francine
    July 10, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    For a beginner on your tutorial You did a great job. I’am looking forward to watching more. I love crocheting, I’m more or less self taught, my sweet grandmother taught me the basics, but I didn’t know what the stitches were called. To read directions I’m lost, to see the pictures it makes more sense. So tutorials are just wonderful . I wish you well on your new adventure, there are a lot of us who will appreciate your work. I’am so thrilled I found you. Thank You very much

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 13, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Gosh, Francine. Thank you for your kind comment. I really appreciate the feedback. I agree about being a visual learner. I like charts for the same reason. Do you like using charts? I’m thinking of trying to provide more of those too.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Pauline Breakwell
    July 23, 2016 at 1:05 am

    Loved the clear tutorial on Suzette stitch … thank you!

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  • Nina
    July 29, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Thank you, I had been looking for a tight stitch to use for a heirloom baby blanket I am making and this was a perfect fit for one of the square! Great job on the video!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      July 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      That’s great to hear, Nina! I bet it will be beautiful in a baby blanket.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Erin Kane
    August 1, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Can you tell me the finished measurements of the bag please?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 4, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      Hey Erin,

      It’s about 12″ wide and 14.5″ tall. You could customize the size however you like by just adjusting the number of chains, being sure to always start with an odd number. (I used 81.)

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Jacqueline Ford
    August 2, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Such a simple stitch – but so effective! Well done on the vieo, Jackie x

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      August 2, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you, Jackie! I think this stitch is so surprisingly easy for how cool it looks.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Scottia Jordan
    August 6, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    Hi there, thank you for showing how to do this stitch. Could you please direct me to a video that shows how to change colors. I’m new to crochet and have no idea the proper way to do this.
    Thank you
    Scottia

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  • Dawna Math
    September 1, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    waw nice tutorial 😀 Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  • Selebgram
    September 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Thank you 😀 i really like it:)

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  • Pam
    September 17, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Wow, love it! Thanks for sharing ?

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  • Sue K
    September 18, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I’ve watched a fair number of video tutorials. What I most appreciate, besides the ongoing conversational repetition as you make each stitch, are the little tips of what to watch for or how to know which stitch you need next, etc. What a huge help!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 27, 2016 at 2:54 pm

      Sue,

      Gosh, thank you so much for your feedback. That is so wonderful to hear. As I edit these videos (and get very sick of the sound of my own voice), I begin to second guess if what I’m saying is useful at all. I’m so glad to hear that it is for you.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Riina S-K
    September 19, 2016 at 2:53 am

    Hi!

    Thank you so much for the tutorials! I hated handycraft in school because of the nasty teacher, so as a grown up woman I’m pretty bad at it!
    Thanks to You I actually learned how to crochet again!!!

    Really loving it and looking forward to new tutorials!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      September 27, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      I’m so glad you’re giving it another shot, Rinna! There are so many things we learn to dislike as kids and I think it takes a lot of maturity to try them again later in life. Please let me know if I can ever be a help in your creative pursuits! 🙂

      Happy learning!
      Jess

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  • Cherri
    October 1, 2016 at 11:27 am

    This stitch is called the Grit stitch, not the Suzette stitch. I get really tired of scrolling thru Pinterest and finding all these duplicate patterns, using a different name. Very repetitive and irritating!!!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 6, 2016 at 12:05 am

      I’m sorry you feel that way, Cherri. As a creative art and largely a word of mouth tradition, I think there are simply different names for the same crochet technique or stitch. I’m glad to know this is also called the grit stitch though. I’ll add that to the description and I’m sure it will help clarify things for other readers!

      Reply
  • Emilie Dardenne
    October 2, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Great tutorial. Very easy to follow. Thank you for sharing it.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 6, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Thanks so much, Emilie. I’m glad it was useful for you!

      (And I really like the spelling of your name! :))

      Reply
  • Shea
    October 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    What kind of yarn did you use?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 5, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Hey Shea,

      It’s called Bernat Maker Home Dec. It’s super awesome and crochets really smoothly! You can get it on Amazon (aff link) or at Michael’s, Joann’s, etc.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

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  • Dayana
    October 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Hello! Congratulations for such a wonderful work and great tutorial, I just have a question, how you close the bag? Close with the chains at the beginning and work as a tube or at the end? Thank you so much in advance for any help! Cheers!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 6, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Hey Dayana,

      You can find the full pattern and tutorial here! I think that will answer your questions! It’s essentially a large rectangle that’s sewn together at the side and bottom.

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Lettie
    October 9, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Hi Jess
    Loved your tutorial & mostly blanket & bag patterns.
    Just wanted to comment on the ladies upset about stitch names. I’ve been crocheting for many many years & have seen so many stitches, lots of the same stitched called different names.
    Bothers me that people can’t just enjoy & appreciate what one does for us.
    Do I wanted to thank you for your tutorial
    And your beautiful patterns which you are so kind to share with all of us.
    Thank you
    Looking forward to seeing more.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 16, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much, Lettie. (What a great name!)

      I agree–some of what I love about crochet is that there isn’t one “right way” to do it. For me, that kinda goes for technique, names, stitches–all of it.

      I appreciate your kind words and I’m so glad you’ve found my patterns useful! Happy crocheting!

      Jess

      Reply
  • Marisol Aponte
    November 3, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Could we get from you how to make a yarn basket or other baskets with suzette stich. Also, what kind of yarn weight , etc. thanks

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 3, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Oh that’s a good idea! I did once see someone using the Suzette stitch in the round, so I know it can work. I will add it to my ever growing project list. 🙂

      Reply
  • Kadi
    November 15, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Haven’t watched the video but I’m sure it’s great after all the wonderful reviews. I just wanted to comment on how you have such a wonderful attitude and kind spirit. Your comments to the others where so nice and professional. Kill em with kindness! Love it! I’m sure God will bless you greatly for it! Keep it up. The stick is beautiful and I agree, I’d love to see a basket pattern when you have the chance. I was actually on Pinterest looking for one when I came across your bag, which is gorgeous, by the way! Thanks again, hun! Have a wonderful day and Happy Holidays!

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    • Kadi
      November 15, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      The stich… lol

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      November 18, 2016 at 11:55 pm

      Thanks so much, Kadi. It feels pretty vulnerable sometimes to put myself out there online because every once in a while people can be pretty harsh in a way they might not be in person. But the VAST majority are just like you–totally gracious, kind and generous.

      And thanks for reminding me about the basket idea. I’ll have to add that to the list for after I finish Christmas crocheting. 🙂

      Happy holidays to you too, Kadi!

      Jess

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  • mary ann brigantic
    November 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    what stitch is god for baby blanketsm. i make alot for hospitals and for the kadies in my church..i mean the stitch you would say works up nice. thank you mary ann

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  • mary ann brigantic
    November 30, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    what stitch is good for baby blanketsm. i make alot for hospitals and for the ladies in my church..i mean the stitch you would say works up nice. thank you mary ann

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  • Victoria
    December 4, 2016 at 3:03 am

    Hi ! I currently crocheting a beanie using the suzette stitch but I can’t figure out how to decrease … Could you give me any tips ?
    Thanks!

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  • Dana
    December 20, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Hello!

    I am new to crocheting and this looks like a somewhat simple stitch to start off with! If i want to make an infinity scarf (cowl, as some people maybe call it?), how many chains would I need to start out with? Basically, how would I adapt the instructions you have to make a scarf?

    Thanks!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 29, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Hey Dana,

      That sounds pretty! I think your easiest option would be to chain an even number of stitches until the chain is about as long as you’d like the scarf thick (maybe like 8 inches). Then working back and forth on that chain, you could just keep crocheting until the scarf is long enough to wrap around your neck as many times as you’d like. Once it is, fasten off and seam the beginning row of the scarf to the last row of the scarf so that you have one big loop that will function like a cowl. Does that make sense?

      This tutorial and this tutorial might give you some ideas for seaming.

      Jess

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  • Kristina
    December 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

    This was a really great stitch! Thank you! The only advice I would give is to maybe get in closer so that beginners like me can really see how the stitches are done. I will be checking out your videos in the future!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      December 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Good point! I’m always trying to improve my videos. It’s a lot of learning as I go. Thanks for the feedback, Kristina.

      Reply
  • Wendy
    January 2, 2017 at 10:33 am

    In the written tutorial , and in the comments, you say that this calls for chaining a multiple of 2 (even number) but in the video tutorial you say to chain an odd number. Since the count works for you in the video, I’m guessing the odd number is correct?

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Lol, yes, I think it’s an error in the video actually. So you’ll want to chain an even number of stitches so that you end up with an odd number of total stitches to work (since one is lost to the turning chain). If you want to start with a foundation single crochet, you don’t need the extra chain and you can just go straightaway with an odd number. This is what I did in the Suzette Bag pattern. I’m sorry for the confusion!

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      • Wendy
        January 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        Thanks! That sorts it out nicely!

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  • Ana Lucía Block Sevilla
    January 14, 2017 at 8:14 am

    I answered the survey and then lost it. I can’t find it any more… I am Mexican, so I don’t buy yarn in the stores you mention. I knit and crochet. I love your videos and stith-tutorials. I’ll try to send (through Facebook) a picture of what I made with the Suzette Stitch. I want to thank you very much for your blog. I love it!

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

      Hey Ana!

      Thanks so much for saying hello. I’d love to see a pic of what you made with the Suzette stitch!

      Reply
  • Ana Lucía Block Sevilla
    January 19, 2017 at 8:03 am

    I shared the picture on Facebook because I can’t find the way to upload it here.

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  • Lora Kennedy
    February 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Was looking for something different to make into a baby blanket. Just watched your video on the Suzette Stitch. I have crocheted for quite a long time and was wondering why you wrap your yarn one direction when pulling the loop through to make the first part of either sc or dc and then wrap the yarn the opposite direction to complete this stitch? I know that there is really nothing wrong either way, but shouldn’t the wrap be the same direction? It would be easier for the hand to remember the same movement rather than switching all the time. You also, in some cases, will get a very different look. If you make the second wrap the same as the first you will get a softer blanket. You are putting a little bit more yarn in each stitch, therefore making it softer. It doesn’t seem like much but it does make a difference overall.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Hmm. Interesting question, Lora. Now I’ll have to grab a yarn and hook and experiment with the different textures you’re talking about! Honestly, neither direction of wrapping was intentional. I learned to crochet from my mother when I was 8 and have been wrapping it the same way as her ever since. 🙂 One of the things I love about crochet is that it’s handed down through generations and there’s not one “right” way to do any of it. I would love to know more though about what you’re saying with making the softer texture, etc, so I will definitely check that out. Thanks!

      Happy crocheting!

      Jess

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      • Vasula
        April 6, 2017 at 5:15 pm

        That’s funny – I noticed you did your stitches differently too but I instantly thought – “OMG, I’ve been doing it wrong for all these years!” LOL! You yarn over from the back and I yarn over from the front. I tried it your way and it feels awkward for me but it still gets the job done.

        I also hold my crochet hook “underhanded” (like a pencil) while I think the majority hold it “overhanded”.

        And I agree, I love that there are no real “rules” to crochet, that’s a huge part of what makes it fun – endless possibilities.

        Thank you for the beautiful stitch tutorial!

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        • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
          April 7, 2017 at 9:23 pm

          Haha, isn’t that funny that we all assume we’re wrong? I’ve had the same thought when watching other people’s videos. I like to think about how none of use would have had any idea how anyone but our grandmothers and mothers did it before the era of Youtube.

          I’ve seen other people do the underhanded technique too. It’s so cool how we all end up with the same result even though we might approach crocheting differently!

          Jess

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  • Suzette Shroyer
    March 3, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    I like the name Suzette stitch……lol

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      March 3, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Yes, Suzette! This one’s for you! 😉

      Reply
      • Suzette Shroyer
        March 6, 2017 at 7:33 am

        Haha. My mom and I took classes to learn to crochet and she was having a hard time and did some stitch that we called The Karen stitch ( of course because her name is Karen) it wasn’t like any stitch the teacher had ever seen. So seeing this stitch with my name in it made me think of that and I had to share it with you. ? That was over 5 years ago and she gave up trying to learn.

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  • Pauline
    March 11, 2017 at 12:12 am

    I have just finished a blanket and wanted to put a substantial bordenr on it. Flicking through pinterest I xame accross your pattern for the suzette stitch. I did 2 rows of double ( uk terms) an then 2 rows of suzette stitch in different colours, it loojs good. Thank you for sharing , I am going to have a go at your bag when I get some cotton.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      April 3, 2017 at 11:07 am

      Oh that’s great to hear! I wouldn’t have thought of using this stitch as a border, but I bet it’s really lovely!

      Glad the tutorial was helpful!
      Jess

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  • Lauren
    March 15, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I CANNOT seem to get the hang of this stitch! I tried using fsc and I liked it at first… the first row went as it should have. But then every time I got to the end of the second row, I had to end in a sc/dc combo because the second to last stitch was a dc from the first row. So then I went back and tried NOT chaining one at the end of the fsc and that was a disaster. So THEN I frogged the fsc and tried regular chains and that was no good either. Ugh, I don’t know why I can’t get this one. I’ll keep trying! I LOVE this yarn and pattern!

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  • Leia
    May 31, 2017 at 7:42 am

    I found this while searching for a great baby blanket stitch. I am in love! It feels so luxurious while being so quick and easy to do. I also found an added bonus… not only is it a great texture but adds a great detail when stripping.
    I am happy to share a picture if you email me.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      June 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      I agree, Leia, it’s so “fancy” looking for being so easy, isn’t it? I bet it made a beautiful baby blanket! I haven’t seen it in stripes, but I’d love to. You can send me a pic at jess (at) makeanddocrew (dot) com or tag me on Instagram. 🙂

      Jess

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  • Lynn Kelly
    June 6, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    what size crochet needle are you using to do the suzette stitch?

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  • Jean J.
    October 28, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Just found your pattern(s) and videos about a month ago. Really enjoy the way you explain how to do the stitches. Can’t believe I just sat here and read ALL of the comments. Had to laugh when others mentioned the same things I had questions about. Guess it pays to read everything. LOL Thanks for all of your help.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      October 28, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Haha! You win the award for most thorough blog reader! 🙂 I’m happy you’re here too, Jean. Thanks for saying hello.

      Jess

      Reply
  • Marjorie
    January 1, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    I’m left handed and tremble every time I try to crochet or knit. My mother taught me years ago by facing her and watching how she stitched. Her knitting for instance was pearl from my perspective and her pearl was knit. So in essence, it’s backwards. If I make a sweater and have to deal with buttons buttonholes its mental anguish to know for sure I start on the correct side. I don’t know if there is a solution to this or if every person who is left handed deals with this. Any insites from you would be most appreciated. Love your creations.

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    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      January 1, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Hey Marjorie,

      That sounds really hard! MooglyBlog.com has a lot of great left handed video tutorials that might be helpful. Also, I know searching “left handed crochet tutorials” on Youtube can be useful too. Hope that helps!

      Jess

      Reply
  • doug
    January 12, 2018 at 9:37 am

    I have done this stitch before and it’s actually called a Moss Stitch– but each person calls it a different stitch but its the same as a Moss Stitch the only difference is that you skip a stitch

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  • Micki
    February 10, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    How many foundation sc do I need for 2X-2X? Thanks!!!

    Reply

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