The side saddle crochet stitch has a lovely, repetitive look that is both airy and substantial at the same time. Check out this video tutorial to learn how to do it step-by-step!
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Modern Side Saddle Crochet
I've been attempting to learn new interesting crochet stitches lately and this is one that is definitely worth taking the time to figure out.
The side saddle crochet stitch combines single crochets, double crochets and chains, yet it looks so unique. It has a beautiful, geometric pattern when viewed straight on, but the texture that appears from the side angle is what I really love.
I will say that at first, the side saddle crochet stitch requires a bit of concentration. The repeat pattern is not quite as straightforward as the Suzette stitch or the moss stitch, but I explain the "logic" of the repetition in the video, so hopefully once you internalize that, you'll be able to repeat it with no problem.
I originally found the side saddle stitch in the book "Basic Crochet Stitches*," which has become a fantastic resource when I'm looking for just the right stitch for a project.
I love it because it includes both written instructions and stitch charts so you can reference whichever works for you. I show you a bit of the book in this tutorial video as well.
(The book calls this stitch "sidesaddle cluster stitch", but I've also seen people call it the "side saddle stitch.")
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Side Saddle Stitch Video Tutorial
Learn how to crochet the side saddle stitch in this beginner video tutorial.
Side Saddle Stitch Written Instructions
If you prefer learning from written crochet instructions, here's how to work the side saddle stitch.
Abbreviations - US terms
ch - chain
sc - single crochet
dc - double crochet
sk - skip
dctog - double crochet together
cluster = dc4tog
How to Start Side Saddle Crochet
This stitch is worked in multiples of 5 + 1 (add 1 more for base chain).
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook, *3 ch, dc4tog over next 4 ch, 1 ch, 1 sc into next ch; rep from * to end; turn.
Row 2: 5 ch, 1 sc into first cluster, *3 ch, dc4tog all into next ch 3 gap, 1 ch, 1 sc into next cluster; rep from * ending with 3 ch, dc4tog all into the ch 3 gap, 1 dc into last sc, sk turning chain; turn.
Row 3: 1 ch, sk 1 st, 1 sc into next cluster, *3 ch, dc4tog into next ch 3 gap, 1 ch, 1 sc into next cluster; rep from * ending last rep with 1 sc into turning chain; turn.
Repeat row 2 and 3.
The side saddle stitch is a drapey crochet stitch that creates a textured yet flexible fabric.
Whether you're designing a baby blanket, vest, washcloth, or even a sweater, this is an excellent stitch to add to your repertoire.
Side Saddle Stitch FAQs
If you still have questions about the side saddle stitch, read on to find the answers you need.
The side saddle stitch is flexible but fairly sturdy, making it a strong stitch. It does have gaps between clusters, so if you're making a bag that will need to hold small items, you may need to choose a denser stitch or add fabric lining to the inside of your bag.
Like a lot of textured crochet stitches, the side saddle cluster stitch uses more yarn than airier, more open stitches. Your pattern should tell you how much yarn you'll need to finish your project.
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How to Crochet a Side Saddle Stitch
- Any yarn
- Crochet hook
Abbreviations + Glossary (US Terms)
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- sk – skip
- dctog - double crochet together
- cluster = dc4tog
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How to Crochet a Side Saddle Stitch
- This stitch is worked in multiples of 5 + 1 (add 1 more for base chain).
- Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from the hook, *3 ch, dc4tog over next 4 ch, 1 ch, 1 sc into next ch; rep from * to end; turn.
- Row 2: 5 ch, 1 sc into first cluster, *3 ch, dc4tog all into next ch 3 gap, 1 ch, 1 sc into next cluster; rep from * ending with 3 ch, dc4tog all into the ch 3 gap, 1 dc into last sc, sk turning chain; turn.
- Row 3: 1 ch, sk 1 st, 1 sc into next cluster, *3 ch, dc4tog into next ch 3 gap, 1 ch, 1 sc into next cluster; rep from * ending last rep with 1 sc into turning chain; turn.
- Repeat row 2 and 3.
I would like to make a baby blanket with the side saddle stitch. I am using 3ply bernat softee baby yarn. What size hook should I use and how many chains should I start with?
For a baby blanket what size would you recommend? How many chains should I start with?
Nora Carrington says
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Karolina Valko says
I am planning to make a baby blanket with saddle stich but I do not know which border should I make for it. Could you please help me with this? I am also wondering how much meters I need for a baby blanket. I know depends on the size but let´s say 90*70cm?
Thank you for yor kind reply!
Quick question, do you think this stitch would use up more or less yarn than a puff stitch?
Thanks so much for all your work and patterns! I'm hooked ?
Thanks look very easy I watch few didderent side Saddle. Afghan . They all little different . I believe I like this one the best
I try the other I did lots tear out . And start over lots . I was about ready to give. I try one more time
Hello! I was wondering, before I attempted to work it out through trial and error, if you have instructions on how to increase and decrease while completing this stitch? Thanks so much!
Hi Jess I really like this stitch and I have started a bolero for my granddaughter from another pattern using this stitch instead. My problem is that I can't figure out how to increase/decrease this stitch. Is there a way to do that? Your help would be appreciated. Thanks