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!
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 is simply a combination of 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 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.”)
Side Saddle Stitch Video Tutorial
Side Saddle Stitch Written Instructions
Abbreviations – US terms
ch – chain
sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
sk – skip
dctog – double crochet together
cluster = dc4tog
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.
Now that your hook is warmed up, you might enjoy learning these other stitches: How to Crochet the Moss Stitch
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