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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Iris Stitch {Crochet Stitch Tutorial}

The Iris stitch is a very pretty stitch with a nice drape. It is perfect for a shawl, poncho, blanket or a throw. The stitch looks nice as a solid, and it has a stunning effect when worked in stripes. You can see an example of the Iris Stitch in stripes in my Festive Iris Stitch Striped Throw.

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The Iris Stitch can be described as a hybrid between a shell and a v-stitch. It is simple to do and works up fast.

To get started, you will need to make a foundation chain with multiples of 4 stitches+1, plus 2 for the foundation chain.
For this tutorial, I started with 23 chains. (4 x 5 = 20 + 1= 21 + 2 = 23)
(As always, if you need help with abbreviations, you can check out my post on Common Crochet Abbreviations. There is even a free printable.)


Crochet Iris Stitch Tutorial


Work in multiples of 4 stitches +1, plus 2 for foundation chain.
For this tutorial, we will Ch 23
Row 1: [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in 5th chain from hook, *skip 3 ch, [2dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the next ch, repeat from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3, skip first 3 dc, *[2 dc, ch1, 2dc] in ch 1 space, skip next 4 dc, repeat from * to the last 2 dc, skip last 2 dc, 1 dc in turning ch, turn.
Repeat row 2 for pattern.

Now, let's break it down, step by step.
Ch 23

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[2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in 5th chain from hook,

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 *skip 3 ch, [2dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the next ch, 

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repeat from * to last 2 ch, 

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skip 1 ch, 1 dc in last ch, 

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turn. Ch 3, 

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skip first 3 dc, *[2 dc, ch1, 2dc] in ch 1 space, 

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skip next 4 dc, repeat from * to the last 2 dc, 

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skip last 2 dc, 1 dc in turning ch, turn.

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Repeat row 2 for pattern.

That's it. Easy, right?
What will you use the Iris Stitch for?  Leave a comment here, and share your works on my Facebook page!

If you like this crochet stitch tutorial, check out my Resources Gallery for more crochet stitch tutorials. I will be adding more tutorials, periodically.
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Happy Crocheting!

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