For today’s crochet tutorial, I am sharing how to crochet one of my very favorite crochet stitch patterns: the Lemon Peel Stitch. I love this stitch because it is really simple do and super easy to keep track of. It also creates a nice sturdy fabric with beautiful texture, so it is one of my go-to stitches that I use all the time.
Supplies needed for this crochet tutorial:
- Yarn (For this sample, I used Caron One Pound yarn in Pale Green)
- Crochet Hook (I used a 5.00 mm hook)
- Yarn Needle
Begin your piece by making a chain of whatever length you like. For this sample, my initial chain was 25 chains long.
Start by working a single crochet into the second chain from your hook.
We will follow the same pattern in the next row, making sure that you always work a single crochet stitch into a double crochet stitch and vice versa.
Since the first stitch I am working into is a double crochet stitch, I will be working a single crochet first. I start by chaining one, and then work a single crochet into the first stitch.
Since my sample has an even number of stitches, each row begins with a single crochet. If I had an odd number of stitches in my rows, then the rows would alternate beginning with single and double crochet stitches.
Next, I will work a double crochet into the next stitch (which is a single crochet). This is one of the reasons I really love this stitch. I never have to refer to a chart or pattern, I just have to look at what stitch I am working into. So easy!
The Lemon Peel Stitch is perfect for any project that you want to add some texture too. I love using the Lemon Peel Stitch for cotton washcloths, but it would also be a great way to add texture to a simple scarf pattern. If you would like to try a full written pattern that uses the Lemon Peel Stitch, check out the Sailor Knot Crochet Headband Pattern that I shared here earlier this year. But really you can use this stitch in any simple project. For example, I turned my sample piece into a cute little pouch:
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Alexis Middleton is a lifelong crafter/DIYer and blogger at Persia Lou. She started crafting at a young age. As a girl, she spent summers with her grandmother crocheting baby doll afghans, making coasters out of plastic canvas and yarn, and canning apricot jam. Today, Alexis spends a lot of time dreaming up and working on projects for her family’s home. She loves mixing traditional crafting techniques with a more modern aesthetic.