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How to Crochet the Primrose Stitch: Free Tutorial

Looking for a new stitch to inspire your crochet projects? The primrose stitch is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory or for seasoned crocheters who want to bring a pretty texture to anything from home decor to garments and accessories.

The primrose stitch is a shell stitch that looks great when crocheted with any yarn weight. Pull out your favorite swatching yarn and try out the primrose stitch. You never know when inspiration may strike!

Primrose Stitch Tutorial

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Primrose stitch pattern

Scroll down to see the step-by-step photos. Or for crocheters who want to whip right through and try out the stitch without seeing a full photo tutorial, here's the stitch pattern:

Stitches used:

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Number of stitches: Multiple of 3 + 2

Foundation row: (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in 3rd ch from hook. *Skip next 2 ch, (1 sc,ch 2, 1 sc) in next ch, repeat from * across the row, end with 1 hdc in last ch. Turn.

Row 1: Ch 3, *3 dc in next ch-2 space. Repeat from * across the row, end with 1 dc in top of turning ch. Turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, * (1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc) in 2nd dc of next shell, repeat from * across the row, end with 1 hdc in top of turning ch. Turn.

Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until you reach the desired length.

How to crochet the primrose stitch, step by step

Now, let's break that down step by step.

1. Chain a multiple of 3 + 2. For this swatch I'm chaining 14 stitches, but you can chain any multiple of 3 (plus 2 more stitches) that you'd like. For example 5, 8, 11, 17, etc. would all work.

2. Work the foundation row: Work the following into the 3rd chain from your hook: 1 single crochet, chain 2, 1 single crochet. *Skip the next 2 chain stitches, then work 1 single crochet, chain 2, 1 single crochet into the next chain, just as you did earlier in the row. Repeat from * across the row until you reach the last chain. Work a half double crochet into the last chain, then turn the work.

Here's what your foundation row will look like as you're working your way across:

Primrose Stitch Foundation Row

3. Work Row 1: Chain 3 for the turning chain. *Work 3 double crochet into the next ch-2 space. This will be the space from the previous row where you chained between single crochets.

If you're having issues identifying the chain-2 space, check out this photo. The first two sets of double crochet are worked into the first two chain-2 spaces, while the last two chain-2 spaces are empty:

Primrose Stitch Row 1Repeat from * across the row, then work a double crochet into the top of the turning chain. Turn your work.

4. Work Row 2: Chain 2. This counts as the first hdc. Now we're going to work that same * (1 single crochet, chain 2, 1 single crochet) into the 2nd double crochet of the next shell. Remember that a shell is made up of the three double crochets from the previous row. Repeat from * across the row. When you reach the end, work 1 half double crochet into the top of the turning chain. Turn your work.

5. Keep repeating Rows 1 and 2 until you are happy with the length.

Primrose Crochet Stitch

How to use primrose stitch

Primrose stitch is versatile and can be used for anything from blankets to clutches and pillows. You can crochet it with any yarn weight, and you can even add borders to change it up. Check out the Primrose Baby Blanket, Primrose Skirt, and The Primrose Cowl for some beautiful examples of how you can use and modify primrose stitch.

Now that you've learned the how to crochet the primrose stitch, what will you make?

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One Comment

Ruth Matthews

I used to crochet all the time, I loved making afghans, but due to health problems I had to stop, now I would like to take it up again. I started making a long scarf for my granddaughter, just using my own pattern & stitches. I would like to pick it up again as I find it very relaxing & satisfying.

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