Have you noticed the larksfoot stitch all popping up in patterns lately? This crochet stitch is hugely popular, and I think you’ll see why.
The larksfoot stitch is a very versatile crochet stitch, useful for all kinds of home decor and accessories.
The stitch likely got its name it looks very much like a bird’s foot, with its long central toe.
This stitch is most effective when you use bright, contrasting colors in a yarn that is a DK-weight or heavier. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy to do. Grab some spare yarn and a hook and work up this small swatch. But be warned — it’s addictive!
The larksfoot stitch tutorial
This tutorial for the crochet larksfoot stitch uses a small swatch with four colors. A color change is necessary every two rows to achieve the correct pattern.
To make a bigger sample, make a foundation chain that’s a multiple of 4 + 1.
The starting chain
For this practice swatch, make 25 (24 + 1) chains.
The first two rows
Work 2 dc into the 4th ch from the hook (the first 3 ch count as 1 dc.) Dc into the next stitches.
*Chain 1 and skip the next ch. Make 1 dc into each of the next 3 chs.* This creates two sets of 3 dc, with a space in between.
Repeat from * to * across the row.
Using the same color, ch 3 and turn your work. Dc into the next 2 stitches. *Ch 1 and skip a stitch. Work 1 dc into each of the next 3 stitches.* Repeat from * to * until the end of the row. Break your yarn and fasten off.
Making the larksfoot stitch
Turn and join in a new color. Ch 4 (this counts as a dc and a chain space).
Skip the next dc stitch from the previous row. Work 1 dc stitch into the next dc stitch.
Now comes the interesting part: work a long dc stitch into the chain space that is below in Row 1. Don’t pull the leg of the stitch too tight. Once you finish the dc, it should be at the same level as the previous one you just made.
Then make a normal dc stitch into the next stitch.
Continue as follows: *Ch 1 and skip the next dc stitch. Dc into the next stitch, make a long dc stitch into the chain space below in row 1. Dc into the next stitch.* Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row.
With the same color, turn your work and ch 4 (this counts as the first dc and a chain space). *Skip a stitch, then work 1 dc stitch into each of the next 3 stitches.* Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of Row 4.
Continue adding stripes of the larksfoot stitch
Join in a third color of yarn and ch 3. Work a long dc stitch into the chain space down below in Row 3. Dc into the next dc. Chain 1 and skip a stitch. *Dc into the next stitch. Work a long dc into the chain space below in Row 3, then dc into the next dc. Chain 1 and skip a stitch.* Repeat from * to * to the end of the row.
With the same color, turn and chain 3. Make 1 dc into each of the next 2 sts (including the long dc). Chain 1 and skip a stitch. *Work 1 dc into each of the next 3 sts, ch1 and skip a stitch.* Repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. Break yarn and fasten off.
Adding more larksfoot stitch rows
Join the next color and repeat Rows 2 and 3. For the next color, repeat Rows 4 and 5, and so on as long as you like.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in November 2016 and was updated in March 2018.