The lemon peel stitch which is often also known as the crochet griddle stitch is great for beginners to use for crochet colorwork. It uses different heights of stitches (a US single crochet and double crochet) in the same row to get the texture and look like, well lemon peel! (I suppose that answers the question of ‘why is is called lemon peel stitch?!).
It might not normally be known as a classic stitch to use for colorwork or stripes but I think the ‘wiggly’ nature of the stitches means that it works brilliantly in different shades however it also looks stunning in a solid color as it allows the texture to really come through.
Lemon peel stitch pattern
US crochet terms.
Using 2 colors of your choice and alternate yarn color after each row. (I used the shades detailed below).
Foundation chain: using Yarn D, create a chain of any multiple of 2+1.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook, dc in next st, *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * to end, change to Yarn B.
Row 2: ch1, *sc, dc; rep from * to end, change to Yarn D.
Repeat Row 2 as many times as you would like to create the lemon peel stitch.
See a video tutorial of this easy pemon peel stitch used in the Strawberries and Cream blanket by clicking on the image below:
Make a crochet lemon peel dishcloth or blanket
If you’d like to make a dishcloth or blanket using the lemon peel or griddle stitch just work a chain of a multiple of 2+1 to decide on the width of your project.
Then repeat the pattern as above for as many sets of the color sequence as you’d like to create the length of the blanket or dishcloth.
Is lemon peel stitch the same as griddle stitch?
Yes. Lemon peel stitch is the same as the griddle stitch in crochet. There are quite a few stitches that are called a few different names, like the linen stitch which is also know as the moss or granite stitch!
There are some variations of the lemon peel stitch that I really love though. The crumpled griddle stitch is one of them. It sits the same height of stitch on top of each other and literally ‘crumples’ the stitch to give a beautiful texture.
I think that either version would make a stunning griddle stitch baby blanket, don’t you? It could be a great yarn stash buster project too!
Strawberries and Cream sampler crochet blanket pattern
This stitch is used in my Strawberries and Cream multi stitch crochet blanket free pattern.
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Yarn used for sample
I used Paintbox Simply Double Knit 100% Acrylic, 276m, 302yds/100g which works perfectly and comes in such beautiful colors.
The colours you see used in the blanket are:
A (Champagne White)
B (Pear Green)
C (Pine Green)
D (Pistachio Green)
E (Misty Grey)
F (Vanilla Cream)
H (Mustard Yellow)
I (Vintage Pink)
J (Blush Pink)
K (Rose Red)
L (Red Wine)
Along with your yarn, you will need the following:
- 4.5mm (US G+) crochet hook- my favourites are Furls Streamline Swirl crochet hooks or Clover Amour crochet hooks.
- Tapestry Needle
- Stitch markers
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Glossary and Abbreviations
ch(s) – chain(s)
ss – slip stitch
st(s) – stitch(es)
RS – right side
rep – repeat
|UK Crochet Terminology
|US Crochet Terminology
|dc – double crochet
|sc – single crochet
|tr – treble crochet
|dc – double crochet
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