The plaid crochet stitch is a really fun colorful stitch that looks much trickier than it is. It uses just one color per row and you work the next row in a new color over the top of the chain spaces you create in the previous row.
There are a few ways to create a plaid crochet stitch but this one has to be my favourite. It uses just half double crochet and double crochet stitches with a series of chains on each row to allow you to work over in the next row. Great for blankets, homeware, garments and more!
Plaid crochet stitch pattern
US crochet terms.
Using 3 colors of your choice. (I used the shades detailed below).
Foundation chain: using Yarn H, chain a multiple of 6+1.
Row 1: starting in 2nd ch from hook, *hdc in next 3 sts, ch3, skip 3 sts; rep from * to last 6 sts, hdc in last 6 sts. Change to Yarn G.
Row 2: ch1, hdc in next 3 sts, *ch3, skip 3 sts, dc in next 3 sts two rows below (working over chains from previous row); rep from * to last 3 sts, hdc in last 3 sts.
Change to Yarn A.
Rows 3-13: Rep Row 2 in the following colour sequence:
Row 3: Yarn A
Row 4: Yarn H
Row 5: Yarn G
Row 6: Yarn A
Row 7: Yarn H
Row 8: Yarn G
Row 9: Yarn A
Row 10: Yarn H
Row 11: Yarn G
Row 12:Yarn A
Row 13: Yarn H
Repeat the sequence of colors as many times as you like until you are ready to work your last row in Yarn G.
Last row: Using Yarn G, ch1, hdc in next 6 sts, *dc in next 3 sts two rows below, hdc in next 3 sts; rep from * to end.
See a video tutorial of this easy plaid crochet stitch used in the Strawberries and Cream blanket by clicking on the image below:
Make a free plaid crochet blanket pattern
If you’d like to make an easy plaid crochet blanket just work a chain of a multiple of 6+1 to decide on the width of your blanket.
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. Finish with the Last row to make sure you close all the chain spaces to finish.
Other types of plaid stitch
You can vary the height of your stitches or width of blocks to create a mini check plaid stitch using this same technique. Or you could try a different style altogether and work a buffalo plaid crochet stitch like in my Paragon Plaid Blanket Pattern using two colors per row and switching every few stitches. Lots of choices and a really flexible colorwork crochet stitch.
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|
|htr- half treble crochet||hdc – half double crochet|
|tr – treble crochet||dc – double crochet|
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Other easy crochet stitches to use for blankets
Easy crochet stitches for blankets
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