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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.

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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:

Plaid crochet stitch pattern.

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)

(Light Caramel)

H (Mustard Yellow)

I (Vintage Pink)

J (Blush Pink)

K (Rose Red)

L (Red Wine)

Image showing 12 shades of Paintbox Simply DK yarn used for the Strawberries and Cream crochet blanket pattern.


Along with your yarn, you will need the following:

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Plaid crochet stitch pattern.

Glossary and Abbreviations

ch(s) – chain(s)

ss – slip stitch

st(s) – stitch(es)

RS – right side

rep – repeat

Crochet Stitches

UK Crochet TerminologyUS Crochet Terminology
htr- half treble crochethdc – 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

Here are some of my favourite easy crochet stitches to use for blankets.

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