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Wattle Stitch Crochet Photo Tutorial + Video

Learn how to crochet the wattle stitch. This crochet stitch is an easy one to learn and works up beautifully.

The wattle stitch is a combination of single crochets, chains and double crochets. So the stitches involved are simple.

These stitches are all worked into one stitch, then you skip two stitches. There are step by step instruction and a photo tutorial below.

The trickiest part of the wattle stitch is that you work into a turning chain. I’ve used a chain 1 for the turning chain and I mark it with a stitch marker.

This really helps me to “see” it and not forget. After several rows, I don’t need it anymore and I can skip it.

I have a relatively loose tension. If you crochet tightly, you’ll want to loosen up on that chain 1.

It may be hard to see, and can cause your edges to bow in. If loosening your tension for the ch 1 is not working, then you can ch 2, but only count them as 1 stitch.

I really enjoy the texture of this stitch and think it looks beautiful striped. While working into the turning chain is not all that common, you do get used to it.

Grey swatch of wattle stitches for tutorial.

Yarn

The wattle stitch looks great in a variety of yarn weights. I use it in the Eileen Blanket, which features Bernat Softee Cotton yarn.* This is a #3 lightweight yarn.

For this tutorial I use a #4 medium worsted weight yarn, in Red Heart’s grey. In the video tutorial I use Furls Wander Acrylic yarn,* also #4 yarn.

You can crochet this stitch in any yarn weight, just use a hook to match it.

Crochet Patterns using the Wattle Stitch

The Eileen Blanket features the wattle stitch. It works up lovely in stripes.

Agat has a great tutorial on how to crochet this stitch in corner to corner.

Wattle stitch swatch in grey.

Another stitch that reminds me of the wattle is the sedge stitch. I use the sedge stitch in the Tivoli Purse pattern. And I have a simple sedge stitch washcloth pattern too.

Materials

I used a #4 med worsted weight yarn from Red Heart in light gray and my Clover 5 mm hook* for this one. You can use any yarn for this tutorial, and hook that matches your yarn.

Notes

  1. Ch 1 counts as a stitch.
  2. The stitch multiple for the wattle stitch is 3, plus 2 for the starting chain. So you need to start with 12, 15, 18, 21, etc, and then add 2 more.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

ch(s)-chain(s)

dc-double crochet

rep-repeat   

sc-single crochet

sk-skip

sl st-slip stitch

st(s)-stitch(es)

Level

Advanced Beginner-Intermediate

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Wattle stitch tutorial with text pin image.

Wattle Stitch Written Instructions

*For pictures, scroll down to the step by step photo tutorial below.

Chain 14, or a multiple of 3, plus 2 more.

Row 1. Skip the first two chains, in 3rd ch, place a sc, then ch 1, in the same ch space place a dc, this completes your first wattle stitch. Place a stitch marker in the skipped chains from the beginning of the row.

Row 1 continued: *{Skip the next 2 chs, all in the next ch sp place (sc, ch 1, dc)}, rep from * until 2 sts left, skip the next ch, and place 1 sc in the last ch, turn.

Row 2. Ch 1 (this counts as a st), sk the first 2 sts, place (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch sp, *{Sk next 2 sts, place (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch sp} rep from * until 2 sts left, sk the last sc, and place 1 sc in the turning chain, turn.

Row 3. Ch 1 (mark this st), *{sk 2 sts, place (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch sp} rep from * until 2 sts left, sk the last sc, place 1 sc in the turning ch, turn.

Keep repeating Row 3 for the length of the project.

Wattle Stitch Photo Tutorial

Grey swatch of wattle stitches for tutorial.

How to Crochet the Wattle Stitch

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 12 minutes
Difficulty: Intermediate
Estimated Cost: $2

Learn how to crochet the wattle stitch. This lightly textured stitch works up beautifully for blankets.

Materials

  • Any weight yarn, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn, in Red Heart grey.

Tools

  • Crochet hook compatible with your yarn, I'm using my 5mm Clover Amour.

Instructions

  1. Chain 14, or a multiple of 3, plus 2 more. Chain for wattle stitch.
  2. Row 1. Skip the first two chains, blue stitch marker is in the back bump of the 3rd chain. Blue stitch marker in 3rd chain.
  3. In 3rd ch, place a sc, then ch 1. Single crochet and ch 1 for wattle stitch.
  4. In the same ch space place a dc, this completes your first wattle stitch. Place a stitch marker in the skipped chains from step 2, shown here in blue. Blue stitch marker is skipped chains.
  5. *{Skip the next 2 chs, all in the next ch sp place (sc, ch 1, dc)}, rep from * until 2 sts left. Two stitches left in first row of wattle stitches.
  6. Skip the next ch, and place 1 sc in the last ch, turn. Row of wattle stitches.
  7. Row 2. Ch 1 (this counts as a st), sk the first 2 sts, Pink stitch marker in row 2.
  8. Place (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch sp, First wattle stitch of row 2.
  9. *{Sk next 2 sts, place (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch sp} rep from * until 2 sts left. 2 stitches left, blue st marker.
  10. Sk the last sc, and place 1 sc in the turning chain (marked by a blue stitch marker above), turn.
  11. Row 3. Ch 1 (mark this st), *{sk 2 sts, place (sc, ch 1, dc) all in next ch sp} rep from * until 2 sts left, sk the last sc, place 1 sc in the turning ch, turn.
  12. Keep repeating Row 3 for the lenght of the project. Wattle stitch swatch in grey.

Notes

Keep your ch 1 at the beginning of the rows loose. The sides of this stitch stay straight, but if you crochet tightly it may bow in more than you like. Or you can substitute a ch 2 (just be sure to count it as 1 sc).

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Cheryl Heming

Wednesday 24th of April 2019

I love the blanket and the stitch, I would really like to make this. I've tried to like several of your posts, but they all say the're loading.

Ellen Katehis

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

I really like the extreme close ups in your tutorials. Very clear. Thanks.

LEE SMITH

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

This is a beauitful stitch. Love the blanket as well!

Shantier

Tuesday 23rd of April 2019

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for when I was up until 4am looking for a blanket pattern. I am only using 2 colors (one main and one accent) for it so having a great pattern to help make it pop! This came right on time. Lol!

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