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Lemon Peel Stitch Crochet Tutorial: 2 Options

The Lemon Peel Stitch is one of my favorite crochet stitches. The texture these simple stitches create is so lovely and versatile. This stitch crochets up nicely for so many projects-blankets, sweaters, bags.

I suppose the texture created by this stitch looks like a lemon peel. When I think about the bumpy skin of a lemon I can totally see it. But this stitch looks great in many colors, not just yellow.

It’s also known by a few other names. I used it under the name Griddle Stitch in my Modern Crochet Towel Topper pattern. One of my crochet stitch books calls it Up and Down, which makes sense with the way you work the tall and short stitches.

Scissors, swatch in red and hook.
I love the stitch definition of the lemon peel stitch in this yarn!

By whatever name you call it, I love it. It’s a simple pairing of stitches that create a lovely texture. It also creates a more “solid” fabric and for this reason it’s my go to stitch for blankets.

I’ve divided this tutorial into two parts, since there are two different ways to work this one. I consider the first option the “easiset,” and the second option results in the “straightest” edges.

Be sure to check out the Lombardy Crochet Pillow which features the easy version of this stitch. I used the same yarn as this tutorial, but in variegated. And it’s an amazing combo.

Crochet Blankets Using This Stitch

Modern Crochet Striped Blanket in this one I combined two different weight yarns in large stripes and used Option 1 version of the lemon peel stitch.

Raspberry Ridges Crochet Blanket is a combination of the extended half double crochet and lemon peel stitch. I used Option 2 for the straightest edges on this blanket.

Crochet Christmas Lights Blanket again I used the easiest to work, Option 1 for the lemon peel stitch here.

Or you might also enjoy this beautifully textured blanket from Rhelena at CrochetnCrafts. So pretty!

Materials

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In this tutorial I’m using

Option #1 Easiest

picture of red chain on hook lemon peel stitch tutorial

Begin with a chain of an even number, plus one for the foundation.

picture of green stitch marker in chain lemon peel stitch tutorial

Skip the first chain and work into the 2nd chain from your hook, marked by the lime green stitch marker here.

picture of first sc

Single crochet into the 2nd chain.

picture of first dc lemon peel stitch tutorial

Double crochet into the next ch.

picture of next sc

Single crochet into the next chain.

picture of second dc

Double crochet into the next chain.

picture of end of row 1 lemon peel stitch tutorial

Continue to repeat *{sc in next ch, dc in next ch} across the row. End on a double crochet in the last chain.

picture of row 1 turned

Turn your work. And look at that texture!

picture of row 2 ch 1 lemon peel stitch tutorial

Chain 1 to start the next row.

picture of sc row 2

Single crochet in the same stitch.

picture of row 2 dc

Double crochet in the next stitch.

picture of end of row 2 lemon peel stitch tutorial

Keep repeating *{sc in the next st, dc in the next st} across the row.

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You’ll end the row with a double crochet in the last stitch.

picture of red lemon peel square on hook lemon peel stitch tutorial

For Row 3 and on

Ch 1, in same st sc, dc in the next st, *{sc in the next st, dc in the next st} rep from * to end, turn.

Option #2 Straight Edges

picture of marked st lemon peel stitch tutorial

Begin with an even number of chains, you’ll work into the second chain which is marked by the lime green stitch marker.

picture of first dc

Double crochet into the second chain from your hook. Place a stitch marker in the chain you skipped. This will make it easy to find on Row 2.

picture of first sc 2 lemon peel stitch tutorial

Single crochet in the next chain. The lime green stitch marker is in the chain you skipped.

picture of start to row 1 2nd

Continue to repeat double crochet in the next chain, single crochet in the next chain.

picture of last ch lemon peel stitch tutorial

Repeat *{sc in next ch, dc in next ch} across the row.

picture of last dc

End with a double crochet in the last chain.

picture of row 1 complete 2nd lemon peel stitch tutorial

Turn your work.

picture of chain 1 row 2

Chain 1, and mark it with a stitch marker- a piece of spare yarn or bobby pin work too!

picture of where to place first stitch lemon peel stitch tutorial

You’ll skip the very 1st stitch (which is the last dc you made) and work into the second stitch, marked her by the yarn needle above it. Double crochet into the second stitch.

picture of start to row 2

Single crochet in the next stitch.

picture of last two stitches row 2

Continue to repeat *{dc in next st, sc in next st}. At the end of your row you’ll have one stitch left, and the ch 1-marked by the green stitch marker.

picture of row 2 with marker lemon peel stitch tutorial

Single crochet in the next stitch.

picture of end of row 2 lemon peel stitch tutorial

Double crochet in the ch 1.

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Row 3 and on:

Ch 1, this counts as a sc, mark it with a stitch marker to easily find it, sk the first st, *{dc in the next st, sc in next st} rep from * across the row

picture of end of row 3

Double crochet in ch 1, turn.

picture of row 3 complete lemon peel stitch tutorial

Ch 1, sk first st, *{dc in next st, sc in next st} rep from * across the row, end with a dc in ch 1, turn.

picture of 2nd swatch complete lemon peel stitch tutorial

Notice how nice and neat the edges are in this version.

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Beth McC -- Midwest Redhead

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

This is one of my favorite stitches! My daughter liked it for baby blankets because it left no holes or gaps for tiny fingers or toes to poke through. I've used it for scarves, with and without pockets at the ends. I crocheted a peach-colored blanket when my granddaughter was a newborn, and now that she is eleven, she uses it as a lap blanket. I was interested to see the two different methods. I always used the first method, but might try the second next time. Thank you!

Christa18

Wednesday 3rd of June 2020

That’s why I love it too-definitely want a solid blanket for babies. So sweet. That’s so special that she has kept it.

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