I hope all of you are enjoying our “Snuggles” month here at Crochet with Passion.  If you have decided to join us you will soon fine yourself crocheting yourself a new afghan to keep or be a blessing to another with your gift.

Last month I had decided to take an online crochet class called, “Learn to Crochet a Gansey-Style Afghan” through Annie’s.  I have always loved the Aran or Fishermans stitches, so when I saw this afghan I knew immediately I would enjoy pushing my skills and mastering more stitches in this area.  This class not only allowed me to revisit some old stitches but also taught me some new ones as well.

While crocheting this afghan in September and October it brought to mind all the Aran stitches I have done in the past. So I thought I would take this time to share with you my  favorite one;  the herringbone pattern.  (By the way this one is not in the afghan I am making)  All Aran stitches  have a special meaning to them, the herringbone represents the fisherman’s catch and wishes one success in his career.

When you are working the herringbone stitch keep in mind this is not a reversable stitch.  So when the time comes you might want to mark the front side.

Herringbone Crochet Stitch

Multi of 12 + 1 for turning chain

Row 1:  (front side) sc in second ch from hook *ch 1, skip next ch, sc in next ch; repeat from * across. (Note:  Every other stitch should be left unworked)

Row 2:  (back side) ch 1, turn; sc in first sc, * ch 1, sc in next sc; repeat from * across. (Note:  you will be working only in the sc leaving the ch stitches unworked in)

Row 3:  (front side) ch 1, turn; sc in first sc, ch 1, sc in next sc, ch 6 skip next 2 ch 1 sps, slip st in skipped ch of beginning ch below next ch 1 sp, ch 6 skip next 2 ch 1 sp, sc in next sc, 

Row 4:  (back side) Ch 1, turn; sc in first sc, ch 1, sc in the next sc, * (ch 1, dc in next sc) 

Row 5:  (Ch 1, turn; sc in first sc, ch 1, sc in the next sc, *ch 6, slip st in skipped ch one row above previous slip st, ch 6, sc in last sc.

Repeat rows 5 and 6 until piece is desire length.  

I have always  enjoyed the simplicity of the stitch.  By looking at it I would have never guessed that something so beautiful would be so easy to create.  So get your hook and a ball of yarn and let me know how you like the Herringbone Crochet Stitch.  

Until next time, Keep those hooks flying.