The Thistle Stitch

The Thistle stitch creates the look of a thistle on it’s stem, one on top of the other, and creates a lovely looking pattern perfect for wraps and scarves.

For this stitch, the stitches are made between the posts of the stitches in the row below, not in the loops.

The only stitches made in the loops are the first and last of each row

This pattern is written in US terms, but you can find the UK translation below.

UK Translation

double crochet (dc) = treble crochet

The Pattern

Start with a foundation chain in a multiple of 7 stitches plus 2 (plus 2 for your turning chain)

Row 1. Dc in 4th chain from your hook (turning chain counts as a stitch) *Skip 2 then make 5 dc in the same stitch. Skip 2. Make a dc in the next 2 stitches* Repeat until the end of the row.

Turn

Row 2. Make your turning chain in the first stitch. In between the two dc of the row below make 2 dc. * In between stitches 2 and 3 of the 5 dc in the row below make a dc. Then make another dc between the 3rd and 4th dc of the 5 dc of row 1. In between the set of 2 dc in the row below make 5 dc* 

Repeat the pattern between * and *.

End the row with 2 dc in between the set of 2 dc in the row below, then make a final dc in the top loops of the last dc in the row below.

You will have 1 less stitch in this row than the previous row, but your stitch count will return to what you started with in the next row.

Make your stitches between the stitches of the row below instead of through the top loops

Row 3. Chain 1 (doesn’t count as a stitch) and make alternate turning chain in first stitch. In between the first two dc of the row below make 1 dc. * In between the set of 2 dc in the row below make 5 dc. In between stitches 2 and 3 of the 5 dc in the row below make a dc. Then make another dc between the 3rd and 4th dc of the 5 dc of row 1* 

Repeat the pattern between * and *.

End the row with a dc between the last 2 dc in the row below, then make a final dc in the top loops of the last dc in the row below.

The final stitch of the row should be made in the top loops

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you get the length you need. I recommend ending in a repeat of row 2 so you have the same number of stitches in your last row as in your starting chain.

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