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Orchid Stitch Scarf , a New Stitch for your Crochet Toolbox

Posted by Lianka Azulay on

Love textured crochet? The Orchid Stitch creates a 3D-like fluffy flower that is fun and unique. The Orchid Stitch follows the same Crocodile Stitch technique of a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of flowers. Learn this technique with a free pattern below or purchase the ad-free printable PDF with pattern support available PDF for only $2.75 HERE.  

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One of the things that has kept me excited about crochet for over 30 years (because, of course, I learned crochet in the womb or earlier is that there are always new stitches and techniques to the learn, and that fuels my dreams.

If you have accompanied my designing adventures throughout the years, you know by know that I’m a crochet textureaholic. In fact, I don’t think I have only designed pieces rich in texture. Here are just a few of my favorite neck and torso designs:

  1. Crocodile Stitch Hood – One of my first patterns ever and one of my favorites of all time. A fashion forward piece that any adventurous beginner can tackle.
  2. Crocodile Stitch Capuche Hood – A quick crossover between a hood and a hat that as far as have been reported by many that made it, fits all face shapes beautifully.
  3. Crocodile Stitch Boots Trio (Adult, Child and Babies)– Save big on our all-time favorite bundle of Crocodile Boots for the entire family.
  4. Knit-Look Braid Scarf – The beauty of knitted cables meets the simplicity and comfort of your crochet hook in this ultra cozy and cute scarf pattern. No knitting required though, you’ll be able to achieve this great look with just your good old crochet hook.

The Orchid Stitch follows the same Crocodile Stitch technique of a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of flowers. The fun part is that the petals are made by pulling up loops instead, which make them all fluffy and unique.

I made this scarf where you can practice the stitch over and over until you master it. I wanted to make it a no-fuss, meditative-like project that you can take along, learn a new stitch, but still make it impressive to look at.

How to Crochet the Orchid Stitch?

The “Orchid Stitch” is formed by a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of flowers. This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize.  It follows the same technique of the Crocodile Stitch and just like it, the stitches are crocheted in front of the V-sts, as opposed to working them on top of the row. The unique feature about this stitch is that instead crocheting dcs to make the petals, you’ll pull up loops, as we do when making puff stitches. Both sides of petals are worked from the top down around the V-st posts. A photo tutorial is provided to better illustrate the technique

 

The Perfect Yarn for this Project

I knew I would add even more fun to this project if I used a self-striping yarn for color effect. I also wanted a yummy fiber to cozy up around our necks. The perfect candidate: my own brand of super soft self-striping yarn Dream Baby. This is the perfect yarn to make the scarf pop even more, making it a master combination of yarn and stitch textures, if I may say.

I used only two skeins of Dream Baby yarn for a 7” wide by 58” long scarf has lots of yardage (393 yards per skein!).

If you haven’t tried my Dream Baby yarn yet, here is an extra “incentive” to make you try it: from January 14th through January 31st, 2019 you can use coupon ORCHID15 for a 15% OFF on your purchase of Dream Baby Yarn and make this beautiful scarf for only $9.90 (plus S&H). Oh, and have I mentioned there are more than 30 self-striping colorways of Dream Baby? I used Lilac Degrade on scarf showcased in pictures.

 

 

 

Orchid Stitch Scarf

 

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Materials:

2 skeins of Bonita Yarns Dream Baby in Lilac colorway (DK weight); 100% Acrylic (393 yards/360 m. per skein).

You can purchase this yarn in over 30 self-striping colorways at www.bonitapatterns.com         

Crochet hook US Size G (4.25 mm).

 

Yardage: Approximately 750 yds

Size G (4.00 mm) crochet hook

Yarn needle; Sewing Needle

 

Gauge:

With size G crochet hook in SC pattern: 8 sc and 6 rows = 2″

CHECK YOUR GAUGE. Use any size hook to obtain gauge.

 

Abbreviations:

Beginning (beg)

Chain (ch)

Double Crochet (dc)

Half Double Crochet (hdc)

Repeat (rep)

Single Crochet (sc)

Slip Stitch (sl st)

Space (sp)

Together (tog)

Yarn Over (yo)

 

 

Purchase the ad-free printable PDF with pattern support available PDF for only $2.75 HERE.  

Pattern Notes:             

The “Orchid Stitch” is formed by a two-row repeat: a row of V-sts followed by a row of flowers. This is a fairly easy pattern to execute and fast to memorize.  It follows the same technique of the Crocodile Stitch and just like it, the stitches are crocheted in front of the V-sts, as opposed to working them on top of the row. The unique feature about this stitch is that instead crocheting dcs to make the petals, you’ll pull up loops, as we do when making puff stitches. Both sides of petals are worked from the top down around the V-st posts. A photo tutorial is provided to better illustrate the technique.

Special Stitch Abbreviations:

Orchid stitch (OS):  Working from top to bottom around first post of V-st, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second dc is on the top (point of V-st will be facing left), (YO, insert hook around post and pull up a loop same height as previous st in working round) 5 times.  There will be 11 loops on hook.  YO, pull through 2 loops, (YO, pull through 3 loops) 4 times, YO, pull through 2 loops; (3 hdc, ch 1, 3 hdc) in ch-3 sp; working from top to bottom around second post of V-st, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second hdc is on the bottom (point of V-st will be facing left), (YO, insert hook around post and pull up a loop same height as previous st in working round) 5 times.  There will be 11 loops on hook.  YO, pull through 2 loops, (YO, pull through 3 loops) 4 times, YO, pull through 2 loops.

See photo tutorial for Orchid Stitch pages 4 through 6

 V-St: Dc 1, ch 3, dc 1 in st indicated. Note the V-st in this pattern has 3 chains instead of the usual 1.

Directions for Scarf

Ch 34

Row 1 – Sc in second ch from hook, * ch 2, skip 3 ch, V-st (dc 1, ch 3, dc 1) in next ch, ch 2, skip next 3 ch, sc in next ch, rep from * across; turn. – (5 sc + 16 ch + 4 V-sts = 25 sts)

Note: in stitch count the chains in V-sts are not counted, only the ones in between scs and V-sts.

Row 2 – Ch 2 (count as hdc), OS in first V-st (see special stitches description above and photo tutorial), * hdc in next sc, OS in next V-st, rep from * across, hdc in last sc; turn. – (4 orchids).

Row 3 – Ch 6 (count as dc and ch-3), dc in same st as beg ch, * ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 2, V-st in next hdc, rep from * across, turn – (4 sc + 16 ch + 5 V-sts = 25 sts)

Row 4 – Ch 3 (count as hdc and ch-1), 3 hdc in first ch-3 sp, working from top to bottom around post of second dc of next V-st, (yo, insert hook in sp around post and pull up a loop) 5 times. Crocheting backwards, YO, pull through 2 loops, (YO, pull through 3 loops) 4 times, YO, pull through 2 loops (the first and last v-sts of this row will have only half petals), * hdc in next sc, OS in next V-st, rep from * to last V-st, working from top to bottom around post of first dc of next V-st, (yo, insert hook in sp around post and pull up a loop) 5 times. Crocheting backwards, YO, pull through 2 loops, (YO, pull through 3 loops) 4 times, YO, pull through 2 loops, 3 hdc in ch-3 sp, ch 1, hdc in last hdc; turn. – (3 orchids + 2 half-orchids + 4 hdc)

Row 5 – Ch 1 (doesn’t count as sc), sc in first ch-1 sp, * ch 2, V-st in next hdc, ch 2, sc in next ch-1 sp, rep from * across, turn – (5 sc + 16 ch + 4 V-sts = 25 sts)

Row 6 – Row 114: Rep rows 2 through 5 alternately for pattern, ending on a Row 2.

 

 

Pic 2: Orchid Stitch (OS) – working from top to bottom around first post of V-st, (YO, insert hook around post.

Pic 3: OS cont. – pull up a loop same height as previous st in working round.

Pic 4: OS cont. – pull up a loop same height as previous st in working round 4 more times or 5 times total. There will be 11 loops on hook.

Pic 5: OS cont. – Separate last two loops on hook.

Pic 7: OS cont. – YO, pull through 3 loops) 4 times. YO, pull through 2 loops.

Pic 8: OS cont. – (3 hdc, ch 1, 3 hdc) in ch-3 sp; working from top to bottom around second post of V-st, turn work so V-st is sideways and post of second hdc is on the bottom (point of V-st will be facing left), (YO, insert hook around post and pull up a loop same height as previous st in working round) 5 times. There will be 11 loops on hook. YO, pull through 2 loops, (YO, pull through 3 loops) 4 times, YO, pull through 2 loops.

Pic 9: OS cont. – Rows 1 through 3 completed.

Pic 10: Row 4, first and last Orchids are only half-crocheted.

 

Pic 11: Row 4 completed

Other Pattern Using the Orchid Stitch

 

If you enjoyed making the Orchid Stitch Scarf, you can now try the premium Orchid Stitch Baby Booties 50% off (no coupon needed from January 14 through January 31st, 2019) for only $2.75. It uses the same Dream Baby yummy yarn

 

Show Off what You’ve Done!

You are my biggest source of inspiration, delight and reason why I spend endless hours crocheting and creating. I look forward to your finished project pictures on social media to fuel me up. Please use #bonitapatterns and tag me on Facebook and Instagram @bonitapatterns so I can see your “babies”. If you’re not on social media, you can email me at lianka@bonitapatterns.com.


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