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How to Crochet the Lemon Peel Stitch

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If you’re looking for an easy, beautiful crochet stitch look no further than the Lemon Peel Stitch. Let’s learn how to crochet this simple, pretty crochet stitch with this lemon peel tutorial.

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Lemon Peel Crochet Stitch

The Lemon Peel Stitch is a combination of two of the most basic crochet stitches: the single crochet and the double crochet. We simply alternate the stitches across each row; single, double, single, double, etc. It really is that easy! This stitch creates a beautiful effect, similar to a lemon rind – hence the name. 🍋

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Lemon Peel Stitch Written Tutorial

To start this stitch, you’ll chain an odd number of chains. Then we’ll simply alternate between the single and double crochet stitches across each row.

Be sure to watch the VIDEO tutorial below.

1. Chain any odd number of stitches.

2. Single crochet in the second chain from your hook.

3. Double crochet in the next chain.

4. Single crochet in the next chain, double crochet in the next chain.

5. Repeat step 4 to the end of the row. You should always end the row with a double crochet.

6. Chain 1 to start a new row and turn your work.

7. Single crochet in the very first stitch, double crochet in the next.

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8. Repeat step 4 to the end of the row.

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That’s it!

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Helpful tips for the Lemon Peel:

Always place your double crochets in the single crochets of the previous row. (Explained in video below)

The height of the Lemon Peel Stitch is similar to that of Half Double Crochet. For this reason, these stitches are frequently interchangeable with minimal gauge issues. (As in the Painted Canyon Cardigan – but always check your gauge!)

Video tutorial:

YouTube video
Isn’t that beautiful and easy?! This dishcloth or washcloth crochet pattern uses this stitch, as does this Simple Scarf for Men pattern. Small, quick projects like these are always a great way to learn a new stitch while creating something beautiful in the process!

how to crochet the lemon peel stitch

More crochet tutorials:

How to Crochet the Brick Stitch

How to Crochet the Trinity Stitch

Almond Ridges Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Herringbone Double Crochet Tutorial (Hbdc)

Linked Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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  1. Very nice. I first saw the lemon peel stitch on the Furls site. Always liked the look but didn’t know where to find help with making it. I made fingerless gloves snd love the look. Thanks for your tutorial. This is now my fav stitch. Fast, easy snd turns out lovely. Thanks again.
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  3. What size hook do you recommend for the Lemon Peel pattern? I am using light weight #3 for a baby blanket. Love the looks of the pattern!
    1. Hi Patricia! I would probably use the hook size recommended for that yarn. I'm thinking a G or H. Hope this helps!
  4. I always wondered if this combination of stitches would do something nice but I couldn't quite get it to work myself. Thanks for the instruction - and your patterns are lovely, I can't wait to try the tunics! Also, thank you for having a nice clean site with unobtrusive advertising and no bothersome pop-ups interrupting the experience! (That's so hard to come by these days.)
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  6. Hi is there a kit u sell for the hoodie? If not I can’t seem to find the full pattern. U seem like an instructor I would like would follow follow. I AM a new crochet person made one shawl. madE several simple dish clothes. but would like to venture out to do ur hoodie. SO could u not is about kniw patterns pattern or kit thank u
    1. Hi Teresa! I do not have kits available, but the patterns are available through Ravelry. Not sure which hoodie pattern you are looking for since I have 2 different ones. The Bean Happy Hoodie can be found here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/bean-happy-hoodie Or the Hibernation Hoodie here: https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hibernation-hoodie?set=&_rfoff=1
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  10. I have very chunky wool would it work using a 15mm hook for this sweater. Thank you for a great pattern.
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  12. I didn't realize I had already completed a whole blanket in the lemon peel stitch - that I had heard so much about( but didn't think I was ready to learn another stitch LOL!! ) You have just un-locked So many patterns for me - including your 4 hr sweater! That baby is getting done on my next road trip! Thank you!
  13. Nice tutorial, thank you. I've mostly seen this referred to as granite stitch or crunch stitch, but I think I prefer lemon peel! Have you ever experimented with stacking the stitches? Sc in sc, dc in dc; it makes a different but equally interesting texture.
  14. hi, lemon peel stitch, well I never knew it was around,it's easy to follow (I think) as I just read the pattern. lol.im happy to try a throw with it . keep you posted, thankyou for this lovely pattern.