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Diagonal Stripes Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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The Diagonal Stripes crochet stitch is a subtle, feminine, and intriguing way to add some texture to your crocheted work. I love the way the light plays off of these stitches, creating almost an optical illusion. Let’s learn the Diagonal Stripes with this crochet tutorial!

How to crochet Diagonal Stripes Stitch

The Diagonal Stripes in this stitch set are made using a combination of Front Post stitches and Back Post stitches. To get these post stitches to stagger, we are simply moving them over one stitch each time we start a new row. It looks harder than it is, and if you can creating ribbing on cardigans (such as is used in the Painted Canyon Cardigan) you can absolutely make this!

how to crochet diagonal stripes

Fair warning! The VIDEO TUTORIAL below may explain this stitch better than the written instructions. The most important thing is to make sure you are starting each row with the correct number of stitch(es) (either Front Post OR Back Post), and that you are always moving the column over by one stitch.

This stitch is also REVERSIBLE. Flip one way and the diagonal stripes will go one direction, or flip it over and they’ll go the other way. I love that both sides are pretty!

Diagonal Stripes Tutorial:

1. Start with a chain, using a multiple of SIX stitches, plus three. For example, 6 + 6 + 6 = 18 + 3 = 21 chains to start. Double crochet in the 3rd chain from the hook and in each to end. I now have 19 double crochet stitches.

2. Chain one and turn. Half double crochet in the first stitch. Front Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches, then Back Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches. Alternate 3 front, then 3 back, all the way to the end of the row. Place one half double crochet in the top of the last stitch.

3. Chain one and turn. Half double crochet in the first stitch. Front Post double crochet around the next TWO stitches, then Back Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches.  Alternate 3 front, then 3 back, all the way to the end of the row. Front Post double crochet around the final post, then place one half double crochet in the last stitch.

4. Chain one and turn. Half double crochet in the first stitch. Back Post double crochet around the next TWO stitches, then Front Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches.  Alternate 3 back, then 3 front, all the way to the end of the row. Back Post double crochet around the final post, then place one half double crochet in the last stitch.

5. Chain one and turn. Half double crochet in the first stitch. Back Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches, then Front Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches. Alternate 3 back, then 3 front, all the way to the end of the row. Place one half double crochet in the top of the last stitch.

6. Chain one and turn. Half double crochet in the first stitch. Front Post double crochet around the next ONE stitch, then Back Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches. Alternate 3 front, then 3 back, all the way to the end of the row. Front Post double crochet around the final TWO posts, then place one half double crochet in the top of the last stitch.

7. Chain one and turn. Half double crochet in the first stitch. Back Post double crochet around the next ONE stitch, then Front Post double crochet around the next THREE stitches. Alternate 3 back, then 3 front, all the way to the end of the row. Back Post double crochet around the final TWO posts, then place one half double crochet in the top of the last stitch.

Now that you’ve got the rhythm down, repeat steps 2 – 7 until desired height is reached.

The video may be a better means of learning this stitch. Please do let me know if it helps!

YouTube video
This stitch will be used in my cloth series, and I hope you love it!

Diagonnal Strip crochet stitch tutorial

More crochet tutorials:

Herringbone Double Crochet Tutorial (Hbdc)

How to Crochet the Bobblet Stitch

Linked Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

How to Herringbone Half Double Crochet (HHDC)

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11 Comments

  1. Hello! Thank you for the tutorial! I started mine and at some point I realized I changed the direction of the stripes. I really liked the way it looks but have no clue how to repeat the mistake lol any idea? Thank you!!
  2. Thank you so much for sharing this and doing a video on it you have explained it in a way where I can understand it so much better than other videos I’ve seen and this is one pattern that I really Loved the look and wanted to make it and thanks to you you made it possible
  3. Thank you for taking the time to share your work with us and these stitches are beautiful they will make gorgeous blankets or even cardigans.
  4. Thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful work with us and these stitches are gorgeous they will make beautiful blankets or even cardigans
  5. What an intriguing stitch. It reminds me of the Apache Tears, with the staggered drop down stitches. I Love it! Thank you.