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How to Crochet the Pique Stitch

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The Pique Crochet stitch is a fun, quick, plush stitch. It is quick to work and easy to make. This is a great crochet stitch for baby blankets, socks, sweaters, or more! Let’s learn how to make this stitch with this written and video tutorial.pique crochet stitch tutorial

Pique Crochet Stitch Tutorial

If you are looking for a crochet stitch that works up quickly, this stitch is for you! It is as tall as a double crochet stitch but twice as wide. This means that the rows go by fast and you’ll have a finished project in no time. Great for last minute gifts, or quick washcloths!

how to crochet the pique stitch

The Pique stitch is almost a crochet cluster but not quite. To make this stitch we will start a double crochet and get half way through, then place a half double crochet stitch in that same spot. It’s easier than it sounds, so follow along with the instructional photos below, or scroll down to the video tutorial and follow along there.

I have noticed that with this stitch you must stay loose on the foundation chain, otherwise the bottom row will flare out. To combat this, I find it best to go up a hook size for the foundation chain and then switch to the smaller/intended hook size for the main portion of the pattern. By going up one hook size instead of just crocheting looser, the chains will be more uniform in size and you will be happier with the end result. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Facts about this stitch:

The chain multiple does not matter. You can start with any number of chains.

This stitch is abbreviated in crochet patterns as Pq.

You’ll work the first half of a double crochet, then add a half double crochet in the same space.

This stitch is quite wide. You’ll want to make your foundation chain pretty loose (or better yet, go up a hook size just for the foundation chain).

To make the Pique Crochet Stitch:

1. Chain any number of chains. Note that the last two chains made will be the side of the first stitch of the first row.

2. Yarn over, insert hook in 3rd chain from the hook and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook)

3. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (2 loops on hook)

4. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the same space. (4 loops on hook)

5. Yarn over and pull through all four loops. Stitch made!

To continue the Pique stitch you’ll start over with steps 2 through 5, going into the next chain until you get all the way to the end.

To start a new row…

1. Chain 2, turn.

2. Yarn over, insert hook into first stitch and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook)

3. Yarn over and pull through two loops. (2 loops on hook)

4. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the same space. (4 loops on hook)

5. Yarn over and pull through all four loops.

Continue making Pique stitches until you get to the end of the row.

Pique Stitch VIDEO Tutorial

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I love this stitch because they look like little pebbles, and I just love the texture! This stitch would be great for washcloths, or baby blankets, and I can’t wait to see what you’ll make with it. Be sure to tag @HeartHookHome on all social media and in the Heart Hook Home Crochet Community on Facebook. 👐

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How to crochet the pique stitch

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  1. Thanks for the info about using one hook size larger for the foundation chain. For whatever reason, I found that going up TWO sizes worked best for me and my project.