The Uneven Berry is one of my new favorite stitches. The texture is fabulous, the squish is amazing, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Learn how to crochet the Uneven Berry stitch with me using this written and video tutorial today!
Uneven Berry Crochet Tutorial
I’ve been using the Uneven Berry in a work-in-progress design for longer than I’m willing to admit. Now that I’m almost finished with not only one but TWO sweater patterns featuring this stitch, I can confidently say that it is one of my favorites. This stitch is large, it is plush, and it looks great when crocheted into practically anything.
A Berry Stitch is similar to a Bobble Stitch or Popcorn Stitch in appearance. That’s where the similarities stop, however. In my opinion, the Berry Stitch is easier to make than a Bobble or a Popcorn AND quicker too.
Note that there is a Berry Stitch where all of the Berries stack directly on top of each other, and then there is the UNEVEN Berry which staggers the Berries each row so that they nestle into each other. We are learning the Uneven Berry version today.
About the Uneven Berry Stitch:
The Uneven Berry stitch is a 4-row repeat. Once the pattern is established, you will repeat these same four rows in order until the piece is as tall as you like.
I find it easiest to start with a row of single crochet as a base. The Berries look cleaner than if worked directly into a chain, and it creates a more convenient way for you to add a border or other finishing steps later on.
The multiple for the Berry Stitch is 2 + 1 + 1 (for turning chain). If using a traditional foundation chain, you’ll want to start with an even number. Note that if you are starting with a foundation single crochet row, you’ll want to start with an ODD number of stitches.
Short version of how to make a Berry = YO insert hook in desired stitch and pull up a loop, ch-1, YO insert hook in same place and pull up another loop (5 loops on hook). YO pull through all 5 loops. Ch-1 to close the stitch.
When we create a Berry we will always slip stitch to the following stitch to “anchor” it. Because of this each Berry stitch is effectively two stitches wide.
Tips for the Uneven Berry Crochet Stitch
Start with an odd number of single crochet stitches.
Do not make the slip stitches in between the Berry stitches too tight. It makes it difficult to get the hook into them in the following row.
When slip stitching to the top of the previous row’s Berry use the larger of the two loops. (Not the chain 1 used to close the stitch)
You may find it helpful to mark the first and last stitch of each row with stitch markers. Those slip stitches can easily get hidden.
Be careful when crocheting the Berry rows that you don’t snag a portion of another Berry down below. Because those stitches protrude or stick out a bit, they are easy to snag with your hook while you’re crocheting along on the current row.
In my experience the fabric has a much better drape if I go up several hook sizes from what is recommended for the yarn weight. For example, when using the new size 3/DK weight Andean Treasure on this sweater which calls for a 3.5 mm – 4.5 mm crochet hook, I went with the much larger size J/6mm and I adore the squish!
On another new sweater I have in the works I use a Brava Worsted Weight Tweed yarn in the “Goldenrod” colorway and an 8mm crochet hook. As you can imagine, those Berry stitches work up super fast! I can’t wait to share that new pattern with you.
How to Uneven Berry Crochet (Step-by-Step):
Row 1: Start with a row of single crochets in any odd number. You can use a Foundation Single Crochet row if you like, or ch-12 as I have done in the following photos, then single crochet in the second chain from the hook and in each chain to the end.
Row 2: Turn (do not chain), and slip stitch in the first stitch.
Berry in next stitch by yarning over and pulling up a loop in the next stitch (3 loops on hook).
Yarn over and pull up another loop in the same stitch. (5 loops on hook)
Yarn over and pull through all 5 loops.
Chain one to close the stitch. Berry made!
Slip stitch to the next stitch to anchor it.
Alternate Berry stitches and slip stitches to the end of the row, ending with a slip stitch. You should have a slip stitch to start this row and to end this row.
Row 3: Chain one and turn.
Single crochet in the first slip stitch of the row. Slip stitch in the top of the next Berry.
Alternate placing single crochets in the slip stitches and slip stitches in the Berry stitches to the end of the row. You should start and end this row with a single crochet stitch.
Row 4: Chain one and turn. Single crochet in the first stitch, slip stitch in the next slip stitch. Alternate placing a Berry stitch in the next single crochet, and a slip stitch in the following stitch until you get to the end with only one stitch remaining.
Single crochet in the final stitch. You should start and end this row with a single crochet stitch.
Row 5: Turn, (do not chain) and slip stitch in the first single crochet.
Alternate placing a single crochet in the next slip stitch, and a slip stitch in the next Berry stitch until you get to the end with only one stitch remaining. Slip stitch in the final stitch. You should start and end this row with a slip stitch.
To continue with the Uneven Berry repeat rows 2 through 5 until the piece is as tall as you like. I always finish off with an ODD numbered row, or a non-Berry row.
This stitch does take some practice. Just remember to always put the Berries in the single crochets of the previous row and to stay a bit on the loose side for those slip stitches. I find it helpful to check my work often to make sure that I haven’t gotten off track with the placement of those Berries, especially at the beginning of the row. Once you get in a groove this stitch works up quickly!
Uneven Berry Video Tutorial:
If you would rather watch this video on YouTube, you can find it on my channel here. Don’t forget to subscribe while you’re there! 😉
What will you make with this plush, squishy stitch? I am working up a NEW sweater design that will be a free pattern here on Heart Hook Home. Stay tuned, and make sure you’re on the email newsletter list (sign up form below) for special discounts and pattern alerts.