This idea hit me like a ton of bricks! Okay, so it just kinda popped into my brain more than it hit me, but I think you’ll agree that this is a seriously cool stitch to have in your repertoire.
What’s The Stitch
Sometimes called the block stitch, this lovely 2 row repeat, made up of double crochets, single crochet, and chains, is also reversible! I’ve found many versions of the brick stitch in my research. Including a popular variation commonly used in C2C (corner to corner) blankets.
I’ve seen some refer to this stitch as a modern granny stitch, since not everyone is fond of the alternating holes in a typical granny stitch. I can definitely see the similarity seeing as they both use double crochet clusters. I personally love the granny stitch, but the brick stitch has lovely drape to it and I find that has a more interesting look to it.
The alternating rows are super easy to remember, so it’s a good stitch for mindless crochet, meditation, or prayer.
The brick stitch works wonderfully for blankets, scarves, shawls, ponchos, and much more. Plus, it’s not a yarn eater so, you get pretty far using one skein. That’s right, finally a stitch that isn’t a yarn eater!
Variegated or self striping yarns are a great choice for working this stitch. But it also lends itself to color changes. In fact, it’s very popular to choose a white or neutral color for the double crochet clusters and a bright contrasting color for the single and chain 3 row. The chains will be covered by the double crochet clusters, meaning that the single crochets will be the sole pop of color. What color combination would you use on this stitch?
There are quite a few stitches that share the name brick stitch. Since all of them look like bricks it can be harder to identify them. Luckily, some of them have one other name that no other stitch uses. The interlocking block stitch, uses a similar combo of double crochets and chains, but allows you to get a multicolored row without carrying your other color. The crazy stitch, is a diagonal facing variation, the C2C, as mentioned before, is a pattern that builds from one corner to the other. There are quite a few more that go under the name brick or block stitch. However, they aren’t variations of the classic brick stitch. Instead, those crochet stitches and patterns are made to look like actual brick and mortar.
If you look up the brick stitch there are tons of variations just to get this classic look. There’s technically no official way to do it, at least not that I’ve found. As such, this tutorial will show you how I do it.
Let’s get started!
- Crochet hook
- Yarn or tapestry needle
- Ch = chain
- Dc(s) = Double crochet(s)
- Sc = single crochet
The Brick Stitch Tutorial
This stitch is worked in multiples of 3, plus 3. (3, 6, 9, 12, plus 3. 12 + 3 = 15)
Foundation row. Ch 18.
Row 1. Put a dc in the 3rd ch from the hook, the chs do not count as a st, put 1 dc in each st, <16 dcs>
Row 2. Ch 1, turn, put a sc in the top of the first dc, ch 2, *skip 2, put a sc in the top of the 3rd dc, ch 2,* repat til you reach the end of the row, you should end on a sc. <6 sc>
Row 3. Ch 2, this counts as a dc, turn, put 3 dcs in the ch 2 space, *go to the next ch 2 space, put 3 dcs in that space* repeat *-* til you reach the last sc, dc into the top of that sc. <5 dc clusters, 1 dc on either side>
Row 4. Ch 1, turn, put a sc in the first dc, ch 2. *skip to the next space, put a sc in the space between the dc clusters, ch 2,* repeat *-* til you come to the end, you should end with a sc in the top of the ch 2 from the preivious row. <6 scs>
Rows 5-9. Repeat rows 3 and 4. I would suggest ending on row 3 for a cleaner look if you’re using this stitch for a project.
Snip your yarn, tie off and weave in your ends.
That’s it, you’re done!
I hope this is helpful for those of you that prefer using crochet charts.
If you’re interested in learning how to read them, this is a nice simple one to start of with. As you can see, it only has 3 stitches. Just use the key at the bottom to follow the pattern.
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