Are you looking for the perfect stitch that is beginner friendly but has endless possibilities? Look no further than the Chevron Stitch!
About the Chevron Stitch
The Chevron Stitch is related to the Herringbone Stitch as the structure of the stitches can resemble the skeleton of a fish, but don’t confuse the two (see my blog post, here, for more information on the Herringbone Double Crochet stitch!). The Chevron Stitch has a lot more versatility to how it can be created and used in designs!
Chevrons are a classic stitch that was re-popularized in the 1950’s by the fashion designer Missoni. It is popular as you don’t need a pattern to start creating the Chevron pattern. The Chevron is created through a series of “peaks” and “valleys”. The peaks are created by increasing stitches and the valleys are created by decreasing stitches. Easy, right?
You can change the look of the Chevron Stitch by changing the number of stitches within the peaks and valleys, as well as changing the number of stitches between the peaks and valleys. By increasing or decreasing the number of stitches in the peaks and valleys you can change how defined the Chevron will look. By changing the number of stitches between each peak and valley, you will affect how many Chevron repeats will be in your piece.
You won’t see a symbol chart for the chevron stitch as the Chevron Stitch is made out of one stitch but a series of stitches across the pattern.
Wondering what else you can do with a Chevron Stitch or how you can take it to the next level? You can use the Chevron Stitch to create all of the stitches below!
- Half Double Crochet Chevron
- Double Crochet Chevron
- Wide Chevrons
- Ridged Chevrons
- Ribbed Chevrons
- Peephole Chevrons
- Bobble Chevrons
- Granny Chevron
Check out the book, Crochet Stitch Dictionary by Sarah Hazell, for how to create all of these fantastic variations to the Chevron Stitch!
You can also play with the color combinations to create an infinite number of looks and designs!
Let’s Make a Swatch!
- Crochet Hook
- Tapestry Needle
- ch – Chain
- Sc – Single Crochet
- st(s) – Stitch(es)
In the tutorial below I am using Knit Pick Brave (sport weight) yarn and a 4 mm hook. We will be starting with a chain that is a multiple of 16 + 2 (as there are 16 stitches in one repeat plus 1 stitch for an extra peak at the end of the row plus 1 stitch for turning). As stated above, this multiple changes depending on the number of stitches in your peak, valleys, and number of stitches in between the peaks and valleys.
Row 1: Chain 34.
Row 2: Sc 2 times in the second ch from the hook, sc in the next 6 sts, sc the next 3 sts together, sc in the next 6 sts, sc 3 times in the next st, sc in the next 6 sts, sc the next 3 sts together, sc in the next 6 sts, sc 2 times in the next st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1. Sc 2 times in the first stitch, sc in the next 6 sts, sc the next 3 sts together, sc in the next 6 sts, sc 3 times in the next st, sc in the next 6 sts, sc the next 3 sts together, sc in the next 6 sts, sc 2 times in the last st. Turn.
Repeat Row 3 until your swatch measures 4”.
What did you think? Did you have as much fun as I did making the Chevron Stitch?!
Do you like to follow along to a video? The video tutorial below shows not only how to crochet the Chevron Stitch (it is called a Ripple in this video), but it also provides a free tutorial on how to make a blanket!
Patterns that use the Chevron Stitch
This cute scarf uses the Chevron Stitch to establish the width of the scar so that you can customize the length to however short or long you want it! Make your own Chevron Scarf here.
This cute bucket bag uses the Chevron Stitch throughout the bag, but changes the color every couple of rows to create a cute accent! Make your own bag here.