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Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,
I, Cătălina, came across this stitch in one of my Romanian books with crochet patterns and, at first, didn’t know how to name it. While looking closer and closer to my swatch I was making, I realized that each row started looking like an arcade. Hence the name The Arcade Stitch. There are many variations to this stitch, so, don’t get confused in case you find a pattern that uses the same name but looks a little bit different. Don’t forget, crocheting is very creative and variety is welcomed.
Now, let’s get started with the instructions.
ch – chain;
ch- – refers to chain previously made;
ch-sp – chain space;
dc – double crochet;
sc – single crochet;
Tip: Do not worry if your stitches look messy and uneven. When practicing a new technique, the stitches will look tighter and tighter.
Work a loose chain of multiple of 8, plus 2 extra chains to complete the pattern.
Row 1: 2sc in the 2nd and 3rd ch from the hook; * ch5; skip next ch-5 from foundation ch; 3sc in the next ch-3 * ; Repeat from * to *; to finish the row: ch5; skip next ch5 from foundation ch; 2sc in the last ch2; ch1 to turn.
Row 2: 1sc in the first sc from row 1; * skip next sc; 9dc in the next ch-5-sp; skip next sc; 1sc in next sc * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: 1sc in the last sc from row 1; ch4 to turn (counts as 1dc+ch1 here and throughout).
Row 3: skip first 3dc; 3sc in next 3dc; * CH5; skip next [3dc, 1sc, 3dc]; 3sc in next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: ch1; 1dc in last sc from previous row; ch3 to turn.
Row 4: 4dc in first ch-1sp; * skip 1sc; 1sc in next sc; skip next sc; 9dc in next ch-5sp * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: 5dc in last ch-4sp; ch1 to turn.
Row 5: 2sc in first 2dc from previous row; * ch5; skip next [3dc, 1sc, 3dc]; 3sc in next 3dc * ; repeat from * to * ; to finish the row: 2sc in last dc and beginning CH-3; CH1 to turn.
Repeat rows 2 to 5 to complete the pattern.
Congrats! You just learned how to crochet the Arcade Stitch. You can use this stitch to make all sorts of things, but, especially, cardigans. We don’t have a pattern using the stitch, yet, but are working on something at the moment.
Below, you can watch the video tutorial on how to crochet the Arcade Stitch.
Photo Gallery of the Arcade Stitch: