Jun 092016
 

Dear Artsy Craftsy Friends,

This post will show you how to crochet a variation of the Arcade Stitch, which is one of the easiest stitches, even if it looks fancy and complicated. However, this particular variation is not for those of you who are faint at heart, because it requires a lot of attention and following many steps. But, if you try your best and practice, practice, practice you will end up learning an awesome stitch and creating lots of crochet items such as sweaters, cardigans, ponchos, shawls, scarves and purses.

Take a look at the picture below to see how this variation of the Arcade Stitch looks like.

The Arcade Crochet Stitch variation 1

Abbreviations:

ch – chain
ch-x-sp – chain x space
dc – double crochet
sc – single crochet

Level: intermediate

Tip: This variation of the Arcade Stitch is a yarn eater. Please make sure you have enough yarn to complete a project.

Work a loose chain from multiples of 8, plus 7 extra chains to complete the pattern.

Row 1: work 1sc in 8th ch from hook; * 5ch; skip next 4 ch; 1sc in next ch; 5ch; skip next 2ch; 1sc in next ch *; repeat from * to *; to finish: work 2ch, skip next ch, 1dc in last ch, 1ch to turn.

Row 2: work 1sc in 1dc from previous row; * work 9dc in next ch-5-sp; 1sc in next ch-5-sp *; repeat from * to *; finish the row: 1sc in last ch-sp, 5ch to turn.

Row 3: * skip 3dc in 9dc from previous row; 1sc in next dc; 5ch; skip next 2dc from same 9dc group; 1sc in next dc; 2ch; skip last 2dc of the same 9dc group; 1dc in next dc; 2ch *; repeat from * to *; finish: 1dc in last sc, 3ch to turn.

Row 4: work 4dc in first ch-2-sp from previous row; * 1sc in next ch-5-sp; 4dc in next ch-2-sp; 1dc in next dc; 4dc in next ch-2-sp *: repeat from * to *; finish: 5dc in last ch-sp from the row, 5ch to turn.

Row 5: work 1sc in 3rd dc from previous row; *2ch; skip next 2dc; 1dc in next sc; 2ch; skip first 3dc of the 9dc group; 1sc in 4th dc; 5ch; skip next 2dc of the same 9dc group; 1sc in next dc*; repeat from * to *; finish: 2ch, skip 2dc from last 5dc group, 1sc in 3rd dc, 2c, 1dc in last ch of the row, ch 1 to turn.

Row 6: work 1sc in dc from previous row; * skip next sc; work 4dc in next ch-2-sp; 1dc in next dc; 4dc in next ch-2-sp; 1sc in next ch-5-sp*; repeat from * to *; finish: 1sc in last ch-sp, 5ch to turn.

Repeat rows 3 to 6 to complete the pattern.

We hope that our instructions were helpful. We kindly ask you to upload photos of your finished items using this crochet stitch on our Facebook page that you can find in the side bar.
Happy arcading,
The Coolorburbians.

Nov 152014
 

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.

Abbreviations:
ch – chain;
ch- – refers to chain previously made;
ch-sp – chain space;
dc – double crochet;
sc – single crochet;

Level: beginner-intermediate.

Tip: Do not worry if your stitches look messy and uneven. When practicing a new technique, the stitches will look tighter and tighter.

How to crochet the Arcade Stitch, written instructions

How to crochet the Arcade Stitch

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.

Happy arcading,
The Coolorburbians.

Photo Gallery of the Arcade Stitch: