Searching for this months crochet stitch was not easy. Its May, and I usually want to work with light weight yarns in vibrant spring-like colors. But the gray and snowy clouds of this past month in Chicago have me still playing with heavier yarns and patterns that arent as lacy as I would normally choose for this time of year. I looked for a stitch that was a bit in between the two extremes and would work equally well with thicker and thinner yarns. And this is where I found Bars and Loops.
This pattern stitch is created with chains as well as both single and double crochets in a two-row repeat. There are some versions that have you stitch solid rows of double crochet and working the single crochets of the second row between the posts in the row below. But I like a more polished, stacked look, so I add a chain between groups of 2 double crochets. The result is a mesh-like fabric that works with any yarn weight. The finer the yarn, the lacier the overall piece will be.
Bars and Loops is a great stitch for garments, accessories, and light and lofty baby blankets. Its great in a solid color but is most fun if you alternate colors between the two rows.
Heres how to stitch it:
Chain a multiple of 3.
Row 1: Dc in the 5 th ch from hook and the next ch (skipped 5 chains count as 1 dc and ch-1 space). *Ch 1. Skip the next ch. Dc in each of the next 2 chains. Repeat from * to last 2 chains. Ch 1. Skip the next ch. DC in the last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1. Sc in first st and first ch-1 space. *Ch 2. Skip next 2 stitches. Sc in the next ch-1 space. Repeat from * to last st. Sc in last st. Turn.
Row 3: Ch 4 (counts as first dc and ch-1 space now and throughout). *2 dc in next ch-2 space. Ch 1. Skip next stitch. Repeat from * to last st. Dc in last stitch. Turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until piece is desired length. Make sure to end on a row 3 repeat.
Swatch it up!
I created my sample with a worsted weight yarn and a G hook, but you could easily give it a try with anything from fingering to bulky.
To create a swatch of your own, chain a multiple of 3. For my sample, I chained 33 and crocheted row 1 plus 8 repeats of rows 2 and 3. My swatch came out to about 6 wide x 6 high blocked. Its just the right width to keep going and crocheting a fun scarf.