Learn how to crochet the Harlequin Stitch in this quick and easy tutorial.
Common Questions about the Harlequin Stitch
This stitch can be a bit tricky since some of the shaping relies on working several stitches together, such as dc6tog. You work a combination of shell stitches, single crochets, and dc together to create a “wheel” effect.
This stitch pattern is amazing in different colors and can be used for many things such as a pillow, baby blanket, hat, scarf or even a colourful gradient blanket, since it works so well with stripes of different colors. It makes a fabric with wonderful texture.
You can use any weight of yarn for this stitch, but anything larger than bulky yarn starts to get clunky. That’s why I didn’t use super bulky yarn for this tutorial even though it’s what I normally favor. Any fiber should work, whether cotton yarn or acrylic or animal fibers.
This is very similar to the catherine’s wheel stitch and the starburst stitch. There are slight variations in each that make them unique, but they do have a similar look.
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Harlequin Stitch Video Tutorial
In this video tutorial, I will teach you step by step how to crochet the Harlequin Stitch. The skill level for this stitch/technique is for those with intermediate crochet skills.Buy the ad-free PDF here!
How to Crochet the Harlequin Stitch
Single Crochet (sc)
Double Crochet (dc)
Double Crochet # Together (dc3tog) (dc6tog) – work the number of double crochet stitches to the last loop. You will have one more loop on the hook at the end than the number of dc tog (so if it’s a dc6tog you will have 7 loops on the hook before you yarn over and pull through all loops). **Please see video tutorial if you need help with this.
This crochet stitch is worked in a multiple of 8 stitches plus 2, so you will chain to any multiple of 8 you prefer, then add 2 chains for the turning chain.
When changing colors, work to last stitch of row with old color and leave the last 2 loops of the last stitch on the hook. Yarn over and draw new color through. (See video for help).
You can use any weight yarn you prefer, ideally in three or four different colors to show off this spectacular stitch.
Choose a hook appropriate for your yarn. If you are unsure, check the ball band and look for the recommendation.
Classic Crochet Harlequin Stitch Crochet Tutorial
Chain a multiple of 8 + 2.
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and each ch across; turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, skip 3 sts, *(3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) in next st, skip 3 st, sc; repeat from * to end of row; turn.
Row 3: Ch 4, dc3tog, ch 7, * dc6tog (skipping over the center sc), ch 7; repeat from * until 3 dc’s remain; dc3tog; dc in last sc; turn.
Row 4: Ch 3, make 3 dc in top of dc3tog from previous row, sc in ch 1 two rows below, catching the ch-7 from row 3, * make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into next dec st, sc in ch 1 two rows below, catching the ch-7 from row 3; repeat from * until you reach the last dc3tog, 3 dc into dc3tog, dc into top of turning ch; turn.
Row 5: Ch 4, dc6tog (skip over the center sc), * ch 7, dc6tog (skipping over the center sc) repeat from * to end, ch 3, sc into top of turning ch; turn.
Row 6: Ch 1, sc in 1st st, make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into top of next dec st, *sc ch 7 and ch 1 sp from previous 2 rows tog, make (3 dc, ch 1, 3 dc) into of next dec st; repeat from * to end, sc in 1st ch of starting ch 4 from prev row; turn.
Repeat rows 3-6 for stitch pattern.
Tips for working the Harlequin Stitch
When working a crochet pattern that uses the Harlequin Stitch, you might find that your edges get tight. If this happens, make sure to ch 4 at the beginning of each row that calls for a ch 3. This can help loosen it up.
Remember, for the even color change make sure you draw the new color through the last 2 loops of the last stitch on the row before the new color starts.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this crochet stitch tutorial!
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