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The Cabbage Patch Stitch: A Crochet Tutorial

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In today’s tutorial, I will be showing you how to make the Cabbage Patch stitch. The name of this stitch is what intrigued me to try it and I am so glad I did.

This stitch is made up of a 2-row repeat. One row of crossed double crochets and then a row of shells stitches. It works up quick once you get the stitch pattern memorized.

Still curious about that giveaway? Keep reading I’ll give you all the details after the tutorial!


  • I used a #4/worsted weight yarn
  • 5 mm hook
  • Please feel free to use any yarn weight/hook combo your heart desires


  • I use US terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Sk: skip
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Sp: space


Ch a multiple of 4 + 3 more chs.

Cabbage Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Row 1: Sk 4 ch,  4 dc in next *sk 3 chs, 4 dc in next repeat from * across until 2 chs remain. Sk 2 chs. Dc in last. Turn

Cabbage Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc) *skip 3 sts, dc in next. Ch 2, Dc back into the first skipped st.  Repeat from * across. Dc in top of ch 3. Turn.

Cabbage Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Row 3: Ch 3, 4 dc in each ch 2 sp across. Dc in top of ch 3. Turn.

A Closer Look at the Crossed Double Crochet

Did you understand the crossed double crochet from row 2? Here is a color coded picture that I hope will help you master this stitch.

Cabbage Stitch Crochet Tutorial

In the first row you made groups of 4-double crochets. In the second row, you will make a double crochet in the last double crochet of the group from the previous row (Purple). Then chain 2.(Green) You will finish your crossed double by making 1 double crochet back into the first stitch of that group of 4 (blue).

And that’s all there is to it! What are you going to make, I would love to know?

Spring Yarn Giveaway *CLOSED*

Now here’s the part where I tell you about the free yarn. This giveaway is completely hosted by me. I went to my local craft store and purchased these lovelies just for you. In part celebration of National Crochet Month but also because I appreciate all of you who take the time to visit my little bloggy. So, thank you, truly, you guys are the best.

Spring Yarn Giveaway

The winner will receive 5 skeins of Vanna’s Choice Yarn in the colors: mustard, dusty purple, dusty blue, pink, and fern. One skein for each of the five Fridays of National Crochet Month (aren’t I clever LOL).

Seeing as this is my first giveaway it is open to US addresses only. I wanted to get my feet wet a little before I do the full-on cannonball into an international giveaway. I hope you understand.

Follow the Instructions below to enter!

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  1. Heather Hopper says:

    I taught myself to crochet with Debbie Stoller’s The Happy Hooker book. I have taught others since! Thank you for the opportunity!

    • Janice Cremer says:

      Learned basics from my grandmother when I was a young girl, but mostly taught myself with book and watching tutorials. I love your site which I just found. I will be using this stitch for my next project. Thanks for sharing your ideas and creative takents

      • I taught myself to crochet when I was eleven years old, with a ten cent learn how book,and a ball of used yarn my mother raveled from an old sweater ,while staying with my grandmother,using an oil lamp. I am now 80 years old and still love to crochet

  2. I learned to crochet from my grandmother when I was 11…over 42 years ago. 🙂 Each project I work on brings back those memories and I would love to sit with her and crochet together again. <3

    • Heather says:

      I love this. My Grandma taught me when I was young too. I don’t get to see her much but when I sit and crochet it makes me feel like closer to her.

  3. Dicey E. says:

    I learned to crochet from a crochet designer in Portland, OR. I was recovering from having been critically ill and needed something do do during my lengthy leave of absence from my job. I didn’t like sitting around and being unproductive and have enjoyed the craft ever since!!

  4. Elaine Bowden Powell says:

    my Mom taught me to crochet at a young age. my first project was a huge granny square blanket. I’ve been crocheting for many years. I always have a WIP for traveling, Dr. appts, etc.

  5. Nicole Acuna says:

    My sweet grandma who passed away at 101 a few years ago taught me to crochet as a child. I started watching YouTube tutorials a few years ago to learn more and I’ve been hooked since 🙂

  6. Heather Price says:

    I learned to crochet over 30+ years ago just by watching and never learned to read a pattern until just a few months ago…now I am a collector too

  7. Diana says:

    My supervisor taught me to crochet a few years ago and in turn, I showed her how to loom knit! .Thank you for this opportunity and for sharing your patterns!

  8. Birg says:

    I’m self-taught as a young teenager. Both my daughter and son learned to crochet when they were around 10. Fifteen years later daughter picked up the “habit” and made baby blankets for family and friends with new babies. I continue my “habit” making prayer shawls and baby blankets for our church’s outreach program.

  9. Celia says:

    My sister showed me 2 basic stitches & I’ve learned the rest via YouTube about 2 yrs ago. I’ve been “hooked” ever since! I’m super excited to try your Cabbage Patch Stitch! Thanks so much for sharing!!?

  10. Mitzi says:

    Neighborhood girls learned together. The best time of my life. Woolworths was the only bixstore to get yarn from.

  11. Ann Finley says:

    Trying to leave a comment (tech~impaired lol) I learned to crochet a million years ago by my mother. Didn’t get serious till almost two years ago and now my day isn’t complete unless I’ve crocheted on something. Love your blog and the cabbage patch stitch. Had to sit right down and try it out. I think I’ve learned something new almost every day in the past couple of years, and it (and I) just keeps getting better and more fun. Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Liz says:

    I learned the foundation chain from a lady who babysat me. I taught myself the rest from books and the Internet. Thanks for your interesting blogs!

  13. Georgia says:

    I learned from my grandmother when I was 15yrs old,started with the basic granny square&by watching her crochet rugs using plastic bread bags back in the 70′

  14. Lisa Olson says:

    I learned to crochet from my Mom who was left handed and I am right handed. So, I crochet kind of funny but I really love it. I’m so glad I found your website through a pin on pinterest. You have an fantastic site and I’m learning so much here. Great patterns and tutorials!

  15. Carol D says:

    I’m “new” here, but LOVE what I see…Your patterns are lovely….and who doesn’t love a chance to win some awesome yarn? I’ve used Vanna’s Choice before and really liked working with it..so I have my fingers – and my toes – crossed…and hoping against hope!
    Thank you for the opportunity! My budget is hurting right now, so winning this would be so great.
    Thanks again…and good luck to all!

  16. I had an aunt who taught me when I was 11-12 years old. I’m left-handed but I crochet right-handed. She held her hook in her right hand and I didn’t know any different so I held mine in my right hand as well…lol.

  17. I taught myself to crochet from library books and then about a year later, a friend taught a basic crochet class in our homeschool group and gave me a couple of pointers. Since then I have been hooked. 🙂

  18. Kathleen Marie says:

    My Nana taught me to crochet when I was just a little girl! I love to make pretty & useful items. I’m currently obsessed with making coffee cup cozies! I can’t wait to make one with this stitch! Thank you for sharing!
    Thank you for hosting this giveaway also!
    Nice to meet you!

  19. Carla Schwarz says:

    Learning to crochet was one of the Home Ec skills when I was in Middle School. I’m left handed and just couldn’t “get it” no matter who tried to teach me! And believe me, I went to many different people! My teacher finally just passed me because she saw how hard I was trying! I sat with hook and yarn and a booklet (that has.stayed with me for 43 years!) and I practiced and practiced! I love this art and anyone getting married in my family knows that they are getting an afghan!

  20. Eadie says:

    I learned when I was 13 or 14. A high school friend taught me. One of the best gifts anyone has ever given to me.

  21. Miriam C says:

    I first learned to crochet from my babysitter when I was 11 or 12. I spent many years struggling with keeping a square edge, but now I put myself in the intermediate skill category!

  22. Sharon Chery says:

    Hi, I taught myself to crochet by picking up old incomplete projects of my mother’s when I was a young girl. I would pull out a line and recreate it the best I could. Fast forward to today, I still don’t do well with patterns I love following others on YouTube!

  23. sunny Rush says:

    I taught myself how to crochet as a very young little girl by looking at old magazines about crochet. It is a hobby that I am still learning much about, even after all these years!

  24. Ingrid Cohen says:

    My mother taught me when I was 13 years old. My first try was not successful, and I gave up for a week or so and then tried again. I kept trying and trying and I became good at it and taught myself stitches my mother didn’t know. I a bought Annie’s Attic crochet subscription and kept going and going, I love it! and I love a challenging pattern too!

  25. Donna says:

    I learned to crochet from my grandmother many years ago l mostly knit but some projects require crocheting like edging l believe it comes in very handy and I enjoy learning new stitches

  26. Linda Walters says:

    I learned how to crochet at 12 years old. I am now 60. Iam really excited to learn new patterns. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Samantha Hogge says:

    I learned in my youth group at church! They taught us knitting at the same time, but crocheting was always easier for me to wrap my brain around.

  28. Mandy says:

    I learned to crochet in 6th grade. It was a special lesson our teacher had one of the mom’s come in and teach to our class. I enjoyed it so much and have been crocheting ever since for my kids, as gifts, etc etc!

  29. Wynne says:

    My grandmother and my mother both taught me when I was a child, I quit during my teens and had to relearn using the internet in my 20’s and I no longer lived near either my grams or my mom.

  30. Charlsie says:

    Like a lot of people, my grandmother taught me to crochet when I was little, about 70 years ago. . No, I can’t be that old, but alas, I am. I love your site! Keep up the beautiful work!

  31. Hi Ya’ll
    I learn to crochet from a friend who was right handed. I would sit on the floor and watch her crochet, that’s because I’m a lefty that started when I was 15 yrs old. Since than I learned from books, Tv,and the internet. I love this craft. It’s Relaxing !!!!

  32. Mary Short says:

    Thank you for taking time to share your talent with others,it’s truly delightful to learn new techniques after 40 years of crocheting. I love making afghans to give to family, friends, and Project Linus. This will be very cute in any color!

  33. Ruth says:

    After I finished row 3 I then read you’re instructions on the crossed double crochet. I already know how to do that but in reading it I discovered that, although you said to skip 3 stitches you actually meant skip 4 in order to crochet into the last dc of the 4dc group. I ended up with my second leg of the crossed stitch not in the first double crochet but in the stitch before that. It still works ok but since it’s now clearer to me what stich you actually meant I’ll do it that way next time and I will use this pattern again and again because I do a lot of baby blankets for charity and this is very cute…thank you for sharing. I think you should change your instructions for row 2 to your explanation for the crossed stitch by saying what you did theere….use the 4th dc and cross back to the 1st dc

  34. Sandi says:

    I used to watch ch my mom crochet as a child. When I was about 47 I picked up some yarn and just started crocheting from memory of watching her. Of course with errors. lol and lots of calls to her. I can’t wait to use this stitch thank you so much Heather. Ps my maiden name was Price also. ?

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