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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 quickly once you get the stitch pattern memorized.

Tips for crocheting the Cabbage Patch Stitch

My best tip for success with this stitch is to keep your foundation chain loose. You can do this by simply being mindful and crocheting with a looser tension or by going up a hook size for the chain only. 

This unique crochet stitch would make a really lovely blanket, scarf, or wrap. Its very versatile and looks good in stripes that change color each row or every 2 rows.

I always had plans to make a baby blanket with it but haven’t quite got around to doing it yet. 

This crochet stitch is worked entirely of double crochets and chains. It has alternating rows of double crochet shells, which means a group of stitches worked all in the same stitch. In this case it’s 4 double crochets. Then on the next row you make crossed double crochets all the way across. 

Don’t worry if you aren’t familiar with a crossed double crochet. I have a tutorial down below. 

Information needed for this crochet stitch tutorial

  • I used a worsted weight yarn and a 5.5mm hook
  • This is just a tutorial so please use any yarn and hook you want. 

Abbreviations

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

The Details

  • 2-row repeat
  • Chain a multiple of 4 + 3 more chs
  • Looks good on both sides
  • Ch 3 counts as dc

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Cabbage Patch Crochet Stitch Instructions 

Grab your yarn and hook and let’s get started!

Cabbage Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Row 1: Skip 4 chs,  4 dc in next *skip 3 chs, 4 dc in next repeat from * across until 2 chs remain. Skip 1 ch.  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.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 

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). 

If you enjoyed this crossed crochet stitch, you might also like this one!

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

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116 Comments

  1. Lynn Mann says:

    what does it mean when it says chain a multiple of 4? How many do you chain

  2. This is such a beautiful stitch. I found this pattern a few years ago and can’t even remember how many baby blankets I’ve made with it but it was a lot and I’m starting another now

  3. I made a mint green baby blanket with this pattern Thank you for sharing

    1. How much yarn was needed for the baby blanket? How many did you chain for the starting row? What size was the finished blanket?

      1. Lin Larson says:

        Did you ever get a response? I, too, was curious as to the amount of chains to use!

  4. It looks so beautiful can’t wait to start. I would like to see a video on how to make the stitchI have to see you do the stitchThen I will know how to do it. -thank youfor the beautiful pattern. I Love. It

  5. I’m just returning to this art of crocheting after many years. Forgotten some sts. Glad you’re sharing patterns with new sts I’ve never seen. They’re beautiful. Can’t wait to get started! Thank you.

  6. This is so pretty ! I am going to have to give it a try !

  7. Jo Ann Cheatham says:

    I have searched the instructions and can’t see any where what to do after row three. Do we repeat row two and three? Just three? Or one, two, and three?! TIA

    1. You repeat rows 2 and 3.

  8. How do you end the blanket? The four cluster stitches make it similar to a fan. Do you do single ceochets?
    Thank you for the pattern, by the way. It comes together beautifully!

  9. Janet Blosser says:

    Love this pattern very easy, just wondering how you end it as in which row is the last and do you put boarder around it? Thanks.

  10. Nancy LeMieux says:

    ABOUT HOW MANY SKIENS OF YARN WOULD IT TAKE FOR A 6X4 AFGHAN
    USING THE CABBAGE PATCH STITCH. T HANK YOU.
    NANCY LE MIEUX tnlemieux@frontier,com

  11. I am new at this is it a good stitch to do a baby Afghan if so how many do I change have no idea thanks for your help

  12. Do you have a border pattern that would go well on this afgan?

  13. I just want to say thank you you for your teachings and free
    patterns. I appreciate you sharing stitches so freely as well as explaining how to do them. This is the first Web sight that I really enjoy, and am able to receive and understand so well.
    Again thank you, and keep up the good work. Can’t wait until you have another giveaway.
    Wilma

  14. Can’t wait to try this stitch on a baby blanket. Thank you so much!

    1. Jeanne La Flash says:

      This new stitch looks pretty. It will be fun to stitch. This is the first time on your blog. Thanks for sharing.

      1. Marilyn McKenzie says:

        I too like the look of this stitch. When my blue yarns arrives this weekend, I will use it to make a baby blanket.

  15. tina marie aldrich says:

    I luv this pattern but I have one question, how do you end this pattern??
    I’m making a baby afghan & was trying to figure out how to end it and what kind of border would you suggest?? Thanks,
    Tina

    1. I think any border would work. Just do a row of sc around the whole thing and go from there.

  16. For those of you that are having trouble with the cross stitch there are numerous videos on youtube showing how to do it. Just search for crochet cross stitch. HTH!

  17. I just came across this pattern and made a trial square. It is easy and beautiful. Thank you. Any thoughts on how much yarn is required for a 4 x 5 blanket ?

  18. Esther Galindo says:

    I love this pattern thank you for sharing . Does the pattern repeat from row 1 or row 2 I did not understand . Thank you .

    1. You’re welcome Esther! Repeat rows 2 and 3.

  19. Evelyn Oliger says:

    I wish this was a live tutorial.. Ive tried to do this every way but standing on my head.. It is a beautiful stitch..Just cant get the hang of it..

  20. Nice. This would make a good blanket. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. JESUS Bless you

  21. DeAnna Hurst says:

    Thank you for sharing this! This is my new favorite stitch! If you wanted to put a border around it for a baby blanket what kind of border would you recommend?

  22. Just found your patterns and am going to try the cabbage patch stitch on a baby blanket was very easy to read / thank you. Sami

  23. Ty making baby blankets for donations using cabbage patch pattern.

  24. I’ve been using this stitch for years and never knew what it was called! I love to use this stitch on baby blankets. And you’re using one of my favorite colors of yarn. 🙂

  25. thank you for this lovely pattern iam making a blanket its beautiful will send go to when finished

  26. I really like this pattern. it is very easy to make. he done the cross stitch before and found it was easy to make. can hardly wait to see the finished product. I know by it will as beautiful as the one you showed. thank for sharing your patterns.

  27. Suzanne McNeal says:

    Hello Heather!

    I am a newbie at crochet, trying to teach myself. I am very anxious to try this stitch. Is it too late to enter for the yarn giveaway?

    Thanks!
    Suzanne

  28. Nita Whitmore says:

    Row 2 was a little agonizing for me until I read this:
    “In the second row, you will make a double crochet in the last double crochet of the group from the previous row, chain 2, then finish your crossed double by making 1 double crochet back into the first stitch of that group of 4.” The light in my foggy brain finally came on!
    Thank you so much for that detailed description. I’m also following you on Pinterest for more goodies! (=

  29. I have never been able to ‘read’ a pattern. Something always slips by me.
    I read this one, used some leftover yarn to give it a go…hy cow!! It worked!!! I’m beyond tickled. Thank you so much!!!!!!
    I’m anxious to make a baby blanket.
    Thank you again, again, and again!

    1. Yvonne, you’ve made my day. I am so clad this pattern clicked for you!

  30. Don’t know if I posted before or not but I LOVE this stitch. I make baby blankets for charity and will be using this stitch a LOT..Thank you

  31. I am making a scarf its a beautiful pattern. Thank you Maria

    1. You’re welcome Maria!

  32. Hi Heather:
    Much appreciate your getting back to me so quickly. Now I can get going on this lovely pattern – I just came across it yesterday on Pinterest and loved it so much wanted to try something small so I can see finished product – love this! I am new go your site but will certainly check it out thoroughly since I loved this stitch – am looking forward to seeing your other patterns. Tk u for sharing your talent and patterns with the rest of us – much appreciated.

    1. You are very welcome Helen, it is my pleasure. I am so glad you like this stitch, it sure is a beauty.

  33. HI!
    I am just starting this pattern – wanted to make a washcloth but am having a problem at end of row 1. I chained 36 + 3 chs= 39 chs. But at end of the row you state *across until 2chs remain (I had 2 sts) but then you go on to say “sk 2 chs, dc in last.” My question is how can you have 2 chs left then sk 2 chs and dc in last when there is only 2 chs left?? Am I doing something wrong? or reading pattern wrong? Any help you can offer would be appreciated. Tk u.

    1. Hi Helen, You are definately not reading it wrong… but I certainly typed it wrong. I am fixing it right now. Only skip 1 chain at the end not 2 and then dc in the last. Thank you for catching this for me! I really appreciate you letting me know.

  34. 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. ?

  35. 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

  36. 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!

  37. 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 !!!!

  38. 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!

  39. my sister taught me when i was 4 or 5

  40. 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.

  41. 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!

  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. My mom taught me to crochet when I was in grade school I
    Still enjoy crocheting from time to time

  45. 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

  46. 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!

  47. My grandmother taught me to knit & crochet when I was a child.

  48. My mom taught me to crochet and not only do I love crocheting but it helps keep her memory alive.

  49. 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!

  50. 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!

  51. I am new to crochet. I love your site and look forward to learning lots!

  52. 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!

  53. Just starting my crochet journey! I’ve knitted for a very long time but have just caught the crochet bug.

  54. 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.

  55. Christina says:

    I taught myself to crochet with YouTube videos and pinterest!

  56. I taught myself to crochet and am still learning, and I’m obsessed with crocheting.

  57. 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!

  58. 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!

  59. 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. 🙂

  60. Debbie Arnold says:

    My grandma taught me to crochet when I was 9 years old!

  61. My Grandmother taught me the basics. As I grew older my skills developed by use of the internet.

  62. Denise Briese says:

    My mom taught me when I was 5!

  63. I learned on you tube when I was trying to quit smoking 2 years ago

  64. 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.

  65. 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!

  66. Thank you for the great patterns and giveaway! I learned from my grandma at 9 years old.

  67. Thank you for the great patterns and giveaway!

  68. I learned to crochet about 40 years ago from my then mother-in-law.

  69. Aaiza Iftikhar says:

    I learnt a little more than a year ago by watching videos of Bhooked crochet on youtube 🙂

  70. Rosetta Williams says:

    I plan to try this stitch for my next project. Thanks for sharing and hosting a yarn giveaway

  71. kelley vain says:

    My grandmother taught me when I was a little girl.

  72. 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!

  73. Jodi Lawlor says:

    My grandmother taught me how to crochet and I love it. Thanks for the pattern, can’t wait to try it!

  74. Angela Payne says:

    Love this will make a great baby blanket!

  75. 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′

  76. 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!

  77. Amy Peterson says:

    My sister in-law taught me to crochet when I was only nine. It’s been 35 years!

  78. 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!!

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

  80. 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!!?

    1. You’re welcome Celia!

  81. 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.

  82. My Aunt Minnie taught me to crochet nearly 40 years ago!!

  83. I learned to crochet 38 years ago when I was 9. My aunt taught me and I’ve been hooked ever since!

  84. 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!

  85. I just learned how to crochet in the past year from my mom.

  86. 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

  87. 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 🙂

  88. 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.

    1. Me too! One for every occasion lol.

  89. 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!!

    1. I dont understand the chain 4 + 3 s..do you do this to make how long you want your afghan?

      1. Yes. Make your chain as wide as you want your afghan. Just make sure it’s a multiple of 4. Then add 3 chains.

  90. 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

    1. 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.

  91. Debbie Price says:

    Thank you for the pattern and giveaway.

    1. Debbie Price says:

      And I taught myself to crochet when I was 16.

    2. You’re welcome Debbie!

  92. I learned to crochet by watching youtube videos.

  93. 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!

    1. You’re welcome Heather!

    2. 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

      1. 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

        1. Keeps you young! My grandma is 80 and she still knits everyday. ?

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