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The Jacob’s Ladder crochet stitch features a raised interlocking chain loop that lays on top of your fabric. To make this stitch, you must know how to chain, double crochet, and single crochet.

Once you crochet your base rows, this stitch has a 2-row repeat and it looks different on both sides. Once you get to the end of your project you will weave your chain loops together and then secure them by crocheting the final rows.

I made my sample in a solid color but this stitch looks interesting worked in stripes, as well. The Jacob’s Ladder crochet stitch would be well suited for a variety of different projects: blankets, scarves, hats, home decor, and more.

How to Crochet The Jacob’s Ladder Stitch

Abbreviations

  • I use US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Dc: double crochet
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Sl st: slip stitch

Notes

  • Chain multiple 5+2
  • Odd rows are front side
  • Turning chains do not count as a stitch
Insert hook down through top of dc stitch.

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and next 4 chs. *Ch 10, sl st into top of last dc made.

After row 1.

Dc in next 5 chs. Repeat from * across. Turn.

After row 2.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and each st across working in front of your ch-10 loops. Turn.

Row 3: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and next 4 chs. *Ch 10, sl st into top of last dc made. Dc in next 5. Repeat from * across. Turn.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 ending on a row 2

Next row: Ch 2, dc in same st as Ch 2 and each st across. Turn. Do not finish off.

Connect your chain loops

Looking at the front of your work, start at the bottom and chain your loops together going upwards using your hook or fingers

Finishing row 1: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and next 3 sts. *Insert your hook into next st and ch-loop space and make 1 sc. sc in next 4. Repeat from * across. Sc in last.

Finishing row 2: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and each st across. Finish off.

2024 Crochet Along: Square 2

This is the 2nd stitch of the Terrific Textures Crochet Along! This is a year-long CAL running here on The Unraveled Mitten, we are learning a new textured crochet stitch every week other week. Around the end of October, we will join our stitch sampler squares into a cozy blanket.

You can find more info here.

Pre-Order the Entire Pattern Here

You can purchase a pre-order of the Terrific Textures CAL in my shops. Each time a square is released you will automatically receive the PDF copy of that pattern.

You can find written instructions for this stitch above. You’ll notice that the instructions are written so you can use this stitch in other places besides this CAL. You can find my notes on how I made my 12-inch square listed below.

  • 120 yds worsted weight yarn + 5.5mm crochet hook
  • Gauge: 7 sts x 5 rows in pattern= 2 in
  • Finished square before blocking measures: 11.5 in x 11.5 in
    • Keep in mind a square that is a little smaller than 12 inches is a lot easier to work with in the joining stage than a larger square.

Jacobs Ladder Stitch Crochet Square

To make a square just like mine follow the instructions below. If you want your loops closer to the top and bottom of your square chain the recommended number and follow the stitch instructions above.

Ch 37

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch across. Turn. (35 sts)

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and each st across. Turn.

Row 3: row 3 of stitch instructions

Repeat rows 2&3 of stitch instructions until your square is around 9 in tall. For me this was 24 rows in total. End on a row 2.

Continue on in stitch instructions. After finishing row 2. Add 1 more row of sc and one more row of dc.This should give you a total of 29 rows.

Border

Do not finish off. Working on front side of square, ch 1, sc evenly around placing (sc, ch 2 sc) in each corner. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Finish off weave in ends. Block to 12 inches. (35 sc on each side)

  • Note: the number of single crochets worked on each raw edge should be the same number as the top and bottom edges. 

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3 Comments

  1. Colleen W says:

    Sounds like a fun blanket CAL. I’m curious on how they will fit together. I noticed that the first 2 blocks have a different number of sc sts around the border. Typically I’ve always tried to get the same number of sts so when joined they lay flat.

    1. It has been my experience that as long as the stitch count is within a few stitches of each other on each square it isn’t noticable to skip a stitch or 2 while joining. I am writing each square so that the stitch count per side is between 34-38 stitches.

  2. Ronel Pretorius says:

    Plesse can you help. I lost my block 1 instructions. 🥲

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