The Leafhopper Stitch uses split front post cluster stitches on a background of double crochet to create a pretty textured fabric. This stitch would be perfect for hats, cozy blankets, and more.

This stitch features the Leafhopper Cluster. These are split clusters worked over 3 stitches. This means you’ll start in one stitch, skip a stitch in the middle and end in the next one. This is a similar technique to the mixed cluster stitch or the trinity stitch.

The textured triangle shapes made remind me of little wings.

Leafhopper Cluster Tutorial

Since this is a split cluster, we’ll be working this over 3 stitches. Working in the previous row, you’ll start around the post of the stitch directly under the stitch you just made, skip 1 and then finish around the post of the next stitch. Lets get started.

Step 1: [yo, insert hook from front to back to front around post of st directly below dc just worked, yo, pull up loop] twice. Keep these loops loose and pull them up tall. (5 loops on hook)

Step 2: Yo, pull through 4 loops. (2 loops remain on hook)

Step 3: skip next st, [yo, insert hook from font to back to front around post of next stitch from previous row, yo pull up loop] twice. Keep these loops loose. (6 loops on hook)

Step 4: Yo, pull through 4 loops. (3 loops on hook)

Step 5: yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook. 

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How to Crochet the Leafhopper Stitch

Abbreviations

  • US Terminology
  • Ch(s): chain(s)
  • St(s): stitch(es)
  • Sc: single crochet
  • Dc: double crochet
  • LCL: leafhopper cluster (see instructions above)

Notes

  • Ch 2 does not count as stitch
  • When making LCL, be sure to keep loops worked around posts loose. 
  • Even rows are front

Instructions

Ch multiple 4 +3

Row 1: Dc in 3rd ch from hook and in each ch across. Turn. 

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and next st. * LCL over next st, dc in next 3. Repeat from * across omitting 1 dc from end of last repeat. Turn. 

Row 3: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2 and each st across. Turn. 

Row 4: Ch 2, dc in same st as ch 2, *dc in next 3, LCL over next st. repeat from * across until 4 sts remain. Dc in last 4. Turn.

Row 5: as row 3

Repeat rows 2-5

2024 Crochet Along: Square 10

Wow! We are officially half way finished with 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.

  • 125 yds worsted weight yarn, Red Heart Super Saver used in sample
  •  5.5 mm crochet hook
  • Gauge: 6 dc x 4 rows = 2 in
    • in pattern stitch
  • Finished Size: 11.5 x 11.5 in (before blocking)
    • After blocking: 12 x 12 in
    • Remember a little too small is better than too big. My squares end up being anywhere from 11.5-12 inches.

This is what I did:

  • Ch 35 to start
  • Follow stitch instructions above until your square is the desired size, being sure to end on an odd row. For me this was 22 rows.
  • After final row do not finish off, move on to border.

Border Instructions: Do not finish off, ch 1, sc evenly around placing (sc, ch 2 sc) in each corner space. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st. Finish off weave in ends. Block to 12 inches. (Each side should have 36 stitches)

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