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What is the papyrus crochet stitch?
The papyrus stitch is a close crochet cousin of the shell stitch. The 4-row repeat pattern creates straight edges on all sides vs. the curved top and bottom of the crochet shell stitch.
This is a lovely lacey style crochet stitch to add to your textured stitches repertoire. See some beginner friendly textured crochet stitches in this post.
In this image you can see the tree like structure of the stitch sequence.
What can you use this stitch for? A great blanket stitch (not for babies because the gaps can allow fingers and toes to slip through- see baby safe stitch blankets in this post)
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This is a cluster style stitch pattern so, as with all cluster stitches, plan on using more than average amount of yarn for your project. It is a “yarn eater”!
Use the recommended hook size or go up half a mm to work this stitch to show off the open spaces.
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To make a practice swatch of the papyrus stitch as shown in video tutorial:
Chain 38. In second chain from hook, sc across row (37 sts).
Row 1 set up: ssdc (two sc stacked on each other shown in video tutorial). In same stitch work an additional 2 dc for a total of 3 stitches in first st. *skip 2 sts, sc. Skip 2 sts, work 5 dc cluster in next* Repeat * to * until 3 sts remain. Work 3 dc in last st.
Papyrus stitch 4 row sequence
Begin pattern rows below.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st, * ch 2, sk next 2 sts, dc in next st, ch 2, sc in next st* repeat * to * to end of row, Turn.
Row 3: Ch 1, sc in first st, sk next ch-2 sp, 5 dc in next st, ch 2, sk next ch-2 sp, *LKSC, sk next ch- sp, work 5 dc shell in next st, sk next ch -2 sp* Repeat * to* to last 3 sts, ch 2, sk next 2, dc in last. Turn
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Row 4: Ch 1 ssdc in first st, ch 2, sk 2, sc in next, *ch 2 sk 2, dc in next, ch 2 sk 2, sc next* repeat * to* to last 3, ch 2 sk 2, dc in last. Turn.
Row 5 (a repeat of row 1 that I used as a setup): Ch 1, ssdc + 2 dc in first st, ch 2 sk ch-2 sp, *LKSC, sk next ch-2 sp, work 5 dc shell in next, sk next ch -2 sp* repeat * to * to last st, work 3 dc in last, Turn.