crochet iris stitch sample

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The Crochet Iris Stitch is one of the best crochet stitches you can make. It looks intricate but it actually consists of a one-row repeat!

It works up fast and is easy to memorize, even for beginners.

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I will show you how in the free crochet pattern below. You can also check out the video tutorial included.

The Crochet Iris Stitch

The Iris Stitch has fast become one of my favorite stitches to use! It is a great stitch for a beginner as it only uses basic stitches, the double crochet stitch and chain stitches.

It is very enjoyable to crochet as you are simply putting your stitches into the next chain space. So no fiddling around counting stitches or trying to find a stitch to place your hook.

crochet iris stitch tutorial


When you are practising the stitch with this tutorial, I recommend you use a worsted weight yarn to see your stitches more clearly. You can then try a lighter weight yarn to show the lovely lace effect the beautiful stitch creates. A DK weight or fingering weight yarn would be very suitable. In my sample I used King Cole cotton soft DK yarn and a 4.5mm hook.

Crochet Projects to Make with the Iris Stitch

The elegant Iris stitch makes lovely scarves for Spring or Summer. It is very suitable for light-weight yarns as it creates an excellent drape. The small shells in the Iris stitch create a lovely texture and are perfect for crochet scarves. Check out my pattern using the Iris stitch for a Shell Stitch Scarf

The pretty stitch makes fast and easy baby blankets. A lovely stitch to use in any crochet project.

You can follow the instructions in the free crochet pattern below. You can also check out the video tutorial or you can watch the video on my YouTube Channel

irish stitch crochet tutorial

How to Make an Iris Stitch Crochet Blanket

The repeating pattern of just one repeat row makes the Iris Stitch perfect for baby blankets. Choose your prefered yarn and hook. You could try a worsted weight yarn and a 5.5mm crochet hook or you could use a DK weight yarn and a 4mm hook.

Make a foundation chain the width you wish your blanket to be, using a multiple of 4 chains plus 3 extra. The first row is worked into the foundation chain, and then for each following rows, all your stitches are worked into a chain space. Then simply work the crochet Iris Stitch until your blanket is the desired length.

You may like to use a single color for your blanket or work in alternating stripes for a more modern look.

crochet iris stitch sample

How to Crochet the Iris Stitch


  • Worsted weight or Aran weight yarn
  • 5 or 5.5 mm crochet hook


ch – chain

st – stitch

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

sp – space

beg – beginning


  • For the purpose of the tutorial you will make a small swatch
  • Pattern is worked with a starting chain in multiples of 4 + 3
  • The tutorial is in US crochet terms
  • Ch 3 at beginning of a row counts as 1 dc

Crochet Iris Stitch Video

You can watch the video for Iris Stitch on my YouTube Channel


Chain 27 or a multiple of 4 + 3 extra

Row 1: [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in the 5th ch from your hook, *skip 3 ch, work [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch; repeat from * across until 2 chains remain, skip 1 ch, 1 dc in last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 3, skip 2 dc * [2 dc, ch 1, 2 dc] in next ch-1 sp, skip next 4 dc; repeat from * across, finishing the row by working 1 dc in beg chain.

Row 3: Repeat row 2 working last dc in top of beg ch 3 (or if you prefer, work last dc under the ch 3)

Repeat Row 3 to desired length for pattern

You may like to check out more of my stitch tutorials

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  1. What a lovely stitch and so easy to crochet. Your suggestion for a scarf or blanket — either would be perfect.
    Thank you for another beautiful stitch!
    Best regards,

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