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A free crochet stitch tutorial for you today! I call this a feather stitch, as the clusters of double crochet and eyelets remind me of birds feathers.

The stitch creates a substantial fabric with a lot of visual interest and loads of potential for colour play.  It is a very relaxing stitch to work. It is best to use 2 or more colours, so that the stitch design is more apparent.

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This crochet stitch would be amazing for blankets! 

I made a sample in 2 colours and one in multiple colours. Have fun trying out your own combinations.


You can use any yarn you like. I used DK weight yarn.

4.5mm crochet hook. 

You will also need a yarn needle for weaving in the threads


US Crochet terms

  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st – stitch
  • rep – repeat
  • t-ch – turning chain

UK Crochet terms

  • dc – double crochet
  • tr – treble crochet
  • ch – chain
  • sl st – slip stitch
  • st – stitch
  • rep – repeat
  • t-ch – turning chain

Special Stitches

Double crochet 5 together (dc5tog): (Yo, insert hook in next st, draw up a loop, yo, draw through 2 loops on hook) 5 times, yo, draw through all 6 loops on hook.

Instructions (in US crochet terms)

Make a chain with a multiple of 8 + 4. For the sample I chained 28. 

Row 1: Work 2 dc in the 4th ch from the hook (counts as 3 dc), skip the next 3 ch, 1 sc in the next ch, * skip the next 3 ch, 5 dc in the next ch, skip the next 3 ch, 1 sc in the next ch; rep from * to the last 4 ch, skip the next 3 ch, 3 dc in the last ch, turn.

Row 2: Ch 1, 1 sc in first st, * ch 3, dc5tog over the next 5 sts, ch 3, 1 sc in the next st; rep from * ending the last sc on top of the t-ch, turn.

Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 2 dc in first st, skip next ch-3 sp, * 1 sc in the next st (top of dc5tog), skip the next ch-3 sp, 5 dc in next st (sc from previous row), skip the next ch-3 sp; rep from * to the last ch-3 sp, 3 dc in the last st, turn.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 for the pattern, changing colours as you wish. Here are a few ideas!

Changing colours every second row, creates a ripple stripe pattern as in the following picture.

I love that when you use only 2 colours, you will end up with a different design on each side! See the following pictures of a swatch I made. Each side has its own dominant colour.

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  1. I have been doing this stitch for at least ten years… Together it is one row of shells, the other row edging shells. Stitches found in The Complete Encyclopedia of Stitchery by Mildred Graves Ryan. Pages 98 for shells, and edging shells page 124. I called this combination, shells and scallops.
    I have been making blankets with this stitch and will continue to do so.

  2. This looks beautiful in both 2-colour and in 3-colour crochet, but what a difference it makes when a third colour is added. Thank you for this tutorial. When I saw the photo at the top of the page (before reading the instructions) I immediately thought BABY BLANKET, I have to make this! Thank you for sharing.

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