The Amostra crochet stitch is a beautiful lattice lace pattern creating a box like look that is modern looking and easy to create. It is the perfect stitch for a light and breezy spring wrap and It is ideal for any project where you want to keep cool and the finished piece be light in weight.
I first discovered the Amostra stitch in my very first crochet along – The 50 Stitches. I fell in love with the stitch as soon as I saw it on one of my trawls through Pinterest to find stitches for the project and I have loved it ever since. So of course the Amostra stitch had to be one of the featured squares in the CAL.
The Amostra crochet stitch is a great stitch for beginners. It is a quick and easy stitch to make as it is only a 2 row repeat and has a very easy stitch repeat that is simple to keep track of as you go. This means that you can eyeball this stitch instead of having to keep count all the time. As long as you keep track of the first and last stitches of the row, you will be able to see where your stitches need to be place really easily.
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The Amostra stitch is ideal for making anything that you want to be light and breezy. Patterns like beach cover ups, shawls, wraps or as part of a layered outfit.
This how to guide is part of Froggity Frog’s Stitch Vault collection. Have you seen all the other stitches in there? You can take a look here all the guides are free to access and maybe you will discover some new stitches to create for yourself.
The yarn I used in this stitch guide is Stylecraft Cotton Classique DK, a 100% cotton yarn. It’s a non mercerised cotton that is lovely and soft, but it can get a bit splitty if you frog it a couple of times. It does makes lovely cosy blankets though and is the yarn that got me hooked on cotton as my fibre of choice. I think I first got a ball of this yarn in a mystery bag I got off ebay, and it was a great yarn discovery for me.
I also used my trusty Clover Amour hooks which are perfect if you are looking for a good value ergonomic crochet hook that won’t cause your hand to ache if you are crocheting for long periods of time. I’ve tried many different crochet hooks over the years, but I always end up coming back to my trusty Clovers. They just sit so well in my hand and never let me down.
The Amostra Crochet Stitch Pattern
This stitch guide is written in US terms
- Ch = Chain
- St = Stitch
- Sc = Single Crochet
- Dc = Double Crochet
For this stitch you will need to start with a foundation chain in multiples of 4 plus 2 (plus 1 more chain for your turning chain)
Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook make a sc (the turning chain counts as your first sc).* chain 2, skip the next 2 stitches and make a sc in each of the next 2 stitches* repeat between *and*.
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a dc turning chain in the first stitch then make a dc in the next stitch. *Chain 2, skip the chain 2 in the row below and then make a dc in each of the next 2 stitches* repeat between *and*
Your double crochet stitches should be made into the single crochet stitches in the row below, and your chains will always line up over the chains of the row below. This pattern is what creates the boxed look when you crochet the Amostra stitch.
Row 3. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in each of the first 2 stitches. *Chain 2, skip the chain 2 in the row below and then make a sc in each of the next 2 stitches* repeat between *and*
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have the number of rows that you need for your project. Then you can cut off, weave in your ends and admire your beautiful handy work.
The Amostra crochet stitch doesn’t need a lot of yarn to make because it is so lacey. So a little yarn goes a long way for this stitch. Because it is a very box like stitch, you may find that your finished piece will look fabulous once you have blocked it. Blocking makes all those boxes really come to life by pulling everything into shape, and looking it’s symmetrical best.
My favourite method of blocking is to wet pin my crochet either to a blocking board (I use a wooden one with dowels that act as pins), or if the piece is too big, I pin to a piece of cardboard. But I have also pinned my crochet out on the carpet in my spare room before when the project got too big for cardboard boxes laid flat. You can though get foam interlocking mats that can be pulled up and stored easily if you want a more carpet friendly blocking solution for larger projects.
Whether you decide to block your Amostra crochet piece or not, you are sure to love the finished look of this pretty stitch. I’m certain that you will find it suitable for many projects, especially summer clothing that needs you to be able to keep cool.
You can find more free crochet stitch guides here in Froggity Frog’s stitch vault. Come on over to our Facebook group – Froggity Frog’s Ribbit And Stitch and show us what you made with the Amostra stitch. I’d love to see what you created.
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