How To Crochet The Cabbage Patch Stitch

How To Crochet The Cabbage Patch Stitch

The Cabbage Patch crochet stitch is a type of shell stitch that gets it’s unique look by crossing stitches over then working the shells in between. In this stitch guide I will show you how to crochet the Cabbage Patch stitch with all the pictures that you need along with a video guide that you can follow along with too.

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The Cabbage Patch stitch is a type of shell stitch that gets it’s unique look by crossing stitches over then working the shells in between. It’s a stitch that is great if you want a delicate lacy look, but have some substance to the fabric as well. When starting the stitch it can look a bit off like it’s not working out, but keep going and once you start working into those crossed stitches, it all comes together to make a really pretty look.

The Cabbage Patch can be one of those stitches that looks much better if you block it once finished, especially if it is still looking a bit scrunched up after you have completed it. This will then stretch those beautiful crossed stitches out and make the stitch definition really pop.

I used the Cabbage Patch stitch in the FrankenScrap crochet along as one of the pieces of the quilt like blanket. You can access the whole pattern for free here.

The sample in the picture below was made with King Cole Giza Cotton DK for this piece, a 100% cotton yarn that is unfortunately discontinued in DK weight, and is now only available in 4 ply / fingering weight. It is a lovely silky mercerised yarn that is great for amigurumi and fine wearables – especially ones that you need good stitch definition to make the details pop.

The Cabbage Patch stitch

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 and I’ve been loving using this yarn ever since.

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.

How To Crochet The Cabbage Patch Stitch

Click here for the left hand video

Abbreviations

  • Ch = Chain
  • Slst = Slip stitch
  • Yo = Yarn over
  • St = Stitch
  • Sk = Skip
  • Sp = Space
  • Dc = Double crochet

You will need to make a foundation chain in multiples of 4 plus 1 (plus 2 for your turning chain)

Row 1. In the 5th ch from your hook make 4dc all in the same st (your turning ch counts as your first stitch of the row) *sk the next 3 ch. Now make 4dc in the next ch* repeat between *and* until you have 2 ch left.

To finish the row, sk the next ch and then make a dc in the last ch of the row.

These sets of 4 dc each make a shell. You will need to keep track of the first and last stitch in each shell for the next row.

Finishing row 1 of the Cabbage Patch stitch

Row 2. Turn and ch1. Make a dc turning ch in the 1st st. In the last st of the 1st shell (the 4th dc) make a dc – you will have skipped 3 st. 

Where you need to make the next dc

Ch2. Now go back to the 1st dc of the shell (the 1st of the skipped stitches) and make a dc – in the stitch shown in the picture above. Your stitches will be crossed, with the second crossing over the front of the first one like in the picture below.

Your crossed stitches when making the Cabbage patch stitch

*In the last dc of the next shell make a dc (you will have skipped 3 stitches). Ch 2 and make a dc in the 1st dc of the shell* repeat between *and* finishing the row by making a dc in the last st of the row.

Finishing row 2 of the Cabbage Patch stitch

Row 3. Turn and ch1. Make a dc turning ch in the first st. *In the ch2 sp make 4dc* repeat between *and*

Finish the row by making a dc in last st of the row.

Row 3 of the Cabbage Patch stitch

Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have as many rows as you need. Once you have finished your final row – which should be a repeat of row 3, you can cut off and weave in your ends. 

The Cabbage Patch stitch

I used the Cabbage Patch stitch in the FrankenScrap crochet along – find out more about this free pattern here, and join in and access the entire pattern for free.

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 Cabbage Patch stitch. I’d love to see what you created with this lovely looking crochet stitch. 

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