The Embossed Block stitch gives a beautiful brickwork like look while adding a layer of interesting texture with the Tunisian style posts. Its a hole free stitch that gives you a taste of the Tunisian crochet technique without having to go out and purchase special Tunisian hooks.
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I first used the Embossed Block stitch during my 50 Stitches Crochet Along, where it featured as one of the squares in the patchwork blanket. I chose it due to the interesting texture and eye catching look. This stitch would look great as a scarf, snood or even a baby blanket as it will be dense and warm, with no holes but a nice bit of texture for baby to touch.
To make the Embossed Block stitch you will need 2 different colours of yarn. You will need a main background colour and then an accent colour that you will use to create your embossed posts. The Embossed Posts are made in Tunisian crochet style. This is where you have multiple loops on your hook, then complete each stitch by pulling your yarn through 2 loops at a time. Tunisian crochet is a cross between crochet and knitting, so it takes 2 passes to complete each stitch and you have all the loops for a single row on your hook at any one time. For larger projects, you would have to use special Tunisian Hooks.
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.
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 Embossed Block Stitch
This stitch guide is written in US terms
- Ch = Chain
- St = Stitch
- Sc = Single Crochet
Start with a foundation chain in multiples of 4 plus 2 (plus 1 for your turning chain)
Row 1. In the 3rd chain from your hook make a sc (the turning chain counts as your first stitch of the row). Make a sc in each stitch across. Change colour in the last stitch of the row
Row 2. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. Using the front loops only make a sc in each stitch across. When you get to the last stitch of the row, make a sc using both loops. This helps to stabilise the edge and prevent loops being stretched up.
Row 3. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. Using the back loops only, make a sc in each stitch across. When you get to the last stitch of the row make a sc in both loops.
Row 4. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. Using the front loops only make a sc in each stitch across. When you get to the last stitch of the row make a sc in both loops and change colour in that last stitch.
Row 5. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. In the back loop make a sc in the next st.
Then in the next st make an embossed post – Insert your hook into the back loop of the next stitch and pull up a loop, then insert your hook in the front loop of the same stitch in the front loop of the stitch of the row below, insert your hook and pull up a loop. Do the same for the front loops of the stitches in each row down to the row 3 rows below.
Yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Carry on yarning over and pulling through 2 loops until you have 1 loop left on your hook.
*Sc in the back loop only of the next 3 stitches. Make an embossed post in the next stitch* repeat between *and* finishing the row with 2 sc in the back loops and a sc using both loops in the last stitch.
Rows 6 – 8. Repeat rows 2-4
Row 9. Turn and chain 1. Make a sc in the first stitch. In the back loops only make a sc in the next 3 stitches. *make an embossed post in the next stitch. In the back loops only make a sc in the next 3 stitches* Repeat between *and* making a sc usinf both loops in the last stitch of the row.
Repeat rows 2 – 9 until you have made the number of rows you need for your project. Then you can cut off and weave in your ends.
The Embossed Block crochet stitch is a nice easy pattern once you get into the swing of it. I’d love to know what you thought of the Tunisian technique posts.
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 Embossed Block stitch. I’d love to see what you created.
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