The Modified Lemon Peel stitch is a combination of single crochet and double crochet stitches. Modifying this stitch gives you nice straight edges.
Last week I shared with you how to crochet the Lemon Peel Stitch. If you tried crocheting the lemon peel stitch you may have noticed that the edges are a little jagged.
Well, with a slight modification to how we begin and end each row when crocheting the lemon peel stitch, we can accomplish nice clean and straight edges. This is accomplished by using the “Modified Lemon Peel Stitch”.
If you’re anything like me and you’re a little OCD about wanting everything nice and even (and straight), then you’re gonna love the Modified Lemon Peel Stitch for crochet!
Modified Lemon Peel Stitch for Crochet
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In this modification of the Lemon Peel Stitch, the only things we are really changing are how we begin and end each row. Because sometimes I’m a little funny (some call it OCD) about things being even.
I like to have the ends or edges of my dishcloth, towel, baby blanket or whatever I’m crocheting to have a nice straight and even edge. That’s not asking too much, is it?
Well, to accomplish this look, we’re gonna do three simple things:
- Start the foundation chain with an odd number of chains.
- Begin each row with 2 sc stitches.
- End each row with 3 sc stitches.
So, we’ll still be alternating sc and dc, but we’ll begin each row and end each row with an extra sc stitch or two. By doing so, it helps your finished project to look so much neater with the edges all nicely lined up.
So, we’re gonna start with an odd number in our foundation chain. (Technically, it’s an even number, plus one. But for the sake of simplicity, we’re gonna call that an odd number.)
Let’s see what the pattern would look like:
Foundation Chain: Chain an even number of stitches, plus one. Such as 26 plus 1 for a total of 27 chains. (The plus one is your turning chain and does not count as part of your foundation chain, nor does it count as the first stitch in the next row.)
Row 1: Sc in second ch from the hook, *sc in the next st, dc in the next st, repeat from * across, sc in last 3 sts.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Sc in each of first 2 sts. *Dc in the next st, sc in the next st, repeat from * across, sc in last 3 sts.
Row 3-End: Repeat Row 2.
Pretty simple, right? Once you get to crocheting this modified lemon peel stitch, it will go really quickly and it will just become second nature to you to always begin each row with two single crochets and end each row with three single crochets.
Modified Lemon Peel Stitch Video
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Crochet Patterns that Use the Modified Lemon Peel Stitch
Now that you’ve learned how to crochet the modified lemon peel stitch, hopefully, you’re wondering what you can crochet with this wonderful new stitch. Well, here are a few ideas:
- Crocheted Lemon Peel Dishcloth
- Infinity Scarf from Nicki’s Homemade Crafts
- Crochet Griddle Stitch Scarf from Daisy Farm Crafts
- 7 Easy to Crochet Hats, Scarves & Mittens for the Family
And, you can read more about the Lemon Peel Stitch in this blog post.
Speaking of the Griddle Stitch, it is the same stitch as the Lemon Peel Stitch – just called a different name. So, the Modified Lemon Peel Stitch is also the same thing as the Modified Griddle Stitch.
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