Hugs Stitch Pattern

The Hugs Stitch Pattern came into my life back around 1974. It was the stitch pattern I used to make my first baby blanket. I learned the stitch from a girlfriend in high school, she learned it from her Mother, so I have no idea where it originally came from. However, around 2002 I saw it (Called SC Magic) in a little Leisure Arts book.

Multiples of 5 + 3 chain stitches

Making The Hugs Stitch Pattern

The Hugs Stitch Pattern is another of the stitch patterns that's perfect for summer apparel. Made of cotton I can imagine a summer beach cover up, or one of those tank tops that covers a blouse. Using 2 or 3 ply yarn this would make a great shell to dress up an outfit, and I used standard baby yarn for my first blanket. It crochets up fast using double crochet (dc) so any project you do with this stitch pattern will be done quickly.

Row 1: (This is the 'right' side of your material). 2 Double crochet (dc) in the 5th chain (ch) from hook, chain (ch) 1, 2 double crochet (dc) in the next chain (ch).

* Skip the next 3 chains (ch), 2 double crochet (dc) in the next chain (ch), chain (ch) 1, 2 double crochet (dc) in the next chain (ch). * Repeat between the * stars until you are left with 2 chains (ch). Skip the next chain (ch) and double crochet (dc) into the last chain (ch).

Row 2: (This is the 'wrong' side of your material). Chain (ch) 3 and turn. 2 Double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 1, 2 double crochet in each chain (ch) 1 SPACE (not between the clusters), across your row.

At the end 1 double crochet (dc) around the last chain (ch). This is actually skipping the last 2 double crochet (dc).

Row 3: (This is the row that makes the 'hug'.) Chain (ch) 3 and turn. * 2 Double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 1, 2 double crochet in each chain (ch) 1 space.

To make the hug: Chain (ch) 2, single crochet (sc) tightly around the space of the last 2 (TWO) rows, chain (ch) 2. * Repeat the instruction between the * stars across your work.

At the end 1 double crochet (dc) around the last chain (ch). This is actually skipping the last 2 double crochet (dc).

Row 4: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. 2 Double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 1, 2 double crochet in each chain (ch) 1 SPACE (not between the clusters), across your row.

At the end 1 double crochet (dc) around the last chain (ch). This is actually skipping the last 2 double crochet (dc).

Row 5: Chain (ch) 3 and turn. 2 Double crochet (dc), chain (ch) 1, 2 double crochet in each chain (ch) 1 SPACE (not between the clusters), across your row.

At the end 1 double crochet (dc) around the last chain (ch). This is actually skipping the last 2 double crochet (dc).

Repeat Rows 3 - 5 to form the hugs stitch pattern. End on Row 3 so your work has it's last 'hugs' row.

The first example is done with 4 ply cotton yarn, and an I/9 5.5mm crochet hook.

The second example is done with 2 ply acrylic yarn, and a D/3 3.25mm crochet hook.

This is to show you that, depending on what look you want, all you have to do is change yarn and hook size.


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