You’re going to be nuts for this new stitch tutorial… pun totally intended and I’m NOT sorry! The almond stitch uses a four row stitch repeat to build up a beautifully ornate pattern that’s much simpler to crochet than it looks!
If you can manage the slip stitch and a half treble, you’re good to go! As with most ridge patterns, you’ll be crocheting into the back loop only (BLO) for the majority of the work. It can take a little time to get used to that, but if you work mindfully at first, it will quickly become simple. More of a visual learner? Why not check out my step-by-step video tutorial?
I totally adored seeing this stitch work up and had countless ideas for patterns going through my head. If you’re looking for a new stitch to create a modern baby blanket, some textured and scrubby washcloths or a graphic hat or cowl then this is perfect. It’s easily adaptable, just make sure you use multiples of 8 and remember that it takes four rows to create the full repeat.
HAPPY TO HALF TREBLE?
While the Almond Ridges pattern is simple to pick up, it relies on you having knowledge of the UK half treble/US half double. This neat little stitch adds more height than a UK double/US single but less than a UK treble/US double so it’s the perfect midpoint. Because of this, it’s sturdier than than a UK treble, but still adds a decent amount of height to your project.
It works perfectly for Almond Ridges because it creates a firm fabric with plenty of stitch definition to show off the ornate pattern.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE YARN…
For this tutorial I used the absolutely gorgeous MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran in Dusk. I’m a big fan of MillaMia and you may have heard me talk about it on countless occasions. Not only is the yarn soft, squishable and an absolute joy to crochet with – the colour palettes are SO my thing. Lots of muted neutrals and pastels. What a DREAM!
It works really well with the Almond Ridges pattern because it provides clear stitch definition and really lets the stitches shine. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option then Paintbox Simply Aran works well. However, if you can afford it a natural wool or cotton blend will add a luxurious twist to your project that works well with such a fancy stitch pattern!
MATERIALS & TOOLS NEEDED
Yarn: Milla Mia Naturally Soft Aran in Dusk
Written in UK terms.
Ensure your Slip Stitches aren’t too tight.
From rows 2 onwards you will be working into the BLO of each st.
Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook
Slip Stitch (ss): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull yarn through stitch and loop on hook
Half Treble (htr) Yarn over and insert your hook into the chain or stitch, yarn over and pull through (you will have three loops on the hook) yarn over and pull through all three loops on the hook
Back Loop Only (BLO)
Back Loop Only Slip Stitch (BLOss)
Back Loop Only Half Treble (BLOhtr)
Unsure of the differences between UK and US terms? Need a refresher on how to do your stitches? In my ‘How to crochet: A handy reference guide’ EBook I help you with all of these terms and you can always have them to hand! You will also get exclusive access to free video instructions. You can find my EBook HERE.
Chain in a multiple of 8 plus 5
(In the video, I have done 24 + 5 = 29)
Row 1: Ss in 2nd ch from hook and next 3 chs. *4 htr, 4 ss; repeat from * to end. Turn.
Row 2-3: Ch 1, 4 BLOhtr, 4 BLOss; repeat from * to end.
Row 4-5: Ch 1, *BLOss next 4 sts, 4 BLOhtr; repeat from * to end. Turn.
Repeat row 2-5 until you reach your desired height.
Final Row: Ch 1, 4 BLOhtr, 4 BLOss; repeat from * to end.
01:14 Foundation Chain
01:52 Row 1
04:00 Row 2
06:18 Rows 3 & 4
08:20 Rows 5 & 6
09.53 Repeat Rows 3 to 6
10:32 How to count your rows
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Linda DyerMarch 10, 2021 at 11:22 pm
Hi..I am so happy I found your blog! Also your videos. Over lockdown ell the last couple of months since Christmas I’ve been learning to crochet & I have been working through your tutorials and videos, they are detailed and so very well explained and easy to understand. I am still struggling but i come back to you for explanations time & time again.
Thank you for the new stitch tutorial one day I am going to progress from granny squares onto something that I can use these stitches on I just know, I am loving crochet and just wish I had attempted it before. Thank you so much xx
BellaCocoTeamMarch 11, 2021 at 7:26 pm
You are so very welcome 🙂
NinaMarch 10, 2021 at 11:57 pm
Hi. I love your crochet hook. Do you mind me asking where it’s from please?
BellaCocoTeamMarch 11, 2021 at 7:25 pm
It’s a furls crochet hook 🙂
Alice RankineMarch 12, 2021 at 10:55 am
I would love to make a square with this stitch how do I make the Bottom & Top straight thank you
BellaCocoTeamMarch 18, 2021 at 2:23 pm
Hi Alice To straighten the top and bottom you would need to work a border using stitches of different heights; so double crochets along the top parts but treble crochets in the dips, for example
TiaJuly 8, 2022 at 12:19 pm
Hi Bella Coco! I love your content! I’m new to crochet and your videos are really helping me learn the different stitches – thank you.
There’s something that’s not clear to me in this video: I’m working with multiples of 8 + 5 but, as a result, I always have 5 chains left at the end that don’t fit with the pattern (4 DHC + 4 slip stitch on repeat then a chain of 5 leftover at the end). I’ve watched the video loads of times and can’t figure out why there aren’t 5 stitches leftover at the end of yours. Can you help me? Thank you!
BellaCocoTeamJuly 12, 2022 at 2:52 pm
Hi Tia Thank you so much, I’m happy to hear my videos are helping you learn to crochet You might find it helpful to take a look at the written instructions for this pattern here: https://blog.bellacococrochet.com/almond-ridges/ – each row should begin and end with four slip stitches (to keep the pattern looking the same at both ends). The extra five chains on top of the pattern multiple adds the extra four spaces needed to finish with the slip stitches, plus one extra chain which enables us to begin at the correct height. Make sure you’re working your first stitch into the second chain from the hook, and you find you end with four chains to finish the repeat