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Updated April 27, 2023

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If you’re like me, you LOVE variegated yarn. But, it can be tricky to know what to do with this bright and beautiful yarn sometimes. Complicated stitches get lost amongst the colours. So, I’m here to share a stitch with you that’s perfect for letting decorative and vivid yarns shine. Because let’s face it, that yarn is TOO pretty to just stay sitting in your stash for years. Meet your indie yarns’ new BFF – the bar stitch.

The beautiful stitch is ideal for adding a colourful, but still textural stitch to your projects and because of the construction, it’s ideal for showcasing a special yarn. If you’re more into mono colour? Don’t worry – this fun little stitch is just as pretty with just one colour.




Sewrella Yarn – 100% superwash merino wool

Stylecraft Special DK in white

Hook: 4mm


Darning Needle


Written in UK terms.

This stitch looks great in a solid colour. If you wish to change colours, change at the end of row 3. You should change colour in an even number. E.g every 2, 4, 6 etc rows.

Suitable for advanced beginners…but it’s always worth giving it a go!


Chain (ch): Yarn over, pull through one loop on hook

Double Crochet (dc): Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through two loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, pull through both loops.

Front Post Treble(s): FPtr(s): Yarn over, insert hook around post of stitch from front to back, yarn over, pull up a loop, you will have three loops on the hook. Yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through remaining two loops.

Stitch(es) (st(s))

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Bar Stitch Front
Bar Stitch Back


Chain in multiples of 3 plus 3 for turning.

Row 1: Dc in 2nd ch from hook and each st across. Turn.

(Your stitch count will be your original multiple of 3 minus 1. For example: I worked 24 chains (multiple of 3) plus 3 for turning = 27. My stitch count will be 27 – 1 = 26) 

Row 2: 1 ch (does not count as st here or throughout) dc in first st and across. Turn

Row 3: 1 ch, dc in first 2 sts. FPtr around next st 2 rows below. *Miss unworked st, 2 dc, FPtr around next st 2 rows below; repeat from * until you have 2 sts remaining. Miss unworked st, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Row 4: 1 ch, dc in first st and each st across. Turn

Row 5: 1 ch, dc in first 2 sts. FPtr around FPtr from 2 rows below. *Miss unworked st, 2 dc, FPtr around FPtr from 2 rows below; repeat from * until you have 2 sts remaining. Miss unworked st, dc in last 2 sts. Turn.

Repeat row 4 & 5 until you reach your desired height. 

End with your beginning colour and repeat row 4 once more. Tie off.

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Intro: 00:04

Pattern notes and colour change instructions: 00:51

Foundation: 01:48

Row 1: 02:42

Row 2: 04:43

Row 3: 05:38

Colour change (if needed): 09:39

Row 4: 10:38

Row 5: 11:39

Row 6: 15:03

Row 7: 15:36

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  • Linda Higgins
    April 4, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    could the bar stich crochet be made into a square blanket? As i love the design but like making square afghans / blankets.
    The design would be great for baby blankets, with it not being holey Hope you can help .

    • BellaCocoTeam
      April 9, 2021 at 6:15 pm

      Yes, you could use this to make a blanket You just need to chain in multiples of 3 plus 3 for turning until you reach the size you want.

  • Lori
    January 9, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    What weight yarn to replace the unavailable Sewrella yarn.
    I’d love to make baby afghan for a friend due in April 2022 & can’t wait for Sewrella to supply.
    Could something like Caron or. Mandala cake work? I’m needing to get started ASAP! Thanks for your beautiful pattern and easy to follow instructions!

    • BellaCocoTeam
      January 12, 2022 at 8:19 pm

      Hi Lori You’re welcome, I’m glad you like the pattern You can make this in any weight yarn as long as you use the correct hook size, but the yarn in the sample is DK weight. I think a yarn cake with a gradient colour would work really well!

  • Sandy Morgan
    October 28, 2022 at 5:47 pm

    Hi Bella, I want to do a baby blank using the bar stitch. What border would work with this?
    Thank you for the pattern.
    Sandy Morgan

    • BellaCocoTeam
      November 2, 2022 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Sandy You’re welcome! I have a blog post with some of my favourite borders here: – you could use any of these, but as the bar stitch is quite simple I think a simple border such as a puff edge would look great, or you could even finish off with crab stitch

  • Pamela
    May 13, 2023 at 8:51 pm

    I love this multicolored yarn. I have visited the sewrella yarn website but can’t find it. Can you advise where to find it? Thabks

    • BellaCocoTeam
      May 18, 2023 at 1:43 pm

      Hi Pamela, you could message Sewrella Yarns directly and they should be able to help you 🙂


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