Oh the crochet rice stitch. How I love you! This nubby little number is perfect for your next dishcloth! Such a fun easy crochet stitch!
The crochet rice stitch is full of delicious thick texture. This stitch pattern is perfect for placemats, washcloths and pillow covers! The rice stitch is a combination of front and back post stitches and gets its unique look from the placement of the stitches each row.
The Rice Stitch has a similar look to the Alpine Stitch, but it is worked a bit differently. (You might remember the gorgeous texture of the Alpine Stitch Headband and the Alpine Stitch Hat crochet pattern.) The difference that the Rice Stitch alternates a front post stitch and a back post stitch vs the Alpine Stitch which alternates a front post stitch with a double crochet stitch. This slight difference makes the rice stitch have slightly more texture and depth compared to the Alpine stitch.
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Crochet Rice Stitch Tutorial
Here is what you will need:
- Any size hook. I used US G6/4 mm crochet hook (Did you know you can purchase my go-to hooks on Amazon?)
- A yarn weight that works with your hook size. I used worsted weight yarn.
- tapestry needle and scissors
Remember, you can make your swatch with any size hook and yarn weight. Read all about How to Swatch Here.
Resources and tutorials you may find helpful in following this pattern: Crochet Abbreviations, US to UK Crochet Conversion Chart. Find links to stitches on the “Tutorial” menu: Getting Started will show basic crochet stitches used in many patterns and Crochet Stitch Dictionary shows our growing collection of crochet stitch tutorials.
Chain a multiple of 2 + 1 (for information on what this means, please read How to Swatch)
Foundation row: dc in the 4th chain from hook and in each chain across, turn.
R1: ch 1 and half double crochet into the first stitch. *Front Post Double Crochet (FPDC) around next stitch, Back Post Double Crochet (BPDC) around next stitch. Repeat from * until there is 1 stitch left in the row. Then hdc in the last stitch.
Repeat row 1 for pattern.
Crochet Rice Stitch Tips
Here are a few things to keep in mind when working the rice stitch:
- There should always be an odd number of stitches per row
- The very first and last stitches are half double crochet stitches; this helps even out the edges
- The first and last POST stitch of a row should always be a FRONT post double crochet (FPDC)
- The appearance of the finished piece is that the post stitches alternate every row; you’ll achieve this by keeping the previous points in mind.
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