The Dragonfly Stitch is an interesting crochet stitch pattern. It is a beginner-friendly lace stitch that adds to the beauty of any simple project with any crochet hook that you own. Though the pattern looks detailed and complex, it can be made with just basic crochet stitches and techniques. Many yarn crafters who are also knitters believe that lace patterns are easy to make in crochet. If you are wondering how to crochet the dragonfly stitch, we’ll walk you through it. In this blog, we’ll see how it’s made but first gather your supplies.
● Crochet hook – You will need a crochet hook, this can be any hook (single-ended or even Afghan/ Tunisian hook but don’t attach the interchangeable cord). Just make sure you are comfortable with it. You can use bamboo, wood, steel, aluminum, or anything. Having the right crochet hook size is most important. If you are following a pattern, you will have all the details. If you are planning your design, you can guestimate with your yarn. Most yarn labels have the information. You can also make a gauge swatch to see if you are getting the look you wanted.
● Yarn – The yarn for the dragonfly stitch can be anything from your stash or as a pattern instructs. Do not attempt with heavy-weight and light-weight yarn, stick to medium ply so that you can see the stitches easily.
This pattern in US crochet terms is a small swatch of 6 inches.
Before you start, practice the double crochet stitch. To make a DC stitch, yarn over the hook and insert it into the 4th chain. Pull up three loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull yarn through two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull the loop through. You will have a double crochet stitch on hand.
Step 1 – Make a slip knot on the crochet hook. Start with a chain of 12 plus 3 extra for turning rows for the double crochet (DC) stitch. You can also start with a chainless foundation and get started with a row of double crochet stitches.
Row 1 - Make double crochet stitches in each chain until the end of the row. If you’ve started with a chainless foundation, skip this row.
Row 2 - Chain 3 and double crochet (DC) 5 stitches. Make 1 chain. Do not chain it on a stitch but in the air. Skip 1 stitch and then make double crochet stitches on the other six stitches.
Row 3 – Start with a chain of 3 stitches. Make 2 double crochet (DC) stitches. Chain 3 in the air and then skip 3 stitches. Make 1 double crochet stitch in the space of the chain of the row below. Once again make a chain of 3 stitches in the air and then skip 3 stitches. Finish the row with 3 double crochet stitches.
Row 4 – For this row, chain 3 stitches and make 1 double crochet (DC). Chain 4 stitches in the air and then skip 1 stitch. Make a double crochet stitch on the stitch of the row below. Once again follow the pattern of 4 chain stitches in the air, skip over 1 stitch, and finish off with 2 double crochet (DC) stitches.
Row 5 - Chain 3 and make 1 double crochet stitch (DC). Continue with 4 double crochet stitches in the space formed by the chains of the row below. Make a double crochet stitch 1 above the double crochet of the row below, 4 double crochet in the space formed by the chains of the row below, and 2 double crochet.
Row 6 - Make 1 double crochet in each stitch.
Continue the steps of crochet rows 2 to 6 till you have reached the desired length or the pattern instructs you to.
With these steps, you can easily crochet this fancy lace texture. The Dragonfly looks beautiful in the pattern. The stitch pattern can be easily made into projects such as shawls, scarves, blankets and more. You can also add the swatches to a knitting project and make them all the more special. If you know how to read a pattern chart then you can also plan your own project.