How to Crochet Herringbone Stitch

Last Updated on March 16, 2024

Today, I’m thrilled to guide you through the mesmerizing crochet, focusing on one of my favorite stitches: the herringbone stitch. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just starting on your crafting journey, this step-by-step guide is designed to make the herringbone stitch accessible and enjoyable for everyone.

Herringbone Stitch


  • The herringbone stitch offers a versatile foundation for crochet projects. It allows you to create beautiful textures without constraints on chain length.
  • To maintain the distinctive herringbone pattern, ensure consistency in picking up three loops for each stitch, including the vertical bar and two loops from the previous row.
  • Master the alternating techniques of Row 1 (front insert) and Row 2 (back insert) to create a balanced and visually appealing fabric.
  • Employ lockable stitch markers to track your progress, ensure precision in stitch placement, and maintain a seamless pattern.
  • Experiment with different yarn colors to add a personal touch and bring your creative vision to life while enjoying the rhythmic process of crocheting the herringbone stitch.

What is herringbone stitch in sewing?

The herringbone stitch in sewing is a needlework technique used in embroidery, knitting, and crochet. Named for its resemblance to the bones of a herring fish, it creates a fabric pattern closely resembling the classic herringbone pattern or cloth.

What is the application of herringbone stitch?

The Herringbone stitch finds applications as a versatile border or filling stitch worked from left to right. Its adaptability allows for adjustments in thread texture, creating varying visual weights. By altering the row positions, intricate patterns can emerge within defined borderlines.

How to Crochet Herringbone Stitch

To crochet the herringbone stitch, start with a chain of your desired length, then alternate between inserting the needle from the front and back, picking up three loops per stitch to create the distinctive herringbone pattern. Repeat rows for your desired fabric.

Together, we’ll explore the rhythmic and visually appealing herringbone stitch, unlocking its secrets and empowering you to incorporate it into your future crochet projects. So, without further ado, let’s dive into the art of crafting with color, texture, and style!

Materials Needed

  1. Yarn of your choice
  2. Stitching Needle
  3. Lockable stitch markers

Step 1: Making the Chain

Start by making a slipknot and create a chain of your desired length. There are no constraints on the number of chains; simply chain as much as you need for your project. Keep your lockable stitch markers handy.

Step 2: Row 1

Crochet Herringbone Stitch Row 1
Herringbone Stitch Row 1
  • Skip the first chain from the needle.
  • Insert the needle under the next chain.
  • Yarn over and pull up a loop.
  • Yarn over and pull through two, creating a single crochet.
  • Add a stitch marker.
  • Insert under the vertical bar, then under the next chain (considering only one loop).
  • Yarn over and pull up, creating three loops on the needle.
  • Yarn over and pull through all three.
  • Continue this process for the entire row.

Step 3: Turning and Row 2

Turning and Row 2
Turning and Row 2
  • Chain one and turn the work clockwise.
  • Skip the first stitch (the one just made) and insert the needle from the back, considering three loops: two from the next stitch and one from the previous row.
  • Yarn over and pull up, twisting the needle towards the ceiling.
  • Yarn over and pull through the two loops.
  • Continue this process, ensuring you pick up three loops for each stitch, forming the herringbone pattern.

Step 4: Repeating Rows 1 and 2

Repeating Rows 1 and 2
Repeating Rows 1 and 2
  • After completing Row 2, chain one, and flip the work clockwise.
  • Insert the needle from the front, skipping the first stitch and picking up three loops for each stitch in Row 1.
  • Continue alternating between Rows 1 and 2 to create the herringbone fabric.

Step 5: Checking for Consistency

  • Make sure to pick up three loops for each stitch, including the vertical bar and two loops from the previous row.
  • This consistency ensures the proper formation of the herringbone pattern.

Step 6: Completing Rows

Completing Rows
Completing Rows
  • Repeat Rows 1 and 2 until your fabric reaches the desired size.
  • Always chain one at the end of each row and turn the work clockwise.


And there you have it – a comprehensive guide to crocheting the herringbone stitch! I hope this tutorial has inspired you to infuse your crochet projects with the timeless elegance of the herringbone pattern.

As you continue to hone your crochet skills, don’t hesitate to experiment with different yarns, colors, and project sizes. The beauty of crochet lies in its versatility, and the herringbone stitch is a fantastic addition to your repertoire.