How to Crochet the Lemon Peel Stitch

Lemon peel swatch in a flat lay with text overlay indicating how to crochet the lemon peel stitch
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The Lemon Peel Stitch is such a fun and relaxing stitch to crochet that has a great texture. I love using this stitch for a variety of different projects but it’s fabulous for crocheting in front of the t.v. The Lemon Peel Stitch is really easy to crochet and great for beginners. I’ve got both a photo and video tutorial for us today so let’s grab our hooks and our yarn and let’s learn how to crochet the Lemon Peel Stitch.

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close up of the lemon peel stitch texture in yellow yarn

You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet. You can mix up your hook and yarn weights to change up the look of this stitch.

Check out my How to Crochet the Lemon Stitch video tutorial here:


Stitch Multiple:

  • Chain any even number of CHs

How to Crochet the Lemon Peel Stitch

Row 1: SC in the 2nd CH from the hook. DC in the next CH. *SC in the next CH, DC in the next* across the chain, SC in the last CH. In my example here, I started with a CH 12 and at the end of Row 1, I have 11 sts.

First step of the lemon peel stitch tutorial - CH 12
Single crochet in the second CH from the hook
double crochet done in the 3rd ch from the hook

Row 2: Turn and CH 1. *SC in the first ST, DC in the next * repeat instructions in asterisk ** until one CH remains. SC in the last CH.

lemon peel stitch tutorial row 2
double crochet stitch completed

Repeat Row 2 until you have reached your desired size.

completed lemon peel stitch swatch

That’s it! Super simple right? This stitch is great for dishclothes, bags, blankets and so much more!

Ready to practice using this stitch? Try My Elgin Tote and Coffee Cozy Free Crochet Patterns HERE.

Want to learn something else? Check out these other great free crochet tutorials:

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