How to Crochet the Primrose Stitch Tutorial

Primrose stitch crochet swatch with text overlay indicating a free stitch tutorial with video instructions
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The Primrose Stitch is a pretty, textured stitch that has a simple two row repeat. This stitch is a variation of a shell stitch pattern and it looks great in a single colour. I’ve included 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 Primrose Stitch.

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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. Using a larger hook with a worsted weight yarn will create a more open look and would be great for bags and summer accessories.

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


Stitch Multiple:

  • Chain in multiples of 3 +2


  • CH 2s count as an HDC ST.
  • CH 3s count as a DC ST.

Row 1: (SC, CH 2, SC) in the 3rd CH from the hook, *skip the next 2 CHs and (SC, CH 2, SC) in the next CH* repeat instructions in ** across until 2 CHs remain. Skip one CH, HDC in the last CH. For my example here, I have started with a CH 20

Crochet Chain to start the primrose stitch swatch
row 1 completed of the crochet tutorial

Row 2: CH 3, DC 3 in each CH 2 space across, placing a DC in the top of the 2 skipped CHs from Row 1.

row two of how to crochet the primrose stitch tutorial completed.

Row 3: CH 2 (counts as your first HDC), (SC, CH 2, SC) in the 2nd DC of each of the 3 DC shells across. Place a HDC in the top of the turning CH from the previous row.

Completed row three of the tutorial

Row 4: CH 3 (counts are your first DC), DC 3 in each of the CH 2 spaces across, placing a DC in the top of the turning CH from previous row.

Repeat Rows 3 and 4 until you have reached your desired size.

completed Primrose stitch swatch in blue
two completed crochet stitch swatches side by side one in blue and one in coral

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