How to crochet the lily of the valley stitch

from Annalisa Chelli - 21 June 2019

Annalisa Chelli

Community Manager at DHGshop
Sicily and Tuscany are in my blood. Travelling, movies, music, and art are the things I enjoy the most. I love whales, tattoos, the sea, Africa, good food, big smiles, Picasso, ‘The Master and Margarita’, and ‘Marriage Italian Style’. I believe in Charles Darwin and in the proverbs my grandmother said.
Annalisa Chelli

We’re back! Ready to find out about and make a new stitch our own, one that’s excellent for crocheting: the lily of the valley stitch!

We crocheted this stitch, that’s so contorted, which is why we love it! If you look at it from an average distance away, you can hardly notice that it’s an openwork stitch but then when you look closer you can see all the knots and little twines which make up a compact group, whilst also having empty spaces to make it lighter. Or so it seems.  

We chose our Charleston yarn – in cotton and lame – in the colour Dawn. The end result looks perfect to make an evening bag, for instance. Big or small, it doesn’t matter, because the lily of the valley stitch together with our Charleston guarantees firmness and rigidity, then, if you add a lining to it, you’re sorted!

punto mughetti all'uncinetto

How to crochet the lily of the valley stitch

Chain a multiple of 8+9 for the foundation chain

1st round: chain 1 (=don’t replace the initial foundation stitch), skip 1 chain starting from the hook, single crochet 1 in the following category, *chain 1, skip 3 chains, in the following category, always repeat from * to *.

2nd round: chain 3 (=initial double crochet), skip 1 arch of the following category, double crochet 2 not together and then 2 together in the arch of the following chain , +3 chains, single crochet 1 in the arch of the following chain, skip the next 2 arches of the following category, +, * 3 chains, double crochet 2 not together in the arch of the following chain, and then 2 together to the previous ones, work from + to +*, finish off with 3 chains, double crochet 2 not together in the following chain, skip the following chain of the following category, double crochet 1 not together in the initial single crochet of the previous round and bind off all the stitches on the hook in one go.  

3rd round: chain 4 (initial double crochet + 1 chain), on the stitch on the bottom of the chain work: (1 double crochet, 1 chain) twice, skip the arch of the following 3 chains, * single crochet 1 in the arch of the following chain, chain 1, on the closure of the 4 stitches together work: (1 double crochet, 1 chain) 5 times, skip the arch for 3 chains*, finish off with 1 single crochet in the next arch of the following category, chain 1, on the 3rd of the initial categories of the previous round work: (1 double crochet, 1 chain) twice and 1 double crochet.

4th round: chain 1 (don’t replace the initial single crochet), single crochet 1 on the bottom of the chain, + 1 single crochet in the arch of 1of the following chains, chain 3, double crochet 2 but not together in the arch of the following category, skip the 2 arches of a chain including the single crochet, double crochet 2 but not together in the arch of 1 of the following chains, 1 following chain, work 1 chain from to + to *, finish off with 1 single crochet in the arch of 3 chains + 1 single crochet in the arch of 1 of the following chains *, finish off by working from to + to, single crochet 1 on the initial single crochet of the previous row.

5th round: chain 1 (= don’t replace the initial single crochet), single crochet 1 in the stitch at the bottom of the chain, *+1 chain, on the closure of the 4 stitches together work: (1 double crochet, 1 chain) 5 times, skip the arch of 3 chains +, single crochet 1 in the arch of 1 of the next categories *, finish off by working from to + to, 1 initial single crochet of the previous round.

6th round: repeat from the 2nd round.

Start with the part that comes before the 1st asterisk, repeat from * to * for all the round and finish off with the part after the 2nd asterisk.

charleston - un filato in lamè

If you’re up for learning another openwork stitch, have a read of How to crochet the lace stitch.

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