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Iris Stitch In A Square Free Tutorial

iris stitch in a square

Iris stitch is another one of my favorite stitches. It has a flower-like look, it creates a “Holey” fabric and still has more of a modern look.
It’s a great stitch to use in blankets or as a border.
The stitch consists of dc’s and chain, and that’s why it also works up really fast, which is a bonus 🙂

The classic way of working this stitch is back and forth in rows. You can find a great written tutorial for working the stitch in a classic way HERE or a video tutorial HERE.

ella's lullaby blanket

When I started designing the Ella’s Lullaby blanket for a friend, I wanted to use the Iris stitch, but to work it in a square- from the middle out.

If you’ve been following me, you should probably know by now this is my favorite way of making a blanket, as it gives you more freedom to decide the blanket’s size as you go.
For this tutorial, we’ll make a hotpad with this stitch.

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Skill level
– easy (requires some experience)

Materials
Crochet hook 4 mm / G
– DK yarn
For this tutorial, I used Lion Brand – Coboo, this yarn is 50% cotton and 50% bamboo, which makes it very soft and perfect fo baby blankets!
– 4 stitch markers – I used THESE. 

Finished Size – 7.5×7.5” (19×19 cm)

Abbreviations (US)
ch – chain
st – stitch

sc – single crochet
dc – double crochet
D-V – double V stitch – [2dc, ch1, 2dc] in same stitch
PM – place marker

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Pattern – Iris stitch in a square hotpad
Make a magic ring.
Round 1:
ch1, (1sc, ch2) x4 into magic ring, ss to 1st sc. Pull the ring tight. 

Round 2:
ss into ch-2, ch3 (counts as 1dc), [1dc, ch1, 2dc] in same ch-2, ch2, skip sc.

* 1D-V in next ch-2, ch2, skip sc; Repeat from * 2 more times. Ss to top of ch-3. 

Round 3:
ss in the next 4 sts and into the ch-2 gap, ch3 (counts as 1dc), [1dc, ch3, 2dc] in same ch-2 (corner), 1D-V in next ch-1.

* [2dc, ch3, 2dc] in next ch-2 (corner), 1D-V in next ch-1; Repeat from * 2 more times. Ss to top of ch-3.

Round 4:
ss in the next st and into the ch-3 (corner), ch3 (counts as 1dc), [1dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1- PM, 1D-V] all in same ch-3, 1D-V in next ch-1. 

* [1D-V, ch1- PM, 1D-V] in next ch-3 (corner), 1D-V in next ch-1; Repeat from * 2 more times. Ss to top of ch-3.  
** Put markers at the ch-1 corners.

Round 5:
ss in the next 4 sts and into the ch-1 (corner), ch3 (counts as 1dc), [1dc, ch3-PM, 2dc] in ch-1 (corner), (1D-V in next ch-1) repeat (…) until marker (ch-1 corner).

* [2dc, ch3-PM, 2dc] in next ch-1 (corner), (1D-V in next ch-1) repeat (…) until marker (ch-1 corner); Repeat from * 2 more times. Ss to top of ch-3. 

** Move markers to the corners in each round, to avoid skipping the corners.

Round 6:
1ss in the next st and into the ch-3 (corner), ch3 (counts as 1dc), [1dc, ch1, 2dc, ch1- PM, 1D-V] in ch-3, (1D-V in next ch-1) repeat (…) until ch-3 (corner).

* [1D-V, ch1-PM, 1D-V] in next ch-3 (corner), (1D-V in next ch-1) repeat (…) until ch-3 (corner); Repeat from * 2 more times. Ss to top of ch-3. 

Repeat rounds 5-6 until square measures 7×7” (19×19cm), or your desired size.

 

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Iris stitch in a square

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(4) Comments

  1. Pat Tipton says:

    Is there a way to make a rectangle using this beautiful stitch or should I just make enough squares to stitch together to make a rectangular lapghan?

    1. Hi Pat, unfortunately the current pattern can’t be worked as a rectangle, you need to change the base of the square in order to make it a rectangle. But I’ve been asked about it quite a lot, and planning to write a rectangle version soon! I’ll send an update through the newsletter when the pattern is published 🙂

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