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How to Crochet The Arch Stitch | Free Pattern + Chart

Hi there! I’m here to show you how to crochet arch stitch because it’s one of the most interesting stitches. It’s easy enough for beginners, so grab your hook and let’s make it together!


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Crochet arch stitch can be very versatile because you can make it with many different yarns and achieve different results. 

When made with light yarns, it will be perfect for summer accessories or home decor. If you decide to use thick yarn, however, it will most likely become your new favorite for winter shawls and blankets.

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I used thick cotton for my swatch and a 2,5 mm crochet hook.


LEVEL – beginner

TERMS – standard US

  • you can use any yarn and recommended hook size.
  • to see the potential of this stitch, please use at least two (preferably contrasting) colors.


  • A diagram is a visual representation of the pattern, where symbols are used to represent stitches.
  • Arrow indicates where the row starts.
  • Colors indicate different rows.

Written Pattern

NOTES on how to crochet arch stitch:

  • Instructions in *asterisks* should be repeated as many times as indicated right after.
  • Turn the work over after each row.
  • 3 dc at the beginning of rows 3 and 4 are the turning chains.
  • I highly recommend blocking the piece after finishing it.

chain multiple of 5 + 1.


Ch 3, 1 dc in the 5th chain counting from the hook, 1 dc, 2 ch, skip 2, *3 dc, 2 ch, skip 2* repeat until you reach the last two stitches and work 2 dc.

  • NOTE: The space between the triads of double crochets will be referred to as “chain space” or “ch-sp”.

Ch 1, 1 sc in the first dc, *5 dc in chain space, 1 sc in the middle dc* repeat until you reach the last chain space. Work 5 dc there and 1 sc in the top of the turning chain.

  • NOTE: The five double crochets will be referred to as “dc shell”.

Ch 5, *3 dc in the middle part of the dc shell, 2 ch* repeat until you reach the last dc shell, work 3 dc in the middle part, 1 ch, 1 dc in the sc of the previous row.


Ch 3, 2 dc in the nearest chain space, *5 dc in the ch-sp, 1 sc in the middle dc* repeat until you reach the last ch-sp (at the edge of the row). Work 3 dc there.

  • NOTE: The beginning and the end of row 4 are later called dc half-shell.

Ch 3, 1 dc in the 2nd dc, 2 ch, *3 dc in the middle part of the dc shell, 2 ch* repeat until you reach the dc half-shell, work 1 dc in the last dc and 1 dc the turning chain.

Repeat rows 2 to 5.

Choosing colors

The swatch for the crochet arch stitch I made uses only one color, and a neutral one, but it doesn’t have to be the case! Big arches will look great when you decide to use multiple colors.

You’ve got two options:

  1. Make every row a different color – this way the arches will have colorful “legs”, as the odd rows divide the dc shells.
  2. Go two-by-two: rows 1 and 2 will create a big arch, as will 3 with 4, 5 with 6, and so on.

Learn more about How to Choose The Best Colors for Your Crochet Project in my article.


  • If you are left with lots of yarn ends to weave in, I recommend adding a border and hiding them there!
  • Always make sure that you choose the right type of yarn for your project to achieve the effect you want.

you are done!

Hey, it wasn’t hard, right? Now you know how to crochet arch stitch and can use it in whatever project you want.

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