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How to Crochet Iris Stitch + Video

If you are interested how to crochet iris stitch, I’ve got you covered! Here you will find written pattern, video tutorial and three unique colorways I’ve created. Iris stitch is one of the easiest crochet stitches, because it uses only chain stitch and double crochet. You’ll grasp it in no time, so be sure to try it!


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This crochet technique creates lacy structure with beautiful openwork, so it’s suitable for lightweight accessories and decorative blankets. It works fast and doesn’t eat up much yarn, so choose it for a quick and fun project!

Depending on the yarn weight you choose the final effect may differ, because the yarns behave differently. Keep in in mind so you can make the right choices for your particular project.

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For these swatches, I used mini skeins of Scheepjes Catona yarn, which is 100% mercerized cotton and has an amazing range of colors.

Rose Garden

Colors: 226 Light Orchid, 222 Tulip, 409 Soft Rose, 264 Light Coral, 414 Vintage Peach

Magnolia Tree

Colors: 245 Lime, 205 Kiwi, 410 Rich Coral, 524 Apricot, 255 Nude


Colors: 402 Silver Green, 528 Silver Blue, 244 Spruce, 383 Ginger Gold, 249 Saffron

See more inspiring colorways here:

Iris Stitch Crochet Ideas | Inspiration + Resources


LEVEL – beginner

TERMS – standard US

  • you can use any yarn and recommended hook size. 


Written Pattern


chain multiple of 4. 

ROW 1:

chain 3, insert your hook into the 5th chain counting from the hook and work *2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc* all in one stitch, then skip 3. Repeat [*2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc* in one st, skip 3] until you reach the last two stitches of the row. Work 1 dc in the last stitch.

ROW 2:

chain 3, [*2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc* all in one chain space (between the pairs of the dcs)] repeat until the end of the row, finish with 1 dc into the top of the turning chain.

Repeat row 2.

If you want to change colors, check out video tutorial or this article: How to Change Colors in Crochet.


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? Use this stitch in whatever project you want.

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  1. I also am a crafter,crocheter , knitter and sew..I even do some repairs in my home….

  2. Watching the video it says chain multiple stitches of 4 but the written pattern says mutiples of 2 which is the right one

  3. I lovee the colors and pattern! I am new to crocheting and would like to try this pattern, how many skeins of yarn should I purchase? What gauge? Any help is ch appreciated:-)

    1. Hi Jen! It really depends on what you’re going to make 🙂 This stitch can be used with many different yarns, but the effect will be different each time. Please take a look at this article: Iris Stitch Crochet Ideas – I’ve linked a lot of free patterns and inspiration there!

  4. Hi Kate love your combination of yarn . I know you daid you can use any yarn, but i love yours. Can you let me know the brand and colors please. Thank you so much. Virginia B

    1. hi Virginia, I listed all the colors in the section “colorways”. I used Scheepjes Catona yarn 🙂

  5. My new favorite stitch! Goes together fast and looks beautiful! Love it! I have made 2 kids blankets with it so far and working on the third with 4 more to go

  6. hi Kate! I’m very new to crochet and am set on making a blanket for my daughter iris in this stitch. thank you so much for the pattern and tutorial.

  7. Hi Kate, love this pattern, it was a quick and easy pattern to learn and follow. One question though, how did you finish the pattern? I’ve got three sides of straight edges, and the final edge has scallops. Did you just single crochet the whole way down, and then tie it off?

    1. Hi Kelly! Great question. I think I’d work the last row without the chain stitch in between the double crochets (so that it’s flatter) and then I’d add a border or finished off the whole thing with single crochets. Omitting the chain stitch won’t affect the final stitch count, so I think it’s the best way.

  8. hello I’m trying to do the tunisian shell with beads you now where I can get this pattern that is written out. I’ve watched several videos. I get confused on some sections.

    Angela Dickerson

  9. Hi I love this pattern it’s gorgeous!
    I’d love to make a blanket using it for my daughter. Are you able to tell me how to calculate how many skeins of wool I’ll need for a certain size blankets?

    1. Hi Melissa! thank you <3 It's really hard to calculate the yarn if you don't have in your hands. It depends highly on the type of yarn, the weight of yarn, and the size of the hook you'll be using. However, if you have at least one skein and can make a swatch, then you just have to measure it and multiply to achieve the size you want. You can also try following a free pattern and using the same amount, type of yarn and tools as the designer indicates.

  10. Hi there! I’m so excited to try this stitch! My first baby will be here in November and I love your sunset color colorway for a fall baby blanket. I looked up the yarn colors and I’m a bit confused. The spruce color looks to be very green when I look it up online, which makes sense hence the name, but in your photo it looks to be a deeper blue and no green. Am I missing something? haha

    1. hi Danielle! sorry for the late reply. Yes it’s called spruce and it has a bit of green in it, but it’s really dark. My photos may not show it 🙁 you can always change up this color for more navy one and it will look great! Catona has so many colors to choose from.

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