Crochet the Iris Stitch – tutorial and free pattern

Crochet the Iris Stitch – tutorial and free pattern
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The Iris stitch has such a beautiful lacy texture and is so simple to crochet.

I have seen this stitch used in so many types of projects – bags, summer tops and cardigans, baby blankets. I have a headband that uses this stitch too! It will be going on the blog as a free pattern very soon.

The iris stitch headband

The versatility and elegance fo this stitch are two of the reasons that I choose it to kick off the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL.

Great for Beginners

This stitch combo is great for beginners, and I find it quite a therapeutic stitch to work up. With a 1 row repeat after you have worked the first row it is an easy stitch to learn.

Can you crochet the following?:


Double Crochets (US terms – treble crochet if you are using UK Terms)?

If you answered yes to both of these then you absolutely can work the Iris Stitch!



Crochet the Iris Stitch – written pattern

To work up this gorgeous stitch you need to:

Create a starting chain of multiples of 4 plus 3

Row 1: In 5th CH from hook [2DC, CH1, 2DC] in same st, *SK 3 sts, [2DC, CH2, 2DC] in next CH*. Repeat from * to * until you have 2 CH’s remaining, SK1, DC in last CH.

Row 2: Turn, CH3 (counts as a st), in first CH1 space [2DC, CH1, 2DC], *[2DC, CH1, 2DC] in next CH1 space.* Repeat from * to * until you have worked the last CH1 space, SK next 2 DC, DC in top of your turning CH from Row 1.

Rows 3 on : Repeat Row 2.


Below is a photo tutorial for this stitch for you. If you prefer video tutorials then scroll to below the photo tutorial where you will find left and right handed videos.





Video Tutorials


The Iris St Afghan Block Pattern

The free pattern is below for the afghan block that I made especially for the Bouquet of Flowers CAL.

If you prefer the ad Free PDF Pattern you can find it in my stores:

Materials needed to crochet the iris stitch square

  • Approx 40 yards of #3 (DK) weight yarn of your choosing
  • 4mm hook
  • Stitch markers 
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle



Gauge and Size

Gauge is 10 SC to 2″. This square will be 10’’ x 10’’ once completed. If you are a tight crocheter you may need to block it a little once finished.

If your square is going to be too big reduce the starting count by multiples of 4.


  • CH(s)–chain(s)
  • St(s)–stitch(es)
  • Rep—repeat
  • SS–slip stitch
  • SC–single crochet
  • DC–double crochet
  • SK—skip

Special Stitches

There are no special stitches in this pattern. The entire thing is created using double crochet and chains. 

Row 1 –          CH50, SC in second CH from hook and each CH across (49)

Row 2 –          Turn, CH3 (counts as a DC), *sk 3 sts, [2DC, CH1, 2DC] in next st* 

Repeat from * to * until you have 2 sts left, SK1 st, DC in final stitch

Row 3 –          Turn, CH3 (counts as a DC), *work [2DC, CH1, 2DC] in each CH1 space across* 

Repeat from * to * until you have 3 sts left, SK2 sts, DC in final stitch



Row 4 – on      Repeat row 3 until your square is almost 10’’ high.

Row 5 –           Turn, CH1, SC in each st and CH sp across. (49)

FO and weave in ends.


The Bouquet of Flowers CAL

Between 28th February and 15th April 2022 I am hosting the Bouquet of Flowers Afghan CAL. 18 designers have contributed 20 floral themed squares which will end up being 10″.

There are two ways to get involved in the CAL.

  1. Wait patiently for each square being released or
  2. Buy the bundle

If you would prefer to buy the bundle of all 20 squares the joining and border patterns for a rather fantastic price of only $12.99, rather than just waiting for each square to become available you can!

This bundle is ‘evergreen’ so don’t worry if you are reading this after 15th April 2022 – you can still buy the bundle using the button below!

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If you want to know more about the CAL check out the round up post by clicking the button below.