The Accordion stitch is a fun whimsical wave crochet stitch for beginners. Scroll down for ideas on how to use this stitch, along with the step-by-step pattern.
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What to make with the Accordion Crochet Stitch
Incorporate the Accordion crochet stitch into your next throw blanket or evening shawl for a fun design element. The front of the pattern features thick contrasting lines creating a bold quirky look, whereas the back side has a more elegant feel. I actually like the back side the best!
Crochet Stitch Bundle
This easy crochet stitch is part of the Spring Stitch CAL (crochet along). Join the fun and discover all-new crochet stitches here.
All stitch tutorials are available on our blogs but if you want a printable PDF version for easy recording and to take notes etc. You can grab the bundle with all 30 stitches here.
Sometimes it’s just easier to have a stitch dictionary on hand when you’re deciding on your next project rather than having to search online and remember where you saved that stitch you want to use.
Before You Start
- 5.5 mm / US I– 9 hook.
- Worsted weight yarn. I used WeCrochet Swish, it has an amazing stitch definition which really helps when learning new stitches.
- Tapestry needle to weave in the ends. I love this set as it has different eye sizes for different yarn thicknesses and it comes in a small tube which is very convenient so I don’t lose them.
The pattern is written for a 15cm by 15cm / 6” by 6” square.
The wave crochet stitch pattern needs a multiple of 8 + 1 number of stitches; your starting chain will be a multiple of 8 + 2 for an extra turning chain.
The gauge for this pattern is 16.5 st by 15.5 rows in stitch pattern for a 10 cm by 10 cm square (4” by 4”). Confused on how to make or measure gauge? Check out my detailed post all about crochet gauge.
This pattern uses US notations.
- st = stitch
- ch = chain
- sc = single crochet
- hdc = half double crochet
- dc = double crochet
- tr = treble crochet
- yo = yarn over
- sl st = slip stitch
Work instructions between [ ] the indicated number of times or until the end of the row.
The final number of stitches is indicated at the end of the row between < >.
The turning ch 1, ch 2, ch 3 don’t count as a stitch throughout the pattern except if mentioned otherwise.
Stitches above a ch-1 space are worked in the ch-1 space.
The pattern is written in crochet shorthand. For example:
- “sc 1” means to single crochet in the next stitch,
- “sc 2” means to single crochet in each of the next 2 stitches,
- and “2 sc” means to single crochet twice in the next st.
All pictures show lefthanded crochet. All stitches are symmetrical and can be worked by both right- and left-handed crocheters.
The Accordion Crochet Stitch Tutorial
With your 5.5mm / US I- 9 hook and main color A, ch 25 + 1,
Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from the hook, sc across, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, [sl st, sc, hdc, dc, tr, dc, hdc, sc] until last st, sl st, turn.
Switch to contrast color B.
Row 3: Ch 1, sl st across, turn.
Switch back to main color A.
Row 4: Work in the previous row (in the 2 loops in main color yarn): Ch 3, [tr, dc, hdc, sc, sl st, sc, hdc, dc] until last st, tr, turn.
Switch back to contrast color B.
Row 5: Repeat Row 3.
Repeat Row 2 to 5 until you reach 14.5 cm / 5.5”.
Repeat Row 2.
Final Row: Ch 1, sc across, turn.
When you’re done with the crocheting part, make sure to weave in all the ends.
To make your stitch pattern even prettier and help straighten your edges block your project lightly.
Don’t skip this step as it can make a huge difference. Read my detailed tutorial on why block, how-to, and all my tips and tricks if you need help.