How to Crochet: Carina Stitch | Crochet Video Tutorial for Beginners | Stitch Explorer Series

Welcome stitch explorers! This weeks stitch is called the Carina Stitch. It’s a modified Bar & Lattice Stitch, that I’m calling the Carina Stitch to give it a new twist. In keeping with my stars and sky theme – the Carina Stitch is named after a constellation in the southern sky, that kind of reminds me of this pattern :).

Constellation Carina

This stitch was fun to learn, however, I found the edging on the original version a bit strange, and there was a large section of holes on one side that didn’t seem to match the rest of the pattern. See below:

So I came up with a way to eliminate those gaps and include a foundation single crochet row, with a sturdier and cleaner edge.

The Carina stitch is a beautiful stitch to use when you want to create an open work design that has a little bit of substance to it as well.

I worked this stitch up with a thicker worsted weight yarn and it seems to look better with a thinner worsted weight yarn. I’m using lion brand is 24/7 Cotton, and worked up the first swatch in Heartland yarn. Although both are listed as worsted weight yarn, you will see the difference in the stitch detail is lost somewhat with a bulkier worsted weight yarn.

However, if you would like to use a chain this pattern works in multiples of 4 + 1, then add 5 more chains for the foundation chain.

If you’re working this pattern using the foundation single crochet, you will be crocheting a multiples of 4 + 2.

Okay! Let’s get started. The first pattern is my version, the Carina stitch. Scroll down for the original version that starts with a chain.

Full video tutorial is at bottom of post.

+ Abbreviations

scsingle crochet
dcdouble crochet
ch (s)chain (s)
yoyarn over
* … *repeat from * to * as many times indicated

+ Stitch Guide:

sc – single crochet –

insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, yo draw through both loops on hook.

dc – double crochet

yo, insert hook in indicated st, yo, draw up a loop, *yo, draw through 2 loops* – repeat from * to * until you have one loop left on the hook.

Carina Stitch

I like to count my foundation row as a row. Because it includes a complete roll of single crochet and chain stitches mixed together.


Row 1: fsc multiples of 4 + 2.

Row 2: ch 2, turn. dc in 1st fsc. *ch 3, sk 3, dc 1 in next,* repeat from * to * to end. dc 1, in last fsc.

Row 3: ch 2, turn. dc 1 in first dc. ch 2, sk (1 dc, 1 ch), *sc 1 in next ch, ch 2, sk 1 ch, dc 1 in next dc**, ch 2, sk 1 ch*, repeat from * to * end repeat at **. dc 1 in ch 2.

Row 4: ch 2, dc 1 in first dc, *ch 3, sk (dc, ch, sc, ch), dc 1 in next dc* – repeat from * to * to end. dc 1 in ch 2.

Rows 5 – X: repeat rows 3 & 4.

Bar & Lattice Stitch – Original Version

If you want to know how many chains to start and how big your project will be, check out my multiples stitch calculator. This calculator asks you how big you want your project to be, then you enter the multiples and a few other facts, it spits out how big (approximately) your project will be.


chain any multiple of 4 + 1 (add 5 for foundation chain)

Row 1: dc 1 in 10th ch from hook, *ch 3, sk 3, dc 1 in next ch* – repeat from * to * to end.

Row 2: ch 5, turn. sk (dc and ch 1), sc 1 in next ch, ch 2, sk 1, *dc 1 in next dc, ch 2, sk 1 ch, sc 1 in next ch, ch 2, sk 1 ch* – repeat from * to * to end. end with 1 dc in next ch.

Row 3: ch 6, turn. sk (dc 2 ch’s, 1 sc, 2 ch’s), *dc 1 in next dc, ch 3, sk (2 ch’s, sc, 2 ch’s)* , repeat from * to *, ending with 1 dc in next ch.

repeat rows 2 & 3 until you reach your desired height

Video tutorial here:

What can I make with the Carina Stitch?

This is another spring openwork stitch that would look beautiful in a shawl, a beach cover all, market bag, poncho’s and more!

I hope you enjoy this tutorial, and if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below, I would love to talk crochet!

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