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

Welcome stitch explorers! This weeks stitch is called the Ladder Stitch. I really like this stitch and I must say it is much easier than last weeks Solomon’s Knot! I didn’t want to pull my hair out at all lol.

I didn’t modify this one, because it feels like the lace-y openwork would be great for summer T’s or beachwear and maybe the chain edging will look nice with some fringe. Although, I think I can work a modification into the stitch so it creates a more solid edge for sure.

This stitch feels like a great one to modify to create new and interesting designs. I hope you enjoy it!

The complete video tutorial is at the bottom of the post for all you visual learners out there 🙂

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.

ladder stitch tutorial
Ladder Stitch Crochet Tutorial, sample above is approximately 6″ wide, and I started with 25 chains [18 + 1 (+6)]

Let’s get started!

+ Abbreviations

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

+ Stitch Guide:

(stitches highlighted in pink are clickable with tutorials)

sc – single crochet –

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

exsc – extended single crochet

insert hook in indicated st, yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, yo, draw through both loops on hook.


Foundation Chain:

chain any multiple of 6 + 1 ch (add six chains for foundation).

For instance, chain 18 + 1, + 6 = 25 chains to start. If you want to use this for a project and take out the guess work on how many chains to start – use this multiples calculator to help you design your project.

Row 1:

begin in 13th ch from hook, *(sc 1, ch 3, sc 1), ch 5, sk 5 ch’s* – repeat from * to *, end with 1 exsc in last ch.

Row 2:

ch 7, turn. sk (exsc, ch 5, 1 sc). *(sc 1, ch 3, sc 1) in ch 1 sp, ch 5**, sk ch 5* – repeat from * to * to end of row, end repeat at **. sk 5 ch’s, exsc 1 in 6th ch.

Rows 3 – X:

Repeat row 2 until you reach desired height.

Video tutorial here:

What can I make with the Ladder Stitch?

Hmmm….I think you can create beautiful lace scarves, mesh-T’s, or market bags. I think this stitch would be great to make an over tank sweater, or a beach cover-all too! Color changes would look great with this stitch, and even reducing the chain 5 to a chain 3 and skipping 3 instead would make for an interesting modification.

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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