Ladders Crochet Stitch
The Ladders crochet stitch is one that isn't seen all over the web. However, when I came across it, I fell in LOVE with it! The texture is oh-so-squishy and it works up very easily. This stitch can also be called the 4x4 crochet ribbing stitch, as it is worked like a thick ribbing would be.
This stitch works in chain multiples of 8, however you can use a foundation double crochet and work in multiples of 8 + 2. This pattern uses only chain, double crochet, front post double crochet and back post double crochet.
To see a video tutorial of this stitch, scroll to the bottom of this post or click HERE.
If you'd like to try this stitch on a fun and easy pattern, please check out my latest design (inspired by this stitch!) - the Squishtastic Cowl. It uses less than 3 skeins of Red Heart's "Unforgettable" yarn and works up easily in a weekend. It's a generously sized cowl that offers a ton of squish and you'll just want to cuddle up in it.
Now for the stitch pattern!
Stitches and abbreviations used:
BPDC: Back post double crochet
Dc: Double crochet
FPDC: Front post double crochet
St (s): Stitch (es)
Chain in multiples of 8
Row 1: In 4th ch from hook (counts as first dc), work 1 dc and 1 dc in each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as first dc), turn; work 1 FPDC around posts of each of the next 4 sts, *work 1 BPDC around posts of each of the next 4 sts, work 1 FPDC around each of the next 4 sts; rep * to last dc, 1 dc in last dc.
Row 3: Ch 3 (counts as first dc, turn; work 1 BPDC around posts of each of the next 4 sts, *work 1 FPDC around posts of each of the next 4 sts, work 1 BPDC around posts of each of the next 4 sts; rep * to last dc, 1 dc in last dc.
Repeat rows 2 - 3 to desired length.
I hope you enjoyed learning this stitch as much as I did. When you make something with it, could you please tag me @handmadebystacyj or #handmadebystacyJ - I'd love to see what you create!
💕 Stacy J