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Trail Stitch Tutorial | KT and the Squid

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Lets learn the Trail Stitch today!

The Trail stitch was named by my sister and designed by me. A while ago I wanted to create a stitch that was similar to the one I used for THIS RUG. I wanted the new stitch to be thinner and less dense so I could use it for a sweater.

Not only did I come up with something that was the drape and texture I wanted but by switching up the stripes I got a completely different look.

This swatch was done all in one color.

For this one I did all odd numbered rows in the main color and used contrasting colors for all even rows.

Here, I changed colors every other row which created almost a clam shell look.

Lets get started!

What you’ll need

  • Any weight yarn.
    • I used Plymouth Encore Worsted in Dove, Lagoon and Living Coral.
    • you can purchase the yarn HERE from Annie’s or HERE from Craftsy.
  • Appropriate size hook and a second hook .5 mm larger. I used an H (5mm hook) and an I (5.5 mm) hook.
    • I used THIS hook by Crochet Dude.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Abbreviations

Ch = chain
St = stitch
Sc = single crochet
Esc = extended single crochet
Eesc = extra extended single crochet
Rs = right side
Ws = wrong side
FLO = front loop only

Special Stitches

Extended single crochet (esc): Insert hook into indicated st, pull up a loop, yarn over pull through one loop on hook, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook.

Extra extended single crochet (eesc): Insert hook into indicated st, pull up a loop, (yarn over pull through one loop on hook) twice, yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook.

Instructions

Scroll down for a photo tutorial

With larger hook ch a multiple of 4 +1
Row 1 (rs): With smaller hook esc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO esc in each st across.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO esc in the 1st 3, *eesc in the unworked front loop of the next st 2 rows below, esc in the next 3; repeat from * until 1 st remains, esc in the last st.
Row 4: Repeat row 2.
Row 5: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO esc in the 1st st, *eesc in the unworked front loop of the next st 2 rows below, esc in the next 3; repeat from * until 3 sts remains, eesc in the unworked front loop of the next st 2 rows below, esc in the last 2.
Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length.

Photo Tutorial

With larger hook ch a multiple of 4 +1. I chained 25 (photo 1).
Row 1 (rs): With smaller hook esc in the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across.
To work an esc, insert your hook in the next ch (photo 2), pull up a loop (photo 3), yarn over, pull through ONE loop on the hook (photo 4),

yarn over pull through 2 loops on hook (photo 5).
Photo 6 shows row 1 completed.
Row 2: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO esc in each st across.
Photo 7 is showing inserting the hook into the front look of the first st. All other front loops are highlighted in pink.
Photo 8 shows row 2 completed on the wrong side.

Photo 9 shows row 2 completed on the right side. Notice the unworked loops of row 1, you’ll need those for row 3.
Row 3: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO esc in the 1st 3 (photo 10), *eesc in the unworked front loop of the next st 2 rows below (highlighted pink in photo 10).
To work an eesc insert your hook into the indicated st (photo 11), pull up a loop,

yarn over, pull through 1 loop (photo 13), yarn over, pull through 1 loop (photo 14), yarn over, pull through 2 loops (photo 15).
Note: When working the eesc you will leave the stitch of row 2 behind the eesc unworked. In photo 16 the unworked stitch is highlighted pink and the hook is being inserted in the next stitch.

Row 3 (cont.): Esc in the next 3; repeat from * until 1 st remains, esc in the last st (photos 17, 18 and 19)

Row 4: Repeat row 2 (photo 20).

Row 5: Ch 1, turn, working in the FLO esc in the 1st st, *eesc in the unworked front loop of the next st 2 rows below, esc in the next 3; repeat from * until 3 sts remains, eesc in the unworked front loop of the next st 2 rows below, esc in the last 2 (photo 21).


Repeat rows 2-5 until desired length.

Free pattern using this stitch coming soon…

4 thoughts on “Trail Stitch Tutorial | KT and the Squid

  1. […] promised here is a simple pattern using the Trail Stitch I posted a tutorial for earlier this […]

  2. Beautiful stitch, I love the color variations. Thanks for posting it. 🙂

    1. You’re welcome!

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