Are you looking for a crochet stitch that provides lots of texture and a rustic and a bit messy look? I think you will love the Mini Berry Stitch! This stitch provides a nice thick texture but a little more rugged look than they cleaner looking puff or popcorn stitch.
The Mini Berry Stitch is a modification of a single crochet and will be alternated with a regular single crochet to create the scrunched down texture.
I originally discovered this stitch when I was looking for a texture for my Tons of Texture Slouch Hat. I stumbled across this stitch and it took a little while to convince myself to use it because of the messier looking texture, but I am so glad I worked this stitch up. The way these stitches set on top of each other gives this hat such a unique look.
This stitch is one of the stitches included in the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long. You will be able to find 3 different size sample patterns below. These can be used in my Crochet Sensory Baby Book Pattern and two other patterns included in the Crochet A Long.
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Now on to the stitch tutorial. I decided to do all my stitch tutorials as video tutorials because I find they can be easier to understand if done right.
Mini Berry Stitch Sample Swatch Materials
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Size 4 Weight Yarn 23-160 yds depending on sample size
Size H Crochet Hook
Stitches and Abbreviations
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Bst – Mini Merry Stitch
R – Row
St(s) – Stitch(es)
For a sample swatch the gauge is not important, but if you are using your swatches for the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long you will want to check your gauge.
Gauge is determined by using the Mini Berry Stitch. I recommend crocheting a swatch with 12 sts and measuring it to see if it is 3 inches.
10 Sts = 3 inches
11 rows = 3 inches
How to Crochet the Mini Berry Stitch
Basically the Mini Berry Stitch it a modified single crochet. It feels like you start a ingle crochet then half way through it you stop and chain 3 then complete the single crochet stitch.
Mini Berry Stitch – Insert you hook into the next stitch, Yarn over and pull loop through stitch, *Yarn over and pull through the first loop on the hook* repeat from *to* 3 times, Yarn over and pull through the 2 loops on the hook.
Your Mini Berry Stitch will be followed by a Single Crochet to scrunch the stitch down. Make sure you are pulling the chain in the middle of the stitch to the same side of the work each row.
Right Handed Mini Berry Stitch Tutorial
Left Handed Mini Berry Stitch Tutorial
When working Mini Berry Stitch you will want to Chain any odd number of chains.
Large (Blanket) 12 inch Swatch we will chain 39.
Medium (Book) 8 inch Swatch we will chain 27.
Small (Block) 4 inch swatch we will chain 13.
Chain Cables Stitch Swatch Pattern
Note: I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.
Ch 13, 27, or 39 depending on the size sample swatch you would like to make.
R1: Sc in the second Ch from the hook and each Ch across.
R2-?: Ch1, turn, *Bst, Sc,* repeat from *to* until the end of the row.
Repeat row 2 until your project is as long as you want it to be.
For the 12 inch square work until you have a total of 44 rows.
To make a 8 inch square work until you have a total of 30 rows.
For the 4 inch square work until you have a total of 15 rows.
Single Crochet Border
A Single crochet border makes your edges look nice and is recommended if you are making any of the March Texture Madness projects.
To add a Single Crochet Border:
Ch1, working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each row, Ch1, turn at the corner, Sc in the bottom of each St across, Ch1, turn at the corner, working down the side of the rows, Sc into the side of each row, Ch1 , turn at the corner, Sc in the top of each St. Ch1 slip stitch to the first Sc of the border row.
Now your sample square is complete and ready to be used in one of the three March Texture Madness Projects.
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