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Arcade Stitch

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In this video we teach you how to crochet the Arcade Stitch. The stitch creates a lovely shell or fan pattern and is perfect for blankets, shawls and more structured garments.

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This how-to will show you how to work the arcade stitch, which creates beautiful arches in your work, and is made up from a combination of single and double crochet stitches, as well as chain spaces. In this how-to, we have used a 5mm rosewood crochet hook, and a ball of Shiny happy Cotton in nude pink. Lets get started!

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To work in Arcade Stitch, you will need to work a foundation chain of a multiple of 6 chain stitches, plus 1 extra chain stitch. For the Chain Stitch how-to, search for "chain stitch" in the search box at the top right of this page! You can see our chain stitch in the image to the left.

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We are now going to work a set-up row. First, make 1 chain stitch. this is your turning chain. You will now work 2 stitches in single crochet. For the how-to of working a single crochet stitch, search "single crochet" in the search box at the top right of this page.

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Now make 3 chain stitches, skip the next 3 stitches in your set-up row, and then work single crochet stitches into the next 3 stitches. The image to the left shows what you should have up to this stage.

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Continue repeating this, making 3 chain stitches, skipping 3 stitches, and then working 3 stitches of single crochet. Repeat this until you have 5 stitches left on your row. The image on the left shows what your work should like up to this point. We have only made a small sample for this how-to, so your work may be longer!

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Make 3 chain stitches, skip the next 3 stitches in your set-up row, and work the final 2 stitches in single crochet. You have now completed your set-up row! It should look like the image on the left here! Remember our sample is only a small example, yours will be a different length depending on your project! :)

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Now that you have completed your set-up row, it's time to work the pattern rows. This consists of 4 rows that will be repeated to make the arcade stitch. To work Pattern Row 1: make 1 chain stitch (this is your turning chain) Now work 7 stitches of double crochet into the chain space that was made from the set-up row. For the double-crochet stitch how-to, search for "double crochet" in the search box at the top right of this page. Your work should look like the image to the left here!

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Now skip the next stitch, and then work 1 stitch in single crochet. Now you will repeat this sequence, crocheting 7 double crochet stitches into the chain space, skipping one stitch, and then working 1 stitch in single crochet. Do this until there is 1 stitch left. Work 1 stitch in single crochet in this last stitch. Your piece should look similar to the image on the left here!

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Pattern Row 2: Start by making 4 chain stitches. This will act as your turning chain, and also as your first chain space. Skip the first 3 stitches, and then work a single crochet stitch into the next 3 stitches. Then make 3 chain stitches, skip the next 5 stitches, and work single crochet stitches into the next 3 stitches.

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Keep repeating making 3 chain stitches, skipping 5 stitches and working single crochet for 3 stitches until you have 2 stitches left of your row. Make 1 chain stitch, skip a stitch and then work a double crochet stitch into the last stitch. The image on the left shows what Pattern Row 2 should look like!

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We are now going to work Pattern Row 3: Make 3 chain stitches. This is your turning chain. Now work 3 double crochet stitches into the first chain space. Skip the next stitch, then work single crochet into the next stitch. Now work 7 double crochet stitches into the next chain space. Skip the next stitch, and work single crochet into the next stitch. Continue working 7 double crochet stitches into each chain space, skipping one stitch, and then working 1 single crochet stitch, until you have 3 stitches and a chain space left on your row.

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Skip the next stitch, work 1 stitch in single crochet, and you will finish Pattern Row 3 by working 4 stitches in double crochet into the last chain space. Your piece should look like the image on the left here!

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Pattern Row 4: To begin working your fourth and final pattern row of the Arcade Stitch, make one chain stitch. This will be your turning chain. Now work single crochet into the next 2 stitches. Make 3 chain stitches, skip the next 5 stitches and then work the next 3 stitches in single crochet. Keep repeating this sequence of making 3 chain stitches, skipping the next 5 stitches and working the next 3 stitches in single crochet until you have 6 stitches left on your row. Your work should look like the image on the left here:

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Make 3 chain stitches, skip 5 stitches, and work 1 stitch in single crochet into the final stitch of your row. Once you have worked Pattern Row 4 of the Arcade Stitch, you continue to repeat the 4 pattern rows, and you are working in Arcade Stitch! :)

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