The Trinity Stitch is a basic stitch pattern, made up of single crochet clusters. It's easily memorized, and makes great baby blankets, afghans, and washcloths. It's simple, works up fast, and has lots of texture. Finished projects made with this stitch become treasured heirlooms, but you don't have to be an advanced crocheter to make them! So let's take a look at how the Trinity Stitch is made.
Video Tutorial for the Trinity Stitch
Written Instructions for the Trinity Stitch
To begin the Trinity Stitch, you start with an even number of chains. If you are starting with a foundation single crochet, make an odd number of FSC, then ch 1 to start the first row.
Row 1: Make the desired number of starting chains, as described above. Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, then sc3tog over 3 sts - insert hook into same ch as first sc and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), insert hook into next ch and pull up a loop (3 loops on hook), insert hook into next ch and pull up a loop (4 loops on hook), then yo and pull through all 4 loops on the hook. *Ch 1. Work next sc3tog starting in same ch as last loop of previous sc3tog, then pulling up a loop in the next 2 ch. Repeat from * until all chains are worked, then sc in last ch. Turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first st. Make first sc3tog working into same st as first sc of the row, top of first cluster below, and the next ch sp. *Ch 1. Sc3tog inserting hook into previous ch sp, top of next cluster, and next ch sp. Repeat from * to end, finishing last sc3tog in the top of the last sc of previous round. Sc in last st. Turn.
Repeat Row 2 until desired length is reached.
Trinity Stitch Crochet Chart
So as you can see, the Trinity Stitch is a fun and easy stitch to work once you've got the hang of it. You can experiment with taller stitches too - have fun with your crochet!
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That is such a pretty stitch. I need to make something with it! Thanks for the tutorial!
Love this stitch and it's so easy!!! Can't wait to try it. Thanks for such a well made tutorial video!!!
Thanks Kirsten! 😀
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I like your tutorials very much, thank you for all.
Thank you for the video tutorial. Yours are always the best I can find.
😀 Thank you Amy!
Would it be possible to do increases and decreases with this stitch? If so, do you know how?
Hi Niki! It's possible! 🙂
Decreasing is easiest - at the end of the row, just don't make the last sc3tog of the row, and work the final sc in the last st of the last sc2tog made. To decrease at the beginning of the row, you can sl st over to where you want to begin. To decrease in the middle of the row, work the sc3tog over the previous ch sp and next 2 ch sps.
To increase is a bit trickier - at either end of the row, I'd increase gradually - an extra sc at the end in the first row, then build on that until you have enough sts for another trinity st. In the middle of the row, I would work a sc2tog over the previous ch sp and the next st, then ch 1, then work a sc2tog over the same st and the next ch sp, then on the 2nd row I'd work into these sts as if they were sc3tog sts, and that would increase the count by 1 sc3tog.
I hope that helps!
I chain the desired number of stitches plus one and begin the trinity stitch as shown. Somehow, I keep decreasing the number of stitches. What am I doing wrong? I know I am doing The trinity stitch correctly.
Hi Annette! It's always a bit of a guess without being there to see your swatch, but my best guess is that you're missing either the sc at the beginning of the row, or at the end, or both!