How to Crochet the Sedge Stitch – Free Tutorial

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It’s time to learn a new crochet stitch combination. Are you ready? The Sedge Stitch is an easy crochet stitch combination using a single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet all worked in the same stitch that produces a fabric with a beautiful texture.

crochet swatch, hook and yarn ball with text overlay reading "how to crochet the sedge stitch"

The primary skills you need to know to work the crochet sedge stitch are the single crochet stitch, half double crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, chain, and skipping chains or stitches. It is a great stitch combination for a beginner who knows how to work the basic crochet stitches and is ready to expand their crochet skills.

Do you have those skills? If you do, grab your hook and yarn, and let’s learn a new stitch pattern.  This tutorial will contain an introduction to the stitch, followed by written instructions, and then step-by-step photo tutorials for both right and left-handed crocheters.

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Sedge Stitch Introduction

The Sedge Crochet Stitch makes a dense and warm fabric with a great texture. It’s nice for using in dishcloths, headbands, scarves, baby blankets, and more.

The Sedge Stitch is similar to the Suzette Stitch but instead of using just single and double crochets, you’ll also use a half double crochet which makes the fabric have cute puffs of texture due to working three different stitches into the same spot.   

As mentioned previously, the stitch pattern is made by working single crochets (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and double crochets (dc) into the same stitch, you’ll then skip two stitches and work the three basic stitches again. From the second row on, you’ll be working the sc, hdc, and dc into each single crochet stitch of the row below, skipping each hdc and dc of the previous row.

This stitch pattern looks especially great with soft fluffy yarn because it makes those puffs seem even puffier. Once you get it down, try it in different yarn weights and types and see what you like best. 

Where can I use the Sedge Stitch?

The sedge stitch works great for any project where you want a denser fabric that isn’t full of holes or lace-type stitching. It’s the perfect stitch for home decor items like pillow covers or blankets, and it is also nice for kitchen items. I can imagine that a cardigan or sweater using this stitch combo would be amazingly warm and cozy. 

2 crochet swatches with text overlay reading "how to crochet the sedge stitch"

Sedge Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Materials

The sample swatch for the photo tutorial used scrap amounts of an Acrylic Category 4 worsted weight yarn and a US size I/9, 5.5 mm crochet hook (Furl’s Odyssey). I also used a tapestry needle to weave in the ends. 

Abbreviations

ch(s): chain(s)
sc: single crochet

hdc: half double crochet
dc: double crochet
st(s): stitch(es)

Notes

All instructions and abbreviations are written in US crochet terms.

The ch 1 (turning chain) at the beginning of each row does not count as a stitch. The ch 1 could technically be your first single crochet of that row, however, it is easiest to work the last stitch of the row into the hdc of the row below instead of that ch 1. You can try both and see which end of the row you like better. The instructions and photos below have you working in the hdc. 

Starting in Row 2, you’ll be working your stitches in the single crochets of the row below, except for the last stitch of the row which is worked into the hdc of the previous row.

​To adjust the size of your swatch, keep your starting chain a multiple of 3. 

Parenthesis () are used to show which stitches are worked together in the same stitch.

Sedge Stitch Written Instructions

Ch 18- start with a multiple of 3

Row 1: (hdc, dc) in the 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 chs, (sc, hdc, dc) in next ch, repeat from * until 1 ch remains, sc in last ch, turn. (18)

Row 2: ch 1, (hdc, dc) in the first sc, *skip 2 sts, (sc, hdc, dc) in next st, repeat from * until 2 sts remain, skip 1 st, sc in last stitch, turn. (18)

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached the desired length. The sample swatch has 14 rows.       

Crochet Sedge Stitch Photo Tutorial – Right Handed

Chain 18- start with a multiple of 3

crochet chain and hook

Row 1: half double crochet and double crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook,

working a half double crochet and double crochet into the second chain from hook

*skip 2 chains, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet in next chain,

working a sc, hdc, and dc into the next st with stitches labeled

repeat from * until 1 chain remains, single crochet in the last chain, turn.

arrow and label showing where to put the last stitch of row 1

Row 2: chain 1, half double crochet and double crochet in the first single crochet of the previous row, *skip 2 stitches, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet in next stitch,

starting row 2 with arrows and stitch labels

repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, skip 1 stitch, single crochet in last stitch, turn. (18)

showing where to put the last stitch of row 2 with arrows and labels

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached the desired length. The sample swatch has 14 rows.   

completed swatch of the crochet sedge stitch

Crochet Sedge Stitch Photo Tutorial – Left Handed 

Chain 18- start with a multiple of 3

crochet chain and hook

Row 1: half double crochet and double crochet in the 2nd chain from the hook,

working a half double crochet and double crochet into the second chain from hook left handed

*skip 2 chains, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet in next chain,

working a sc, hdc, and dc into the next st with stitches labeled left handed

repeat from * until 1 chain remains, single crochet in the last chain, turn.

arrow and label showing where to put the last stitch of row 1 left handed

Row 2: chain 1, half double crochet and double crochet in the first single crochet of the row below, *skip 2 stitches, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet in next stitch,

starting row 2 with arrows and stitch labels for left handed crocheters

repeat from * until 2 stitches remain, skip 1 stitch, single crochet in last stitch, turn. (18)

left handed showing where to put the last stitch of row 2 with arrows and labels

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached the desired length. The sample swatch has 14 rows.   

completed swatch of the crochet sedge stitch

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