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How beautiful is the jasmine stitch? This lovely flower pattern gets me every time. And whatever the project I am working on with this stitch, it always gets a lot of compliments. Followed-up by the question “How do you do it?”. Now, I can almost do it with my eyes closed, but it took me a while to get here. And I did learn a few things along the way. And that is what I will share with you in this Crochet Jasmine Stitch Series!
The most difficult stitch in crochet?
I know that this is considered to be one of the most difficult in crochet. So, I understand why you would look at it and say that it is too complicated. However, YOU CAN DO IT! I think this stitch suffers from a bit of undeserved “bad reputation”. After all, the only things you need to know to make this stitch is how to hold your hook and how to make chain stitches. That’s it!
Don’t get startled if you don’t get the hang of it right away. It is a bit different from your ordinary crochet stitches. But don’t let that discourage you, because once it clicks, any project you make will just fly off your hook.
And then you’ll be able to do projects such as the Crochet Jasmine Cowl…
Or dive into the Crochet Jasmine Vest.
Shall we give it a try? 😉
What yarn should I use?
Before getting into the hooks and stitches of the thing, let’s just talk yarn for a second. This is a very personal choice. From the pictures above you can see I’ve made mine and I’ll talk about it in a moment.
Nevertheless, let me tell you the most important question when choosing yarn for this stitch: How much does the yarn weigh? This is critical because this stitch will use quite a bit of yarn. One skein may feel light, but pick up 5 or 6 and then really weigh your options. (Just a small pun, to brighten up your reading. 😉 ) Try to go for something light so that your piece doesn’t feel heavy. Also, it’s important that the finished project doesn’t stretch with its own weight as this will deform the pattern. Other than that, it’s up to you.
My choice for this stitch is Drops Air.
Why this yarn? For 3 main reasons:
- It is super light! Each skein of 164 yd/150 m weights only 50 g!
- It is amazingly soft and warm (65% Alpaca, 28% Polyamide and 7% Wool) and totally itch-free!
- It has this big fluffy and fuzzy look about it that creates big, plump jasmine stitches and I love the final result.
The only con about this yarn is that it sheds a bit, but it is just before washing, so that doesn’t bother me. All in all, until something better comes up, this is my yarn of choice!
Is this the “real” crochet jasmine stitch?
The tutorial I have put together will show you how I make the jasmine stitch. What I mean by this, is that it may not coincide with the traditional way of making the crochet jasmine stitch. Or you may see other tutorials with different techniques to make it. I based my technique by watching Naztazia’s video quite a few times, and recently I found the We Are Knitters’ photo tutorial. In the end, what matters, is what works for you. 🙂 The tutorials available didn’t work for me, so that is why I adapted it a bit. The end result is a crowd-pleaser around here, so I thought I’d share my take on it and, who knows, maybe it works for you too.
So, what are you going to really teach here?
The crochet jasmine stitch presented here is a flower of 6 petals. Each petal is made of puff stitches. I will show you:
- How to make puff stitches, so you can start your
- Foundation row.
- How to work 3-puff clusters and get the jasmine stitch.
- Join in the round.
- Do colorwork.
With this, you will have all the knowledge needed to make amazing projects, absolutely seamless and reversible!
Ready for this? Let’s get started with the Puff Stitch!
I want to make an afghan throw with this stitch. I don’t want it to be heavy. Any suggestions for yarn hook, sizing? My best friend asked me for an afghan in this stitch so I want to do it if possible.
If you want to make a throw with this stitch, I would suggest using a yarn similar to the Drops Air I recommended above. It is a blow yarn, which means that the strands instead of spinned together, are actually air blown into a tube together. This makes it very light. For this yarn I recommend a 6.00mm hook as you can read in the following post of the series. Adittionally, I suggest making the puff stitches with only 3 loops instead of 5, provided you are using a “fluffy” yarn like this. This will help make the afghan use less yarn, therefore making it lighter but still beautiful.
Hope this helps. 🙂
How can i use this jasmine stitch in a teapot coaster without turning it into a hexagon?
Good question. 🙂 I have never tried it myself.
You can make it as a rectangle, but I don’t really see how you can make it rounder. You can try to use smaller yarn to “smooth” out the edges and make it look rounder, but other than I’m not sure.
This is such a beautiful stitch – I can’t believe I haven’t tried it yet!
It really is a beautiful stitch. I can’t get enough of it.
Thank you. I love this stitch
You are most welcome! 🙂