As I was flipping through my copy of 500 Crochet Stitches: The Ultimate Crochet Stitch Bible, I ran across this beautiful crochet Flame Stitch. It was different than a typical shell stitch or cluster, so I decided to give it a try. I started small and then fell in love and went on to create a lovely shawl that can also work as a scarf. (Links in this post may be affiliate links – which gives us a commission if you make a purchase at no cost to you.)
Once I did row two, I was intrigued with the shape of the flame clusters and how the stitch builds on top and you can put any stitch in the next row because you have put in another foundation row on top of the flame clusters. I also loved the look of the foundation bars that come between and over each flame section. So, I like that it has a mix of curves and straight lines for the finished look.
This stitch pattern just uses a few basic stitches, the magic is in the grouping of the basic stitches and using the chain 3 spacing to make the flame tips.
- ch – chain
- sc – single crochet
- dc2tog – double crochet 2 together
- tc – treble crochet
Written Stitch Instructions:
Ch multiple of 10 + 2
Row 1 – In the 2nd ch from hook, work 1 sc, * ch 3 and skip 3 ch, work 1 sc into the next chain, ch 3 and skip 1 ch, work 1 sc into next ch, ch 3 and skip 3 ch, work 1 sc into next ch, repeat from * to the end of your row, turn.
Row 2 – ch 1, work 1 sc into the first sc in the row below, *ch 1 and skip next ch 3 space, dc2tog into the next ch 3 arch, then into that same ch 3 arch, work 4 more ch3 and dc2tog sets, then ch 1 and skip next ch 3 space, work 1 sc into the next sc; repeat from * to end of row, turn.
Row 3 – Ch 7, skip next ch 3 arch, work 1 sc into next ch 3 arch, ch 3, work 1 sc into next ch 3 arch, ch 3, 1 tc into next ch 3 arch, *ch 3 and skip the next ch 3 arch, work 1 sc into next ch 3 arch, ch 3 and work 1 sc into next ch 3 arch, ch 3 and then 1 tc into next sc, repeat from * to end of row, turn.
Row 4 – Ch 1, 1 sc into the first tc, * ch 1 and skip next ch 3 space, dc2tog into the next ch 3 arch, then into that same ch 3 arch, work 4 more ch3 and dc2tog sets, then ch 1 and work 1 sc into the next tc, repeat from * to end, working the last sc into the 4th ch of the ch 7 that you worked at the start of row 3, turn.
Repeat rows 3 and 4 for rest of the pattern that you need.
Stitch Tutorial Videos:
- Use multiples of 10+2 for your base chain.
- Once you get started, you will see how the repeat works and it will easier to see where your next stitch goes.
- You will want to block this for sure. Blocking will really show off the stitch and make the stitch defined.
- Leave off your last row 4 to leave the flames as a border on your work.
- Use this stitch to create a beautiful shawl. Leave the edges or final row as the flame cluster to use it as a border.
- Wouldn’t this stitch look lovely as a bedspread or cover for a pillow too?