The Key Tab Stitch :: Crochet Stitch #167

Stitch Description

This crochet tutorial will help you learn how to crochet the key tab stitch. This stitch creates a dense but delicate pattern with a lot of texture. The key tab stitch would be great for afghans, scarves and baby blankets!

Video Tutorial


Chain Stitch
Single Crochet
Double Crochet

Stitch Details

  Skill Level

  Row Count
Number of Rows: 1

  Pattern Repeat 
Multiple of 4 + 6

Stitch Characteristics

Pattern Instructions

Foundation Chain:Multiple of 4 + 6

  • Row 1: (Right Side): work 1 cluster into 5th ch from hook (1dc, 1ch formed at beg of row), 1ch, skip 2ch, 1sc into next ch, *3ch, 1 cluster into next ch, 1ch, skip 2ch, 1sc into next ch; rep from * to last 2ch, 2ch, 1dc into last ch, turn.
  • Row 2: 4ch (count as 1dc, 1ch), 1 cluster into first 2ch sp, 1ch, *1sc into next 3ch sp, 3ch, 1 cluster into same sp at last sc, 1ch; rep from * to last ch sp, 1sc into last ch sp, 2ch, 1dc into 3rd of 4ch at beg of previous row, turn.
  • Repeat row 2 until you have reached your desired length.

Swatch Photos

Example of the Key Tab Stitch. (Reversible)

Example of the Key Tab Stitch. Reversible (Click for Larger Image)

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