Primrose Crochet Stitch Tutorial

The crochet primrose stitch is a relatively easy stitch to learn and perfect for beginners. This stitch is used to create a beautiful texture in any crochet project!

It adds a beautiful shell look when you work it up and makes any project a little more appealing to the eye.

While the primrose stitch looks great in almost any crochet project, but we especially love it in crocheted blankets!

Take a look below to find the full free tutorial to learn how to crochet the primrose stitch.

primrose crochet stitch
The Primrose Crochet Stitch

The Yarn That’s Perfect for a Primrose Stitch

I crocheted this tutorial with worsted weight yarn (#4 weight yarn) from Hobby Lobby and a size J crochet hook (6 mm). With that in mind, you can use any yarn weight and the corresponding hook size to match that yarn weight to get the same results.

Furthermore, the primrose stitch does not require the use of a particular weight of yarn – any yarn weight will work perfectly with this crochet stitch.

However, if you are a beginner crocheter, I would recommend Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice or Red Heart Super Saver, both of which are four weight yarns. Either yarn is a great alternative to mimic the results of this stitch, inexpensive and easy to find in most craft stores.

Components of The Primrose Stitch

The primrose stitch – a modification on the shell stitch – is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get learn an intermediate-level stitch. It adds a beautiful texture to any crochet project.

To be able to create this stitch pattern you will need to know three basic crochet stitches which are the single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc), and double crochet (dc).

Single Crochet

Single Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: sc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Half Double Crochet

Half Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: hdc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Double Crochet

Double Crochet Crochet Stitch

Abbreviation: dc
Difficulty Level: Easy
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Here are the crochet stitch tutorials for each stitch in case you’d like a refresher on them:

Anyway, enough chatting… are you ready to learn this fun and unique stitch? Here is the full and free crochet primrose pattern stitch tutorial… with pictures!

Primrose Stitch Crochet Tutorial

Skill Level: Intermediate


  • A crochet hook corresponding to the size yarn you are using – (I used a 6 mm J hook in this tutorial)
  • Yarn needle
  • Scissors
  • Any brand or weight of yarn (this example shows a four weight yarn)

Crochet Stitch Abbreviations


  • To change sizes, chain a multiple of three, then add two more chains to whatever starting chain size you have crocheted.
  • The primrose stitch tutorial is written in standard US terms

The Primrose Crochet Pattern Steps

Foundation Row: Ch a multiple of 3 plus 2 then 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 3rd chain from hook, * skip next 2 chs, 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in next ch, repeat from * across, ending with 1 hdc in last ch, turn.

Row 1: ch 3, * 3 dc in next ch 2 space (shell), repeat from * across, ending with 1 dc in top of turning ch, turn.

Crochet Primrose Stitch Tutorial by Easy Crochet

Row 2: ch 2, * 1 sc, ch 2, 1 sc in 2nd dc of next shell, repeat from * across, ending with 1 hdc in top of turning chain, turn.

Finishing: Repeat rows 1 & 2 to achieve the primrose pattern.

Crochet Primrose Stitch Tutorial by Easy Crochet
Crochet Primrose Stitch Tutorial by Easy Crochet
Crochet Primrose Stitch Tutorial by Easy Crochet

Share Your Finished Crochet Projects

I hope you enjoyed this crochet tutorial! If you do make any crochet projects with the primrose stitch, please post them on Instagram with the hashtag #easycrochetcom, so I can see your creations!

Do you want more tutorials like this? We have similar tutorials for the Spike Stitch and Sand Stitch, so you can add even more stitches to your crochet library.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask! I am more than happy to assist in any way possible.

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More Free Crochet Stitches to Learn

Take a look below at a few more easy crochet stitches that are easy to learn and great for new crocheters to try.


  1. How do you start the pattern when you want to change from dbl at end of a row

    1. Hi Lisa,
      Are you referring to when you start the next row after you do a row of the 3dc clusters?


  2. Anonymous says:

    I’ve used this pattern to make a scarf. It’s beautiful and the pattern is easy.

  3. Hi , when you created this pattern how BIG did you make the afghan ??? And how many skeins ( # of ounces) did it take to make it ??? Please I MUST know so I get the correct amount of yarn & of the same dye lot I need !!! Tysm =o)

    1. Hi Heather,

      I never measured my blanket and since it was so long ago I don’t remember. I should make another though to get the correct measurements!

  4. Kaelene Thomas says:

    Hi Krista, how would I increase this stitch? I’m trying to make a shirt but I want to increase, almost like a triangle effect

    1. Hi!
      To changesizes chain a multiple of 3 then add 2 to whatever length you have chosen.

      Happy Crocheting! 🙂

  5. Hi. I’m a beginner and this is a beautiful stitch and the tutorials are really helpful. I do have a question, if I’m making the scarf or a shawl which way should the pattern be stitched. Lengthwise of width?

    1. Hi Judy,
      You could do either. 🙂 I would love to see it would you are done!

  6. Melinda Cole says:

    I am a beginner. A video is soooo helpful to watch.

  7. I love the name, “rescuedpawdesigns”, how did you decide on this name for your site?
    Me, myself, rescued my two female Boxers, Taz and Bindi from the horrible lives they would have had if they hadn’t adopted me and came home to their loving, furever home.
    Taz is 5 yo, she adopted me at age 3 mos. on Apr. 21, 2012.
    Bindi is 2 yo, she just recently adopted me on Jan. 5, 2017.

    1. Hi Joyce,
      I have rescued pups and my one pup Penn has a white paw so I blended the two ideas. 🙂
      I Love Love the name of your pups!

      Have a great day!

  8. Mary Witherow says:

    I loved the pattern. I don’t know, exactly how many skeins to get for a blanket. (54×56)

  9. Hi! I’m just finishing up a blanket using this tutorial and was wondering if it was better to end of row 1 or row 2? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jessica,
      I would end with Row 2 but it is really whatever you prefer. 🙂


  10. Love this stich can I make square place mats with this stich and if so could you tell me how many to chain and how many rows I would need to make one

  11. Hello, Thank you for this awesome pattern. When I first viewed the pattern I immediately thought how the color and pattern remained me of a friend I know. I will use it to make a scarf for her. Thanks again.

  12. I love this pattern!
    I have a question – I don’t get the foundation row, that method is totally new to me. Can I just chain so many stiches instead?

  13. hi, how many stitches across would i need to make a full sized blanket?


  14. This is a great tutorial! The only thing I would find more helpful is a way to print just the written instructions or maybe print with an option on the pictures. Keep rescuing! We just got a pup last month and she is fitting in quite nicely.

    1. Hi Tami, should take out the pictures for you and you will be able to print the pattern. 🙂 Enjoy your new pup!


  15. So happy that there are amazing people like you Krista. I love creating awareness of rescuing animals, specially dogs. My husband and I rescued two furry babies almost a year ago. I can’t imagine life without them.
    And of course, crocheting is one of my passions, so thank you for your great website, and cause!

  16. Jackie Smith says:

    Krista, I love this pattern, will try as time permits!

  17. Thank you for this great idea, and my own 19 year old cat is the recipient of more blankets than one cat should ever have! 🙂

    I crochet a lot of blankets (24×24″ or 36×36″) for our local animal rescue / shelters. Those who work at these facilities tell me that animals who have a soft blanket are more easily socialized, less stressed and tend to find forever-homes faster. However, you want a pattern that little paws can’t get stuck in.

    This is a wonderful stitch to use up all those scrap yarn pieces (puppies & kittens aren’t particular about coordinated colors!) and do something nice for your community fur-persons! It’s also a great way for new crocheters to learn AND make something wonderful!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I love that you make blankets for animal rescues! That is such a great idea and I am sure the dogs & cats appreciate it! Thank you again for leaving such a nice comment 🙂

  18. Tutorials are getting me threw these beginning stages of crocheting. The pictures are a huge help. I will be attempting this stitch here in a few weeks for a blanket for one of my nieces. Thank you

  19. I am unable to geton my comp. Is there another way for me to print this pattern? Want to learn this stitch. Thank you Nancy

    1. Hi Nancy,
      You could copy and paste the pattern into a word document or use 🙂 Hope this helps!

  20. This is awesome thank you for sharing I am very new to crocheting and this tutorial
    is a great way for me to learn. Keep up the good work.

  21. Hey There! I like the way this looks! I will try out the Pattern! I am a Great Grandmother, in Alabama!

  22. geethamala says:

    looks nice, well done.

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