How to Crochet the Christmas Lights Stitch

A new stitch pattern here on the blog…today we get to learn how to crochet the Christmas Lights Stitch! I’m super excited to show you how to make this one, because it uses a really neat technique called Surface Crochet.

Surface crochet is a technique where you work on top of a finished piece of crocheted fabric. The most commonly used method is to work slip stitches on top of single crochet to create stripes. However, surface crochet is not limited to this alone!

As we learn how to crochet the Christmas Lights Stitch, we’ll make a green square first. Then we’ll work some other stitches on across the surface with bright colors to resemble lights!

How to Crochet the Christmas Lights Stitch—a free crochet stitch pattern using the surface crochet technique!

As we begin to work with surface crochet, there are just a few terms you need to know:

Background Square: this is the piece of fabric we will begin with making for each stitch pattern. It is usually a simple square using either sc or dc. I have added some rows that include chain spaces because we will work around these when we do the surface crochet. 

Ch/Sc Rows: These are the rows I mentioned above! I will need to refer to them within the stitch patterns as ch/sc rows, because we will work our surface crochet mostly in these rows. As I said before, they are not just straight sc, but sc with chain loops. 

This stitch is also apart of a larger series called the Desert Blossom Stitch Along, which is running throughout all of 2019! Be sure to join the community in my Facebook Group HERE.

You can also view a Master List of all the stitch patterns that have been released! This way, you’ll be able to see pictures of all the individual stitches and learn your favorites!

How to Crochet the Christmas Lights Stitch—a free crochet stitch pattern using the surface crochet technique!

Also, YES, the pictures of this stitch were taken on real snow! We got about 5 inches of snow here in Socal on Thanksgiving! It was a total unexpected surprise and SO much fun! And it was also the perfect background for some Christmas stitches. 🙂

Want to get rid of the ads? This stitch pattern is available as apart of a PDF bundle with 3 OTHER stitch patterns—all my December stitches! There are some pretty cool Christmas-themed stitches I know you’ll want to see! From this PDF, you can easily print out the patterns, or view it without ads.

Last thing before we get to the pattern…if you make this stitch, please share pictures!! I absolutely LOVE it when I’m able to see what you guys are making! You can post in the Facebook group, or tag me on Instagram.


All right, let’s get started on this stitch pattern!

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  1. Stitch pattern is multiple of 2+1
  2. Ch 3 at beginning of rows counts as dc
  3. Ch 1 at beginning of rows does NOT count as sc


You can potentially use ANY yarn and hook for this stitch. However, here’s what I used:

  • Worsted Weight Yarn (I used Red Heart Super Saver)
  • H/5mm hook


NOTE: For a picture tutorial going along with these written instructions, be sure to view the video above! It will show you pictures to help with any tricky steps. You can pause it at any time if you need to focus in on a given step!

Background Square: With MC, fsc a multiple of 2+1 (to start with a chain stitch, you’ll need a multiple of 2, and then one row of single crochet). 

Row 1: Ch 1, sc across, turn. 

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first 2 sc. *Ch 2, sk next sc, sc in next sc. Rep from * until 1 sc left. Sc in last sc,  turn.

Row 3-4: Ch 1, sc across, turn. 


Click HERE to buy the inexpensive PDF pattern, which includes all the Christmas themed stitches below:

Rep rows 2-4 until the square is your desired size. 

Surface Crochet: Join a CC around the post of the second sc of Row 2 (the ch/sc row). Ch 2, sc around the post of the same st. *Ch 2. Sc around the post of the next sc from row 2. Ch 2, sc around the post of the same stitch. Rep from * across all the sc of Row 2. Fasten off.

Repeat these steps with different contrasting colors across all the rows that have sc and chs! (Row 5, 8, 11, etc). 

I hope you have enjoyed learning how to crochet the Christmas Lights Stitch. If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to help!


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