If you’re looking for a thick crochet fabric with a stunning pattern, I can’t recommend the Jasmine Stitch enough. I think a lot of crocheters like working with puff stitches to begin with (which is the base of the Jasmine stitch), but when you connect them the way we do with this particular stitch, they make a beautiful flower-like pattern that’s really warm too!
The multiple directions of each stitch make it look much more complicated than it is. But in reality, it’s just crocheting three puff stitches together over and over again. If you can handle working three puff stitches at once, it’s relatively easy to pick up on and turns out oh so pretty.
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What is the Jasmine Stitch?
The Jasmine Stitch is a way of connecting multiple puff stitches to create a tessellated flower or star shape. To make it, you essentially work three puff stitches in a row without finishing off any of them, and then stitch all three of them together to create the bottom three “petals”. Then in the next row, the bottoms of your puffs will create the rest of the petals by working into the middle of the three petals.
When done correctly, it comes out looking something like this.
Is the Jasmine Stitch beginner friendly?
The Jasmine stitch is made up of puff stitches, which are usually something a beginner crocheter can handle, but you also have to be able to keep three unfinished puffs on your hook at once and then draw a loop through all 24 loops, while holding another loop in your off hand.
Is it really, ‘the hardest crochet stitch’ as some say?
Although this stitch isn’t necessarily perfect for beginners…I don’t want you to stay away from it in fear!
It did take me a few tries to get the hang of it. You might not catch on the very first time, but don’t give up! In my mind, crochet cables are trickier than the jasmine stitch because they have so many steps you have to constantly look at.
With the Jasmine Stitch, once you’ve got it, you’ve got it! It is actually a one row pattern repeat, so nothing too tricky as far as memorizing it!
If there’s ONE tip I could give you as far as crocheting this stitch smoothly, I would say WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL.
When I was trying this stitch, the photo tutorials just didn’t cut it. They are great for jogging your memory if you forget a step (after you learned it). But, if you’re trying it for the first time, I highly recommend the video because it allows you to go step by step. You watch me, then you do the step.
Use the Jasmine Stitch in Your Projects
Since the Jasmine Stitch is made up of puff stitches, each stitch is made of 8 strands of yarn. Which means this stitch is THICK. It also means that there are long strands of yarn that are not tightly woven into one another.
Here are some jasmine stitch project ideas:
- An easy way to get good at the jasmine stitch is by making a scarf or cowl. Just make a row of foundation puff stitches to your desired width. Then keep working jasmines until you get a good length! If you opt for the cowl option, just sew the two ends together when you’re done.
- A jasmine stitch crochet bag might also be a good project! Because this stitch is so dang THICK, it makes a lovely bag. I would still recommend lining it with fabric though, because depending on your tension, things can sometimes poke out of the “eyes,” or the center, of the jasmine flowers.
- Finally, a jasmine stitch hat would look lovely and be so warm! But, it might be hard to make without finding a pattern. If you find a good one, let me know!!
When not to use the Jasmine Stitch
There is one time when I would recommend NOT using this stitch…
Anytime your project is likely to be put in situations where it can catch on something. The long loops from the puff stitches (though beautiful) can pull out and if they snag on something.
For example, I’m not sure I would use it for a blanket…especially if you have pets with claws. My cat would destroy it just by standing on it! 😂
There’s something else I’ve noticed about the Jasmine Stitch…it can be tricky to get the tension just right.
There’s a lot of things that can go wrong. For example:
- If you don’t pull up the loops evenly, the flowers can look messy and uneven
- If you are a looser crocheter, you might notice the centers of the jasmine flowers have big holes
The second point there is what I struggled with when I first learned this stitch. There are some tension tips that can be super helpful to keep in mind if you’re making the jasmine stitch as a loose crocheter:
- Use a smaller hook size than recommended. I found that I had to use a 3mm hook with worsted weight yarn. It seems super small, I know! But because I crochet loosely, it REALLY helped.
- You may want to consider replacing the single crochet that close the jasmine stitches with a slip stitch. See more info about this further down in the tutorial section!
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How to Stitch the Jasmine Stitch
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- The Jasmine Stitch is worked in any multiple of puff stitches, plus one puff stitch to start the next row.
- This stitch does not use a foundation chain or a row of fsc.
- Chain – ch
- Foundation Puff Stitch – fps (see photo or video tutorial)
- Jasmine Stitch – js (see photo or video tutorial)
This stitch can be worked in just about any size and type of yarn you’d like, with the size hook recommended on the label.
Personally, I like to use smaller hook for this stitch. As I mentioned earlier, it helps me keep the tension even.
I made the swatch in the tutorial before I figured this out – so I used worsted weight yarn & a 6mm hook. But in the video tutorial, I used worsted weight yarn and a 3mm hook.
You may need to experiment with your tension and see what you like best!
Jasmine Stitch Written Instructions:
Row 1: Ch 2. *Fps, ch 1. Rep from * to desired width.
Row 2: Fps, turn. JS into each ch.
Repeat row 2 until your desired length.
See picture tutorial below for demonstration on where and how to place your hook to draw up your loops for each row.
How to Make a Foundation Puff Stitch
Start by making 2 foundation chains. Then, pull out the loop on your hook to about a half inch.
Every loop you have on your hook that is part of a puff stitch should be pulled out to this length.
If it starts to get tight, you can wiggle your hook back and forth.
Yarn over. (2 loops on hook.)
Insert hook into same chain, yarn over, draw up a loop, and yarn over.
Repeat this step until there are 8 loops on your hook (the last YO counts as a loop!)
Using your thumb and middle finger, hold the back of the last loop on your hook.
Draw the last loop through all loops on hook (STILL holding that strand from the last step).
Single crochet into the loop you are holding with your middle finger.
That is one foundation puff stitch.
Here is what a row of foundation puff stitches should look like. Following fps should be worked into the chain 1 made after the last fps.
How to Make a Jasmine Stitch
To start your Jasmine Stitch, create a row of foundation puff stitches to your desired width. Then add one more puff stitch to start the first row. (see below)
Begin making another puff stitch, but don’t draw the last loop through to finish off the stitch. Keep all 8 loops on your hook.
Next, insert the hook here and draw up a loop, and continue making a puff stitch here.
Again, don’t draw the last loop through.
You should now have 16 loops on your hook. Repeat one last time in the next chain stitch.
You should now have 24 loops on your hook.
Now, finish off the Jasmine stitch bit holding the back of the last loop, and drawing it through ALL 24 LOOPS. (Still hold back that strand from the YO as you do this!)
Go slow. Take your time with this.
It’s hard enough bringing your hook through 24 loops, but for this one, you’re also losing the use of two fingers.
What is easiest for me is to loosen the tension on the working yarn and then just bring it through one puff at a time.
Now make a single crochet with the loop on your hook and back end of that same loop which should still be held by your left hand.
NOTE: If you crochet loosely, you may want to use a SLIP STITCH here rather than a single crochet! This can make a world of difference when it comes to tension (and not having a gaping hole in the center of the flower).
Ch 1. And that’s your first Jasmine stitch!
The rest of them work exactly the same way, only the place you insert your hook looks a little different because it’s not a flat row anymore.
To start the second (and all remaining) Jasmine stitch(es), make your first 8 loops in the chain you just made.
The second 8 loops will go here. (Where the hook is pointing.)
And the third set of 8 stitches will go here. (The following chain stitch.)
Continue working your Jasmine stitches to the end of the row.
Every row from now on will be worked like this.
If you are starting a new row, you’ll need to make one foundation puff stitch to start off the row. (Pictured here.)
After several rows, your finished stitch will start to look like this!
Isn’t it beautiful!? I love the Jasmine stitch and I can’t wait to see what you make with it!
I hope you have enjoyed learning how to crochet this fun stitch pattern.
If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to email me: [email protected] I would love to help!
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