The crochet brick stitch is a vintage stitch pattern that has been called by a few different names over the years. Whether you call it the crazy stitch, the crazy shell, or the brick stitch, this crochet stitch is fun to work and attractive to the eye. It is made using basic crochet stitches, so an advanced beginner should be able to crochet this stitch without a problem.
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Crazy Stitch: Row 1
Begin with a foundation chain that is a multiple of 3 + 1. (For example, try a starting chain of 19, which is 3 times 6 + 1.) Then follow these instructions:
- 3 dc in 4th ch from hook
- Sk 3, sc in next ch, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch
- Repeat the previous step all the way across the row
- Sc in last ch
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This row (and all subsequent rows) will use the following pattern:
- Turn and ch 3
- 3 dc in the sc that ended the previous row
- Sc in next ch-3 sp, ch 3, 3 dc in same ch-3 sp
- Repeat the previous step across row until you reach the final ch-3 sp of the row. Do not repeat the steps in that final ch-3 sp.
- Work 1 sc in final ch-3 of the row.
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All additional rows for the crazy stitch are completed using the instructions for row 2. It is really an easy stitch pattern to learn and one that can become quite meditative once you have gotten the hang of it.
You can see here why it's called brick stitch; the individual boxes are brick-shaped. You can also see why it's called "crazy stitch" since those boxes are set in a way that looks a little off-kilter. The result is an undulating graphic design.