Every now and again you come across a crochet stitch that just blows you away a bit. For me, Jasmine stitch does exactly that!
I have created this written and step by step photo tutorial showing you how to crochet it (including a video for the slightly fiddly starting bit), so you can enjoy it just as much as me.
Ideal projects for Jasmine Stitch
Jasmine stitch creates a stunning pattern and a thick but drapey fabric. It looks great in graduated, ombre or variegated yarns (with long colour changes) and is perfect for cosy crochet accessories to keep you warm!
But be warmed – this bad boy is a yarn vampire!! (It’s totally worth it in my book though!)
So you can give it a try I’ve created a free, easy crochet jasmine stitch snood pattern, which I’ve called the Shifting Sands Snood (because it looks like a day at the beach!).
Skills needed for the crochet Jasmine Stitch
This stitch looks super complex but it’s actually just a bunch of puff type stitches worked together. It would suit any crocheter who has a bit of experience and is up for trying out something fun and a bit different.
There’s a lot of yarning over and pulling through and it can be a bit fiddly the first few stitches but you will soon get the hang of it!
This stitch works with any yarn weight but here I am using using Caron Simply Soft Stripes in Madison Avenue – a worsted weight yarn – and a 5.5mm hook.
Abbreviations & Stitches (US Terms)
- ch = chain
- fps = foundation puff stitch
- js = jasmine stitch
- yo = yarn over
The Foundation Puff Stitch (fps)
To work the Jasmine Stitch, we need to create a foundation row /chain of puff stitches, worked on their sides (or half puffs really as you only yo twice). This is where the foundation puff stitch (fps) comes in. This stitch will also be used to create the turning stitch every time you start a new row.
To work the first fps, start by making a slip knot and a ch1. You will work your first st by inserting the hook into the ch1.
Pulling your starting loop out to about 1.5cm, *yo, insert hook, yo, pull up a loop* twice (5 loops on hook).
Yo and take hold of the yarn you just wound over and, whilst holding this, pull through all 5 loops
Insert hook under the bit of yarn you’re holding, yo and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook), let go of the yarn, yo and pull through 2 loops to seal the st.
That’s your first foundation puff created.
You will start working the second one into the last part of the st you just made which is like a sc at the end of the puff. This part of the st is also is where you will insert the hook again when you get to the second row.
Repeat these steps for each foundation puff stitch, to create your foundation row.
Once you have worked your foundation row, turn and lets get onto the Jasmine Stitch proper!
Foundation Puff Row and Jasmine Stitch Video Tutorial
You can see the tutorial for both the foundation puff stitch and the Jasmine stitch below. This accompanies the written and picture tutorials.
Jasmine Stitch (js)
The stitch itself creates 3 puffs worked over 3 sts. To keep the st count the same, the next st will work into the top, then the bottom of the previous st (above and below the last puff) and then the next st in the row – this will make sense as you progress so don’t worry if it doesn’t yet!
You will insert the hook into the st between the puff sts – i.e. the single crochet type stitch which you make to close the stitch. Note that some versions of this st make a chain after each st and work into this rather than the closing part of the st. It’s fine to do it this way but I haven’t here.
Okay. Let’s go!
Start your row by creating another fps as before – this is like a turning chain and is creating a place to make the first st. (Yellow st pictured below is the foundation puff)
Pulling your starting loop out to about 1.5cm, *yo, insert hook into top of the last st, yo, pull up a loop* twice, 5 loops on hook. (Blue part of the st below is the first part of the js worked into the top of the foundation puff)
*yo, insert hook into the base of the same st (the other side of the puff) yo, pull up a loop* twice. 9 loops on hook.
*yo, insert hook into st between next 2 puffs, yo, pull up a loop* twice. 13 loops on hook.
This is the fiddly bit… yo and grab hold of the bit of yarn behind the hook, just like you did with the foundation puff, only you may want a bit more slack!
Carefully pull through all 13 loops.
Insert hook into the piece of yarn you are holding, yo, pull up a loop (2 loops on hook, let go of the yarn, yo, pull through 2 loops to complete your first jasmine st!
To make the second, and subsequent sts, repeat these steps without the fps and starting bu inserting your hook into the top of the stitch you just made.
Continue working the pattern to the end of your row (check your stitch count matches that of your foundation row!).
At the end of the row, turn, create a new fps / turning puff and continue to work the pattern.
Tips for working the crochet jasmine stitch
Pulling through 13 loops can be proper fiddly and easy to let everything go and have to start over so here are my tips for working this stitch without stress!
- Keep your loops long – when you pull up the loop at the start of the st, and when you yarn over, keep your tension relaxed so you create enough space to work the whole stitch, and your stitches are not too tight
- Make sure you twist your hook to face downwards as you pull through – this will help stop it from getting caught on any of the loops you’re pulling through
- Take a break – bring the hook up half way through (e.g. after 4 or 8 loops) if you need to straighten your loops a bit, then dive back in twisting it down and finishing the st
Now get practicing! This stitch looks so different in different yarns and colour combos so is something you can get really stuck into!!