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Stitchopedia ~ Jacobs Ladder Stitch from Jessie At Home

The Jacob’s Ladder stitch is a great technique for adding texture to a pattern. Here I will show you the basics of making the Jacob’s ladder. I have written out the directions, included process photos, a chart, and a video to help. Enjoy!!

This video will show you the basics of the Jacob’s ladder, by showing you how to make the practice piece detailed below.

Written instructions with photos

The Jacobs ladder stitch traditionally consists of a series of dc sts interspersed with ch-7. In each following row, a dc is worked into each dc, and a ch-7 is worked above the ch-7. Before the last row, the ch-7s are looped together, and a dc is worked in each dc, and a sl st is worked into the top of the loop ladders.

Variations can be worked on this stitch as well. It can be made with other sts, such a sc or tr. When changing the st used, the ch amount will need to be 2 times the height of the st, plus one. So for sc it would be 1*2+1 or 3, and for tr it would be 4*2+1 or 9.

Here is a pattern and chart for making a sample in dc, with 5 dc between the ladders:

Abbreviations:
ch ~ chain
sl st ~ slip stitch
dc ~ double crochet

Round 1: Ch 43, dc in 4th ch from hook (last 3 ch count as a dc) and in each of next 3 dc, (ch 7, skip 7, dc in each of next 5 ch) 3 times.

Round 2 ~ 11: Turn, ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in each of next 4 dc, (ch 7, dc in each of next 5 dc) 3 times.

Loop ladders: Twist a ch-7 from the foundation ch to form a loop, *pull the ch-7 from the row above through the loop, creating a new loop (do not twist), repeat from * until all the ch-7s have been pulled through. Repeat with each set of ch-7s.

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Round 12: Turn, ch 3 (counts as first dc) dc in each of next 4 dc, (sl st in the top loop of the loop ladder, dc in each of next 5 dc) 3 times.

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Clip yarn and weave in ends.

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And here is a chart for the sample piece:

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Ready to create more? Here are some patterns:

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34 Comments

34 Comments on Stitchopedia ~ Jacob’s Ladder Crochet

  1. Diane Markey
    January 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm (3 years ago)

    Very helpful! Thank you.

    Reply
  2. Cathy K
    January 10, 2015 at 11:51 pm (3 years ago)

    This is my first experience with the Jacob’s ladder stitch. Thanks for the great tutorial! I’m sure I’ll have fun with this stitch

    Reply
  3. Denise
    January 13, 2015 at 8:05 pm (3 years ago)

    My grandma used this stitch and made us a king size afghan over 30 years ago (still use on our bed and survived hundreds of washings).

    I always wanted to replicate it because it is such a solid afghan, but did not know the name! Thank you for posting this!!

    Reply
    • Jessie
      January 13, 2015 at 11:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay!!! I am so glad to have helped you find it! Have fun with it. 🙂

      Reply
  4. Sheila K.
    January 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I have been looking for how to do this stitch for a long time. Amazing

    Reply
  5. Jean
    February 14, 2015 at 2:19 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you for answering my question about how many chains are required for a single, double or treble stitch. I looked everywhere. You are my hero!!

    Reply
    • Jessie
      February 14, 2015 at 9:27 am (2 years ago)

      You are welcome! Glad I helped! 🙂

      Reply
  6. danielle
    March 6, 2015 at 3:53 am (2 years ago)

    When working the DC verison. jow.do You Know How Many To chain?

    Reply
    • Jessie
      March 6, 2015 at 8:43 am (2 years ago)

      7

      Reply
  7. Kim
    April 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for such an awesome pattern tutorial! I am so excited to make this for a friend & his fiancé that are expecting any day. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!!

    Reply
  8. Molly
    September 1, 2015 at 8:18 pm (2 years ago)

    A friend showed me this years ago with her hand written instructions. She never named the pattern. Sadly, she has since died. I am so delighted to see the pattern has a name!! Thank you so much. Is there a way to print this out?
    Molly D.

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    • Jessie
      September 2, 2015 at 11:01 am (2 years ago)

      I’m glad I could help. I don’t have this one in PDF form, but you could always copy and paste into a word doc, then print from there.

      Reply
  9. Pam M
    November 9, 2015 at 11:31 am (2 years ago)

    How would you do this in the round, with increase or decrease. It would make an awesome hat.

    Reply
  10. Sheila
    May 8, 2016 at 12:55 am (1 year ago)

    GREAT demo.
    I was so happy to find this, my mother taught me to crochet and knit when I was a child and I have recently gotten back into crocheting. This is such a great stitch for boys I will be working it in all sorts of blues. My only question is what is the finished size of your sample? Then I can judge better how many I need to chain to get a finished project the right size. Thanks again

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    • Jessie
      May 8, 2016 at 8:56 am (1 year ago)

      I’m sorry, I didn’t measure it, and I don’t have it anymore. The best idea would be for you to make a swatch with the yarn and hook you will be using and go from there.

      Reply
  11. Michelle
    June 16, 2016 at 3:13 am (1 year ago)

    I love this stitch and your tutorial is excellent, and easy to follow! So if I want it longer I would chain in increments of 12 plus 7? Thank you!

    Reply
    • Jessie
      June 16, 2016 at 7:09 am (1 year ago)

      You are exactly right! I’m so pleased you like the tutorial. Happy stitching!

      Reply

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