This is it! You’ve made it half way through the alphabet and halfway through the series on crochet stitches! Today is for M and M is for Mat Stitch!
What Is It?
Mat Stitch is a very simple shell stitch that weaves into a nice texture that is perfect for–well, a mat! We’ll start out by chaining any multiple of six plus 2. I’ll be working 20 today.
The first thing you will need to learn for this stitch is the double V stitch. It really looks more like a W, but we’re going to call it a double V because a V stitch (double crochet, chain one, double crochet) is a fairly common stitch to find and this just adds onto that. The double V stitch is worked all in the same stitch (or chain) and creates a shell stitch in the work.
Work one double crochet into the stitch you’re going to double V in and chain one.
Then do that again.
Then double crochet once more and you’ll have your double V.
Now that you know how to do that, the rest of this pattern is easy. Start row one by working a single crochet in the second chain from the hook. Then skip two chains, double V in the third chain.
Skip two chains and single crochet in the third chain and work that way across, alternating double V’s and single crochets.
Row two is basically the same as row one, but you’re off setting the double V’s on this row. Chain four to count as your first double crochet and chain one, then double crochet into the first single crochet. This effectively is a half double V, but we’re not using that term since it only appears at the beginning at end of this row.
Single crochet into the middle double crochet of your double V and chain one (the chain after the single crochets throughout this pattern help the single crochets to reach the double crochets. If you find your tension is such that you don’t need the chains, omit them). Then work a double V in the next single crochet and single crochet into the middle double crochet of the next double V. Repeat that across, ending with double crochet, chain one double crochet (or half double V) in the last single crochet.
The third row is identical to the first row, but written to account for the double V’s you’re working over as opposed to the chains of the first row. Chain one to turn and work a single crochet into the first double crochet. Work a double V into the next single crochet, single crochet into the center of the next double V, chain one and repeat across to the end. Make sure that last single crochet gets into the third chain of the turning chain from row two.
And really, that’s it. Have fun making Mat Stitch!
What Else Can You Do With It?
Mat stitch is a very good stitch to build beginner confidence. Many times students can feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of stitches and styles available to them. Mat stitch is an easy way to show students that they can create something complex without needing overwhelming directions or unusual stitches.
That said, I think this would be a great stitch to use some rough rope and a huge hook to make a door mat for outside; a very fine lace weight yarn and steel hooks for a basic table cloth; or a pair of soft worsted weights and a larger hook for a custom nap mat.
For something a little off the matted path, try using this stitch to make a fall/spring skirt to go over leggings, a lighter hat, a quick baby blanket, a sweater, or a seat cozy for baby.
NOTE: If you don’t know what a seat cozy is, it’s this:
They go over baby’s car seat to help keep him (or her) warm.
The Short Version
Pattern Stitch: Double V (dbl V)–worked into same stitch, [dc, ch1] twice, dc in same st.
Multiples of 6 + 2
Row 1: sc into 2nd ch from hook, *skip 2 ch, work dbl V into next ch, skip 2 ch, sc into next ch; rep from * to end, turn.
Row 2: ch 4 (counts as 1st dc, ch 1), dc into first sc, skip 1 dc, sc into next dc, *dbl V in next sc, skip 1 dc, sc into next dc, ch 1; rep from * to last sc, into last sc work [dc, ch 1, dc], turn.
Row 3: ch 1, sc into first dc, *dbl V into next sc, skip 1 dc, sc into next dc; rep from * to end placing last sc into 3rd of 4ch at beg of previous row, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until you have reached the end of the line.