The Lark’s Foot or Icicle stitch is a nearly solid decorative stitch that looks great in two or more colors.
For this tutorial I’ve changed color every row. When I used this stitch in Section 1 of the Suzie’s Stiped Sampler Blanket CAL, I changed colors every other row. I feel this stitch looks best when the color is changed every other row; not only is it easier to carry colors up the side of your work this way, but it accents the stitch design quite nicely.
Lark’s Foot Stitch Video Tutorial
If you can’t see this video, try watching it on YouTube HERE.
Supplies in this Video
Stitches and Abbreviations: click on highlighted sts for tutorials
ch – chain
dc – double crochet
dch2 – double chain 2
fsc – foundation single crochet
rs – right side
sc – single crochet
sp(s) – space(s)
st(s) – stitch(es)
ws – wrong side
[ ] – work step in brackets number of times indicated
Lark’s Foot Stitch Written Instructions with Photos
The Lark’s Foot stitch is worked over a multiple of 4 plus 1 stitches. For the video and chart in this tutorial I started with a base of 17 single crochet. The stitch pattern begins with row 2. I’ve also included a finishing row to end your swatch with a row of single crochet. The first and last rows of single crochet are simply to neaten up the top and bottom of your swatch if you want to keep it for future reference. I like to staple mine to an index card with the name of the pattern on it.
Row 1 (RS): FSC a multiple of 3 plus 1.
Ch multiple of 3 plus 2, turn, sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across.
Row 2: Turn, dch2 in first st, dc in each of next 3 sts, [ch 1, skip 1, dc in each of next 3 sts] until 1 st remains, dc in last st.
Row 3: Turn, dch2 in first st, dc in each of next 3 dc, [ch 1, dc in each of next 3 dc] until 1 st remains, dc in last dc.
Row 4: Turn, dch2 in first st, dc in next dc, [ch 1, skip 1, dc in next dc, dc over ch-1 sp of previous row and into ch-1 sp two rows below (Row 3), dc in next dc] until 3 sts remain, ch 1, skip 1, dc in last 2 sts.
Row 5: Turn, dch2 in first st, dc in next dc, ch 1, [dc in each of next 3 dc, ch 1] until 2 sts remain, dc in each of last 2 dc.
Row 6: Turn, dch2 in first st, dc in next dc, dc over ch-1 sp of previous row and into ch-1 sp two rows below (Row 4), dc in next dc, [ch 1, skip 1, dc in next dc, dc over ch-1 sp of previous row and into ch-1 sp two rows below (Row 4), dc in next dc] until 1 st remains, dc in last st.
Rows 7: Repeat Row 3.
Repeat Rows 4-7 to desired size.
Finishing Row: Ch 1, turn, sc in each of first 4 sts, [sc in ch-1 sp, sc in each of next 3 dc] until 1 st remains, sc in last st.
Lark’s Foot Stitch Chart
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