The “Apache Tears” crochet stitch is a striking and textured pattern that creates a beautiful ripple or wave-like effect in your crochet projects. It gets its name from the legend of the Apache Tears, which are said to be the solidified tears of Apache women who grieved over the losses of their loved ones.
Here’s a free pattern and a description of how to create the Apache Tears crochet stitch:
- Yarn of your choice (choose a suitable weight for your project)
- Crochet hook appropriate for your chosen yarn
- Yarn needle for weaving in ends
- Foundation Chain: Start by chaining a multiple of 6 stitches plus 3 extra stitches for your desired width. For example, if you want to make a scarf, you can chain 33 stitches.
- Row 1 (Foundation Row): Starting in the 4th chain from the hook, double crochet (dc) into each chain across the row.
- Row 2: Chain 3 (counts as the first double crochet here and throughout). Turn your work. 2 double crochets in the next stitch, skip 2 stitches, 3 double crochets in the next stitch, skip 2 stitches. Repeat this pattern across the row, ending with 3 double crochets in the last stitch.
- Row 3: Chain 3, turn your work. 2 double crochets in the space between the clusters from the previous row, 3 double crochets in the space between the next clusters. Repeat this pattern across the row, ending with 3 double crochets in the turning chain.
- Repeat Row 3: Continue repeating Row 3 until your project reaches the desired length. Make sure to end with Row 3 to maintain the pattern.
- Finishing: When you’re finished with your project, fasten off your yarn, leaving a tail for weaving in the ends. Use a yarn needle to weave in any loose ends.
- Experiment with different yarn colors to create unique effects.
- You can adjust the width of your project by changing the number of chains in your foundation chain.
- This stitch pattern is versatile and can be used for various projects like scarves, blankets, shawls, or even as a decorative edging.
The Apache Tears crochet stitch pattern can be a bit challenging for beginners, so it’s a good idea to practice on a small swatch before starting a larger project. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be able to create stunning and intricate crochet items with this beautiful stitch.