Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

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Learn how to crochet the pretty trinity stitch by following my step-by-step photo trinity stitch tutorial. This stitch is much easier than it appears and is a beautiful stitch for baby blankets, afghan squares, dishcloths and washcloths.

Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

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Supplies

  • Yarn: Red Heart with Love Yarn, Medium Weight [4] Yarn
  • Hook: 6 mm (J) 
  • Scissors, Yarn Needle, Stitch Marker (optional)

If you are making a crocheted dishcloth or face cloth I recommend you make this using Cotton Yarn- such as Bernat Handicrafter Cotton or Lily Sugar n’ Cream and follow my instructions for the Trinity Stitch Dishcloth – Free Pattern in 3 Sizes

Trinity Stitch Dishcloth Pattern in 3 Sizes Oombawka Design Crochet

Difficulty Level

Easy

Finished Size

The width is approximately 7.5″ before you add the edging round.

You can substitute any yarn and hook for this stitch pattern – just remember when you substitute if your gauge is different, the finished size of your project will also be different.

Abbreviations

US Terminology used

ch – chain
R – row
rem – remaining
rep – repeat
sc – single crochet
sc3tog cluster – single crochet 3 together cluster stitch (see special stitches)
sk – skip
st/sts – stitch/stitches
* – Repeat the instructions between the asterisks the number of times indicated. This repeat will contain of multiple instructions.
() – Repeat the instructions between the parentheses the number of times indicated.
[] – at the end of the row – the total number of stitches

Special Stitches

sc3tog cluster stitch

This cluster stitch begins in the same st as the last st that was worked. Insert your hook into the same st as the last st that was worked, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You now have 2 loops on your hook. Insert your hook into the next st, yarn over and pull up 1 loop.  You now have 3 loops on your hook. Insert your hook into the next st, yarn over and pull up 1 loop. You now have 4 loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through all 4 loops on your hook to complete the stitch.

Stitch Multiple

Chain a multiple of 2 stitches

Helpful Tutorials

Stitch Anatomy

Helpful Video Tutorials

Quick Stitch Guide 

Slip Knot and Starting Chain

Notes

  • We count the ch 1 as a stitch when if follows the sc3tog cluster.
  • The sc edging adds approximately half an inch to each side.

Free Pattern: Trinity Stitch Tutorial

This is also a fantastic dish cloth when crocheted using cotton yarn! Check out this post: Trinity Stitch Dishcloths

To make the 8″x 8″ square:

I work in the back bump of my chain row:working in the back bump Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

Row 1: Ch 28, work 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook; sc3tog cluster st (see special stitches above), *ch 1, sc3tog cluster st** repeat from * to ** across; 1 sc in same st as last sc3tog cluster st, ch 1, turn. [28]

Note: try not to make your chain stitches too tight – you need to work into these stitches for this stitch pattern

Row 2: 1 sc in first sc, sc3tog cluster st, *ch 1, sc3tog cluster st** repeat from * to **, across; 1 sc in the same st as last sc3tog cluster st, ch 1, turn. [28]ONE Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

2 Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

3 Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Patternsc3tog cluster st Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

4 Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

R3-R22: Repeat Row 2 (until your square measures approximately 7.5 inches) and proceed to the Edging Section below.

trinity stitch afghan square Trinity Stitch Tutorial and Free Pattern

Edging

1 sc in each st to the corner stitch. In the corner stitch crochet (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc).

Turn to work along the row ends and crochet 1 sc in each row end to the corner stitch. In the corner stitch crochet (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc).

Turn to work along the beginning chain row, 1 sc in each st to the corner stitch. In the corner stitch crochet (1 sc, ch 1, 1 sc).

Turn to work along the row ends;  1 sc in each row end to the corner stitch. In the corner stitch crochet (1 sc, ch 1) and sl st to the initial sc of the edging. Finish off and weave in ends.

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14 Comments

  1. Hi Rhonda, There are quite a few variations on the stitch. This one works with a multiple of 2 if you are starting with a beginning chain row. If you aren’t then you need to a multiple of 2 +1 I believe. Hope this helps.

  2. Hello Rhondda, is the trinity stitch a multiple of 3, plus one?

  3. Hi Linda, no just for the starting chain. The rest of the project is worked under both the fl and bl of each stitch unless otherwise indicated. All the best, Rhondda

  4. Hi, Melanie. Your photo tutorials are ever so helpful. Better than videos. I do have a question. When you crochet the trinity stitch, you insert your hook through the back loop on the chain stitch. Do you continue to insert it through the back loop on subsequent rows? Thanks for your help.

  5. Hi Melanie, If you view the photos in the photo tutorial above, it should help 🙂

    The sc3tog begins in the same stitch you just worked – so for the 1st sc of the row, you would then begin the sc3tog (insert your hook) into the same stitch that now has that 1st sc stitch in it.

    You are right, the sc3tog is worked over 3 stitches – so when you work the next sc3tog you would begin this in the 3rd stitch included in the sc3tog prior…so the last stitch you inserted your hook into and yarned over becomes the 1st insert your hook of the sc3tog that follows (if you look at the photo that has sc3tog cluster stitch begins in the same st as the last st worked – there is a little white dot on that 3rd st used to create the prior sc3tog – this is also the same st where the first loop of the next sc3tog starts).

    I hope this helps!
    Rhondda

  6. Sorry, I seem to be crochet challenged today.

    it says:

    sc in 2nd st from hook; sc3tog cluster st”

    The sc3tog starts in the 2nd chain from hook along with the sc, and is also worked into the 3rd & 4th chains from the hook, right?

    Moving on to the repeatable part:
    In the Special Stitches it says the sc3tog begins in the same stitch as the last stitch worked, but the last stitch was worked into THREE DIFFERENT CHAINS and it is not clear to me which of those 3 you designate as the ‘last stitch worked’.

    So, after the ch1 should the first hook insertion of the sc3tog be into the LAST WORKED CHAIN (4th from hook) or in the center of the LAST STITCH (3rd from hook)? (Surely not into the 2nd chain from hook just by common sense, although this could be considered the ‘last stitch’, and is what I thought you meant originally).

    Sorry again, I’m sure it is obvious to everyone but me.

  7. Rhondda,

    I really like the Trinity stitch. I’ve seen it before but can’t remember (due to deterorating brain cells-LOL). I am in the process of moving, but I will work on it after I get moved. The instructions are great, thank you.

    Patricia

  8. Rhondda,

    I really like the Trinity stitch. I’ve seen it before but can’t remember (due to deterorating brain cells-LOL). I am in the process of moving, but I will work on it after I get moved. The instructions are great, thank you.

    Patricias

  9. Thank you Rhondda, This year for my girls I am making Newsboy hats, With matching Cowls, Fingerless gloves and boot cuffs. The guys i haven’t decided on yet. Next yr Afghans. So really love all the beautiful patterns. Thank you!

    Hugs,
    Sharon