Stitch School: A Bavarian Stitch How-To

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Bavarian Stitch How To

This simple how-to is the tutorial you need if you’ve ever been wondering how to create a Bavarian Stitch Rectangle. Follow along with the photos to stitch your own!

The 8-bptr dec is always worked using the last 4-tr group of 1 shell and the first 4-tr group of the next shell.

When working into beginning ch,

This simple how-to is the tutorial you need if you’ve ever been wondering how to create a Bavarian Stitch Rectangle. Follow along with the photos to stitch your own!

The 8-bptr dec is always worked using the last 4-tr group of 1 shell and the first 4-tr group of the next shell.

When working into beginning ch, insert hook under top two loops of ch to avoid stretching the chain and leaving a large hole.

Rnd 1: With first color ch 22, sc in 2nd ch from hook, [skip 4 chs, sm shell in next ch, skip next 4 chs, sc in next ch] twice. Working in opposite side of starting ch, skip 5 chs, sm shell in next ch, which will be the same ch as sm shell on the opposite side of the ch, skip next 4 chs, sc in next ch, skip next 4 chs, sm shell in next ch which will be the same ch as sm shell on the opposite side, skip last 5 chs, join to beginning sc and fasten off. (4 sc, 4 small shells)

Bavarian Stitch How To - Photo 1  Bavarian Stitch How To - Photo 2 Bavarian Stitch How To - Photo 3

Rnd 2: Join next color with a sc in first sc, *ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space, ch 5, 8-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space, ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5*, sc in next sc, repeat between * once, join to beginning sc. (2 8-bptr, 4 4-bptr, 6 sc)

Bavarian Stitch How To - Photo 4

Rnd 3: Ch 1, sc in first sc. lg shell in top of first 4-bptr dec (corner), sc in next sc, sm shell in top of next 8-bptr dec, sc in next sc, lg shell in top of next 4-bptr dec (corner), sc in next sc, lg shell in top of next 4-bptr dec (corner), sc in next sc, sm shell in top of next 8-bptr dec, sc in next sc, lg shell in top of last 4-bptr dec (corner), join to beginning sc and fasten off. (2 sm shells, 4 lg shells, 6 sc)
Bavarian Stitch How To - Photo 5

Rnd 4: Join next color with a sc in first ch 1 space of first corner shell, *ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space, [ch 5, 8-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space] twice, ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space, ch 5, 8-bptr dec*, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space, repeat between * once, join to beginning sc. (10 sc, 4 4-bptr dec, 6 8-bptr dec)
Bavarian Stitch How To - Photo 6

Rnd 5: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *lg shell in top of next 4-bptr dc, sc in next sc, [sm shell in top of next 8-bptr dec, sc in next sc] twice, lg shell in top of next 4-bptr dec, sc in next sc, sm shell in top of next 8-bptr dec*, sc in next sc, repeat between * once, join to beginning sc and fasten off. (6 sm shells, 4 lg shells)
Rnd 6: Join next color with a sc in first ch 1 space of shell in first corner, *ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space, [ch 5, 8-bptr dec, ch 5, sc in next ch 1 space] 3 times, ch 5, 4-bptr dec, ch 5, [sc in next ch 1 space, ch 5, 8-bptr dec, ch 5] twice*, sc in next ch 1 space, repeat between * once, join to beginning sc. (14 sc, 4-4bptr dec, 10 8-bptr dec)
Rnd 7: Ch 1, sc in first sc, *lg shell in top of next 4-bptr dec, sc in next sc, [sm shell in top of next 8-bptr dec, sc in next sc] 3 times, lg shell in top of next 4-bptr dec, [sc in next sc, sm shell in top of next 8-bptr dec] twice*, sc in next sc, repeat between * once, join to beginning sc and fasten off. (14 sc, 10 sm shells, 4 lg shells)

Next Rounds:
To make the rectangle larger, continue repeating Rounds 6 and 7 alternatively, working 2 rounds of each color until desired square size. You will be adding 1 sm shell to each side of rectangle with every 2 rounds worked.
To make a longer rectangle, work beginning ch in multiples of 10 plus 2 more. Each small shell repeat uses 10 chs.

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  • Jean S.

    you say sm shell and lg shell – what are the number of stitches for each?

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    • Julia W.

      Hi Jean,

      This tutorial goes along with the Bubble Gum Scarf, where these stitches are explained. My apologies for it not being clearer!
      Large Shell (lg shell): (4 tr, [ch 1, 4 tr] twice) in place indicated.
      Small Shell (sm shell): (4 tr, ch 1, 4 tr) in place indicated.

      I hope that helps!

      Julia Wiatr, Editor

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  • I just learned to do this and made a gorgeous hat and scarf. Everyone wants one now!

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  • I have been wanting to learn this stitch, for months. I’ve watched the YouTube lesson and it just didn’t make sense. Thank you for the printed pattern.

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  • Sandra J.

    Fortunately, I found an on-line video tutorial prepared by a young man who used a mathematical quadrant concept to explain how to do the stitches which allowed me to complete a Round the Rainbow baby afghan for my first great grandson who was born last September 30th. I had ordered a yarn kit because I fell in love with the picture of the afghan. The instructions which came with the kit might as well have been written in Greek! I was going to contact someone from our local crocheters’ club for assistance; but, I needed help just as Covid 19 pandemic was shutting everything down and I couldn’t make contact with anyone. Had I not found that video, I don’t know that I could have ever figured out the brief instructions which accompanied the kit; nor can I tell if these instructions would have helped. None of my friends who had been crocheting for years could help with the instructions. Needless to say, I shall be forever grateful for that video and having just received the news that another of my grandsons and his wife are expecting their first baby; I am anxious to start my next Round the Rainbow baby afghan!

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  • Janet M.

    There is another stitch like this and is called the Shell Stitch by Jonna Martinez and it is really easy .

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