Stitch School: A Bavarian Stitch How-To

Become a Bavarian stitch master

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, 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.

 

Are you ready to practice this new stitch? Check out these great patterns using the Bavarian stitch!

Bubble Gum Scarf

Practice the Bavarian stitch with this adorable scarf pattern

Lavender Bavarian Throw

This beautiful throw blanket pattern uses the Bavarian stitch

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Comments
  • Jean S.

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

    Reply
    • 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

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

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