I recently came across this free blanket pattern on Raji's Craft Hobby, and I wanted to try the pattern stitch. It looks a lot like crazy stitch, but with a stronger vertical line, thanks to the clusters in every other row. So I grabbed some leftover Red Heart from Ye Olde Huge Blanket that I made last year, and started swatching! While I like the look of the stitch as photographed in the pattern, I did not like how open it was when I worked it up. Still, I played around with it a bit, came up with a variation I liked, and started making a scarf.
Here's what I did:
Ch an odd multiple of 2. This pattern stitch is worked over a multiple of 4 plus 1, but you need an additional stitch for the turning chain on the first row.
Row 1: sc1 in 2nd ch from hook, *ch2, dc3 in same st as sc, sk 3, sc1 in next st, rep from * across. Turn
Row 2: ch2, 1 dc last sc of prev row, *ch1, 1 sc in next ch2 space, ch1, 3dc cluster in next sc, rep from * across, ending with 1 dc in final sc. Turn
Row 3: ch1, 1 sc in final dc of prev row, ch2, dc3 in ch1 sp, *sk the next 3 sts (skip the sc, ch1, and cluster), (sc1, ch2, dc3) in the next ch1 sp, rep from * across, ending with sc1 in the last dc of previous row. Ignore the Row 2 turning ch.
Rep rows 2 and 3 as desired.
Because this stitch involves clusters and double crochets that are a bit squished, I think it works best using a hook slightly larger than I would normally choose for a given yarn. In this case, I'm using a J when I would normally use an I.
The interesting thing is that the resulting fabric slants a bit, rather than forming a neat rectangle. I think that's fine on a scarf, but I would not choose this stitch for a blanket or a sweater that's worked flat. I might experiment with working this stitch in the round in the future.