Crochet Stitch

Apache Tears

Apache Tears

Dear reader, today we want to show you a beautiful pattern of a unique crochet stitch, it has a curious and very beautiful design… It is the Apache Tears stitch.

The world of crochet is full of fascinating techniques that allow you to create truly unique and enchanting pieces. Among these techniques, the Apache Tears stitch stands out, a variation of crochet that results in a visually stunning and textured pattern. In this article, we’ll explore this exciting stitch and learn how to incorporate it into your crochet creations.

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What is the Apache Tears stitch?

The Apache Tears stitch is characterized by small groups of high points and low points, forming a texture that resembles Apache tears, hence the name. This pattern creates a staggered, three-dimensional appearance that adds depth and visual interest to your crochet pieces.


Here are the fundamental directions to follow when working with this pattern:

  • Start each row on the right side.
  • Move from right to left as you work each row.
  • Leave a 6-inch yarn tail at the beginning and end of every row.
  • Create a slip knot on your hook to start each row.
  • Work all double crochet (dc) stitches in the back loop of the stitches.
  • For double treble (dtr) stitches, work them in the front loop of the stitch three rows below, skipping the double crochet behind on the current row.

Feel free to customize the pattern to suit your preferences, creating a thick fabric!

Customization mainly involves adjusting the spacing. You can choose to work 8 dc, 6 dc, 4 dc, and so on for your blanket.

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Let’s explore a few examples to better understand the customization possibilities.


Apache Tears


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  • Different colored yarns of your choice (Red, Blue, Violet, Aqua, Pink, Yellow, Green, Hot Pink, Orange)
  • Crochet hook

Apache Tears Instructions:

Starting Rows

Foundation Row:

Use Red yarn, make a chain of 37 stitches.

Row 1: Begin with a double crochet (dc) in the second chain from the hook. Continue with 1 dc in each chain across. Secure the end with a knot.

Rows 2-5: Work 1 dc in each stitch across. Knot at the end of each row.


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Creating Colorful Stripes:

Striped Rows

Row 6: Switch to Red, then work 1 double treble crochet (dtr) in the front loop of the stitch 3 rows below. Follow with 8 dc, repeating the sequence until the row’s end. Knot at the end.

Rows 7-13: Repeat the pattern with different colors (Blue, Violet, Aqua, Pink, Yellow, Green, Hot Pink), always securing the end of each row.


Finishing Touch

Final Rows:

Row 14: With Orange, work 8 dc, 1 dtr in the front loop of the stitch 3 rows below, and repeat to the end. Secure with a knot.

Repeat and Complete:


Repeat Rows 6-14 until your blanket reaches the desired length.

Last Rows:

Finish with 6 rows of dc using Red. Knot securely.


Congratulations! You’ve created a vibrant striped blanket. Feel free to play with colors and enjoy your crocheting journey!


Observe how the fabric texture tightens as you reduce the number of double crochets between each double treble.

After determining your preferred spacing, you will need to calculate your foundation chain. Refer to the formulas below for easy guidance!


For a spacing of 8 double crochets + 1 = 9, create a chain in multiples of 9 + 1. Choose 9 colors and repeat.

For a spacing of 6 dc + 1 = 7, chain in multiples of 7 + 1. Opt for 7 colors and repeat.

When aiming for a spacing of 4 dc + 1, chain in multiples of 5 + 1. Select 5 colors and repeat.


The initial pattern shared at the start of this post can be effortlessly adjusted to create a blanket with either 6 or 4 double crochets spacing.


Go ahead and explore your yarn collection – let the crocheting begin!


Creative Ideas for Projects with Apache Tears:

  • Blankets and afghans: Use the Apache Tears Stitch to create cozy throws and blankets with a visually captivating texture.
  • Fashion Accessories: Add Apache Tears details to scarves, hats and gloves for an artistic touch.
  • Home Decor: Create decorative pillows, placemats or rugs using this unique technique.



Dear reader, we also want to make available to you a video tutorial made by the Claudetta Crochet channel. It’s a great tutorial that teaches you how to crochet apache tears for whatever your level of crochet experience. We suggest you watch it, we are leaving it below:



The Apache Tears Stitch offers an exciting approach to crochet, allowing you to transform simple chains into three-dimensional works of art. Explore this technique and discover the countless creative possibilities it offers. From blankets to fashion accessories, Apache Tears crochet adds a touch of artisanal elegance to any project. Try it and let your imagination flow!

We’re so happy to have you here with us, we always have the best patterns to share, so take a look at our other articles! I hope you liked this pattern and that you share it with your friends, they will love it. The Handmade Learning Here team wishes you a great day, and now let’s put what we learned into practice, shall we? See you soon!


8 thoughts on “Apache Tears

  • Is there an easy way to simply print the pattern?

    • I was wondering that also. It says that there is a pdf version available but I can’t find it anywhere. The pattern is beautiful and just what I need right now to use up my growing stash. I don’t mind not having a printed version because I use pdfs all the time.

  • Audrey Olien

    This patern is absolutely beautiful

  • Cheryl Myers

    I would really love for someone to show what the blanket looks like on the backside after doing this stitch.

  • Angela Astramovich

    I’m confused about the colors… it says start with red and chain… then gives instructions for rows 1 and 2-5 (No color specified) then at row 6 it says switch to red yarn… when did we stop using red? I mean for rows 7-13 it says switch colors and then end with red…

  • Brenda Waters

    I was wondering the same thing!


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