Watch how to crochet the duchess lace stitch (video & written instructions)

The duchess lace stitch is an elegant combination of three basic stitches, chains, single and double crochet, to create a sophisticated criss-cross effect which will have people swooning.
Duchess lace adds a ladylike touch to cozy scarves, throws and shawls.
Though the duchess lace stitch is fairly intricate, you don't need to use a fine yarn and it looks lovely crocheted up in a standard DK weight. Check your manufacturer's band for hook size suggestions. You'll also need a pair of scissors and a tapestry needle for weaving in your ends.
* repeat from this point the required number of times
ch chain
dc double crochet
sk skip
sl st slip stitch
rep repeat
Written instructions
You'll need to start this stitch with a foundation chain made in multiples of 3, plus 1 for turning.
Row 1: In 4th ch from hook, work (2dc, ch 3, 1 sl st), *sk next 2 ch (2dc, ch 3, 1 sl st) in next ch, rep from * for rest of row, turn.
Row 2: ch 3, *(2 dc, ch 3, 1 sl st) in next ch3 sp, rep from * for rest of row, 1dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Row 3: ch 3, *working in each ch of the ch3 of previous row, 1 dc in first ch, 1 dc in 2nd ch, ch 3, 1 sl st in 3rd ch, rep from * for rest of row, finishing with 1dc in top of turning ch, turn.
Repeat rows 2 and 3 until your project reaches the desired length.

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