There are many stitches available to use in crochet. Some are very basic and form the foundation for all other stitches while others are complex patterns. All are relatively easy to learn.
Join us in exploring the great variety of crochet stitches and discover the perfect stitch for your next project.
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Everything we learn in life begins with the basics and crochet is no different. When you first pick up that crochet hook, you will need to know a few basic stitches.
The chain stitch and single crochet stitch will form the foundation for your first project and everything you crochet in the future. Once you learn those, the double and treble stitches are next, but they're just simple adaptations of the single crochet.
Don't worry, these stitches are very easy and you'll have them down in no time.
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Once you have the basics, you're ready to combine them into your first projects. Technically, these are not single stitches but stitch patterns (though we refer to them as a stitch). They take those basic stitches and place them in an order that creates the signature crochet patterns we know and love.
Among the most popular stitch patterns are the moss stitch, mess stitch, and front loop stitch. They're all very easy and can be used to create your own custom patterns and projects.
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Within those popular stitch patterns is the Shell Stitch. It is why some crocheted blankets look like a stack of sea shells and that's how it got its name.
The basic shell stitch is very easy and it comes with a few variations. These include the airy treble shell stitch and the lacy shell stitch, both of which are amazing patterns for shawls.
You might even have fun with the disorienting 'crazy shell stitch' where many of the rules are thrown out the window.
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You can use the V-Stitch to create lacier patterns and it's quite easy. Essentially, it uses a tall stitch (double or treble crochet) along with a chain stitch and a second tall stitch. All of this happens in the same space and it creates an open hole that makes the fabric light and airy.
There are many ways to change up the V-stitch. These include a brick pattern, a puff lace with half double crochet, and the lacy interrupted V-stitch. They're all fun to learn and if you're looking for a quick lace-like pattern, this is a good choice.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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The Butterfly Stitch is a little more complicated because it's worked across multiple stitches and rows. It's a fun pattern to add open crochet work into a project such as a scarf or a shawl.
The butterfly looks just like a butterfly. Essentially, you will use a long series of chain stitches in between normal crocheted fabric and join rows of them in the middle to imitate a butterfly in flight. It's adorable and fun, definitely a stitch to try at least once.
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The Lover's Knot goes by a few different names and it is a series of well-placed stitches that form an endless knot pattern. It's very fun, especially when you tire of all those solid stitch patterns.
Traditionally, the Lover's Knot has been used to create intricately laced shawls that have a messy yet organized feel to them. Yet, many pattern designers are now integrating it into projects where the knots break up a solid fabric. The results are stunning, so there's a whole new use for the Lover's Knot and it's worth practicing.
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The Spike Stitch is another easy stitch and it's a fantastic way to play with color. Essentially, instead of crocheting into the last row you completed, you'll drop down a row for your spiked stitch. That is why it's also called a 'long single crochet stitch.'
You can use this stitch even when a pattern doesn't call for it. If you're working with more than one color, integrate it into your single crochet on the color change row. It will add just a little more flair to the pattern and make the final project pop.
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Tunisian crochet is a special technique that some crocheters really love. It requires a different hook and is often described as a cross between knit and crochet.
There are a few common stitches associated with Tunisian crochet. One is called the afghan stitch, which creates bars that run across the fabric, almost as if they were woven in. Another is the Tunisian knit stitch and that really does resemble the traditional V's found in knitting.
If you're up for learning something new, Tunisian crochet is definitely a great option.