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Are you looking for new crochet stitches to try out on your next project? If so, you have come to the right place! In this blog post, we’ll showcase 27 unique crochet stitches that you can use on your next project. These stitches range from simple to complex, so there is something for everyone! Whether you are a beginner or an expert crocheter, you are sure to find a new stitch to love.
One of the great things about crochet is that it’s so easy to get started. It doesn’t take too long to get the hang of the basic crochet stitches: slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and treble crochet stitches.
But why stop there? Once you learn how to crochet, there are so many unique and interesting crochet stitches that you can use to add some character to your next project! In this article, I’ve curated a list of my favorite stitches that you can use to make beautiful blankets, cozy scarves, crochet hats, and more.
27 Easy Crochet Stitches for Your Next Project
In this list, you’ll find a variety of basic crochet stitches and more unique and advanced stitches. We’ve organized the list by difficulty, so whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, there is something here for you!
27 Easy Crochet Stitches for Your Next Project
In this list, you'll find a mix of basic crochet stitches and more unique and advanced stitches. So whether you are a beginner or an experienced crocheter, there is something here for you!
Basic Crochet Stitches for Beginners
If you are just starting out, it is important to first learn the basic crochet stitches. These include the slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and treble crochet stitches.
You’ll find that some of these cool crochet stitches are a lot easier than they look because they build on the basic stitches you already know by heart. Plus this list contains links to stitch tutorials that will guide you along the way.
Once you have mastered these basics, you can move on to the more advanced stitches listed below.
How to Single Crochet (SC)
Learn how to make single crochet stitches with this beginner-friendly, step-by-step tutorial. Read the rest of the post for lots of tips and tricks about single crochet in rows, single crochet in the round, increasing, decreasing, and more frequently asked questions.
How to Double Crochet Stitch (DC)
This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to make double crochet stitches with written instructions, as well as photo demonstrations. Double crochet is one of the taller crochet stitches, along with the treble crochet stitch.
Click through to the tutorial, where I’ll give you lots of tips and tricks for working with double crochet in patterns, too.
Half Double Crochet Stitch (HDC)
How to make a half-double crochet stitch, often abbreviated HDC. It's an easy stitch that you'll use in a lot of crochet projects.
How to Slip Stitch in Crochet (sl st)
Learn how to make a crochet slip stitch with this beginner-friendly, step-by-step tutorial. Read the rest of the post for lots of tips and tricks about joining rounds with slip stitch, slip stitch seams, edging, and surface crochet.
How to Crochet Moss Stitch
Moss stitch is a beginner-friendly crochet stitch made from an alternating pattern of chain stitches and single crochet. Click to learn how to crochet the moss stitch, also known as the granite stitch, woven stitch, or linen stitch.
Classic Granny Square Pattern
Granny square is a great stitch pattern that's really fun to make. Click to read this tutorial, where you'll learn how to crochet a basic granny square pattern with an easy to follow, step-by-step tutorial.
Ribbed Half Double Crochet Stitch (RibHDC)
There's a lot to love about the ribbed half double crochet. If you like a knitted look, but prefer to crochet, this textured crochet stitch gives you the best of both worlds. Plus it shows up on the front and back sides of your work, which makes it a perfect choice for scarves.
Unique Crochet Stitches for Intermediate & Advanced Crocheters
Are you looking to take your crochet projects to the next level? Once you have mastered the basic crochet skills, you can start to explore some of the more unique crochet stitches. These include the bobble stitch, popcorn stitch, shell stitch, and cluster stitch.
These stitches are slightly more difficult than the basics, but they are still relatively easy to learn. The effect they add to your projects makes them worth the effort. Plus, how rewarding is it when you take on a challenging technique and finally get it down pat?
Crochet Shell Stitch Tutorial
In this beginner’s guide, we will show you how to crochet shell stitch with step-by-step instructions and photos.
Puff, Bobble, & Popcorn Crochet Stitches
Along with the popcorn stitch, puff stitches and bobble stitches are great ways to add puffy, chunky texture to your project. These are especially great for thickening up winter accessories. In this post, you can find tutorials on the stitches and an easy-to-understand explanation of what makes them different.
How to Corner to Corner Crochet (C2C)
Corner-to-corner crochet is a fun technique that you can use to create graphic patterns on blankets and pillows. Click to learn how to corner-to-corner crochet (C2C), including C2C increases and decreases, how to read a C2C graph, and how to change colors.
The open, grid-like design created by the filet stitch gives it a light and airy feel. Use it for a beach-y shawl or a lace-like table cloth.
Learn How to Crochet Scales with Crocodile Stitch!
Once you see the crocodile stitch, there's no question where it got its name! This fun, whimsical stitch can be used to mimic dragon scales, mermaid tales, and even bird feathers. It's a cinch to learn too, because it's made using the basic double crochet stitch. After you get used to turning your work to form the scales, you'll have no problem crocheting the crocodile stitch.
Master the loop stitch!
If you love the look of fringe, you need the loop stitch! Keep the loops for a floppy texture, or cut them for true fringe. Also called the fur stitch, the loop stitch is a great way to create hair for dolls or plushies.
How to Crochet the Waistcoat Stitch (Knit Stitch)
Another stitch that mimics the look of knit, the waistcoat stitch is thick and sturdy. Its neat and tidy look makes it a good choice for understated garments and men's accessories.
Crochet Tutorial for the Lemon Peel Stitch
The lemon peel stitch combines a thick sturdy fabric with a delicate appearance. Plus it's really simple! Once you get the hang of it, it's sure to become one of your go-to stitches.
How To Crochet the Suzette Stitch
The pretty and dainty suzette stitch is a good next step for beginners. It looks fancy, but it doesn't take too long to get the hang of. If you're ready to move on from single and double crochet, give this pretty stitch a try!
The Aligned Cobble Stitch Crochet Tutorial
The combination of chunky texture and beautiful symmetry makes the aligned cobble stitch so satisfying. If you want something fun but still neat and tidy, give this stitch a try.
How to Crochet: Popcorn Stitch
Just like its name suggests, this stitch really pops off your work. Use it to give your project a fun, puffy texture.
Crochet Star Stitch
Give your project a little extra shine with the star stitch. Named for the pretty starburst shapes it creates, the star stitch also boasts a thick dense texture. Beauty and function!
Shell Mesh Crochet Stitch Pattern
There are so many different kinds of lace stitches, but the shell mesh stitch really stands out. It combines crochet shell stitch and chain spaces into an airy, drapey lace that's perfect for shawls, beach coverups, and more.
Cozy Crochet Stitches for Blankets
Are you an afghan fanatic who can whip up a basic blanket with your eyes closed? Maybe you’re crocheting a gift for a baby shower and you want to make it extra special. Try one of these eye-catching stitches on your next project.
My favorites? The harlequin stitch, basket weave stitch, and waffle stitch are all perfect for blanket projects. These stitches create a thick and warm fabric that is sure to keep you cozy all winter long!
How to Crochet the Harlequin Stitch
You may have seen this stitch in heirloom afghans and baby blankets. It's a beautiful vintage stitch that creates eye-catching designs, especially when worked in stripes. It can be a little tricky, but an intermediate crocheter should have no problem picking up this stitch.
The Basic Chevron Crochet Stitch
When you want to level up from a basic stripe, try a chevron stitch. The zigzag effect will give your project a little pizazz, and it's much easier than it looks. This particular stitch is a great choice for striped blankets and throws.
How to Crochet a Spike Stitch
If you're looking to add an edgier edge to your scarves and blankets, the spike stitch is for you. Rows of spike stitch are also another way to spice up basic stripes.
Crochet Basketweave Stitch
The basketweave stitch gives you a thick woven fabric with lots of depth and density. Try it when you want to add some weighty texture to your project. It's one of my favorite crochet stitches for blankets.
The charm of the larksfoot stitch is the pretty teardrop shape it creates. This delicate stitch is lovely for afghans and baby blankets.
This stitch is thick, textured, and "waffle"-ly cute. The waffle stitch works up great in cuddly blankets, warm shawls, and winter accessories.
Wave Stitch Tutorial
Similar to the chevron stitch, the wave stitch is a fun way to spice up your stripes. It's a simple stitch -- just repeat one row -- but it creates a beautiful effect.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list of different crochet stitches that you can use in your next project. Consider giving one of these unique crochet stitches a try. They’re a great way for you to spice up your work and give yourself a fun challenge!
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Sunday 12th of March 2023
Thank you so much for creating this site. I've been crocheting for over 40 years but just in the past 4 years have I been doing more then a double stitch. I will be using this guide a lot thank you so very much
Tuesday 3rd of August 2021
I i want a deep rich purple in a bulky yarn what do I need to order?