You know single, and double, and half double, and triple. But the joy of crochet goes way beyond those basics. There's popcorn (just as yummy as it sounds), cluster (loaded with texture), crocodile (actually not scary!) and a whole lot more.
Once you start combining the basic crochet stitches into more complex patterns, you'll discover a whole world of texture that will make your projects literally pop to a whole new level.
1. Chevron Stitch
Ripple, zigzag, wave: no matter what you call it, this iconic stitch is always dynamic and interesting to play with. But did you know you can make the points pointier, or dial it back and go with smooth ripples for a softer look? Yeah, this stitch can do all that and more.
2. Spike Stitch
Long, dramatic spikes of color and texture characterize this striking stitch. Don't be afraid to experiment with the length of your spikes and where you place them. That's part of the fun here.
3. Basketweave Stitch
This stitch uses a combination of front post and back post stitches to create a magically woven look. Use it for cowls, blankets, bags: you name it — pretty much anything looks cute in a basket!
4. Popcorn Stitch
This stitch is having a moment. We're seeing it pop up (!) all over the place in sweaters and accessories. If you want to give yourself a quick, hip makeover, add some bobbles to your current WIP.
5. Puff Stitch
The puff stitch is closely related to the popcorn stitch, and creates a similar texture. Look closely, though, and you'll notice that puffs are a littler smoother and softer than their kernel cousins.
6. Crocodile Stitch
Crocodile stitch only sounds scary — in reality, the layered, scale-like texture is just plain gorgeous and not at all hard to do. Seriously, you won't believe how many excuses you'll find to use this scaly stitch.
7. Cluster Stitch
Often classified as a "lace" stitch, the cluster is also right at home with textured stitches. The little bit of open lace background with clusters of stitches mixed in is perfect for blankets, scarves, even hats.
8. Linen Stitch
The linen stitch creates a subtle, but dense texture, great for bags and other projects where a sturdy fabric is key. The real fun comes when you start playing with color.