Whether you are just learning to crochet or have been crocheting for a while, expanding your arsenal of crochet stitch patterns is a great idea. Perhaps you have seen an existing pattern call for one of these, or maybe you are looking for something to add to your next design. The following four decorative crochet stitches are beginner-friendly and will add some beauty to your projects.
1. Woven stitch
The best part about this stitch is you only need to know the single crochet (SC) and chain (CH) to work this stitch pattern. It creates a nice fabric that is more flexible than solid single crochet, yet still dense.
Chain an even number of stitches plus 1.Row 1: SC in third ch from hook, *CH 1, skip 1 ch, SC in next ch; repeat from * to end. Turn.Row 2: Ch 2, skip first sc, *SC in ch-1 space, CH 1, skip next sc; repeat from * across row, ending by making final SC in the turning ch of previous row. Turn.Repeat Row 2 for pattern.
If you change colors every row, you will get some really neat vertical stripes. As my swatch above suggests, it is a pain to switch colors every row, as it leaves many ends to weave in. If you are doing some circular work, though, changing colors every round is much easier!
2. Spider stitch
This is another textured stitch that creates a nice dense fabric. For more flexibility, I would recommend working with a hook that is a size or two larger than what is suggested for your yarn . It is completely reversible, so it would make a great scarf or beanie in the winter and a head wrap/band in the spring.
Chain an odd number of stitches plus 2. [If working on, or adding to, an established pattern, you will need an odd number of stitches.]Row 1: [SC, CH 1, SC] in third ch from hook, *skip 1 ch, [SC, CH 1, SC] in next ch; repeat from * across to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, SC in last ch. Turn.Row 2: Ch 2, skip first 2 SC, [SC, CH 1, SC] in each ch-1 space, SC in bottom of turning ch-2. Turn.Repeat Row 2 for pattern.
Here is a closeup of the lovely texture!
3. Rope stitch
This stitch is also known as a V-stitch. It is a lacy stitch that would be perfect for spring garments and accessories. The pattern consists of the double crochet (DC) and chain (CH) stitch. You will be working primarily in the chain-spaces between DC and also in the turning chains.
Chain a multiple of 3. [If working on, or adding to, an established pattern, work over a multiple of 3 stitches plus 2.]Row 1: DC in fourth chain from hook, CH 1, DC in next ch, *skip 1 ch, DC in next ch, CH 1, DC in next ch; repeat from * to last ch, DC in last ch. Turn.Row 2: Ch 3, skip first 2 dc, *[DC, CH 1, DC] in ch-1 space, skip 2 dc; repeat from * across, end by skipping last dc and making 1 DC in top of beg ch-3.Repeat Row 2 for pattern.
4. Iris stitch
This stitch is similar to the rope stitch, but instead of one dc on the sides of each "V" you have two. It still creates a lacy fabric to use in shawls or in bolero patterns, which are perfect for warm weather!
Chain a multiple of 4 stitches plus 3. [If working on, or adding to, an established pattern, work over a multiple of 4 stitches plus 1.]Row 1: [2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC] in 5th chain from hook, *skip 3 ch, [2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC] in next chain; repeat from * to last 2 ch, skip 1 ch, DC in last ch. Turn.Row 2: Ch 3, skip first 3 dc, *[2 DC, CH 1, 2 DC] in ch-1 space, skip next 4 DC; repeat from * across, ending with 1 DC in top of beginning ch-3.Repeat Row 2 for pattern.
There is such a variety of patterns that can be made with our basic chain, single and double crochet stitches, these only scratch the surface. I hope you are able to create something beautiful with one or more of these!
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