Here's a little secret about advanced crochet stitches: they're all variations and different combinations of the basic crochet stitches! So, if you're looking to stitch up something a little fancier and know how to crank out a double crochet, you can totally work these next-level stitch combos. Get ready for texture, color and all the lacy goodness.
When designing your own crochet blanket, you have a bunch of stitch options to choose from. But we happen to think the ones below will make a particularly great blanket or afghan. All you have to do is figure out what size you want it to be (we suggest making a gauge swatch first), decide the length of your starting chain, then get started!
The primrose stitch, a variation on the shell stitch, is perfect for beginner crocheters who want to get into intermediate-stitch territory, but it's also a go-to for seasoned stitchers who want to bring some gorgeous texture to their projects.
Move over, cables. We've got a simple stitch that's going to give you a run for your money. Meet the left twist knit stitch, also lovingly referred to as the mock cable. It's twisty just like a traditional cable — but you don't actually need a cable needle to do it.
The seed stitch is one those stitches that packs a big punch for very little effort: its nubby texture can make any project look extra. Trust us when we say it's super simple — if you can knit and purl, you've got this.
At first glance, this stitch pattern doesn't scream chevron — it's missing the telltale peaks and valleys running along the bottom edge — but it still has the feel of a classic chevron. Clever color changes create the gentle ripple pattern. Go high contrast with your colors to make the pattern pop.
Two classics collide and the results are SO worth it. Puff stitches give this pattern all the texture, but they don't complicate the chevron shaping one bit — that happens on totally different rows. In other words, this deliciously textured, delightfully zig-zaggy pattern is easier than it looks.
Bobbles are making a comeback — and we couldn't be more thrilled. Their bold, nobby texture adds a bit of fun to traditional knit sweaters and blankets. And really, the sky's the limit when it comes to bobbles. The technique is less a stitch pattern and more an actual stitch, meaning you can work a bobble into a single stitch of your project at any point.
With just a handful of basic Tunisian crochet stitches in your arsenal, you can create gorgeous, texture-rich stitch patterns. From 2 x 2 ribbing (yeah, you can crochet ribbing!), to the delicious honeycomb and faux-woven basket weave stitch, there's enough here to keep your hook moving for a long time. Try any of these stitch patterns in your next crochet project — bags, scarves, and cowls all make the perfect canvas for a little something extra.