8 Simple Yet Beautiful Crochet Stitches
When it comes to crochet, it’s easy to be overwhelmed at first. There are so many possibilities out there, and some of them can seem incredibly complex. It’s natural for beginners to shy away from difficult projects, and often people stick to single crochet, double crochet, or half double crochet for a long time. However, by being afraid to branch out, you miss out on the opportunity to create some truly incredible projects!
If you’re looking to learn some more stitches, but you’re not ready to attempt patterns just yet, then why not check out this list? Once you learn the basic techniques, you’ll be able to apply the stitches to make all sorts of items. You could make scarves, hats, blankets, or anything else that takes your fancy! Most of the stitches on this list are suitable for beginners, and some of them require a little more experience, but all of them are super simple once you get the hang of it.
The herringbone stitch is a personal favourite of mine, and I just love the way it creates visual contrast in a project. Because you flip your work every row when crocheting, this stitch creates a zig-zag effect due to the alternating diagonal tilts. It’s a one stitch repeat, so you only have to learn the basic stitch, and then you’ll be able to create entire projects!
To create a herringbone stitch, you need to yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull back through stitch (3 loops on your hook). Pull the first loop through the second loop (2 loops on your hook). Yarn over, pull through first loop (2 loops on your hook). Yarn over, pull through both loops. And that’s it! You then repeat the stitch all the way up your row.
The moss stitch is a particularly great stitch to use when your project has multiple colours. Because of the way it’s worked, it means each row contains a bit of colour from the adjacent row. It also creates a great texture, and so is a fun one to use even when using a single solid colour.
It’s also one of the easiest stitches on this list. You simply do a single crochet into the stitch from the chain/ previous row. Chain 1, then skip the next stitch. Work a single crochet into the next stitch. Then you continue up the row alternating between chaining 1, or doing a single crochet. On the next row, you repeat the pattern, but you work your single crochets into the chain space.
The bean stitch can be a little tricky to get the hang of at first, but it’s absolutely worth it once you’ve learned it. So named because the stitches look like little coffee beans, the bean stitch is a truly unique example of how beautiful crochet can be. The ‘beans’ on alternating rows will tilt in a different direction, creating a really cool diagonal pattern as you work up your project.
To create a bean stitch, insert your hook into a stitch from the chain/ previous row. Yarn over, then bring your hook back out again. Yarn over, insert your hook back into the same stitch, yarn over, pull back through. Repeat the previous line, and then yarn over, and pull through all 6 of the loops on your hook. Chain 1, skip a stitch, and that’s your bean stitch ready to be repeated all the way down the row!
Very similar to a standard herringbone stitch, the half herringbone is a little shorter and a little easier. It also creates a different pattern, and has a bit more texture to it. It’s the same width as the regular herringbone, so is a useful one to use in conjunction with the regular herringbone, if you don’t want to commit to doing an entire project in just one stitch.
To make a half herringbone, yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull back through stitch (3 loops on your hook). Pull the first loop through the second loop (2 loops on your hook). Yarn over, pull through both loops. Once again, you simply repeat this stitch all throughout your project.
Corner to Corner
The Corner to Corner, aka the C2C, is well known in crochet communities for being one of the quickest ways to work up a project. It can take a bit of practice to get the hang of at first, but once you’ve learned it, you’ll be able to work it up really easily. It can be used for either square or rectangular projects, and is most commonly used for blankets. It creates a really beautiful pattern, and has minimal holes.
Typically you’d use an extra chain than I’ve included, but I find this method creates a much neater project. To start with, chain 5, then skip 2 stitches, and double crochet into the next 3 stitches. Turn your work, then chain 5, skip 2 stitches, and double crochet into the next 3 stitches. Slip stitch into the chain space, chain 2, then work three double crochets into the same stitch. Turn your work, and continue the pattern for each row, increasing your square count by one every time. When it’s time to decrease, slip stitch into the final chain on that row, and instead of creating a new square, turn your work, and slip stitch into the tops of the double crochets, then continue as you normally would.
Also known as the ‘mini bean stitch’, the Elizabeth stitch really is just a simplified version of the bean stitch from earlier in the article. The smaller ‘beans’ look more neat and compact, and it’s a great way to incorporate all the texture and excitement of the bean stitch, whilst using slightly less yarn.
To make an Elizabeth stitch, insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull back through stitch (2 loops on your hook). Yarn over, insert hook back into same stitch, yarn over, pull back through stitch (4 loops on your hook). Yarn over, pull through all 4 loops on your hook. Chain 1, skip a stitch, and repeat the instructions all the way along your row.
Granny squares are one of the more basic ways of working in the round, and the granny stripe applies the same stitch, but makes it so that it’s worked in rows instead. The granny stripe is an iconic stitch, and very easy to work with.
To make a granny stripe, double crochet into the stitch from the chain/ previous row. Skip 2 stitches, then work 3 double crochets into the next stitch. Repeat the previous line all the way up the row. At the end, work 2 double crochets, and then turn your work.
The chevron stitch, sometimes known as the ripple stitch, creates an elegant zig-zag pattern all the way throughout your project. You can make these zig-zags more subtle or pronounced depending on how many stitches you use between increases/ decreases, but the pattern below is for a standard zig-zag height. This stitch works best when making a few rows of different colours, but can also work with variegated yarn.
To make your chevron stitch, work 2 double crochets into the third chain from the hook. Then double crochet into the next 4 stitches. In the next stitches, double crochet 3 together (work a double crochet into each stitch, but don’t pull through the top. After the third double crochet, yarn over and pull through all the double crochets). Double crochet into the next 4 stitches, then work 3 double crochets into the next stitch. Repeat all the way up the row.