Basic Crochet Stitches

by Jamey
Even if you’re just learning how to crochet, with this list of crochet stitches you’ll be an advanced crocheter before you know it. I’ve also included a couple of patterns for each basic crochet stitch if you’re looking for patterns to practice these stitches on.

Basic Crochet Stitches

When you are learning how to crochet, it’s best to arm yourself with a number of basic crochet stitches. With your arsenal of crochet stitches, you’ll be able to make a huge variety of crochet patterns and projects. You can use them for simple crochet blankets, scarves, hats, shawls, and even a crochet bikini if you decide to get adventurous.

From easy crochet stitches like the double crochet, half double crochet and the single crochet to the combination stitches like the shell stitch, the bobble stitch, and the granny stitch, this list of stitches will give you enough crochet stitch patterns to keep you going for years.

For the visual learners out there, you always have the option of finding a crochet stitch guide or online crochet tutorial on YouTube to help you master your crochet techniques. Don’t let new crochet stitches scare or overwhelm you, there’s always a way to learn new stitches.

Even if you’re just learning how to crochet, with this list of crochet stitches you’ll be an advanced crocheter before you know it. I’ve also included a couple of patterns for each basic crochet stitch if you’re looking for patterns to practice these stitches on.

Chain Stitch

The chain stitch is one of the fundamental basic crochet stitches that anyone needs to know to start crocheting. This essential stitch is the first crochet stitch that beginners should learn before all others.

Learn how to make the chain stitch here with Wool and the Gang.

Single Crochet Stitch

The single crochet stitch is one of the most common and basic stitches in crochet. It’s a very easy crochet stitch to make and one that every beginner should learn to master. It creates a dense and fairly solid fabric. The height of one single crochet stitch is equal to one chain stitch.

Let the Spruce Crafts lead you through the steps to make a single crochet stitch here.

Single Crochet Stitch Patterns

Single Crochet Chevron Blanket

Here’s a beautiful chevron blanket that uses the single crochet stitch in a fun and creative way.

Via Daisy Farm Crafts

Single Crochet Cap

This crochet hat is designed from the top-down, you can make your Single Crochet Hat whatever height flatters you best.

Pattern via Purl Soho

Basic Crochet Scarf for Beginners

Here’s a great crochet pattern that uses the single crochet stitch and is perfect for beginners.

Via Rescued Paw Designs

Double Crochet Stitch

Next to the single crochet stitch, the double crochet stitch is one of the most frequently used stitches in crochet. The double crochet stitch is twice as tall as the single crochet stitch but the fabric tends to be a little less dense than the single crochet stitch.

Visit BluPrint to let them teach your the step-by-step method of learning how to crochet the double crochet stitch here.

Double Crochet Stitch Patterns

All Double Crochet Afghan

This gorgeous all double crochet afghan pattern is a great crochet pattern for really getting a handle on the double crochet stitch.

Pattern via Kristine In Between

Double Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

This free crochet pattern will help you learn how to make a double crochet stitch while also completing a beginner project.

Pattern via Amanda Crochets

1.5 Hour Beanie Hat Crochet Patterns

Whether you’re new to crocheting or just need a crochet project that works up quickly, this free crochet hat pattern for beginners is astonishingly easy. If you can crochet a rectangle, you can make this simple unisex beanie pattern!

Pattern via Make and Do Crew

Half Double Crochet Stitch

As the name implies, the half double crochet stitch is a stitch that tends to fall between the single crochet stitch and the double crochet stitch in height. When it’s made, It starts like a double crochet and is finished like a single crochet stitch. One of my favorite things about this stitch is how quickly it can be worked.

Let Yarnspirations walk you through the steps of this easy crochet stitch here.

Half Double Crochet Stitch Patterns

Simple Half Double Crochet Blanket Pattern

Who knew a simple half double crochet blanket could be so lovely and modern? The half double crochet is so simple and rhythmic and the fabric it creates is perfect for a soft and squishy throw.

Pattern via Stitching Together

The Perfect Fit Mitten Crochet Pattern for Beginners

This mitten pattern is a “basic” because it’s a simple, unembellished pattern that’s perfect for learning, teaching, selling or gifting! It’s an easy crochet pattern that’s a blank canvas for your own customization!

Pattern via Left in Knots

Never Ending Shawl

It’s a simple design that’s worked bottom-up with single crochet and half double crochet stitches alternating. It’s an easy crochet shawl pattern for beginners who want to give their first triangle shawl a try!

Pattern via Wilmade

Treble Crochet Stitch

The treble crochet stitch (also known as a triple crochet stitch) is another foundational stitch that’s the next height up from a double crochet stitch. This tall stitch creates a soft and loose fabric. It’s similar to the double crochet except with an extra yarn over at the beginning and at the end.

Annie’s has a great crochet tutorial on how to make the treble crochet stitch here.

Treble Crochet Stitch Patterns

Triple Crochet Afghan Pattern

If you’re looking for something quick and easy that you can whip up in a weekend, then this triple crochet afghan pattern is for you. Not only does this work up quickly, but it’s also a mindless pattern to relax at the end of the day.

Pattern via Crochet N Crafts

Fast Treble Crochet Cowl Scarf Pattern

Do you want to learn Treble Crochet stitch? There is no better way to learn to practice this crochet stitch while creating this fast treble crochet scarf.

Pattern via CrochetNCrafts

Williams Crochet Beanie Pattern

The Williams Crochet Beanie uses basic crochet stitches like the triple crochet and single crochet which makes it a great and simple crochet hat for crochet beginners!

Pattern Via Rescued Paw Designs

Slip Stitch

The slip stitch is another basic crochet stitch and this one is the shortest stitch with basically no height at all. It’s easy to learn and used in many crochet patterns, especially joining rounds and stitches, edgings, and also for the body of the fabric.

Check out this great tutorial from The Spruce Crafts.

Slip Stitch Crochet Patterns

Everyday Ribbed Crochet Hat Pattern

If you know how to single crochet and slip stitch, you can make this hat no problem.

Pattern via Mama in a Stitch

Eva’s Ribbed Scarf Crochet Pattern

This is pure slip stitch crochet, done in the back loop. With a larger-than-usual crochet hook, it crochets up faster than you’d think.

Pattern via Ravelry

Crochet Shell Stitch

The shell stitch has a lot of variations but essentially creates a shell or fan shape stitch when it’s made. The stitches tend to fan out from the bottom of the stitch outwards. This decorative crochet stitch is generally easy to make, using a combination of single, double or triple crochet stitches.

Learn how to crochet the shell stitch with Persia Lou.

Crochet Shell Stitch Crochet Patterns

Shell Stitch Baby Blanket

Here’s a perfect pattern for practicing the crochet shell stitch. It makes a wonderful baby shower gift too.

Pattern via The Stitchin Mommy

Shell Stitch Triangle Shawl Crochet Pattern

This shawl has a unique look because of its triangular shape and its amazing color-changing texture that resembles a layered seashell.

Pattern Via Crochet Beja

Crochet Moss Stitch

The crochet moss stitch is a very simple stitch that uses a combination of chain stitch and single crochet stitch. This stitch combination creates a woven look fabric that’s soft and has a lot of stretch and give. You may also have heard this stitch called the linen stitch or the granite stitch.

Let Daisy Farm Crafts show you how to crochet the moss stitch.

Moss Stitch Crochet Patterns

Moss Stitch Square Crochet Blanket

This is such a great relaxing project that you can do while binge-watching your favorite shows or to take on-the-go while in waiting rooms or during kids’ extracurriculars.

Pattern via Repeat Crafter Me

Crochet Moss Stitch Scarf Pattern

Sometimes an easy scarf is just what you need, and this crochet moss stitch scarf pattern fits the bill! It works up quickly with interesting detail in the center rows and it works for both men and women!

Pattern via Stitching Together

Crochet Waffle Stitch

The waffle stitch is all about texture and design. It has a very distinctive grid or waffle look, hence its name. This easy crochet stitch is great for using in blankets, scarves, dishcloths, or even hats.

Learn how to crochet the highly textured waffle stitch here.

Crochet Waffle Stitch Patterns

Waffle Stitch Blanket Pattern

This easy blanket pattern has a wonderful texture to it, making it extra cuddly and warm.

Pattern via Amanda Crochet

Watson Waffle Hat Crochet Pattern

The clean simple lines + cozy thickness of the waffle stitch have my heart! This hat is soft, stretchy, and can be made in a variety of sizes. Color-blocked or solid, this toque is a winner either way.

Pattern via Lakeside Loops

Crochet Puff Stitch

The puff stitch (which is a form of bobble stitch), as the name indicates, is a puffy stitch that makes a warm and thick fabric. This crochet stitch gives the fabric a wonderful textured look and feel and is a great way to add interest to your pattern design.

Check out the steps to make the puff stitch here.

Crochet Puff Stitch Patterns

Puff Stitch Hat Pattern

Puff stitches are excellent for hats because they are soft and dense (not to mention quick to work up). The puff stitch hat only takes a few hours to crochet and only one skein of yarn.

Via B-Hooked Crochet

Puff Stitch Scarf Crochet Pattern

Made with only puff stitches, this beautiful scarf would make a wonderful accent piece for any outfit.

Pattern Via All About Ami

Crochet Star Stitch

This is a popular crochet stitch that offers a fantastic look and feel. This stunning stitch is a simple 2-row repeat and will give any crochet pattern a very dimensional texture. The star stitch may look intimidating but it’s actually pretty easy to make once you understand the basics.

Go to the Moogly Blog to learn how to crochet the star stitch.

Crochet Star Stitch Patterns

Star Stitch Cowl

This little cowl doesn’t take long at all to make. It’s not oversized but because of how tight the star stitch is, it most certainly is warm!

Pattern via Yarn Hook Needles

Snow Drops Slouch Hat Crochet Patterns

Here’s a wonderful slouch hat that uses the star stitch as an accent to give the hat design a point of interest.

Pattern via Left in Knots

Herringbone Stitch

The herringbone crochet stitch is a beautiful flowing pattern that has a wonderful, soothing back and forth look to it, similar looking to the herringbone knit stitch. It creates a looser, softer and squishier fabric, a little less dense than it’s knit stitch cousin.

Get the instruction on how to crochet the herringbone stitch with the Make and Do Crew

Herringbone Stitch Crochet Patterns

Herringbone Afghan Pattern

We love the bold yet conservative touch of an elegant classic. This herringbone blanket pattern is universal too, so discover the many ways it beautifully accents any room in your home.

Pattern via Yarnspirations

Bixby Cowl Crochet Pattern

This free crochet cowl pattern uses the herringbone double crochet stitch to create a deliciously chunky scarf with a modern look!

Pattern via Make and Do Crew

Crochet V Stitch

The classic crochet V stitch is a fast and versatile crochet stitch. This lacey stitch is perfect for blankets, scarves, and hats. If you can double crochet and chain then you’ll have this stitch mastered in no time flat.

Learn how to make this easy crochet stitch here.

Crochet V Stitch Patterns

Crochet V Stitch Rainbow Blanket

If you’re looking for a crochet stitch that works up fast and is easy to master, the v-stitch is perfect! And you’ll love how a row of v-stitches looks like a zig-zag. You could alternate colors every row, make blocks of colors, or stripes.

Pattern via Repeat Crafter Me

Easy V Stitch Hat

In this crochet hat pattern, the V stitch is made using alternating color yarn to create this fantastic looking fabric.

Pattern via Ravelry

Crochet Basketweave Stitch

The basketweave stitch is another highly textured stitch that has a structured, woven look. It’s a more dense fabric that is great for afghans, dishcloths, and hats. The basketweave stitch has the same texture on both sides and no holes.

Get the step-by-step crochet instructions here.

Crochet Basketweave Stitch Crochet Patterns

Basketweave Crochet Blanket Pattern

This crochet basket weave blanket pattern is blooming with texture and makes a perfect lapghan-sized afghan.

Pattern via Make and Do Crew

Basketweave Messy Bun Hat Crochet Pattern

This Basketweave Messy Bun Hat will keep you warm and in style no matter where you are. Begin making this hat from the bottom, working your way up to the crown, with a few decreasing rows along the way.

Pattern via The Purple Poncho

Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch

The lemon peel stitch is an easy crochet stitch to make and gives a wonderful texture to the fabric. It has amazing structure and can be used in a multitude of crochet projects. Made using only the single crochet and double crochet stitches, this crochet stitch pattern is a dream to make. The lemon peel stitch is also known as the grit stitch, Suzette stitch, and seed stitch – wow!

Go to Persia Lou to learn how to crochet the lemon peel stitch.

Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch Patterns

Lemon Peel Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern

The Crochet Lemon Peel Stitch is full of texture! It’s a perennial favorite because it’s so soothing and easy to crochet. Plus, it just looks awesome!

Pattern via The Unraveled Mitten

Lemon Peel Fingerless Gloves Crochet Pattern

These fingerless gloves have a hole for your thumbs and a ribbed cuff around the bottom. They’re super comfy for driving or running errands. And you can text unlike with a pair of mittens.

Pattern via Stitch 11

If you’re looking for more resources for crochet stitches, please check out my blog post on the 50 Best Crochet Books for Crochet Lovers. This fantastic resource has an incredible list of resource books that you won’t want to be without, including a number of crochet stitch dictionaries. Visit the 50 Best Crochet Books for Crochet Lovers post here.

Even if you’re just learning how to crochet, with this list of crochet stitches you’ll be an advanced crocheter before you know it. I’ve also included a couple of patterns for each basic crochet stitch if you’re looking for patterns to practice these stitches on.

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