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Crocheting with only the basic stitches is like coloring with only 3 of the crayons in the crayon box. Sure that’s fine for people who just started out crocheting, but if you’ve mastered the basics (slip stitch, single crochet, half double, double crochet, and treble crochet), then it might be time to step out of your comfort zone. Let’s learn some new unique crochet stitches today!
Of course, a lot of these stitch patterns are perfectly suited to beginners. These fantastic tutorials will show you new ways to put basic crochet stitches together to create new and exciting patterns and textures.
Each crochet stitch pattern brings something different to the table. This is an excellent reference to bookmark for the new time you are in search of that “perfect stitch” for your next crochet project. If you are looking to make a market bag or a swimsuit cover up, then make sure to check out one of the many lace crochet stitch patterns. If you are looking to make a cozy crochet blanket, a granny square, or a set of coasters, you should check out the many no holes stitches that we have on offer.
Common Questions about Crochet Stitches
When you start out, you learn a basic stitch or two and then add to your knowledge. The first step in crochet is learning to tie a slip knot. Then a basic chain and you can move on to the single crochet stitch. The next basic crochet stitch is a double crochet stitch or a half double crochet stitch. Finally, you move on to taller stitches such as the treble crochet stitch (also called triple crochet stitch).
Eventually, with these basic crochet stitches, you can work a more advanced crochet stitch such as a popcorn stitch, puff stitch, loop stitch, or even crochet cables! This list here has 50 amazingly beautiful stitches, but it is by no means exhaustive. The world is truly your oyster with a skein of yarn and your trusty crochet hook!
This is really in the eye of the beholder. Some people swear by a traditional granny stitch and love the classic look you get with this stitch pattern.
Others prefer a textured crochet stitch such as the grit stitch or bullion stitch. There really is no right or wrong and many people love lacy stitches as well, such as the duchess lace stitch. (Check out this stitch in the Duchess Baby Blanket here!)
Of course, this doesn’t take into account the many beautiful Tunisian Crochet stitch patterns – but that’s for another post.
Featured Video For Crochet Stitches
In this video tutorial, we will look at the Duchess Lace Stitch mentioned above. You will learn step by step how to crochet this stitch and it is easy enough for an advanced beginner!
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Now, let’s take a look at the next 50 stitches you really need to add to your library!
50+ Best Crochet Stitches to Add to Your Stitch Library
1. Vintage Rippling Blocks
Retro and vintage looks are totally trending right now, so you know our crochet stitch patterns round-up is going to have a few fabulous vintage stitches for you to enjoy. No-holes stitches are excellent choices for blankets and tote bags.
2. Alpine Stitch
I was seeing this fabulously textured stitch everywhere I looked during winter. And it looks like the alpine stitch is still going strong for spring and summer! Bright colors and bold textures are perfect for wall-hangings and baskets.
3. Ripple Puff Stitch
What’s that? You want more crochet stitch patterns with that coveted vintage vibe? Here you go! The ripple crochet puff stitch delivers fabulous flair and tons of texture. To me the puff stitches look like little shells. I would totally make a swim cover or a beach bag out of this.
4. Clamshell Stitch
I don’t know whether I like this stitch because it reminds me of summer or if it’s just because I’m hungry…just kidding! I love free crochet stitch patterns that are so interesting and unique like this one. I’m also totally digging the color choices here.
5. Offset Shell Stitch
For an excellent balance of structure and airiness, I always go for free crochet stitch patterns that are lacy…but not too lacy. You know what I mean? This offset shell stitch fits the bill! I can totally picture myself wearing a cute top made with this stitch – or a twirly skirt!
6. Honeycomb Trellis Stitch
You guys, they made my favorite cereal into a crochet stitch and it’s gorgeous! If you prefer an openwork design in your free crochet stitch patterns you will definitely enjoy this honeycomb trellis crochet stitch! What a great stitch for a plant hanger or a beautiful summer dress.
7. Primrose Stitch
The primrose stitch is as pretty as a picture. – especially as shown here in the color pink This almost solid crochet stitch pattern is well worth learning. You can make gorgeous lightweight throws or heirloom quality hand towels.
8. Spider Stitch
Free crochet stitch patterns like this splendid spider stitch are an excellent choice for creating a solid fabric with very little holes. The lack of holes will make your blankets heavier and warmer. They will also help you maintain modesty in your crochet clothes without the need for undershirts and slips.
9. Bumpy Rows Stitch
Take a trip to texture town with the wonderful bumpy rows stitch. It’s a bit of a yarn eater, but it produces the most lovely squishy and thick fabric. I would use this free crochet stitch pattern to make a scarf or a throw pillow.
10. Flower Stitch
Feast your eyes on the flower stitch. Decorative crochet stitch patterns like this one are so much fun to make and even more enjoyable to look at. With your newfound crochet stitch knowledge you can add a detailed touch to any crochet project.
11. Catherine Wheel
Y’all didn’t think I was done with the vintage stitches yet, did you? The catherine wheel stitch has been around the block a time or two, but it’s still looking as fabulous as ever. I made myself a flapper style headband with this stitch for a 1920s party. It was such a fun stitch to learn and it’s so pretty too!
12. Waffle Stitch
If you ask a group of crocheters to recommend good crochet stitch patterns for blankets, I can almost guarantee you that the waffle stitch will be among the answers. The waffle stitch is thick, solid and squishy. Sure it’s a yarn eater, but the nice heavy blankets you can make with it are totally worth it.
13. Offset V-Stitch
Why would you do the basic crochet v-stitch when you could do this more interesting and more attractive offset v-stitch? Chances are if you post a make using this crochet stitch pattern to social media, people will be dying to know what stitch you used.
14. Sedge Stitch
Are there any beginner crocheters still reading or have I scared them all away? Come back! The sedge stitch is an excellent crochet stitch pattern for beginners, because it only uses single, half double and double crochet. Plus, you’ll love the texture!
15. Ridged String Network
If you’re like me, then you’ll love sinking your teeth into this excellent crochet stitch pattern video tutorial. It’s a little bit more challenging than some of our other free crochet stitch patterns, but it is a very fun and rewarding crochet stitch once you get the hang of it!
16. Open Shell Stitch
Don’t be shy. Come out of your shell and open up a little! I’m talking about the open shell crochet stitch of course. I love this crochet stitch pattern because it strikes a really nice balance between decorative and functional. What would you use it for?
17. Mixed Cluster Stitch
You’ll basically be a crochet mixologist after you learn the mixed cluster stitch. This crochet stitch pattern is a fan favorite for its rich texture and solid surface. I’m always on the lookout for good no holes stitches for big ol’ blankets.
18. Ripple Lace
Is anyone else getting ice cream vibes from this crochet stitch pattern? I guess I really must be hungry! Between the scrumptious so-soft-you-can-see-it yarn and the gorgeous decorative lace design, this free crochet stitch pattern is a clear winner!
19. Lemon Peel Stitch
Let’s shake things up with a dash of citrus and a whole lotta texture. I know it’s hard to believe but this fabulous and beginner-friendly crochet stitch pattern uses only basic crochet stitches. You might have also heard this stitch called the griddle stitch.
20. Diamond Trellis Stitch
I learned this stitch over the holidays while making a pocket scarf (remember when those were like everywhere??) for a relative. This eye catching will instantly elevate any crochet project you make. Check out the free tutorial and try out the free diamond trellis basket pattern!
21. Thistle Stitch
Quick question: texture or lace? Just kidding, you can have your cake and eat it too with the wonderful thistle stitch. I really don’t see this stitch often enough. It’s not super popular, but there’s no reason why. You can change that with the free crochet stitch pattern tutorial!
22. Cluster V-Stitch
Have you ever crocheted something with really small and tight stitches using a super soft yarn? The softest of the yarn is totally lost in it! This cluster v-stitch crochet stitch pattern works really well with soft yarns. It’s perfect for baby items!
23. Bavarian Stitch
You may have seen a bavarian stitch square before that is worked in the round but did you know that you can also work this stitch in rows? Think outside the box and use this eye catching crochet stitch pattern for rectangular throws and scarves.
Designer: Stitches N Scraps
24. Crocodile Stitch
If you have never seen the crocodile stitch before then you have probably been living under a rock. (Or you are new to the crochet world – in which case – welcome!) This decorative stitch is fabulous for recreating mermaid or dragon scales for all your fantasy crochet projects.
25. Blueberry Stitch
I would be really disappointed if the designer didn’t make this swatch with blue. I mean, obviously you can use this crochet stitch pattern with any color of yarn you would like but you gotta admit that the blue yarn here is very fitting. This is a great crochet stitch pattern that’s not too tricky and that will add interest to your crochet projects.
26. Trinity Stitch
When I make amigurumi I am usually trying to hide my single crochet decreases and the unsightly holes they make. (thank goodness for the invisible decrease) The trinity stitch somehow makes those single crochet decreases (a.k.a. clusters) into lovely little lines of textured stars. It’s amazing!
27. Harlequin Stitch
Let’s throw it back for another one of our favorite vintage crochet stitch patterns. You can learn how to crochet the harlequin stitch from this great tutorial. You’ll be making solid blankets and head-turning bags in no time!
28. Bobble Stitch
Who doesn’t love a good bobble stitch? Take your crochet into the 3rd dimension with the fabulously loud and proud bobble stitch. This crochet stitch pattern is an excellent choice for playful crochet projects for kids – and for kids at heart too! It makes for a great accent stitch and will make any crochet project stand out from the crowd.
29. Cable Columns
Play with post stitches to create these lovely textured columns. This would be a lovely crochet stitch pattern for a basket or a throw pillow. I wonder what it would look like if you alternated colors? Someone try it and let me know!
30. Single Crochet and Chain Stitch Variation
Need to learn a new crochet stitch pattern fast? This beginner-friendly tutorial is short, sweet and to the point! The resulting surface of the crochet work has both texture and lace features. What a great multipurpose crochet stitch!
31. Seed Stitch
Here’s another super quick crochet stitch pattern tutorial that will get you off and crocheting in no time. And it’s beginner-friendly too! If you know how to single and double crochet, then you can recreate this lovely textured and squishy surface.
32. V Stitch
If you don’t know the V-stitch already, then you should definitely put it at the top of your “to learn” list. This classic crochet stitch can be found in all sorts of amazing crochet patterns. It’s an easy one to learn and it looks great too!
33. Picot Trellis Stitch
Feast your eyes on the lovely and decorative picot trellis stitch. I love to add littles dashes of lace stitches to my crochet projects to add interest. One idea is to add a few rows of this stitch to the end of a skirt for a pretty and detailed hem.
34. Flying Birds Stitch
Think of a group of birds flying home for winter in their V formation. That was the inspiration for this crochet stitch pattern’s name. This stitch looks like upside down V-stitches but it’s actually worked with single and half double crochet.
35. Sea Pennies
These bite size crochet motifs are super fast and fun to crochet. They are joined to each other as they are made, so you don’t have to go back and sew them all together. I think it would be really fun to incorporate a row of these pretty pennies into a blanket or sweater.
36. Samurai Stitch
All your crochet friends will be clamoring to know what this interesting stitch is when you post your most recent make to your socials. It’s hard to believe that this attractive and eye-catching stitch is actually really easy to learn. It only uses double crochet and chain stitches.
37. Block Stitch
Learn how to crochet the block stitch with this free crochet stitch pattern. The block stitch is similar to the granny stitch. It’s not hard to learn – especially with the step by step photo tutorial – and you only need to know how to single and double crochet.
38. Simple Chevron Stitch
What’s the first stitch that new crocheters learn? Single crochet! Beginners can learn how to increase and decrease single crochet to make their work go up and down to form pretty peaks and valleys. The classic chevron crochet stitch pattern is a must learn!
39. Spike Stitch
Who says you have to crochet your stitches into the last row you crocheted? Let’s break the mold and work our stitches into 2, 3, 4 or 5 rows ago. This striking crochet stitch pattern looks amazing in multiple colors and creates a nice dense fabric that’s perfect for blankets and scarves.
40. Love Knots
A beautiful open lace stitch is just the thing for a swimsuit cover up or a light summer shawl. The love knot (a.k.a. Solomon’s Knot) looks really complicated, but it’s actually made with just single crochet and chain stitches. The key to mastering this stitch is to keep your tension consistent.
41. Side Lean Stitch
You might be wondering why this crochet stitch pattern looks like C2C. That’s because it IS C2C, but with a twist. Follow along with this great tutorial to learn how to crochet the C2C stitch in rows instead of diagonally.
42. Suzette Stitch
Beginner crocheters – this one’s for you! With just single and double crochet – and a detailed photo tutorial – you can recreate this interesting and textured surface. I love free crochet stitch patterns that are easy and eye-catching, don’t you?
43. Wedge Stitch
Whimsical wedges seem to be self suspended in the surface of these stunning crochet squares. This free crochet stitch pattern is really something special. I think it would make an amazing shawl or market bag.
44. Puff Stitch Flower
Bet you’ve never seen puff stitches like this before! These beautiful 3-dimensional puff stitch flowers are a work of art. The crochet stitch pattern walks you through how to make one as well as how to make entire rows of pretty puff stitch flowers.
45. Single Crochet Cluster
Single crochet based crochet stitch patterns aren’t all basic and boring. The single crochet cluster stitch is an excellent example of an easy stitch to learn that also looks great. I love the playfulness of the wiggly lines and think it would be perfect for a kids project.
46. Yarn Under Single Crochet
While we’re on the subject of single crochet, let’s talk about the yarn under single crochet. It feels a little funny when you are first learning, but you will get used to it pretty quickly. Crocheters who make amigurumi swear by this technique for making an extra solid surface so no stuffing shows through.
47. Polka Dots
I love the way this Catherine’s Wheel stitch variant swirls like sherbet ice cream. This vintage crochet stitch pattern gets a modern spin with bright and trendy colors. The almost solid surface is excellent for crochet sweaters and ear warmers.
Designer: Maggie’s Crochet
48. Ribbon Stitch
I’m so impressed with this crochet stitch pattern. It’s such a good idea for a new crochet stitch and I think they really nailed the design. You can use this ribbon stitch for charitable donations or to make something special for a breast cancer survivor.
49. Larksfoot Stitch
Wait there’s still time for one more vintage crochet stitch pattern! You can nail these sweet retro vibes with a bright 70’s or 80’s color scheme. The free crochet stitch tutorial is really easy to follow and uses only double crochet.
50. Wave Stitch
Last but not least is the wave stitch. This crochet stitch pattern uses only basic stitches and is very easy to learn. The playful up and down pattern of the work is more pronounced when you switch colors every row.
Which new crochet stitch pattern are you most excited to learn? Have you recently picked up a new crochet stitch that didn’t make the list? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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