Learn how to crochet the silt stitch in this quick and easy tutorial, including common problems, video and photo tutorials and more.
The Silt Stitch is a wonderfully textured crochet stitch that uses only single and double crochet. It is worked with one row of dc broken up by rows of alternating sc and dc.
Common Questions about the Silt Stitch
That’s a great question! I have been researching this and can’t seem to find an answer. Sometimes I have no idea who came up with these names!
To crochet this stitch, all you will need to know are how to chain, single crochet and double crochet.
This stitch uses a multiple of 2 + 1. This means that you will chain an even number, then add one more for the turning chain, so you will end up with an odd number of chains which becomes an even number of stitches (since you won’t count the turning chain in the stitch count).
This is another versatile stitch that can be used for a lot of projects. I’ve used it in a baby blanket (see bottom of the post for the free pattern), and I’ve seen it used in wash cloths, scarves and more.
This is a beginner level stitch in that it uses very basic techniques. If you can single and double crochet you can work this stitch!
No one knows! Different stitch dictionaries call two different stitch patterns the “silt stitch”. This is the way I’ve always seen it until I did some research. Neither is wrong!
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Silt Stitch Video Tutorial
How to Crochet the Silt Stitch
Chain an odd number of stitches.
Technically, the pattern calls for a stitch multiple of 2 + 1, but for me that just means an odd number! (In the video I chain 21.)
- Dc in 4th ch from hook and each chain across; turn.
You should have an even number of stitches when you are done.
- Ch 1 (counts as sc), 2 dc in first st, *skip 2 sts, (sc, 2 dc) in next st; repeat from * to last 3 sts, sc in turning ch; turn.
This row gives you that wonderful texture that the silt stitch is known for.
- Ch 3 (counts as dc), dc in each st; turn.
A row of dc breaks up the textured row 2.
- Repeat rows 2 and 3 for pattern.
Just these two simple rows of dc and the (sc, 2 dc) pattern are all you need to crochet the silt stitch!
Common Problems with the Silt Stitch
My project is turning out crooked. This can happen if you forget to work into the ch-1 that counts as a sc. If this bothers you (because honestly I hate working into a chain like that), you can work a single crochet there and it should help.
I’m losing stitches. Make sure you work into the turning chains. The ch-3 counts as a dc on your dc rows, and the ch-1 counts as a sc on row 2. Don’t forget about those or your stitch count will be thrown off.
I’m gaining a stitch on the dc row. This usually happens when you forget to count the ch-3 as a stitch. When you count a turning chain as a stitch, you have to skip the first st of the previous row or you will be adding a stitch on every dc row.
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As mentioned above, there are different ways to crochet the Silt Stitch, but this is the way I learned and I’ve seen others working it this way.
In this stitch tutorial we learned how to work the Silt Stitch with both photo and video tutorials, answered common questions and looked at common problems.
Looking to practice the Silt Stitch? Check out the Quick Crochet Baby Blanket pattern above that I designed to help you practice your new skills.
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