Check out the most amazing textured crochet stitches on the web – many of these you’ve probably never seen before!
One of the things that I absolutely love about crochet is that you never really get to the point where you’ve learned everything there is to learn. That’s because this beautiful yarn craft of ours is constantly growing! And also because the art of crochet is seriously old. So between all the designers that came before us, and all the new designers out there right now – there’s always new crochet techniques, fresh crochet patterns, and pretty crochet stitches you’ve never even heard of. How exciting!
I am constantly in search of new crochet stitches to use for my crochet projects – especially textured crochet stitches! Textured crochet stitches really make my projects pop. They are fun to crochet, they are fun to look at, and they are of course fun to feel too! You’re probably familiar with the common textured crochet stitches out there like popcorn stitches and bobble stitches. But there’s so much more textured crochet stitches out there!
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Techniques for Working Textured Crochet Stitches
There are several different techniques that will result in crochet texture and we will look at several of those here. Any of these easy crochet stitches would be perfect for a scarf or baby blanket!
1. Texture can be achieved by using post double or treble crochet stitches, which raises the post of the stitch. This is often used to mimic knitted ribbing, create basketweave patterns, and work crochet cables.
2. There are special stitches you can work that raise off the surface of the fabric due to their grouped nature, such as the bobble stitch, puff stitch, popcorn stitch and bean stitch.
3. You can also create texture by working several stitches into the same space. The difference between this and the stitches mentioned in tip #2 are that those stitches are grouped together (like the popcorn stitch is several dc sts, but they are finished off by pulling them together at the end). The stitches I’m talking about here are ones like shells (multiple dc in one st that fan out), ripple stitch or chevron stitch, which are unique crochet stitches that add texture.
4. Working across other crochet stitches, such as post double or treble stitches that cross over other stitches, such as the diamond stitch and crochet cables.
5. Inserting the hook into different parts of the stitch. We’ve already seen you can do that with post double crochet, but there are also stitches like the waistcoat stitch where you insert your hook into a different part of the stitch.
6. Working special techniques, such as c2c crochet (corner to corner crochet), where you work the stitches at different angles to each other.
I’ve scoured the corners of the internet for textured crochet stitches new and old. Some of these decorative crochet stitches are brand new to me – and I’ve been crocheting for years! If you know more than a couple textured crochet stitches on this list, then I am seriously impressed. Some of these stitch tutorials are super easy and only use basic stitches like single crochet, the half double crochet stitch, and double crochet stitch.
Some of these stitch tutorials are more challenging. Y’all know that I always like to include a mix of skill levels in my free crochet pattern round ups! So get to scrolling and see all these amazing textured crochet stitches for yourself.
25+ Textured Crochet Stitches You’ve Maybe Never Seen Before
Textured Wave Crochet Stitch
How perfect is this wavy textured crochet stitch for a summer crochet project? It’s a nice sturdy stitch that uses half double crochet and slip stitches worked into the back loops only. It’s not reversible, so use it for something with an obvious inside and outside – like a cute crochet bag!
Yarn: Red Heart Soft Yarn (Worsted Weight #4)
What comes to mind when you think of the picot stitch? For me, it’s always been a good stitch to use for a decorative edging. As it turns out, you can also use picot stitches in the middle of your work, along with single crochet stitches to turn out some awesome texture. Learn the granule stitch with both right and left handed photo tutorials.
Yarn: Bernat Handicrafter Cotton (Worsted Weight #4)
If you are looking for textured crochet stitches that don’t have any large holes, look no further than the lovely raspberry stitch. The stiff and solid fabric is suitable for crochet baskets, bags and more. The stitch tutorial calls for single crochet and front post single crochet stitches. Bonus – it’s reversible!
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Cotton Aran (Aran Weight #4)
Textured crochet stitches that form vertical lines like the bar stitch are perfect for crocheting garments. The vertical lines visually elongate the article of clothing to provide a slimming effect. You can make the bar stitch using single crochet and front post double crochet stitches. It’s not too tricky!
Yarn: WeCrochet Wool of the Andes Superwash (Worsted Weight #4)
If you love learning about new crochet stitches – and especially textured crochet stitches- then I’m sure you’ve heard of this designer before. The beautiful and unique leafhopper stitch is just one of the many many crochet stitches in this collection. You can make it using single crochet, double crochet and cluster stitches.
Yarn: Ewe Ewe Yarns Wooly Worsted Washable (Worsted Weight #4)
Puffs and Shells Textured Stitch
Ok, so you’ve probably seen puff stitches before and you’ve probably seen shell stitches before. But have you ever seen them both together in such an aesthetically pleasing way? You can learn the secrets of this gorgeous coupling by following along with either the written or the video tutorial.
Yarn: Sirdar’s Sublime (Worsted Weight #4)
Fluffy Cotton Candy Stitch
Every kid’s favorite fair food is recreated in fiber form with the fabulous fluffy cotton candy stitch. This is an excellent example of textured crochet stitches that look tricky but really aren’t. All you need to know is how to single crochet, how to double crochet, and how to skip stitches. Trust me, you totally got this!
Here’s one of our reversible textured crochet stitches. Reversible stitches are good choices for things like blankets and scarves. You can crochet the floret stitch using only slip stitches and double crochet stitches. This free crochet stitch tutorial covers all the instructional bases – written, video, and step by step photo tutorial.
Yarn: We Crochet Brava (Worsted Weight #4)
Take the classic crochet v-stitch to the next level with the addition of post stitches. The raised v-stitch is positively bursting with texture. This would be such a great stitch for a crochet washcloth because all that wonderful texture is just perfect for scrubbing. This crochet stitch tutorial calls for double crochet stitches.
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
I know this textured crochet stitch might be one you are familiar with but I couldn’t help but add it because it’s such a fun one! The waffle stitch uses front post double crochet and double crochet stitches.
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
Mountain Ridge Stitch
It’s no secret that working your crochet stitches around the post will give you work that extra “oomph” of texture, but I bet you’ve never seen it done quite like this before. I’m totally digging the diagonal lines here and I’m envisioning a fun spiral skirt or a twisted top. What do you think? This tutorial calls for front and back post treble crochet along with double crochet stitches.
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
Learn how to do this stitch with this easy scarf project:
Hooray for more textured crochet stitches that are ridiculously perfect for crochet washcloths. The berry stitch is so simple and yet so effective. It’s a really attractive looking crochet stitch that delivers tons of texture without eating up too much yarn. All you need to know is how to single crochet and chain stitch!
Yarn: Lily Sugar N Cream (Worsted Weight #4)
As promised, here is one of our textured crochet stitches that’s a little trickier for those folks who like a challenge! This crochet stitch tutorial calls for half double crochet stitches along with front and back post double crochet stitches. You can follow along with the detailed photo tutorial to learn how to crochet this unique stitch!
Yarn: Knit Picks Dishie Cotton (Worsted Weight #4)
Forked Cluster Stitch
What do utensils have to do with crochet? No, not that kind of fork! Think of these forked cluster stitches like forks in the round – each forked cluster stitch is worked across two stitches. This is similar to crocheting stitches together when you decrease your stitch count. It’s really not that hard, so give the written or video tutorials a try.
Yarn: Lion Brand Basic Stitch (Worsted Weight #4)
Single Weave and Link Stitch
Have you ever seen anything like the Single Weave and Link Stitch before. This advanced tutorial is best left to the more experienced crocheters. You can learn from the left and right handed video tutorials or the photo tutorial. You’ll be interested to know that each row starts out as a length of chain stitches that is separate from the work.
Braided Extended Half Double Crochet
Here’s one of our textured crochet stitches that’s a little more subtle. The solid fabric has beautiful drape and would work exceptionally well for crochet clothing. The stitch tutorial calls for half double crochet, extended half double crochet and slip stitches. It looks a bit like knitting don’t you think?
Yarn: Lion Brand Scarfie Yarn (Bulky Weight #5)
I love the texture of the jasmine stitch, it reminds me a bit of the star stitch. You will use puff stitch clusters to create this texture.
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
Cat Eye Stitch
Little windows of lace add detail and interest to an otherwise solid fabric. Working some of your stitches in the back loops only leaves those front loops wild and free to add texture! This crochet stitch tutorial calls for single and double crochet stitches. You’ll be pleased to note that the stitch pattern has a 2 row repeat so it’s pretty easy to commit to memory.
Yarn: (Worsted Weight #4)
Triple Crochet Loop Stitch
Are you wearing 3D goggles or are these textured crochet stitches just bursting out of your screen? The triple crochet loop stitch delivers over the top texture without introducing any complicated concepts. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 with single, double and treble crochet stitches. Both written and video versions of this tutorial are available.
When you leave little chain stitch ledges behind as you crochet along, you can revisit them on subsequent rows. This blended row technique is a great trick for giving your crochet more drape and for transitioning between colors more gradually. You can make this textured crochet stitch using half double and double crochet stitches.
Yarn: Garnstudio DROPS Paris (Aran Weight #4)
Front and Back Loop Single Crochet
Someone asked the question: what would happen if you alternate single crochet stitches in the back loops only with single crochet stitches in the front loops only? I think we can all agree that the resulting subtle texture is a fabulous success. You can’t even recognize the single crochet stitches anymore!
Yarn: Lion Brand 24/7 Cotton (Worsted Weight #4)
Textured Shell Stitch
Dramatic full shell stitches stand out in a crowd when framed with post stitches. This show stopping stitch is nearly solid and reversible without being too stiff. The crochet stitch tutorial calls for picot stitches, double crochet stitches and back post double crochet stitches. Learn how to crochet it by following along with the photo tutorial.
Yarn: Marriner Yarns DK (DK Weight #3)
I can think of so many useful applications for this pretty geometric crochet stitch. I love textured crochet stitches that aren’t too crazy because they can be used for basically anything. This crochet stitch tutorial calls for single and double crochet stitches along with front and abc post single crochet stitches.
Yarn: Rowan SoftYak DK (DK Weight #3)
Boxed Picot Stitch
Hooray for another textured crochet stitch tutorial that uses picot stitches in something other than a decorative edging. Who knew that the picot stitch was so versatile? This crochet stitch is an excellent mix of texture and lace that really looks amazing. You can learn how to crochet it by following along with the video tutorial.
Designer: Hopeful Honey
Double Single Crochet Stitch
There are a few different ways to make puff stitches and the line between puff and bobble stitches can get a bit blurry sometimes. The double single crochet stitch is also known as the mini puff stitch. I like the name double single crochet stitch a bit better though because it makes it easier for me to wrap my brain around the stitchwork here!
Ok, be honest! How many of these textured crochet stitches were new to you? Which ones are you most excited to try? Do you know of any other obscure textured crochet stitches that you have tried and loved? Let me know in the comments below!
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