Crochet Stitches -- Crochet Stitch Instructions
By Amy Solovay, About.com Guide
Find crochet stitch instructions. Learn a variety of different crochet stitches and techniques with these free videos and photo tutorials.
Think of this resource as a virtual stitch dictionary -- only it's free!
- Crochet Stitch Photo Galleries
- Basic Crochet Stitches
- Cluster Stitches
- Lace and Openwork Stitches
- Post Stitches
- Shell Stitches
- Spike Stitches
- Tunisian Crochet Stitches and Techniques
- V Stitches
- More Crochet Stitches and Techniques
- Fringes, Trims and Edgings
- Skills You'll Need for Crocheting Different Stitch Patterns
Crochet Stitch Photo Galleries
We invite you to browse through our crochet stitch photo galleries; it's the easiest way to find interesting and inspiring crochet stitches to learn.
Basic Crochet Stitches
Basic crochet stitches are the building blocks you'll use to create any crochet project. These are the first stitches you need to learn when you get started with crochet.
- Learn the Basic Crochet Stitches
- Chain Stitch Video
- Chain Stitch How-To Tutorial With Photos
- Single Crochet Video
- Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial
- Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch
- Striped Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch
- Single Crochet Stitch Variations
- Double Crochet Video
- Double Crochet How-To Tutorial With Photos
- Double Crochet Stitch Variations
- Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial
- Treble Crochet Stitch Video
- Double Treble Crochet Stitch
- Triple Treble / Treble Treble
- Slip Stitch
- Surface Crochet Slip Stitches
- Half Double Crochet Stitch
Cluster stitches are appealing because they are interesting to crochet, they are beautifully textured, and they look intriguing.
In a nutshell, cluster stitches are created by working multiple unfinished stitches, and then joining them all at the top in the last step. You'll want to visit the pages linked below to see more detailed instructions for each variation of the cluster stitch. These instructions include illustrations, so you will be able to see what each type of cluster stitch looks like.
- How to Make a Crocheted Cluster Over Skipped Stitches
- 3 tr Cluster
- Cluster Stitch Edging
- Spiked Cluster Stitch, Also Called Star Stitch or Marguerite Stitch
Lace and Openwork Stitches
These crochet stitches have one thing in common; they all incorporate open areas for a lacy or openwork effect.
- Solomon's Knot Stitch (Also Called Lover's Knot Stitch)
- Star Filet Stitch
- Filet Crochet Lacet (Also Called Fancy Mesh)
Learn about post stitches with the information featured here.
- Front and Back Post Stitches
- How to Single Crochet Around the Post of a Double Crochet Stitch
- Four-Stitch Cable (With Practice Project)
Like the name suggests, shell stitches tend to be shaped somewhat like bivalve seashells. It's easy to create a shell stitch; just work more than one stitch (including but not limited to any of the following: half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, or double treble crochet) into the same stitch.
There are many possible shell stitch variations, some of which are linked below.
- Treble Shell Stitch
- Half Double Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
- Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
Spike stitches are elongated crochet stitches that are useful for adding interesting vertical elements into your work. You can also use them to create interesting color and texture patterns.
- Spike Stitch -- Main Directory of Stitch Patterns & Projects Using Spike Stitch
- How to Do a Spike Stitch, AKA Long Single Crochet Stitch
- Staggered Spike Stitch Stripes
Tunisian Crochet Stitches and Techniques
Tunisian crochet is a needlework technique that borrows elements from both knitting and crochet, creating sort of a fusion of the two techniques. To work Tunisian crochet, you'll use a hook that is longer than a traditional crochet hook.
Tunisian crochet is a popular technique; it's easy to do, and the finished fabric is attractive and appealing.
These stitches all feature some form of the "V." A typical V stitch might be a double crochet, then one or more chain stitches, then another double crochet stitch, all worked into the same stitch or space. There are other variations too; check out the stitches linked below to see some of the possibilities.
- Crochet V Stitch -- Roundup of Tutorials, Photos and Free Patterns
- How to Crochet the V Stitch -- Free Tutorial
- Basic V Stitch -- Large Close-Up Detail Photo
- V Stitch Video - Stitch Pattern With Alternating Vs and Double Crochet Stitches
- Lacy Interrupted V Stitch
- V Stitch in Brick Repeat
More Crochet Stitches and Techniques
Find even more miscellaneous crochet stitches linked below.
- Crochet Moss Stitch, Also Known As Granite Stitch
- Single Crochet Mesh Stitch
- Thick and Thin Front Loop Single Crochet Stitch
Fringes, Trims and Edgings
Finish off your crochet projects with any of these fringes, trims and edgings.
- Crochet Edging Patterns -- Main Directory
- How to Crochet Borders for Blankets
- How to Make Fringe
- Easy Crochet Afghan Edging Pattern
- Lacy Vs and Picots Edging
- Vertical Edging Patterns
- Openwork Crocheted Edging
- Checkered Crochet Afghan Edging
Skills You'll Need for Crocheting Different Stitch Patterns
We like to simplify things for you as much as possible. With that in mind, we've posted some how-tos for a variety of different skills you'll need when you work some of the different stitches included on this page and in other crochet stitch dictionaries and pattern books.