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29 Basic Crochet Stitches


Updated April 25, 2016
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Basic Crochet StitchesThere's always something new to learn in crochet! If you've been wondering how to do a certain stitch, then you've come to the right place. You'll be able to expand your skills and learn a new crochet stitch with our collection of 29 Basic Crochet Stitches. These tutorials by Emilda Harrington will teach you everything you need to know about crochet. Each crochet stitch tutorial has helpful photos and step-by-step instructions to ensure you don't miss a stitch. Each one of these crochet stitch tutorials can also be found in our amazing eBook, Your Guide to Free Crochet Patterns. Once you've mastered any one of these new crochet stitch tutorials, find a new crochet pattern to make and put your skills to the test!


8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Free Crochet Patterns


With this popular free book 8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Free Crochet Patterns, you can learn to crochet in new and exciting ways, simply by switching up your stitch.





Picot StitchPopcorn Stitch

29 Basic Crochet Stitches

Basic Crochet Stitches
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Crochet Stitch Videos

Basic Crochet Stitches


Learn the Chinese Puzzle Stitch

Our free eBook, 8 Different Crochet Stitches: Learn to Crochet Something New with Free Crochet Patterns, is a great resource for the beginner crocheter that's looking to expand their skills. Inside, you'll find a handful of crochet stitch tutorials to learn. Once you've mastered the basic single and double crochet stitches, the fun has only just begun! There are so many wonderful and interesting crochet stitches that will enable you to make the coolest patterns. Learning a new stitch in crochet is always such a fun experience. Crafting and crochet are both constant on-going processes; there's always something new to learn! Pick up your hook and get to work on any one of these crochet stitches today. If you're unsure of what hook size to use or if you're wondering what you can make with a certain hook size then you might be interested in What Can I Make with "G" and "H" Hook Sizes?

  1. Crocheting a Picot Stitch
  2. Crocheting the Seed Stitch
  3. How to Crochet in the Round
  4. How to Crochet a Basketweave Stitch
  5. How to Crochet a Cable Stitch
  6. How to Crochet a Checkerboard Stitch
  7. How to Crochet a Crazy Shell Stitch
  8. How to Crochet a Popcorn Stitch
  9. How to Crochet a Treble Stitch
  10. How to Crochet the Magic Circle
  11. Reverse Single Crochet Stitch- Crab Stitch
  12. Tunisian Crochet Stitch
  13. Chinese Puzzle Stitch

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Lacy Shell Popcorn Stitch Pattern

Once you can handle the more simple crochet stitches from above, check out this next batch of crochet stitch tutorials. These step by step tutorials show you how to work up some more complex stitches and patterns to produce some simply stunning designs. 

  1. How to Cross Double Crochet Stitches
  2. Pretty Pebble Stitch
  3. Learn How to Wattle Stitch
  4. Trendy Trinity Stitch
  5. Corner to Corner Shell Stitch
  6. Bumpy Textured Granule Stitch
  7. Four Point Star StitchCrochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial
  8. Crochet Tread Stitch
  9. Third Dimension Crochet Stitch
  10. Lacy Shell Popcorn Stitch Pattern - Pictured at right
  11. Learn to Crochet the Ripple Stitch - NEW
  12. Larksfoot Crochet Stitch - NEW
  13. How to Single Weave and Link Stitch - NEW
  14. Open Fan Stitch - NEW
  15. Catherine Wheel Stitch Tutorial - NEW
  16. Crochet Crocodile Stitch Tutorial - NEW


Bonus! Crochet Edgings!

After using all of the above crochet stitches in your work, finish off your pattern with some fun and gorgeous crochet edgings! These crochet edgings range from simple and standard to lacier and more complex, and all are a great way to add that final finishing touch to your work. 




Your Guide to Free Crochet Patterns

Now that you've gotten a sneak peak of the crochet stitch tutorials inside Your Guide to Free Crochet Patterns, download this free eBook today to discover the free crochet patterns that are included. You'll find crochet afghan patterns, shawl and poncho patterns, and even adorable amigurumi patterns. See how many you can do now that you've learned some new crochet skills!



Crochet Stitch Videos

You might also like these videos on how to crochet a front post double crochet stitch and how to crochet the Tunisian stitch:



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This is one of the best books I have ever found showing basic stitches and to think it's also free. I have been crocheting a very long time but I still find stitches that I have not tried or ones that I could use a refresher course on. Thank you for offering it and for making it free.

Recently I was making a hat pattern that called to "sl st previous row school"....I've never heard of this. Any help?

How do I get to this tutorial?

I love the patterns and all the new to me stitches!

Does this tutorial have instructions for LEFT-HANDERS?

As someone who's new to crochet, this page is so helpful! I find myself coming back to it again and again!

very clear instructions

need toknow how to do a bubble stitch

How do I do a HDC aka...half double crochet ???? wouldnt this be the same as a single crochet ?........also...the pattern I am working on calls for a half double crochet decrease would I do that stitch , also ? Thanks in advance for all your help.

How do you break yarn and seamless join?

how do you do the hdc2tog and the sc2tog stitches

This is the half double crochet, and unfortunately we do not have the hdc2tog, but hopefully this will help a bit == chet-a-Half-Double-Crochet-Stitch

need to know some basic stitches for afghans

How do you make a dcfp stich?? Barb

This stitch is a bit tricky and unfortunately we do not have a tutorial on the site, but if you Google it something should easily come up. Thanks - AllFreeCrochet Editors

We've also included a video above that might help.

I have just viewed two separate instructions on crocheting in the foundation chain -- one shows the needle going under one loop and the second one through two. I have always used the "one loop" method (self taught), but my needlework How To book shows going under two loops, which I find very difficult to do. Which is correct -- or better?

Both methods can be correct. Which one is used will depend on the look that you want your pattern to have. Going through 1 loop will leave a ridge, while going through 2 loops will make the pattern smoother.

im working on a booty pattern and can not figure this part out (you ch1 skip first st.and next still will be 2sc together)??

Does anyone know what "2trcl" means? Thanks.

2 treble clusters ??

What is the Abbreviation hdc mean?

hdc means half double crochet

Could you have this same 13 stitches for left-handers please? Thanks

I'm lefthanded and never have any problem following. You just follow the directions, and don't look at the pictures.

I am trying to make boot cuffs for my daughter and ne thing I always have trouble with is connecting the chain into a circle with a slip stitch and NOT getting the chain twisted. Does anyone have any suggestions?

You could try pinning part of the cuff down until you get to the sl st to see if that helps keep it from twisting. Or, instead of crocheting in the round, you could crochet the boot cuff flat and do a seam to put the two ends together. I hope that helps!

How do you make a backward single crochet for finishing edges?

check out this youtube video i found for you, she shows you how to do the stitch

it's so sad i'm still so lost and have no idea what i'm doing all i know is to make a chain and then how to make a simple slip stitch and rechain back and forth. this does not help a complete beginner someone please tell me a site that will help me.

Try this; Hope this helps you :)

there are many great video tutorials on just search for the stitches like "crochet single crochet"

Hi, I am doing a crochet shawl by Bernat from the 16 free crochet shawl e book. I am just a beginner and I am stuck on the 2nd row which as follows : 2nd row: Ch 4. Miss first ch-1 sp. 1 dc in next dc. (Ch 1. Miss next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in next dc) twice. *(Yoh and draw up a loop. Yoh and draw through 2 loops on hook) 3 times in next ch-1 sp. Yoh and draw through all 4 loops on hook cluster made. 1 dc in next dc. (Ch 1. Miss next ch-1 sp. 1 dc in next dc) 3 times. Rep from * to end of row Can someone please guide me how I do this please? Thanks much for your help. Regards julie

ch 4, miss next chain space, 1 double crochet in next double crochet, ch 1, miss next chain 1 space, 1 dc in next dc, ch 1, miss next chain 1 space, 1 dc in next dc, - yarn over hook like your double crochet, draw loop up from next st like as if you are still making a double crochet, yo and draw through two loops on hook, again like doing your double crochet. but stop there! ..... start a "new" dc type stitch by yarn over , draw up loop, yarn over, draw through two loops, there should now be 3 loops on your hook, repeat this once more with - yarn over, pull up loop (AGAIN like just making a dc), yarn over ad draw through two loops. you will now have 4 loops on your hook. you now yarn over and draw through all four loops and tada!!! CLUSTER STITCH!!!- then continue..... dc in next dc. ch 1, sk next ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next ch 1, dc in next dc, ch 1, sk next ch 1, dc in next dc, then you rep from the * i hope that helps, if not maybe try searching for cluster stitch on youtube

How do you do a half dc decrease? Did my own cersion but I know it is not correct.

Make a half dc into the first stitch but stop short of pulling the yarn through the three loops to finish the stitch off, then ignoring these three for the moment, make another half dc into the next stitch and when you come to pull the yarn through the final three loops, pull it through ALL loops on the hook. Hope this helps with your project.

I am making a circle afghan, and there is a stitch that is driving me crazy, its the front post triple cr I know how to do that but its telling me to fptr around fptr 2 rows below. I'm confuss, can you please help me, if not can you tell me where to get help from. Thank you

you actually want to make the front post treble on the row indicated rather then the last row completed for example say you are on your third row, ytou will not work the fptr on row two but rather on row 1 this usually stretches a fptr over smaller stitches such as single crochets

not what I am looking for


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