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Which Crochet Stitch is the Fastest?

By: Julia Wiatr, Editor, AllFreeCrochet.com
Which Crochet Stitch is the Fastest

With so many crochet stitches out there, which crochet stitch is truly the fastest to work? Is there a definitive winner, or does it all depend on skill and experience? The answer to that is a little more complex - we at AllFreeCrochet posed this question on our Facebook page, and thanks to our dedicated community, we have some answers!

There was a variety of answers: many people agreed that whatever stitch you were currently using for a project was your fastest stitch since you get used to working it over and over. Some of our readers said that the fastest stitches were the taller ones (like the double crochet and treble crochet stitches) since one row of those equaled two or three rows of single crochet, allowing you to finish your project quicker. There were even some who argued that the fastest stitch was the ones that required fewer yarn overs.  

Which crochet stitch is the fastest? 

Popular Crochet Stitches

The Fastest Crochet Stitch is... the Double Crochet Stitch

Based on the numbers, the consensus is that the double crochet stitch is the fastest to work up. Based on the number of yarn overs and loops to pull, this stitch is a favorite for many! It's fast, it's easy and once you get going, this stitch has a nice, easy rhythm. Here's what else our Facebook commenters had to say about this stitch:

Marti Woodard Hinkley: "Double crochet, in all types of yarn & thickness, this stitch retains an even consistent tension no matter how fast I stitch."

Lori Brown: "For me, it's the double. I do that one without having to think about what I'm doing. Maybe that's because I've made several dc afghans!"

Lisa Baker "I feel like double crochet is the fastest & most versatile. You can combine it in so many ways to do so many combinations & for blankets have such a soft & flexible pattern... Granny squares, Shells of all varieties, corner to corner & even cables."

Double Crochet Stitch

The Half Double Crochet Stitch

A close second was the half double crochet stitch. This stitch is worked almost exactly like the double crochet stitch but minus an extra yarnover and pull through. Plus, it's still taller than a single crochet stitch, making your rows work up faster as you go. Because it's a little shorter than the double stitch, your stitches end up being a little more compact, which can give your finished project an overall snugger and tighter appearance.

Cindy El: "I think the half double crochet it the fastest, it's also my favorite stitch. Sometimes I use it in a C2C instead of the double crochet. It changes the texture a bit and makes it tighter with smaller holes. My favorite stitch with my favorite pattern :)"

Linda Poff Vickery: "Double crochet is probably the fastest but the half double crochet is great too. It's a tighter stitch and looks beautiful when using variegated yarns."

Half Double Crochet Stitch

Other Fast Stitches

Don't count out practice and skill when trying to figure out what YOUR fastest stitch is! Many of our readers agree that the more you work on a stitch, the faster you are with it. For some people this means they can breeze through double crochet stitches like nobody's business, which others can work shell stitches all day long. 

Melisa Bell: "I think that whatever stitch you do the most becomes your fastest stitch because of the repetition. For me it is the double crochet stitch. Single crochet should be faster, but I automatically yarn over, then remember I am not supposed to yarn over for single, then I have to start over."

Dianne Davis Falco: "I like the double crochet for the fastest but then once you learn all the stitches and become comfortable they all roll right along."

Faith Stephens: "Whichever crochet stitch I practice the most often. Single crochet is the simplest so that stands to reason. But a double half double or triple are all fast going."

Which crochet stitch is your fastest?

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I agree that double crochet is probably the fastest! However, I think half double crochet is pretty fast too, and since I like how the stitch looks a little bit better, I think it is my favorite stitch.

I have just started with interweave. I would like to learn more. It gives the similar look and speed of double crochet. I have been experimenting with steel hook and thread yarn I use to make snowflake ornaments.

I am always interested in articles like this because I like to compare what others opinions are compared to mine. I see that based on the numbers that everyone says that the double crochet is the fastest. By fastest, do you mean the stitch you can make the quickest or the stitch that allows you to finish a project quicker because it is actually bigger? Either way, I vote the single crochet.

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