Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or just beginning to build your crochet skillset, there are 5 types of stitches you should know. Knowing how to work these 5 stitches and what qualities they add to a crochet project will allow you to alter patterns and make them fit, drape, and look exactly as you like them. If you learn these 5 crochet stitches, your possibilities are endless! Which of these is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
1. Linen Stitch
The linen stitch is a versatile stitch that alternates single crochet and chain stitches. A common critique of crocheted fabric is that it is too dense or doesn’t drape nicely. Linen stitch allows you to essentially cover the same amount of surface area while working fewer stitches and using less yarn because there are more chain stitches. Want to learn how it’s done? Be sure to read up on all the reasons we love the crochet linen stitch and how to work it, then practice the stitch in the Balsam Pullover from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019.
2. Post Stitches
What is a crochet post stitch? It’s when you work a stitch (double, treble, double treble, etc.) around the post—rather than into the top—of the stitch in the previous row. This makes the stitch pop to the front (front post stitch) or recede to the back (back post stitch). Crochet post stitches allow you to do so many cool things in crochet. Post stitches are the foundation for creating crochet cables, you can combine front and back post stitches to create the basketweave pattern, they are a great tool for creating interesting color and texture, and you can even combine them with corner-to-corner crochet! The possibilities are endless! Practice your post stitches with the Low-Key Afghan from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018.
3. Decrease Stitches
An increase stitch is pretty intuitive in crochet (work 2 stitches into the same space), but decrease stitches can be a bit trickier. A good decrease stitch allows for essential shaping in lace patterns and in garments. Some decrease stitches are specific and spelled out in the special stitches section of a pattern. If special instructions are not given within the pattern, you might see a decrease stitch listed as single crochet 2 together (sc2tog), double crochet 2 together (dc2tog), all the way up to treble crochet 6 together (tr6tog). Follow the simple formula of working to the final yarn over for each stitch you are working together, then yarn over and pull through all the loops on your hook. Practice your decrease stitches with projects like the Mondaine Shawl from Interweave Crochet Fall 2018.
4. Foundation Stitches
Foundation stitches are an advanced crocheter’s best-kept secret. Foundation stitches are a way of skipping the starting chain in your crochet project. There are many different kinds of foundation stitches: you can work a foundation single crochet (fsc), foundation half double crochet (fhdc), foundation double crochet (fdc), and so on. A foundation stitch is stretchier than a starting chain, and it is easier if you have to work in the other side of the stitch later on. Learn all about how to work a foundation stitch and practice by making the Cardinal Wrap from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019.
5. Linked Stitches
Linked stitches are another secret for advanced crocheters. A linked stitch is a way of connecting taller stitches to one another so they don’t separate and become see-through. They have all the benefits of taller stitches (they work up so fast), without the drawbacks (they create holes in your fabric that you can see through). This type of stitch is especially beneficial around the bust or the hips of crochet garments. Learn how to work a linked double crochet and then practice by making the Pampered Pajamas from Interweave Crochet Winter 2018.
Which of these crochet stitches do you consider your most useful crochet tool? Let us know in the comments below.
Featured Image: Cardinal Wrap from Interweave Crochet Winter 2019 CREDIT:Harper Point Photography