Crochet Stitches & Crochet Stitch Patterns
By: Julia Wiatr, Editor, AllFreeCrochetAfghanPatterns.com
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If you're looking for free patterns that contain a particular crochet stitch, then you've found a great directory! Crochet Stitches and Crochet Stitch Patterns has crochet blanket patterns made with the shell stitch, the cable stitch, the picot stitch, and even the cluster stitches (cluster, bobble and popcorn)! There are also gorgeous blankets featuring the plush and thick half double crochet stitch, the delightfully simple v-stitch, and the gorgeous basketweave technique.
You can pick and choose a particular crochet stitch to focus on, or you mix and match crochet stitches and work up your own sampler crochet blanket, a project type that calls for certain sections worked up in various different stitches. If you don't know how to crochet some of these different crochet stitches, we have tutorials for all of them as well!
Out of all the crochet stitches, there's no question about the shell stitch's beauty. Any crochet blanket worked in the shell stitch is simply gorgeous. Whether you use a bunch of different colored yarn or one color, your pattern will look intricate even though the shell stitch is easy compared to a lot of crochet stitches. We absolutely love the effect of this stitch, so check out some crochet patterns that use it!
If you're looking for a fun way to add some texture and added dimension to your crochet blanket pattern, add in a few crochet cluster stitches! There are four types of cluster stitches, each very similar to the others so don't worry if it's confusing to keep them straight at first. Within the cluster stitch family, you have the crochet popcorn stitch, the bobble stitch, the crochet puff stitch and the original cluster stitch. If that sounds too confusing, just give these crochet patterns a try - you'll find that making them is super easy, no matter the name!
The cable stitch is an underrated stitch by far. It may be simple but it has a classic feel that we love. We associate the cable stitch with big warm crochet blanket patterns that we can curl up in during the winter. Compared to other crochet stitches, the cable stitch has a great character without being too edgy and bold. You can create all kinds of crochet magic with this stitch.
Boy, do we really adore the picot stitch! It's a tad whimsical and has a vintage feel. Your blanket will look like a masterpiece if you use the picot stitch among other crochet stitches. We hesitate to call it lacy, but why not? The picot stitch creates a lace like design that you just can't help admiring and touching. This crochet stitch looks great in any color, and is even a great option for a finishing border!
The crochet basketweave stitch technique creates a finished product that looks just like a woven basket and is another one of those stitch patterns that looks far more complex than it actually is. The trick to this stitch is where you insert your hook as you work your double crochet stitches - you alternate between working around the front post and the back post. It's that easy! These crochet blanket patterns all use the basketweave stitch, and whether you work with worsted weight yarn or bulkier yarn, you'll love how soft and plush your end result is.
The half double crochet stitch is another favorite of ours because it's so easy but it creates such a plush stitch and feels so warm! The half double crochet stitch is just a variation on the standard double crochet stitch. It's worked in much the same way, but the difference is in the very last step with how many loops you pull your worked yarn through (spoiler alert, it's all 3 instead of through 2 and then through 2). The end result is a chunky little stitch that's taller than your single crochet stitch but just a bit shorter than your double crochet one. Give it a try!
Ah, the crochet v-stitch technique. This is another super easy crochet stitch that's another variation of the standard double crochet stitch. The trick to the crochet v-stitch is where you work your stitches (you work two double crochet stitches in one chain space) and how many chain you make between those two double crochet stitches (usually just one). The end result is double crochet stitches that are arranged in a little v-shaped pattern all down your rows. So cute!
The crocodile crochet stitch is a fantastic stitch pattern for making accent rows or if you ever want to make anything that looks scaly. With the crocodile stitch, you create little flaps that become layered on top of each other as you work, creating a cascading effect. This stitch is admittedly a little tricky to grasp, but if you follow the link, we have multiple video tutorials to help you through it!
The wheel stitch, also know as the Catherine Wheel stitch, is a fascinating stitch that creates little swirls throughout your worked rows. Like with many crochet stitches, the basic stitches used in the creation of this stitch pattern are easy to make - it's just the placement of your hook as you work these stitches that matters. If you'd like to try your hand at the gorgeous wheel crochet stitch, and we wouldn't blame you if you did, check out our collection page that features video tutorials to help you out!
The Tunisian stitch, also known as the afghan stitch, is an easy-to-grasp crochet technique that uses it's own special crochet hook to produce an end result that's a delightful hybrid of crochet and knitting. Using your afghan crochet hook, an extra long crochet hook with a stopped at the end, like with a knitting needle, you work down an entire crochet row, keeping all of your stitches open and on your hook. If that just adds to your confusion, be sure to check out our Tunisian crochet collection for more tutorials and so many fun patterns.
The crochet ripple stitch, a hybrid of the double crochet stitch and the v-stitch technique, creates a subtle wave in your work. Use a solid color to allow the stitch to shine, or use multiple colors to create your own chevron crochet pattern. With the ripple crochet stitch, it's so easy to add visual interest to your work.
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