Are you new to crochet? Are you wanting to learn some fun new but simple stitches? Well, this list of basic, must-learn, easy crochet stitches will definitely help you to jumpstart your crochet journey!
In this tutorial, you will find over 20 of my favorite and unique crochet stitches. This collection of basic and advanced stitches are great tutorials for everyone, from beginners to crochet experts, or even those who just want a refresher. You’ll want to keep this crochet stitch guide handy for the next time you are looking for a stitch to use in your next crochet pattern or crochet project.
With a little dedication and some free time, you’ll have many of these stitches mastered in no time at all!
Where to Start
Our stitch list below is broken down into two different sections: Basic and Advanced.
We highly suggest you work to master the basic ones before moving on to advanced. Each stitch can be learned in about 30 minutes, provided you have all the necessary crochet supplies.
Once you feel like you have at least the Single Crochet, Slip, and Double Crochet stitches learned well enough, the next step would be to try them out on a real crochet project. We’ve chosen a couple easy starter projects from our free pattern archives to help get you on your way.
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- Color Block Crochet Blanket – Uses only the Single Crochet stitch.
- Simple Granite Crochet Throw – Uses only the Single Crochet stitch.
- Simply Sweet Crochet Beanie – Uses only the Single Crochet stitch.
- Classic Granny Square Pattern – Uses the Double Crochet and Slip stitches.
A lot of these basic stitches are also used for seaming techniques. However, not all seaming stitches used in crochet are actually crocheted. For instance, the mattress stitch is a way often used to stitch two crocheted pieces together. However, the mattress stitch is, in fact, a sewing technique.
Moving on to ‘Advanced’
After you have gotten the hang of the six basic crochet stitches, it’s time to move on to the harder ones, which will be highlighted in a section all of its own below.
All the beginning crochet stitches outlined below are perfect for beginners or even someone who would like a little refresher on a particular stitch.
After you review the first crochet stitch tutorials below, you will be ready to take on almost any beginner level project. The type of stitch becomes more complex as you work through the list of crochet stitches in this tutorial. There may even be some stitches that will challenge you.
While there is a good deal of crochet stitch patterns out there, this tutorial highlights some of the best crochet stitches (and some of my favorite crochet stitches too!). From simple crochet stitches to the more complicated ones, this tutorial will help you to gain a solid base of knowledge for a variety of stitches. This guide will help on your crochet journey, expand your knowledge of different crochet techniques and future projects.
The Six Basic Easy Crochet Stitches
Are you new to crochet? Then, use the crochet stitch pictures below as well as links to start your crochet journey. These stitches are simple to learn and will provide a good foundation for your crochet skills as a new crocheter. I hope you enjoy this list of crochet stitches step-by-step and find a new one that you like.
Chain Stitch (ch)
The simple chain stitch is one of the most basic crochet stitches that all beginners need to learn at the start of their crochet journey. This stitch is the starting point or foundation for almost all types of crochet stitches for beginners and for most crochet projects. The number of chains for example in a blanket can determine the length or the height of the blanket (depending on the crochet pattern).
Explained basically, the chain stitch is a simple crochet stitch that consists of connecting loops. This stitch usually forms the foundation chain that you will use to build the rest of your project, as well as the starting chain and turning chain of rows.
Chain Stitch Pattern from Easy Crochet
The easy single crochet stitch (sc abbreviated) is one of the first stitches that you will learn when you are starting to crochet, right after the chain stitch. It is a quick and easy crochet stitch to learn.
You can use this stitch for basic single crochet blankets, single crochet scarves, or “working in the round,” as well as for many other projects. This is a stitch that you will love using while you crochet. It is simple, easy, and can easily be mastered, even at the beginning of your crochet journey.
Beginner Single Crochet Tutorial from Easy Crochet
Slip Stitch (sl st)
The slip stitch in crochet is a stitch that is great to end projects with and to fasten them off, which makes it an essential stitch for almost all projects.
It is commonly referred to as a slip stitch join. This stitch is easy to learn, and it will be very useful in many crochet projects.
Crochet Slip Stitch Tutorial from Easy Crochet
Half Double Crochet (hdc)
The half double crochet stitch is one of my favorites, and it is often used in my projects! It is one of my go-to crochet stitches for blankets and scarves.
Sometimes in crochet patterns, you will see this stitch abbreviated using the letters HDC. So, if you ever wondered what HDC stands for when looking at patterns, now you know!
How to do a Half Double Crochet Stitch from Easy Crochet
The double crochet stitch, abbreviated as dc, is one of the most common crochet stitches. It is approximately double the size of a single crochet stitch and is a fast crochet stitch to use.
This particular stitch creates a soft feel to any project because the double crochet stitch is not as tight as a single crochet stitch. It is excellent for crocheted sweaters, hats, and blankets, like a v-stitch blanket.
DC Stitch Tutorial from Easy Crochet
The triple crochet stitch (aka the treble crochet stitch) is a great stitch that brings height to any project. If you were looking to crochet with taller stitches, then this is the one to try! Plus, it is easy to crochet!
As a bonus, this stitch can be used in different ways with other stitches to create a spectacular texture.
Triple Crochet Tutorial from Easy Crochet
More Advanced Crochet Stitches
The easy crochet patterns below use combinations of basic stitches to create a unique crochet stitch or combination stitch. Move on to these more complex stitches once you have the beginner crochet above stitches mastered.
This unique crochet stitch uses double crochet stitches in a ripple pattern to create a beautiful design. Take a look at the Henley blanket pattern that uses this stitch combo to make one-of-a-kind baby blanket.
Use this stitch for a blanket like the rippling trellis that uses worsted weight yarn.
Ripple Granny Stitch from Easy Crochet
The blanket stitch is crocheted using two beginner stitches. This pretty crochet stitch is one you will want to learn since it is simple to get the hang of.
This combination creates a texture that is one of the simplest but fanciest crochet stitches you can create.
How to Crochet a Blanket Stitch from Easy Crochet
The iris stitch is a combination of clustered double crochet stitches. This is a gorgeous decorative crochet stitch and looks wonderful stitched into a lot of different crochet projects.
You can use this lacy crochet stitch for blankets, scarves, or even a border to add character to your project.
Iris Stitch Tutorial from The Unraveled Mitten
The mini bean stitch or aka the Elizabeth stitch is a fun stitch to learn since it’s easy! Plus, the texture it makes will have you wanting to crochet this stitch over and over.
You can use this stitch for blankets, scarves, or even a border to add texture to your pattern.
Elizabeth Stitch Tutorial from Heart Hook Home
The griddle stitch is a great combination stitch for beginners to start with because it uses the single and double crochet stitches.
If you are looking to create or add some texture into your next crochet project, then this is the perfect stitch.
Griddle Stitch tutorial from Easy Crochet
The waffle stitch is a fantastic stitch technique to use to get texture in scarves, blankets, and washcloths. Use our photo tutorial below to learn how to make the crochet waffle stitch and start applying it to all types of different crochet projects like a waffle stitch blanket.
Waffle Stitch tutorial from Easy Crochet
The fun to crochet crocodile stitch made up of double crochet stitches. This is a gorgeous decorative crochet stitch and looks wonderful stitched into a lot of different crochet patterns.
You can use this stitch for blankets, scarves, dragon crochet patterns plus more. My favorite way to use the crocodile stitch is in purses and bags. It gives projects texture and is a unique looking crochet stitch that will catch an eye.
Crocodile Stitch Tutorial from B Hooked Crochet
In this easy stitch tutorial, you will learn to create a cluster stitch which is in my opinion a beautiful crochet stitch to use in blankets.
This cool crochet stitch creates a lovely pattern that is extra cozy for afghans, blankets and scarves. There is a free video tutorial available for both left and right-handed stitching.
Cluster Stitch tutorial from Bella Coco Crochet
The popcorn stitch is similar to the bobble stitch, except that it uses more yarn. This is a fun crochet stitch design to learn and can be used in a variety of crochet patterns.
Take a look at our tutorial with step-by-step instructions to learn more about this textured stitch and start working it up today!
Popcorn Stitch Tutorial from Easy Crochet
The spider stitch is made up of single crochet and chain stitches. That’s it! This is a stitch creates a beautiful crochet pattern and it is so easy to do too!
This tightly woven crochet stitch looks great in washcloths, dishcloths, and hand towels!
Spider Stitch tutorial from Mama in a Stitch
Use this bobble tutorial and video lesson to learn how to crochet a cool crochet stitch pattern. You can use the bobble in a variety of fun crochet patterns like pillows, blankets and scarves.
You’ll be able to create texture and add a little flare to any crochet pattern using this stitch.
Bobble Stitch Lesson from Easy Crochet
The herringbone half double crochet is an easy variation of the half double crochet that gives texture to any project!
The abbreviation for this stitch is HHDC. This stitch can be used to create a blanket, like the fall HDDC blanket pattern here on the blog.
HHDC stitch tutorial from Easy Crochet
If you can single crochet and chain, then you can make this easy stitch combination. It’s a great stitch to use in blankets and scarves!
The Jane Throw Blanket uses this stitch. This example shows this stitch worked up in a super bulky yarn.
Sand Stitch Tutorial from Easy Crochet
The blueberry stitch uses double crochets and bobbles to create a beautiful stitch. This combo makes for an open crochet stitch project, which is great for summer crochet patterns since it would be light and airy.
You can use this stitch for crochet tops too since it creates a wonderful drape!
Blueberry Stitch Tutorial from Desert Blossom Crafts
This spike stitch tutorial uses only single crochets to create a unique and different stitch. This fun stitch can be used for a variety of crochet projects like blankets, scarves and more!
The only complicated part of this stitch are the color changes, which are really not that difficult. With practice, you will be doing this stitch and the color changes with ease.
Crochet Spike Stitch Tutorial from Easy Crochet
This stitch, which is sometimes referred to as the roll stitch, is unique and creates an unusual crochet pattern that is fun to look at. Plus, it looks wonderful in almost any pattern!
You can use the roll or bullion stitch to add variety to any pattern and make it stand out! Have a look at the stitch tutorial below.
Bullion Stitch Tutorial from Easy Crochet
This crochet shell stitch is achieved by working a row of 2-5 double crochet “shells” over a row of chain stitches. This creates an overall fabric with little shell-like textures in it.
You can use this easy stitch pattern in blankets, scarves, or even a dishcloth for a fun and unique design.
Shell Stitch tutorial from Easy Crochet
The crochet stitch creates what looks like little v’s all throughout the work. The double v stitch is an easy stitch to learn because it’s just double crochet stitches arranged in a particular order and placement.
This beautiful stitch design looks great when worked up in a blanket or scarf.
V Double Crochet tutorial by Dream a Little Bigger
The Granule Stitch is a pattern of alternating Picot Single Crochets (psc) and regular single crochets (sc). If you are unfamilar with the Picot stitch, you can learn that one in this tutorial as well!
This stitch combination would make a great washcloth or dishcloth because of the little bumps it creates.
Granule Stitch by Moogly
Crochet Stitch Tutorial Videos
These crochet stitch tutorial videos can be used for extra visual help, so you can learn at your own pace.
Bobble Stitch Video
Single Crochet Stitch Video Lesson
Chain Stitch Video Lesson
I hope you enjoyed this list of all the different crochet stitches and crochet stitch patterns! Take a look at even more free crochet stitch pattern video tutorials on the Easy Crochet YouTube Channel.
Common Crochet Questions
How Do I Start to Crochet?
You can learn how to crochet with a Beginner Crochet Guide, Crochet Stitch Videos, and learning basic stitches like the chain stitch, single crochet stitch and half double crochet.
What are Some Crochet Tips for Beginners?
- Learn about what crochet is before starting your crochet journey.
- Purchase a crochet hook such as a 5.5 mm or 6 mm plus yarn.(crochet hook sizes vary, so pick one that corresponds with the yarn you purchased)
- Start with a medium weight yarn like Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice or Red Heart Soft. Thinner yarn can be harder to work with as a new crocheter.
- Learn basic stitches at first, then work your way up to new patterns like a beginner washcloth or beginner scarf that you’d enjoy.
- Learn about and check your gauge so that your projects turn out the size that is expected.
- Keep practicing, even if you are unsuccessful at first. Don’t expect perfection.
More Crochet Stitches To Learn
Here are some other unique and different crochet stitches. Some are more complex than others, but you can have fun learning them all!
- Whip Stitch Crochet Seaming Technique
- How to Half Double Crochet Slip Stitch
- How to Single Crochet Increase (sc inc)
- How to Make a Seam with the Mattress Stitch
- How to Single Crochet Two Together (SC2tog)
- How to Crochet a Cable Stitch
- How To Crochet The Moss Stitch – A Step-by-Step Guide!
- How to Crochet a Granny Stitch in Rows
- How to Make a Crochet Rib Stitch (Photo Tutorial)
- How to Crochet the Shell Stitch (Step-by-Step Instructions)
- How to Crochet the Waffle Stitch
- How to Corner-to-Corner Crochet (C2C) for Beginners
- How to Crochet Back Loop Only (BLO) Single Crochet
Crochet Blanket Patterns
Here are some Crochet Blanket patterns if you’d like to try your hand at making some crochet blankets and crochet baby blankets with the stitches you’ve just learned:
- Easy Crochet Afghan Pattern (8 Sizes)
- Mountain Pine Crochet Tree Blanket
- American Flag Crochet Patterns for Blankets
- Free C2C Crochet Graphgan Patterns
- Free Christmas Crochet Blanket Patterns
- Textured Crochet Afghan Pattern (+7 Sizes!)
- Modern Square Crochet Blanket Pattern
- Crochet Ghost Halloween C2C Blanket Pattern
- Bobble Crochet Baby Blanket (+7 Bonus Sizes)
- Textured Puff Stitch Crochet Blanket Pattern
- Corner to Corner Heart Blanket Pattern
- Warm Up America Crochet Rectangle #2
Wow! That was a lot of easy crochet stitches to learn!
Now that you’ve had a chance to review this complete list of all the beginner to advanced crochet stitches, you will be ready to tackle any of our free crochet patterns! I also wanted to mention that you will see many of these stitches in my projects and patterns.
I’d also love for you to join the private Easy Crochet Club Facebook Group, which is hosted by me. It is super fun and full of encouraging fiber artists!