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Types of Crochet Stitches and When to Use Them

Types of Crochet Stitches and When to Use Them

Building a solid foundation of knowledge when learning to crochet is important. It's easy to get tangled up when learning something new. Hopefully, this brief explanation about types of stitches you can use will make things easier to understand.

Slip Knots and Simple Chain Stitches

The function of a slip knot is exactly what you’d think. It is a knot that unties or ‘slips’ when you pull on it. These knots are typically created at the beginning of a project and they allow you to adjust the size of them as you begin. 

The slip knot transitions into the chain stitch. The chain stitch is essential to know, as it is a fundamental step when crocheting. The chain stitch can be used as the beginning of your project and you can also incorporate them anywhere in your work. An easy to understand example of chain stitches is the ones you may see on jeans- they are what you recognize as the yellowish thread. Used to hold everything together, chain stitches are one of the most important stitches to know how to do.

Double Crochet Stitch

The double crochet stitch is bigger than the chain stitch. It can be used when you want to create squares and unique patterns, even though it is a relatively simple stitch. It is formed by wrapping yarn from the front to the back before you put the hook in the stitch. This stitch uses more yarn than a chain stitch, but also covers more surface area.

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Half Double Crochet Stitch

This stitch is created the same way as the double crochet stitch, but is just a bit shorter. They are another simple option to use as you begin your crocheting journey. These can create interesting textures in whatever you are crocheting. So, whenever you are looking to add a funky feel to your project, add some half double stitches!

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Waistcoat Stitch

Looking to crochet something super durable? The waistcoat stitch is perfect to use when making heavy duty bags or anything that’s going to get a lot of wear out of it. This stitch isn’t hard to make either; it is made using a single crochet stitch. The only difference is how you insert your hook to pull the loop up.

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Treble Stitch

Now you need a stitch that can be done in a hurry. The treble stitch is fast and still looks great. The openings between the stitches are larger, which can give your project its only unique look. It is beginner safe and of course, produces beautiful results. Try it out!

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