Growing library of illustrated crochet stitches. Where possible, I will try to only include the illustrated crochet stitches (so popular in the excellent Japanese magazines) with corresponding English name for the crochet stitches. I am not as familiar with the English names as I am with the illustrated icons used, so I can’t promise I will also have the English crochet term. The following crochet stitch list is in alphabetical order.
Aligned Cobble Stitch
This is a nice and easy crochet stitch. Produces a nice textured surface.
Astrakhan Crochet Stitch
Astrakhan Crochet Stitch is ideal for a puffy textured pattern. See full details in Crochet Stitches: Astrakhan Stitch.
Beaded Chain Stitch
Double Crochet – Chainless Starting DC
Excellent alternative to starting a new dc row (instead of the standard 3ch)
Video by Tamara Kelly of moogly.com
Double Crochet – Standing Double Crochet (stdc)
Excellent alternative to the standard 3ch to start a new row of dc in another colour.
Video by Tamara Kelly of moogly.com
Double Crochet in Frontpost (fpdc – Front Post Double Crochet)
Double Crochet in Backpost (bpdc – Back Post Double Crochet)
Duo Sided Crochet Cord
“Duo Sided Crochet Cord” (my name) is one of my favourite crochet stitches for making beautiful looking yet sturdy and strong crochet cord. Ideal for jewellery as well as strong drawstrings (for bags).
Edging: 3D Wave Edging
Both links open in new windows. Tutorial is by ellej.org (Elena Kozhukhar)
Half Double Crochet (hdc) – Standing Half Double Crochet
Excellent alternative for starting a new row of hdc in a different colour (rather than the standard 2ch)
Invisible Decrease Single Crochet (esp for amigurumi)
Video and Photo Tutorial by Tamara Kelly (of moogly.com)
Invisible Increase sc (esp for amigurumi)
There are various ways to accomplish the invisible sc increase. Below are links to some short video tutorials.
Knit-single crochet stitch
“Knit-single crochet stitch” or “ksc stitch” or “knit sc stitch” is another name I made up. I stumbled on this stitch on my own but I am quite sure it is already out there somewhere. I just have not come across it.
Anyway I call this the knit-sc stitch because it produces a fabric that looks like it has been knitted (stockinette stitch). It does, doesn’t it?
It is a great stitch for amigurumi projects because it is a dense fabric with hardly any holes for the stuffing to fall out or show through. It is also a very tough fabric and because all the stitches stack up vertical (much better than the normal sc stitch), it is perfect for tapestry crochet.
Modified single crochet stitch
Modified single crochet stitch or Wayuu crochet stitch or Tapestry crochet stitch.
Great for tapestry crochet and wayuu mochila bags because the stitches produce a vertical straight line, with no slant.
It is vertically straighter than even the Knit-single crochet stitch (ksc) aka waistcoat stitch.
Modified Shallow single crochet stitch
A dense crocheted fabric. Ideal for crochet amigurumi.
How to do Modified Shallow single crochet stitch.
How To Faux Rib Crochet. Yields a fabric that is mildly elastic, is quite dense (no big holes), but not stiff.
Shallow Double Crochet
I use this stitch as a secondary main stitch in tapestry crochet work, e.g. how to make tapestry crochet bags.
The image uses the term “double crochet”. This was
an American book. American “double crochet” = “single crochet” (British).
Note: Just to be darn confusing (and that is why I prefer graphical instructions to written words), this stitch is also known as “double crochet stitch” 🙁
Solomon’s Knot is made of a lengthened chain stitch and then locked with a single crochet stitch worked into it’s back loop.
The following image (click to enlarge) better shows the steps of this crochet stitch. Sorry about the grubby marks on the image. Photographed from one of my childhood crochet books.
See “Solomon’s Knot Fine Crochet Shawl” for an example of this crochet stitch in use.
Strap-single crochet stitch
(Since writing the relevant article and this entry, I have now learnt that this stitch is either called Thermal Stitch or Siberian Stitch)
The name “strap single crochet stitch” or “ssc stitch” or “strap sc stitch” – well, I made it up. I “discovered” this stitch during experimentations. It may well exist somewhere but I have not come across it. So I named it thus because it makes very strong and good looking crocheted straps that are ideal for bags, belts, and the like.
Note: if working in rounds, see Strap Single Crochet in the Round
Thermal Stitch (single crochet)
Thermal Stitch aka Siberian Stitch
However before I knew better, I thought I invented it and called it Strap-single crochet stitch.
Thermal Stitch – Double Crochet (dc) / Half Double Crochet (hdc)
Just like the default (single crochet) Thermal Stitch, dc & hdc Thermal stitch is just done with dc & hdc, respectively. More information can be found at: How to crochet Double Crochet Thermal Stitch.
Waistcoat Crochet Stitch
see: Knit-single crochet
This library of graphical crochet stitches will be updated over time. As and when time allow. If you should have crochet stitches you are looking for, please leave a comment and I will try to see if I can find and document it. Preferably graphically.