Top 5 Stitches We Love To Use

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Let’s talk about stitches!

Everyone has a favorite stitch (or a group of favorite stitches) that they go back to time and time again. Whether it’s the simplicity of the stitch, the complexity of the stitch, the versatility, or the texture, there’s something about it that keeps you coming back for more.

We love all the different stitches, but there are definitely a few you’ll see in our patterns more often than others.

Here are 5 of our favorites—

#1: Front Loop Single Crochet

Front Loop Single Crochet has all the ease of Single Crochet, but adds a beautiful, crisp and subtle line of texture to each row. This one is a go-to for me for a lot of my projects, and you can see it used in the vibrant Tangram Pillow by Kathleen Berlew.

Tangram Pillow made with Front Loop Single Crochet

Tangram Pillow

#2: Shell Stitch 

The shell stitch is so versatile. Shells make incredible borders, but they also look stunning in sweaters and afghans, hats and scarves. Crochet them together tightly to get a gorgeous, textured project, or pair them with chains and get a beautiful lacy pattern like the Grace Scarf by Mary Chisak.

Grace Scarf with Shell Stitches

Grace Scarf

#3: Cluster Stitch

Clusters are some of our favorite stitches. They’re a great way to add texture to a project, and can be styled in a way that forms designs in the pattern. You can see this in the Amore Tote by Andee Graves. The clusters here form a cute and subtle heart and make this tote stand out!

Pink Tote with Heart Bobble Stitch

Amore Tote

#4: Picot Stitch

We love doilies, and there’s something about picot stitches on doilies that make our hearts skip a beat. Picots are a beautiful detail to add to projects because they’re so eye-catching. We recommend using them for borders, working them into your fabric, or using them as accent points like the picots in the Jemima Doily by Olga Shalaeva.

Blue Textured Doily

Jemima Doily

#5: Tunisian Simple Stitch

Tunisian Simple Stitch is a favorite of ours for so many projects. This stitch features clean lines like those found in Front Loop Single Crochet, but these stitches are tighter and the fabric has more movement and stretch than you would get with single crochet. It’s incredible for projects like garments and accessories (Check out the Bob & Weave Wrap by Laurie Ann Sand!), but it’s also great for trivets and hot pads because the thick, tight fabric prevents counters from burning!

Cross-Over Tunisian Crochet Wrap with Bobble Stitches

Bob & Weave Wrap

What are your favorite stitches to use?

– Tara Orchard, Editor of Crochet! Magazine

Want to learn more fun stitches? Check out our FREE Stitch Guide, which features written and video instructions!

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