Advanced Crochet Stitches to Expand Your Skills
Here is 15 Advanced Crochet Stitches to Expand Your Skills. So you feel that you’ve mastered the basics in crochet, have practiced and perfected them. Some of the patterns you’d like to try next are more complicated, perhaps have more texture, more intricate looking stitches. Or maybe you feel ready to start designing some of your own simple patterns and want to incorporate some fancy designs. It’s time to up your game and start working on some more advanced stitches that add surface design, texture and interest to your projects.
The Craftsy blog is an excellent free resource with lots of ideas, inspirations, projects and tutorials. For advanced stitches, look no further! Kathryn Vercillo is a regular crochet contributor to the blog and has put together a set of tutorials for 10 more advanced crochet stitches to get your hook moving on some fresh patterns and projects.
10 Advanced Crochet Stitches
- Pineapple lace
- Bullion stitch
- Griddle stitch
- Loop stitch
- Granite stitch
- Diamond stitch
- Corner to corner
- Basketweave stitch
- Popcorn stitch
- Surface crochet
1. Pineapple Lace
Pineapple lace looks a bit like the fruit it’s named after, and while it seems fancy, it’s actually made up some of the simplest stitches. Pineapple lace is frequenty used to make crocheted tablecloths, shawls, skirts, but can be used in a range of other patterns as well.
2. Bullion Stitch
When you want a stitch that’s heavy on the texture, go with the bullion stitch. By working a large number of yarn overs and then pulling the hook through all of them at once, you’ll get intense bursts of yarn that almost look 3D.
It looks like puffs but with more loops, so designers can combine or mix them together. It can be used for jewelry, flowers or as edging, and can also be used in free form crocheting, thus be crochet into garments and other wearables.
3. Griddle Stitch
The griddle stitch uses the single crochet and double crochet stitches which gives the crochet project a really awesome look. It really does create an interesting bumpy texture. If you can crochet those two stitches then you are good to go! This technique is great for baby garments, scraves, hats, and home decor items!
4. Loop Stitch
The loop stitch gets its name from the long, loose loops it leaves behind. Getting the loop stitches’ loops all the same length takes some practice, but when you get the hang of it, the loop stitch adds a lot of interest to garments.
It works great as an embellishment on pillows and accessories, or as fur on your adorable amigurumi projects.
5. Crocodile Stitch
While relatively new to the crochet world, the crocodile stitch knows how to make a splash. You’ll work the scales over a mesh background to give everything a little more stability.
This stitch’s frilled look makes it ideal for fantasy items inspired by dragons and mermaids, but it’s even fun for textured pillow covers, sweater, yokes, and bags!
Follow the tutorial here
6. Corner to Corner
Corner-to-corner crochet (often just called C2C crochet) is a terrific technique to add to your wheelhouse. With C2C crochet, you begin in the corner of a crochet project and work towards the other corner in a way that produces a finished project that looks like a textured, layered version of the classic granny square.
It is a unique technique with an original look but it builds upon basic crochet skills, which makes it surprisingly easy to learn.
7. Basketweave Stitch
The crochet basketweave stitch consists of sets of frint and back post double crochet stitches, creating a fabric with gorgeous woven texture. It’s a wonderful stitch to use for patterns like scarves, blankets and washcloths – make sure you know hoe to do it in time for your next project!
Follow the tutorial here
8. Popcorn stitch
The popcorn stitch – one of several great textured crochet stitches – adds dimension, texture, and color to your projects. This popcorn stitch really pops!
Each bobble or “popcorn” has a puffed texture that makes a fun border, but also adds wamrth and thickness whn grouped together to make hats, blankets, and more.
Follow the tutorial here
9. Star stitch
The star stitch has a stunning starburst design, hence the name. The front of the stitch looks different from the back yet the back also has a lovely linear look to it.
While this stitch isn’t the easiest yet it’s certainly not overly challenging either. Once you learn the steps and understand the one tricky section, you’ll find yourself looking for as many star stitch patterns as you can get your hands on!
10. Solomon’s Knot Stitch
The Solomon’s knot also called the lover’s knot, is a beautiful crochet lace stitch that is perfect for summer garments and accessories.
It takes the basic features of simple crochet stitches and elevates them to create a unique design that is under-used in crochet patterns today. The stitch is a versatile openwork stitch that can range from extra-lacy to slightly open depending upon the height of your stitches.
11. Hairpin Lace
Hairpin lacre is a beautiful variation on crochet, in which you combine a standard crochet hook with a certain type of loom to create lacy, openwork designs.
Once you’ve seen hairpin lace, you will always immediately recognize it, because it has a very unique appearance that never fails to catch the eye.
12. Traveling Stitches
Similar to crocheted cables, traveling stitches use post stitches to create raised, elongated lines that move across the fabric. Unlike cables though, traveling stitches don’t cross over each other and instead use angles to create their shapes.
13. Diamond Stitch
The diamond stitch uses a combination of double crochet rows alternated with post stitch rows. On the post stitch rows we arrange them in a way that form triangles that, when offset, look like diamonds. Absolutely gorgeous! Crochet lovely blankets, textured scarves and unique headbands featuring this beautiful stitch!
14. Surface Crochet
Surface crochet refers to any crochet technique used to decorate the surface of a previously crocheted work. The surface slip stitch is one of the easiest, most basic skills to master, but once you get used to surface crochet in general, you can also try a few other techniques.
15. Flower Crochet Lattice Stitch
Whoever said crochet projects cannot be used during the summer? Of course you can if you use a stitch that creates lacy fabric like the Flower Lattice Crochet Stitch!
This stitch creates a lacy fabric composed of flowers and arches. Even the flowers alone can remind you of the hot summer season! With this stitch, you have the choice to use it in the whole project, or you can also use it as an embellishment.
Follow the tutorial here
Each has simple step by step instructions plus links to either a full photo tutorial or a pattern you can try out for the new stitch at the bottom of the page.
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Then we bet you’ll be itching to learn even more. Once you’ve taken a look at the stitches above and the free class, why not check out the Fun & Fantastic Textured Crochet Stitches class with Beth Graham, for another 15+ textured crochet stitch patterns.