These patterns for decorative crochet stitches will show you each step to master the techniques for the Crochet Woven stitch, Crochet Spider stitch, Crochet rope stitch and Crochet iris stitch.
The best part?
These stitches will help you to further your mastery of the needle art of crochet.
As a frequent crafter myself, I am always looking to learn new techniques for crochet.
Keep reading for the steps for the Crochet Woven stitch, Crochet Spider stitch, Crochet rope stitch and Crochet iris stitch.
Decorative Crochet Stitches
Sometimes I know I’ve been scared off by reading a pattern and being unsure what stitch it was calling for and thereby missing out on something I surely would have enjoyed making.
I decided eventually that I didn’t want to be scared off anymore and took to learning stitches one at a time.
The great thing about learning stitches individually apart from a pattern for a larger project is that you don’t get overwhelmed by the project as a whole.
Instead, you can focus on just learning and practicing the one stitch until you are comfortable with it. Then the next time you run across that stitch in a pattern, you can say to yourself, “Hey, I know that stitch!”
This is a great stitch for the beginner to learn. It only uses single crochet and chain. It also creates a very different look than just simply single crochet on its own.
Feel free to get creative and switch to different colors as you change between rows. Due to the flexibility of the fabric this stitch creates, you can use this stitch for a variety of projects from afghan squares to hats to purses.
How To Create The Woven Stitch
First thing, chain any number of stitches, ending on an even number, then add 1.
Single chain into the third chain from the hook. Chain 1. Skip 1. Single chain into the next chain. Continue with (Chain 1. Skip 1. Single chain into the next chain) until the end. Turn to start next row.
Chain 2. Skip first single chain. Single chain in empty chain 1 space. Chain 1. Skip the next single chain. Continue (Single chain in empty chain 1 space. Chain 1.
Skip the next single chain) until the end of the row. Make final single chain into the last chain of the previous row. Turn to start the next row.
Repeat Row 2.
Repeat Row 3. Continue until desired size.
Another stitch that is great for beginners, this stitch also uses only single stitch and chain stitch. This stitch ends up being totally reversible, making it ideal for many projects.
It creates a lace type pattern without being too open, making a nice stitch to use for throws or shawls. It is a good idea to use a hook a couple of sizes larger than the yarn calls for to give it more flexibility.
If you want it to be denser, stick with a smaller hook.
How To Create The Spider Stitch
Begin by chaining any numbers of stitches you like, as long as it ends with an odd number. Then add 2 more chain stitches. If you are adding to an already in progress pattern, you must use an odd number of stitches as well.
In the THIRD chain from the hook: Single chain, chain 1, single chain. Then SKIP 1 chain stitch.
In the NEXT chain: Single chain, chain 1, singles chain. Then SKIP 1 chain stitch.
Continue down the row with: Single chain, chain 1, single chain. UNTIL you are to the last TWO chain stitches. SKIP 1 chain stitch, SINGLE CHAIN in last chain stitch and turn.
CHAIN 2. Skip the first TWO single chain stitches. In each CHAIN-1 space, SINGLE CHAIN, CHAIN 1, SINGLE CHAIN, until the LAST TWO single chain stitches. TURN.
Continue to repeat row 2 for remainder of pattern until you reach desired length.
The crochet rope stitch is a lighter, lacier stitch than the crochet woven and spider stitches. Because it is lighter, it would work well as a sweater, shrug, or other garment worn in the slightly warmer Spring season.
Sometimes referred to the V-stitch, the crochet rope stitch, uses only the chain stitch and double crochet stitch. It is slightly more difficult as the woven and spider stitches but is still good for a beginner.
How To Create The Rope Stitch
Begin this decorative crochet stitch with chaining your desired length in a multiple of 3.
*If you are adding to a work in progress, be sure to work in stitches of multiples of 3 and add 2.
In the FOURTH chain from the hook, DOUBLE CROCHET. CHAIN 1. Then in next chain, DOUBLE CROCHET. Skip 1. In the next chain stitch, DOUBLE CROCHET. Then CHAIN 1. DOUBLE CROCHET in the next chain.
CONTINUE ROW AS FOLLOWS: Skip 1. In the next chain stitch, DOUBLE CROCHET. Then CHAIN 1. DOUBLE CROCHET in the next chain.
In LAST CHAIN, DOUBLE CROCHET. Turn.
Begin by chaining 3. Skip the first 2 DOUBLE CROCHET from Row 1. In the CHAIN-1 SPACE—DOUBLE CROCHET, CHAIN 1, DOUBLE CROCHET. Then, skip two DOUBLE CROCHET.
CONTINUE ROW AS FOLLOWS: In the CHAIN-1 SPACE—DOUBLE CROCHET, CHAIN 1, DOUBLE CROCHET. Then, skip two DOUBLE CROCHET.
TO END—skip last DOUBLE CROCHET and make 1 DOUBLE CROCHET in the top of the beginning CHAIN-3.
Continue with Row 2 until desired length.
The Iris crochet stitch is similar to the rope stitch the previous decorative crochet stitch. Also using the CHAIN stitch and DOUBLE CROCHET stitch.
It is also a lacy pattern and works well for garments worn in warm weather. It is a very versatile pattern that be used to accent other patterns or used on its own.
Iris Stitch How To Guide
To begin this decorative crochet stitch, you will need to chain a number of stitches that is a multiple of 4. Then add 3. IF you are adding this to a project that is already underway, you will need to work multiples of 4 and add 1 instead of 3.
In the 5th chain from the hook– 2 DOUBLE CROCHET, CHAIN 1, 2 DOUBLE CROCHET.
Skip 3 chain stitches. In the next chain—2 DOUBLE CROCHET, CHAIN 1, 2 DOUBLE CROCHET.
CONTINUE with Skip 3 chain stitches. In the next chain—2 DOUBLE CROCHET, CHAIN 1, 2 DOUBLE CROCHET. Until the last 2 chain stitches.
SKIP 1 chain stitch, DOUBLE CROCHET in the last chain stitch. TURN.
CHAIN 3. Skip the FIRST 3 DOUBLE CROCHET stitches.
Then in the CHAIN-1 space—2 DOUBLE CROCHET, CHAIN 1, 2 DOUBLE CROCHET. Skip the next 4 DOUBLE CROCHET stitches.
Continue with –in the CHAIN-1 space—2 DOUBLE CROCHET, CHAIN 1, 2 DOUBLE CROCHET. Skip the next 4 DOUBLE CROCHET stitches.
END with 1 DOUBLE CROCHET in the TOP of CHAIN-3 beginning stitch.
Continue with the pattern for ROW 2 until desired length.
4 New Crochet Decorative Stitches In The Bag
There you have it, four new decorative crochet stitches for beginners. The crochet woven stitch, crochet rope stitch, crochet spider stitch, and crochet iris stitch. It is time to make your own decorative crochet patterns.
All of these decorative crochet stitches can be used separately, together, or added onto to other works in progress. From shawls and garments, to bags and blankets, let your imagination run wild.
As Henry Ford said, “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at eighty or twenty.” So stay young and keep learning knew decorative crochet stitches.
You will thank yourself for it when you are creating new patterns which you never knew you had in you.