Free Crochet Stitch Guide

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Need a little help with a crochet stitch? Select the stitch from the list below and tap the title to access the stitch multiple, written instructions and tutorials.

Crochet Stitch Dictionary (Twitter Post)

Some of the most common stitches in crochet are the chain stitch (ch), slip stitch (sl st), single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) and double crochet (dc) stitches.

New stitch patterns are created when we use our common crochet stitches together. For example the Suzette stitch (also known as the Thicket Stitch), is created by working single crochet stitches (sc) and double crochet stitches (dc) in a repetitive pattern. This is a beginner friendly stitch and you can try it out with my Suzette Crochet Hat Pattern here.

By working a combination of these basic crochet stitches and chains you can create openwork (lacy fabrics) and mesh designs. You can create texture with crochet post stitches, popcorns, puff stitches and crochet cables. You can also create interest by using stitches like spike stitches and dropped double crochet stitches.

Along with the photo tutorials and video tutorials I have included below for crochet stitches available at Oombawka Design Crochet, you may also be interested in my crochet stitches and symbols cheat sheet. If you are searching for my crochet translation project you can visit this post.

My Crochet Stitch Dictionary will be updated as I release new free crochet patterns and tutorials at Oombawka Design Crochet. I’ve tried to make this as easy as possible for you to find what you need.

Crochet Stitches and Techniques

  1. 4 Pointed Star Stitch (Marguerite Stitch)
  2. 4 Ways to Change Your Yarn Mid-Project
  3. 5 Pointed Star Stitch
  4. A Crochet Tip You Need to Know!
  5. Alpine Stitch Tutorial (Video Tutorial)
  6. Baby Bean Stitch (Video)
  7. Back Bump of the Starting Chain (Video Tutorial)
  8. Back Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch (Video)
  9. Back Loop Only (Video Tutorial)
  10. Back Loop Single Crochet Stitch
  11. Back Post Double Crochet Stitch (BPdc) (Video Tutorial)
  12. Back Post Half Double Crochet Stitch (BPhdc)
  13. Back Post Single Crochet
  14. Basketweave Stitch Tutorial
  15. Block Stitch Tutorial
  16. Bobble Stitch Tutorial
  17. Bumpy Stitch Tutorial
  18. Catherine Wheel Stitch
  19. Chain
  20. Chinese Puzzle Stitch
  21. Christmas Tree Stitch
  22. Close Scallops Stitch
  23. Corner to Corner Stitch (C2C) Right Handed (Left Handed)
  24. Crab Stitch
  25. Crocodile Stitch
  26. Crossed Double Crochet Stitch
  27. Crossed Single Crochet Stitch
  28. Cupcake Stitch (aka Sultan Stitch)
  29. Double Magic Ring (DMR) (Video)
  30. Double Crochet Stitch (dc) (Video)
  31. Double Crochet 2 Together (dc2tog) (Video)
  32. Double Crochet 3 Together (dc3tog) (Video)
  33. Double Crochet Join (Video)
  34. Double Treble Crochet Stitch (Video)
  35. Double Wave Stitch
  36. Extended Single Crochet Stitch
  37. Fan and V Stitch
  38. Front Loop vs Back Loop (how to recognize)
  39. Front Loop (fl) / Front Loop Only (flo)
  40. Front Loop Single Crochet
  41. Front Post Double Crochet (FPdc) (Video)
  42. Front Post Double Crochet 3 Together (FPdc3tog)
  43. Front Post Double Treble Crochet (FPdtr)
  44. Front Post Half Double Crochet (FPhdc) (Quick Video)
  45. Front Post Half Double Crochet Join
  46. Front Post Single Crochet (FPsc) (Quick Video)
  47. Front Post Treble Crochet (FPtr)
  48. Front Post Triple Treble Crochet (FPtrtr)
  49. Foundation Double Crochet Stitch (fdc)
  50. Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch (fhdc)
  51. Foundation Single Crochet (fsc)
  52. Globe Stitch
  53. Granny Square
  54. Granny Triangle Square
  55. Granule Stitch Tutorial (Video)
  56. Griddle Stitch Tutorial (Video)
  57. Half Double Crochet (hdc) (Video)
  58. Half Double Crochet Join (Video)
  59. Herringbone Double Crochet Stitch (Video)
  60. Herringbone Half Double Crochet Stitch (Video) (Super Quick Video)
  61. Houndstooth Stitch Tutorial
  62. How to Add a Rolled Up Brim to a Top Down Hat Tutorial
  63. How to Add Grommets to Crocheted Fabric
  64. How to Add More Double Crochet Stitches to Your Foundation Chain (video)
  65. How to Add More Half Double Crochet Stitches to Your Foundation Chain (video)
  66. How to Add More Single Crochet Stitches to Your Foundation Chain (video)
  67. How to Close the Top of a Hat or Pair of Mittens the Easy Way
  68. How to Tell WHICH Post to work into for post stitches
  69. How to Weave in a Very Short Yarn End
  70. Invisible Decrease Tutorial (great for Amigurumi projects!) (Video)
  71. Invisible Join Technique
  72. Iris Stitch Tutorial
  73. Larksfoot Stitch Tutorial
  74. Magic Ring (MR) / Magic Circle (MC) (Video)
  75. Magic Ring Alternative #1 – Slip Knot Ring
  76. Magic Ring Alternative # 2 – Chain Ring
  77. Magic Ring Alternative # 3 – Chain Stitch Method
  78. Magic Ring Alternative # 4 – Magic Row Method
  79. Mini Bobbles
  80. Mitered Granny Square
  81. Nubbins Crochet Stitch
  82. Picket Fences Crochet Stitch Tutorial
  83. Pretty Pebbles Stitch
  84. Puff Stitch
  85. Quadruple Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial
  86. Reversible Crochet Stitch
  87. Reverse Single Crochet Stitch (aka Crab Stitch) (Video)
  88. Rib Stitch Tutorial
  89. Seed Stitch Tutorial (Video)
  90. Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial (Video)
  91. Single Crochet 2 Together (sc2tog) (Video)
  92. Single Crochet 3 Together (sc3tog) (Video)
  93. Single Crochet Cluster Stitch
  94. Single Crochet Join (Video)
  95. Single Crochet V Stitch
  96. Slip Knot
  97. Slip Stitch (Video)
  98. Slip Stitch Join (Video)
  99. Staggered Paired Half Double Crochet
  100. Star Stitch (Marguerite Stitch) (Video)
  101. Standing Double Crochet
  102. Standing Half Double Crochet
  103. Standing Single Crochet Stitch
  104. Stormy Seas Stitch
  105. Thermal Half Double Crochet Stitch (thdc)
  106. Third Dimension Stitch Tutorial
  107. Tread Stitch Tutorial
  108. Treble Crochet Stitch (tr) (video)
  109. Treble Crochet 2 Together Stitch (tr2tog) (Video)
  110. Treble Crochet 3 Together Stitch (tr3tog) (Video)
  111. Treble Crochet Join (Standing Treble Crochet Stitch) (Video)
  112. Trinity Stitch (Video)
  113. Triple Treble Stitch (trtr) (Video)
  114. Tulip Stitch Tutorial (Video)
  115. Up and Down Stitch Tutorial
  116. V-Stitch
  117. V-Stitch Variation (Victoria)
  118. V-Stitch Variation (Lacy V Stitch)
  119. V-Stitch Variation (Cottage Twists)
  120. V-Stitch Variation (Simple V Stitch)
  121. Vintage Spider Stitch Tutorial
  122. Waffle Stitch Tutorial (Video)
  123. Waistcoat Stitch Tutorial (Video)
  124. Wattle Stitch Tutorial
  125. Wave and Chevron Stitch Tutorial
  126. Whipstitch Tutorial
  127. Whip Stitch Seam Tutorial Video
  128. Zig Zag Lozenge Stitch

Chain Space (ch1sp, ch2sp, ch3sp…) A space created when you chain 1, 2 or 3 chains. When you work into the chain space you work into the space beneath the chain you made before. Your current stitch will enclose the chain worked, unless the instructions specify to work in front of or behind or in the loop of the chain itself.

Create beautiful borders and crochet edgings for your blankets and afghans with one of these pretty stitch patterns.

Find different ways to join your square crochet motifs, hexagons and granny squares here.

If you are searching for popular chevrons and wave stitch patterns you will enjoy this post.

Crochet Stitch Dictionary (Pinterest Pin (1080 x 1920))

Find a selection of my favorite crochet stitch dictionaries and crochet stitch pattern books here. Along with a vast variety of stitches, you will also find information about stitch charts and stitch diagrams, exploring colour and different shapes and crochet motifs.

Check out my other available size charts and measurements here.


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  1. Hi Bonnie, for the solid linked granny square how are the corners? Are they made using 3 dc? or a ch2sp? Thanks! Rhondda

  2. Hi Rhondda, I’ve been searching for a tutorial which shows how to make a ‘Solid Granny Square’ using the “Linked Double Crochet” stitch. I know how to do the stitch but cannot figure out how to work it into a solid granny square pattern. I’ve only been able to find one you tube video and her website tutorial, but she’s quite difficult for me to follow along. I scanned your stitch directory and found many wonderful tutorials, but did not find this one listed. Did you possibly have this tutorial elsewhere? Thank you for all the great tutorials!

  3. Hi Dawn, I’m not sure – it could be Spanish? but I don’t have those abbreviations for the terms we have been given in Spanish. Usually at the beginning of the pattern they would list the abbreviations and terms in full (not just the short-forms of them) – if we had the full word it might be easier to figure this out.

  4. Hi Barbara, some people slip stitch then ch 3 to make things like petals and they count that ch 3 as a dc and do the opposite at the other end of the petal, so chain 3 then slip stitch. We often use a ch 3 as a double crochet at the beginning of rows. The instructions you shared sound like you need to ch 3 and then dc in between the stitches – so not in the top loops of the stitch but the gap between two stitches around all the loops of the stitch maybe?

  5. Please explain what a ch3 DC bet stitch is and how to do it for a crochet project i am doing. Thank you.

  6. Good morning
    Just wanted to ask are these stitches us or uk terms.
    Kind regards

  7. Hi Sharon, Usually when a pattern reads “crochet 8 times” it is a repeat of something in the sentence before the wording. I’m uncertain what the 6 on the end is for though. I would have thought it could be a stitch count but maybe are you increasing or decreasing by 6 stitches on that row/round?

  8. Thanks Verna 🙂 I’ve been meaning to add the post for a while – it will help me too so I can find things. With more than 2000 posts on my site now it is getting hard to remember which words to search for things with!

  9. This is a great reference Rhondda. I want to make a stitch sampler blanket to use up some yarn, and this will be an easy way to determine the stitches to use.