When you want to add texture to you home decor, you can grab your crocheted blankets and throw them on the couch. When you want to add texture to you wardrobe, a crocheted cowl can do the trick!
Crochet will always create a great textured fabric…but sometimes you need more. If you’re looking for even more touchable crochet texture, check out these easy techniques!
How to add texture to crochet
1. Ridges with the back loop only
One of the most popular ways to create ridges is by working single crochet rows into the back loops only (abbreviated BLO). Working single crochet rows in the back loops only creates a great fabric with loads of texture and a lot of stretch.
2. Post stitches
Post stitches are created by working around the post of your stitches rather than under the front and back loops of your stitches. You can work either a front post stitch, where you pull the post of the stitch toward you, or a back post stitch, where you work around the post from the back.
You can use post stitches on their own for simple ribbing or combine them with other stitches to create more complex textures — they’ll come up quite a bit in this post!
With post stitches you can create cables! Could texture get any cooler than cables?
You might be surprised to learn that cables aren’t all that difficult to crochet. It all has to do with how you wrap your stitches around posts and cross them over one another. If you want to give it a go, start with this beginner cable pattern.
4. Bobble and puff stitches
Bobbles and puffs are deceptively simple to stitch. Just work several incomplete double or half-double crochet stitches into one stitch and then join them all at the top. The result is a little convex ball of texture!
Here’s an example bobble stitch pattern: Work 5 dc into one st, leaving the last step of each dc undone. You should have 6 loops on your hook. To complete your bobble, yo and pull through all loops on your hook.
5. Popcorn stitches
The popcorn stitch looks similar to the bobble stitch but uses a different technique. To create the popcorn stitch, you work several complete stitches (usually double crochet) into one stitch and then gather them together with another stitch.
Here’s an example: Work 5 double crochets into one stitch, carefully remove your hook from the 5th st and insert it into the first of the five double crochets. Now grab the floating loop from your 5th double crochet and pull it through the first.
You can use these popcorn stitches in some fun ways. You can use them to spell words on your afghans or create a wooly texture!
6. Working stitches in different rows
Normally, when you crochet, you work into the row directly below, right? Well, what if you work lower? It’s a simple concept but paired with awesome colorwork, you end up with an impressive texture. There are plenty of ways to incorporate this technique into all kinds of designs, but a good starting point is the spike stitch, which you see above.
It’s no secret that lace produces incredible texture combined with drape you just can’t get anywhere else. When crocheting lace, you’ll often skip stitches and make extra chains to create an openwork texture.
8. Basket weave
The basket weave stitch is a classic crochet pattern composed of front and back post stitches. Arranged in a way to resemble a woven fabric, these stitches create a structured piece perfect for winter hats and extra warm sweaters or blankets.
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