If you’ve mastered the basic crochet stitches, then you’re ready to expand your skill set to include an array of advanced crochet stitches for projects with even more detailed texture and intricate designs.
Here are 10 advanced crochet stitches to add to your repertoire.
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1. Pineapple Lace
This unique stitch pattern — which looks a bit like the fruit it’s named after — consists of variations of the same basic motif. It’s often used to make detailed crochet shawls, but can be worked into a diverse range of projects.
How to crochet pineapple lace:
- Chain four. Dc in fourth chain from hook. Ch 2, 2 dc in same space. Chain four. Turn your work.
- 12 tr in ch-2 space. Chain 4 and turn your work. *Ch 1, tr. Repeat from * all the way across for a total of 12 ch-1 spaces. Turn your work.
- *Ch 3, sc in ch-1 space. Repeat from * all the way across for a total of 12 ch-3 spaces. Turn your work.
- Skip the first ch-3 space. *Ch 3, sc in next ch-3 space. Repeat from * all the way across for a total of 11 ch-3 spaces. Turn your work.
- Repeat step 5 ten times. Each time, skip the first ch-3 space so you have a shorter row than the row before. Essentially, you’ll begin with a row of 10 ch-3 spaces and decrease by one ch-3 space each time. End with a short row at the top of just one ch-3 space.
View the complete pineapple motif crochet tutorial here.
Image via Underground Crafter
2. Bullion Stitch
The bullion stitch is a highly textured, almost 3-D stitch that’s an interesting design detail for accessories of all kinds. It’s created by working a large number of yarn overs and then pulling the hook through all of them at once. It takes a little practice to get the hang of it, but is well worth the effort.
How to crochet bullion stitch:
- Wrap the yarn around the hook 7 times. (Note that the exact number of wraps may vary by pattern.)
- Insert your hook into the stitch where you want to create your bullion.
- Yarn over.
- Draw through all of the loops on the hook. (Tip: Keep the loops loose on the hook to allow for easy pull-through. Alternatively, use a yarn needle to help you bring the yarn through.)
- Yarn over one more time and draw through the loop.
Practice the bullion stitch with the Vintage Bullion Scarf crochet pattern.
Image via Acts of Knittery
3. Griddle Stitch
The griddle stitch is a brilliantly easy crochet stitch pattern that creates a densely textured warm fabric. It combines alternating single crochet and double crochet stitches. This stitch has also been called the cobble stitch and the lemon peel stitch.
How to crochet griddle stitch:
- Start with a foundation chain that is a multiple of 2 + 2.
- Sk 3 (counts as first dc). *1 sc, 1 dc. Repeat across row. End with a sc stitch. Turn.
- Ch 3 (count as first dc). *1 sc, 1 dc. Repeat across row. End with a sc stitch.
- Repeat step 3 to continue pattern.
Practice with the Griddle Stitch Baby Beanie crochet pattern.
Image via EveryDayWomanCrochet designs by Sheri K
4. Loop Stitch
The loop stitch creates a shaggy design that can be used to create interesting details (such as fur on amigurumi) or add plush texture. Play with different lengths of looping to create different styles.
How to crochet loop stitch:
- Insert hook into the stitch where you want the loop stitch.
- Wrap your yarn around your index finger (of the hand that is not holding the crochet hook) to create a loop.
- Pull that loop on to the top of your hook.
- You will now see two yarn strands on your hook that together make one loop. Pull both strands through the loop on your hook.
- Yarn over.
- Pull through all three loops on the hook. You have completed one loop.
Practice with the Loop Stitch Toss Cushions crochet pattern.
5. Granite Stitch
If you’re seeking a crochet stitch that’s super simple yet adds more interesting texture than a basic crochet stitch, this is your top choice. Plus, it only requires chains and single crochet stitches.
How to work the granite stitch:
- Crochet an even number of chain stitches.
- Sc in fourth chain from hook. *Ch 1, sk 1, sc in next chain. Repeat from * all the way across the row, ending with a single crochet in the final chain.
- Turn, ch 2. Sc in first ch-1 sp. *Ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp. Repeat from * across, ending with sc in the ch-3 sp at end of row.
- Repeat step 3 to continue pattern. Note: You’ll end with a sc in the ch-2 space at the end of the row because there’s no ch-3 space after the first row.
View the complete granite stitch crochet tutorial here.
6. Diamond Stitch
The diamond stitch is a great advanced crochet pattern that isn’t used frequently, combining single crochet stitches with front post treble crochet stitches for a beautiful design with raised diamonds and a dense background.
How to work the diamond stitch:
- Crochet a chain that’s a multiple of 4 + 2. Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.
- Sc in each st across. Ch 1 and turn.
- Repeat Row 2.
- Fptc around the 2nd sc of the FIRST row. Sk first st (of row 4, not row 1), sc in 2nd st and next 3 sts. * Fptc around the next sc of the FIRST row. Sk 4 st on FIRST row, fptc in 5th stitch on FIRST row. Sk 2 st (of row 4), sc in 3rd st and next 3 st. Repeat from * across row. End with fptc on FIRST row, sk 1 st and sc in last st (of row 4). Ch 1 and turn.
- Repeat Row 2.
- Repeat Row 2.
- Repeat Row 2.
- Sc into first 2 st. * Fptc in sc directly above fptc from previous row. Fptc in sc above the next fptc of the row. This completes your diamond shape. Sk 2, sc into next 4 st. Repeat from * across row.
- Repeat steps 1 – 8 (minus the starting chain, of course) to continue pattern.
Note: It’s important to work your post stitches several rows below your working row, and work back and forth between the two rows, being conscious of whether your stitch goes in the bottom row or the working row.
Check out diamond crochet stitch patterns and tips here.
7. Corner-to-Corner Crochet
Corner-to-corner (C2C) crochet — also known as diagonal box crochet — begins in the corner, increasing to create a triangle, and if the pattern calls for it, decreasing to create a full square. The stitches go in two different directions across the rows, making a dance for your eyes.
How to work corner-to-corner crochet:
- Chain 6. Dc in fourth stitch from hook and each of the next two stitches. This is Block 1 (or your first corner.)
- Turn and chain 6. Dc in fourth stitch from hook and each of the next two stitches. Sl st between the 3rd and 4th dc of the Block 1. Chain 3, 3 dc in same sp.
- Continue repeating row 2 as long as you want to keep increasing. Always begin by repeating step one, then work into the spaces between the 3rd and 4th dc st of each block from the previous row.
- Stop here if you want a triangle. To make a square, decrease back to the opposite corner with each row having one block less than the previous row. To do this, turn your work, sl st in each of the 3 dc stitches of the first block, then work normally across the rest of the row. However, do not work a block in the last block on the left side of the work. Instead, sl st into that sp. Turn and repeat.
View the complete corner-to-corner crochet tutorial here.
Photo via Ambassador Crochet
8. Basketweave Stitch
This crochet stitch features easy double crochet post stitches placed in such a way to create a thick basketweave texture — perfect for baskets, blankets and more.
How to work the basketweave stitch:
- Crochet a chain that’s a multiple of 6 + 4. Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each st across. Ch 2 and turn.
- Sk first dc, * fpdc in next 3 st, bpdc in next 3 st. Repeat from * across. Dc in top of ch 2. Ch 2 and turn.
- Repeat row 2.
- Sk first dc, * bpdc in next 3 st, fpdc in next 3 st. Repeat from * across. Dc in top of ch 2. Ch 2 and turn.
- Repeat row 4.
- Repeat rows 2-5 to continue pattern.
View the complete basketweave crochet tutorial here.
Photo via kickincrochet
9. Popcorn Stitch
The popcorn stitch — one of several great textured crochet stitches — adds dimension, texture and color to your projects. It’s worked into a single stitch, unlike the other full stitch crochet stitch patterns featured here.
How to work the popcorn stitch:
Choose where you want to place the stitch, make 5 dc in that st, remove the hook from the work, re-insert into the top ch of the first dc in the set, pick the loop back up on to the hook and pull through. Then continue crocheting as normal.
Photo via Dedri Uys
10. Surface Crochet
Embroider your crochet projects with surface crochet —also called surface slip stitch — for added texture and color.
How to work surface crochet:
- First complete the base of the project you want to surface crochet.
- Hold the yarn behind your work.
- Insert your crochet hook from the front of your work to the back, inside of the stitch where you want to begin surface crochet.
- Pull up a loop (through to the front of the work).
- Insert your hook into the next stitch.
- Yarn over (behind the work) and pull through both the stitch and the loop on the hook.
- Continue steps 2-5 in the design of your choice.
Learn surface crochet and other crochet embroidery techniques here.