How Many Crochet Stitches Are There: Your Ultimate Guide

Curious about how many crochet stitches exist? You’ll find out just how vast and varied the world of crochet stitches really is.

Lost in the jungle of crochet stitches? Fear not, fellow yarn enthusiast! From the humble slipknot to the mighty treble crochet, this guide has got you covered with a stitch-by-stitch breakdown. Whether you’re aiming for a cozy scarf or a masterpiece blanket, find the right stitch to bring your crochet dreams to life. Grab your hook and let’s untangle those threads!

Key takeaways:

  • Slipknot: Start your crochet journey with this magical knot.
  • Chains: The foundation of many crochet projects, like bread and butter.
  • Double crochet: Versatile stitch for scarves, blankets, and more.
  • Half treble crochet: Just right for hats, blankets, and speed.
  • Treble crochet: Tall stitch for when you mean business.

Basic Crochet Stitches

basic crochet stitches

Ready to dive in? First, let’s tackle the slipknot. It’s the very start of almost every crochet masterpiece. Make a loop, pull the yarn through, and boom—you’re hooked!

Next, meet the chain stitch. It’s the foundation of many projects. Think of it as the yellow brick road for your crochet adventures. It’s literally just pulling the yarn through a loop. Easy peasy.

Now for some muscle—double crochet. In U.S. terms, it’s called single crochet. Insert your hook, yarn over, and pull through. You’re basically building a little wall, one cozy brick at a time.

Half treble crochet (or U.S. half double crochet) ups the ante. Yarn over first, insert the hook, yarn over again, and pull through all loops. It’s like the Swiss army knife of stitches—versatile and dependable.

Treble crochet, known in the U.S. as double crochet, is a bit taller, like the skyscraper of stitches. Yarn over twice, insert, yarn over and pull through twice. This one’s for when you mean business!

That’s your first crochet toolbox. Time to get those fingers moving!


The slipknot is where your crochet adventures begin. It’s not only practical but also a bit magical—like pulling a rabbit out of a hat, but with yarn.

First, take your yarn and make a loop. Think of it as creating a tiny, woolly roundabout.

Now, pull a bit of yarn through that loop to make a second loop. It’s like inception, but less confusing.

Slip the second loop onto your crochet hook. Tighten the yarn by pulling the tail end while holding the yarn attached to the ball. Voilà! You have a slipknot.

Perfecting this knot can save you from embarrassing yarn mishaps, like your entire project unraveling at a crucial moment.

Chains (ch)

Chains are the foundation of many crochet projects, so mastering them is a must. Picture them as the bread and butter of crocheting—the bread being the chain stitches and the butter everything else.

  1. Start with a slipknot on your hook.
  2. Yarn over (yo) and pull through the loop on the hook.
  3. This creates one chain stitch.
  4. Repeat until you have the desired number of chains.

Remember, it’s like making tiny ropes. Your chains should be uniform in size to keep your project even. Think of it like Goldilocks—chains shouldn’t be too tight or too loose but just right. Too tight and your work will scrunch up like an over-stressed spring. Too loose and it’ll look more like crochet lace when you’re not aiming for that at all.

Using chains can also help you measure. Need a scarf? Crochet as many chains as you need to get the right length before diving into more complicated stitches.

Chains aren’t just for beginners. Advanced patterns often use chains for spacing, turning, or even decorative elements. So get cozy with them—they’re going to be your new best friend.

Double Crochet (dc) – U.S. Single Crochet (sc)

This stitch is a versatile hero of the crochet world. It is like the bread and butter of many projects. Use it to create scarves, blankets, or even cozy hats. It is the stitch that keeps on giving.

  • To work this stitch:
  • Insert your hook into the next stitch.
  • Yarn over and pull through, leaving you with two loops on the hook.
  • Yarn over again and pull through both loops.

Now you are ready to move on to the next stitch. Imagine the possibilities. It is simple, and once you get the hang of it, you will be unstoppable.

Half Treble Crochet (htr) – U.S. Half Double Crochet (hdc)

Ah, the half treble crochet, or for our friends across the pond, the U.S. half double crochet. It’s the Goldilocks stitch: not too tall, not too short, but just right!

Start by yarning over (as if we need an excuse to say “yarn” again). Insert your hook into the stitch. Yarn over once more and pull through. Now, instead of panicking, take that hook, yarn over, and pull through all three loops in one smooth move. Voila!

Versatile and speedy, this stitch gives just the right amount of height and density. It’s perfect for things like hats, blankets, and anything you want to finish before you run out of your favorite TV show to binge.

Think of it as the sandwich of crochet stitches: simple, satisfying, and sometimes, exactly what you need to tie everything together.

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