If you've spent any time on Pinterest at all, there's no doubt that you've come across a crochet project or ten. Crochet is a hobby that's been growing like wildfire over the past few years and if you haven't tried it, you're missing out.
Thankfully, crochet has evolved and it isn't your Grandma's crochet we're talking about – now there are actually some pretty hip and modern designs for things like boot cuffs, floor poufs, evening bags, phone, and iPad covers.
When you're ready to give crochet a try, we've got you covered. We've found 18 easy crochet stitches you can use for any project to get you started. Once you've learned a few basic crochet stitches, you can tackle any simple crochet project with ease.
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The Side Saddle Stitch
The side saddle crochet stitch has a lovely, repetitive look that is both airy and substantial at the same time. Check out this crochet video tutorial to learn how to do it step-by-step!
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Picot Single Crochet
The Picot Single Crochet creates the cutest and tiniest little bobbles, perfect for creating the sweetest baby blankets and most whimsical scarves!
V Double Crochet Stitch
Here’s a very simple and versatile crochet stitch that works really well when switching yarn colors.
The Shell Stitch
The Crochet Shell Stitch is a pretty stitch with lots of rich texture. It’s simple to learn and great for many different types of crochet projects.
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Crossed Half Double Crochet Stitch
This beautiful crossed half double crochet stitch almost looks knit and is a very simple stitch pattern.
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The Diamond Stitch
The Diamond Stitch is quite an easy stitch to learn and follow and takes only a minimum amount of practice to master.
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The Cluster Stitch
The crochet cluster stitch is made by working a group of incomplete stitches into the same stitch, or by working the incomplete stitches into several stitches on the same row.
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The Puff Stitch
Check out the beautiful and textured crochet puff stitch! It creates great beanies, blankets, and scarves, making it a must to learn.
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The Lemon Peel Stitch
The Lemon Peel Stitch is very easy to crochet and creates a sturdy fabric with lots of pretty texture.
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The popcorn stitch is a textured crochet stitch that's quite easy and enjoyable to work up.
The Triple Crochet Loop Stitch
The triple crochet loop stitch is perfect for winter clothes as it mixes eyelet and relief. It looks really nice horizontally and vertically so you can use it in a lot of different ways.
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The Wave Stitch
The easy and beautiful wave stitch is formed out of groups. Every chain down the length will have a stitch and none will have more than one.
The Arcade Stitch
The stitch creates a lovely shell or fan pattern and is perfect for blankets, shawls and more structured garments.
The Crossed Ripple Stitch
The Crossed Ripple Stitch – aka raised double crochet at the front of the fabric. It’s worked by inserting the hook from right to left around the stem of the stitch in the row below the one you’re working on.
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The Moss Stitch
Perhaps you know the moss stitch by the name the linen stitch, the woven stitch or the granite stitch–either way, it’s beautiful and easy to master! If you enjoy the moss stitch, check out my Even Moss Stitch Boot Cuff Crochet Pattern.
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The Primrose Stitch
The crochet primrose stitch is a relatively easy stitch to learn and perfect for beginners! It creates an interesting shell look and makes any project a little more appealing to the eye. It looks great in most any crochet project and looks even more amazing when used to make a blanket!
The Single Crochet Chevron Stitch
The simple one-row pattern repeat makes for mindless and relaxing crochet that’s easy enough for a beginner to tackle. Working this stitch in the back loops only as shown here creates a rich and interesting texture, especially paired with color changes.
Granny Spike Stitch
Granny Spike Stitch – leaves fewer gaps, because the second double crochet is crocheted through the top of the second double crochet of the row below.
Once you've mastered any one of these easy and fun crochet stitches, find a new crochet pattern to make and put your skills to the test! And, if you're looking for something similar to do, why not give knitting a try. There's a great class that I'd recommend if you're interested in knitting too – check out the Learn to Knit class here.
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