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5 Easy Crochet Stitch Patterns for Beginners

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If you’re new to crochet, you might be itching to put your hooks to use! Break them in with these easy, beautiful crochet stitch patterns. Each one is a simple 1-row repeat but makes a gorgeous and classic crochet fabric. Use these stitch patterns to make anything from scarves to blankets and washcloths. These crochet stitch patterns include the stitch multiple so you can customize the project of your choice.

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Learn these 5 easy but beautiful crochet stitch patterns. Includes video tutorial. Perfect for beginner crocheters. Learn to crochet.

Crochet Stitch Patterns

One of the best ways to gain more experience with crochet is by trying new-to-you crochet stitch patterns. There are so many versions of crochet fabric, from simple to intricate, textured to lacy, and everything in between. If you ever lose your crojo (that’s your crochet mojo), grab your hooks and some scrap yarn and give a new stitch a try!

In this video, I’ve compiled just 5 of my favorite beginner-friendly crochet stitch patterns. Each one of these stitches is a simple 1-row repeat, which means you will crochet a row to establish the pattern, then repeat one row of instructions for the remainder of the pattern. The result is an all-over stitch pattern that is pleasing to the eye and easy to stitch.

On your quest to crochet mastery, you will find that there are many different ways to achieve the same look of the crochet stitch patterns mentioned in this post. If you come across the same stitch explained a different way, give it a try! Make note of your favorite version of a stitch – write it down in a notebook, bookmark it in a book, or save it to a note on your phone.

Ready to learn some stitches? Check out all 5 in this video!

Need some help reading crochet patterns or understanding abbreviations? Check out this post – How to Read Crochet Patterns for Total Beginners.

Crochet V-Stitch

Learn these 5 easy but beautiful crochet stitch patterns. Includes video tutorial. Perfect for beginner crocheters. Learn to crochet.
Yarn: Purl Soho’s Linen Quill

Description: The crochet V-Stitch is an introduction to lace patterning. The v-stitch is made up of 2 double crochet stitches separated by a chain stitch. The chain space adds negative space to the fabric, encouraging drape and a feminine feel.

Starting Chain: Multiple of 3.

Note: Starting chain 2 counts as the first double crochet of the row.

Row 1: Chain any multiple of 3. (Dc, ch 1, dc) in the 4th ch from the hook, [skip 2 chs, (dc, ch 1, dc) in the following ch] to last 2 chs, skip 1 ch, dc in the last ch. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Row 2: Ch 2, [(dc, ch 1, dc) in the next ch-1 space] to the turning ch, dc in 2nd ch of turning ch. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Repeat Row 2 to your desired length.

Crochet Moss Stitch

Learn these 5 easy but beautiful crochet stitch patterns. Includes video tutorial. Perfect for beginner crocheters. Learn to crochet.
Yarn: Purl Soho’s Understory

Description: The crochet Moss Stitch, also called the Linen Stitch or the Granite Stitch, is a classic stitch pattern that crocheters reach for again and again. By simply alternating single crochet and chain stitches, you achieve a dense stitch that is still flexible and almost mimics knitting.

Starting Chain: Any odd number.

Row 1: Chain any odd number. Sc in the 2nd ch from the hook, sc in the next ch, (ch 1, skip 1 ch, sc in next ch) across row. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Row 2: Ch 1, sc in first sc of row, sc in next ch-1 space, (ch 1, sc in next ch-1 sp) to last 2 sc, ch 1, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Repeat Row 2 to your desired length.

Crochet Puff Stitch

Learn these 5 easy but beautiful crochet stitch patterns. Includes video tutorial. Perfect for beginner crocheters. Learn to crochet.
Yarn: Purl Soho’s Cotton Pure

Description: Have some fun with the playful Puff Stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop in the same stitch or space multiple times to create a crochet fabric that looks a lot like bubble wrap. Keep your tension loose and use a hook with a long neck – you’re gonna need it!

Starting Chain: Any even number.

Note: Starting chain 3 counts as the first double crochet of the row.

Special Stitch – Puff Stitch (abbreviated “puff st”): (Yarn over, pull up a loop in the indicated space or stitch) 4 times, yarn over, pull through 8 loops, yarn over, pull through 2 remaining loops, ch 1.

Row 1: Chain any even number. Puff st in the 4th ch from the hook, skip 1 ch, (puff st in the next ch, sk 1 ch), to last ch, dc in last ch. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Row 2: Ch 3, puff st in first ch-1 space, (puff st in next ch-1 space) to last puff st, sk last puff st, dc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Repeat Row 2 to your desired length.

Griddle Stitch

Learn these 5 easy but beautiful crochet stitch patterns. Includes video tutorial. Perfect for beginner crocheters. Learn to crochet.
Yarn: Purl Soho’s Super Soft Merino

Description: Texture is the name of the game when it comes to the Griddle Stitch. It’s a little tough to make out whole stitches in the finished fabric, but that’s kind of the point. We’ll alternate single crochet and double crochet stitches for a solid and dense crochet fabric. This stitch is wonderful for home decor, accessories, wearables, and anything else you can think of.

Starting Chain: Any even number.

Note: Starting chain 3 counts as the first double crochet of the row.

Row 1: Chain any even number. Sc in the 4th ch from the hook, (dc in next ch, sc in next ch) across row. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Row 2: Ch 3, skip the sc at the base of the ch, sc in the next st, (dc in the next st, sc in the next st) across the row, placing the last sc in the 3rd ch of the turning ch. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Repeat Row 2 to your desired length.

Shell Stitch

Learn these 5 easy but beautiful crochet stitch patterns. Includes video tutorial. Perfect for beginner crocheters. Learn to crochet.
Yarn: Purl Soho’s Morning

Description: If you need something on the sweeter side, look no further than the Shell Stitch. Shells are a series of stitches worked into the same stitch. They bow out like a fan, creating soft movement throughout the fabric. These shells are “nested” next to one another, making the fabric solid but still flexible.

Starting Chain: Any multiple of 6 + 1. For example, 6 x 3 = 18. Add 1 for 19. You can make this stitch with a chain of 19, or any other multiple of 6 plus 1 additional chain.

Note: Starting chain 3 counts as the first double crochet of the row.

Special Stitch – Shell Stitch (abbreviated “shell st”): 5 double crochet stitches into the same stitch.

Row 1: Chain any multiple of 6 + 1. 3 dc in the 4th ch from hook, skip 2 chs, sc in next ch, (skip 2 chs, shell st in next ch, skip 2 chs, sc in next ch) across the row. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Row 2: Ch 3, 3dc in the sc at the base of the ch, (sc in 3rd dc of the next shell st, shell st in the next sc) to last 4 dc, skip 3 dc, sc in 3rd ch of turning ch. Turn your work at the end of the row.

Repeat Row 2 to your desired length.

Learn Even More Crochet Stitch Patterns

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Which of these crochet stitch patterns is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments

  1. AvatarKatherine says

    The moss stitch is definitely a favorite of mine – it is quick and can create some cool effects with color changes!

  2. AvatarMichele Forbes says

    These are all super fun stitches! When I need a break between wips I like to make swatches of familiar stitches like these. It’s like a palate cleanser between crochet courses that renews my vision and energy when I pick up the next project. Thanks Toni! (*chef’s kiss)

    • AvatarLinda says

      My favorite stitch out if the five is the shell stitch. It has a very rich feel. Reminds me of grand fabrics of old.

  3. AvatarPam says

    Griddle stitch, I’ve never heard of such a stitch, total newbie here 🙂 thank you for the education.

  4. AvatarS Williams says

    I love the shell stitch. It is so fun to do and so versatile. I am going to use it to replicate an Afghan my grandmother made 50 years ago!
    Thanks for your inspiring work!
    S Williams

  5. AvatarBertha Mallard says

    I love using the moss stitch for knitted items and I am sure I will enjoy using the crocheted moss stitch as well. Thanks for sharing this information with us. You are so gifted.

  6. AvatarDani Aguirre says

    I love the moss stitch for washcloths. Thank you for all of your teaching here!! It has been a wealth of information .. the reading patterns post is amazing !!

  7. AvatarTeri Wise says

    Another professionally, well done video!
    I think the V stitch is my next new stitch (do I only get to pick one?) to try. I think it would look nice in a shrug or shawl. Thanks Toni.

  8. AvatarRhea says

    The shell stitch is my favorite. Always a winner. Looks like you are an expert, even when your aren’t!!!

  9. AvatarStacey Vassos says

    The moss stitch. It is so textural and classic. I use it for baby blankets so there are no big stitch gaps for little fingers or toes to poke out of. I tried to leave my comment on your YouTube video for the giveaway but there seems to be an issue with the comment function.

    I am loving Crochet Academy so much and panicking a little because it’s almost over, boo.

  10. AvatarLisa Valko says

    So I forgot to add what I would make with my moss stitch…perhaps a sleeveless top..I am not a fan of sleeves…one is either too big or too small, I loose track of the stitches or the rows. All of your techniques are wonderful and I am trying to use them to stay on track

  11. AvatarShabnam says

    I love V stitch & Shell stitch equally. Difficult to say which one is the best 🙂
    Thank you for your wonderful lessons and videos. Watching you crochet is so soothing for me.

  12. AvatarMargot says

    What a great video! All of the stitches are fun but I am particularly fond of the puff stitch… I love using it for scarves with a very light weight yarn or sections of blankets with a heavier weight yarn. Thank you for all your work this summer to help us all become better crocheters!

  13. AvatarCathy L Byrd says

    I love this Crochet Academy and all your videos even though I consider myself an intermediate, I have been learning new things!!! Keep up the good work!!!

  14. AvatarPat Taylor says

    I think my new favorite is the Moss stitch! I knew about most of the other stitches, but, before you showed me the light about the importance of checking one’s gauge – because everyone’s tensions are different, and your showing us how to crochet straight edges – my adventures with the other patterns were pretty – and pretty messy!
    Thank you so much for having this academy for newbies, and wannabe better crocheter!

  15. AvatarEv says

    I love the look of the moss and shell stitch. I am extremely new to crochet and oof, my first attempt at the moss stitch ended up in the shape of a happy rainbow. I’ll keep at it. Toni, I very much dig your work and this academy.

  16. AvatarMayra says

    hey Toni you have such beautiful yarns that you pick to show us and I love love the griddle stitch and the V stitch and also, the moss stitch reminds me of a knit stitch when crocheting but the knit stitch does overlap.

    P.S. am I suppose to put my last name too or just the first name?
    thanks

  17. AvatarWendy B. says

    Hi Toni! Love the griddle stitch, and the moss stitch is a close second for me! I’m currently working on a summer tank top using the griddle stitch. The moss stitch is beautifully simple for blankets. And while I’m at it, I’m kinda a big fan of the puff stitch as well, incorporated into projects to add a little more texture.

  18. AvatarReAnne says

    Howdy Toni! Because of your hard work and your Crochet Academy I’m becoming a better crocheter!!! Straight lines, learning gauge and understanding everything about crochet better. My favorite stitch is the Moss and V. Hopefully after the Academy you’ll take a well deserved rest!!! 🤗😸🖖🏼❤💜💖💗💙💚💛💎

  19. AvatarShirley Church says

    I just fell in love with the “Shell Stitch, I think I am going to make a “Cushion Cover” with it
    Thank you for a great video on how too Toni.

  20. AvatarJodi says

    So hard to choose a favorite! I didn’t even know puff stitch could be used for anything but a border (how silly is that?!). I love all the texture the griddle stitch creates. And since I was a little one I wanted a shell stitch afghan like my friend’s grandma had made for her. Your explanations and stitch count ‘recipes’ make all these stitches so accessible. I feel like I can grab any skein and a hook and spool out fabric in any of the five!

  21. AvatarT Silver says

    I just had a brilliant idea for the skein tone yarn that I purchased. Shell stitch baby blanket with a larger hook for a airy feel and a slight drape, delicate look. Thanks Toni!

  22. AvatarMaria says

    Hi Toni, the pure soho yarns are spectacular. The stitches are gorgeous. I love both moss and griddle stitches. But the griddle stitch takes the cake. I would use either or fir garments because if the denseness of the pattern which allows more “privacy” (coverage) with the finished garment.
    Again, thanks for all you do. This is a wonderful class and I’m cherishing the new things I’m learning about crochet.

  23. AvatarSarita says

    Hi Ms Toni, I found all of them beautiful. But since it’s Summertime, I thought the V-stitch would make a lovely shell or a sleeveless cardigan. Thank you so much for making these seem so simple.

  24. AvatarAnita says

    OMG!!! So excited with these new stitches. I particularly like the shell stitch because it really seems to be blanket season for me.
    But WOW! So many stitches so little time. LOL

  25. AvatarBriony Johnson says

    Not sure I’m ready for all of these stitches yet as I got quite lost on the first attempt, but just need to keep practicing. I loved the griddle and shell stitches. As a newbie have no idea yet when I’ll use them in a project, but for now I’m just enjoying learning something new.

  26. AvatarDonna Bunger says

    Three of the stitches were new to me. I liked them all but, I immediately started thinking of ways to use the shell stitch. The shell stitch would make a very pretty top maybe with yarn with some shine in it, so feminine. I am greatly enjoying the classes, you are a very good teacher. Thanks so much for doing this.

  27. AvatarChuck says

    Great job, Toni!! I am very slow doing the puff stitch! Difficult for me to keep all those loops loose enough to pull the yarn through! I like the V stitch as I favor lattice type stitches. I may try a placemat with that stitch.

  28. AvatarMorgan Watson says

    I have the puff stitch down with the worsted weight yarn but I am REALLY struggling with the bulky Hue + Me yard for the Avon Blanket. My hook gets all caught up instead of sliding right through like it does with the thinner yarn. I don’t know what I’m doing differently. Any pointers?

  29. AvatarFran says

    Oh great, this is not the normal list of beginners stitches, and I’d been trying to remember how moss stitch worked for months! Perfect!!

  30. AvatarJulie says

    Hi Toni – I LOVE the griddle stitch and never knew it’s name before today! I just tried out the clawfoot stitch and am going to use up some leftover yarn and make a fun infinity cowl to give some lucky person for Christmas.

    What a great series so far..

  31. AvatarKenna says

    My favorite Is the shell stitch. I’m looking forward to completing some wash cloths in this stitch to give away for gifts. I have crocheted for many years but I have learned a lot from Crochet Academy. Thank you!

  32. AvatarSusan says

    I’m so excited to try all of these stitches! Wonder which one will be fave?! Thank you Toni. You are an amazing teacher 😊

  33. AvatarHelen B says

    Thank you for showcasing these stitches!! Your tutorials are always so soothing to watch, and easy to follow. I did have a quick question because there was another video of yours (linked below) that detailed the crochet moss stitch/linen stitch and in the first row you dictated to work in the back bump of the starting chain. But you don’t do that here. Is that personal preference? Is there a difference when doing such?

    Thanks again!!

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=e9ZWDs0k_FA

    • Toni L.Toni L. says

      Great catch, Helen! Yes, crocheting in the back bump is a matter of personal preference. It doesn’t impact how the stitch is made, but working in the back bump cleans up the finished stitch a bit.

  34. AvatarRhonda A says

    I love that I am getting “it”! I have only done the “V” stitch and the moss stitch so far, but my edges are straight and stitches consistent across rows. Because of the yarn I am using, it helped me to understand from your blog about identifying the posts on the moss stitch, so I could place my next stitches in the spaces beyond the little “v” posts. I could see me in a warm, cozy cardigan in this stitch, although it would take a bit of time 😊 I am looking forward to the next few stitches.

  35. AvatarND Woodruff says

    The shell was my favorite stitch learned today! Now my home made kitchen clothsvcan have a new look! Beginning crochet pitcher here. Thank you for sharing the best and informative video. Yourst teaching style is amazing.

  36. AvatarKaren says

    Hey Tony!! I did extra credit stitches. Love the clawsfoot and ripple stitches. I am really enjoying the academy. I have learned a lot. Looking forward to this upcoming week. Thanks for the great instruction and inspiration. I want to be on the lookout for some of the books you showed us. I realized I have purchased patterns but other than your Tunisian book I really don’t have any.

  37. AvatarDawn says

    I really enjoy the griddle stitch. That is a new stitch for me and I have ideas running through my head as to what I can use that stitch! Thank you for your easy to follow instructions!

  38. AvatarJocelyn says

    Thanks for all the information. My brain is so full right now after working all day. I have been catching up on all the blogs tonight and I have been buying some of the items that you have suggested. My favorite stitches were the Moss and the Shell. I find your tutorials so easy to follow and you have a very soothing voice. I am just sorry that I have not been able to join any of the zoom events. I am assuming that you have recorded those and I will try to click on the link tomorrow night. My grandmother was the one who got me into crocheting. God bless.

  39. AvatarChristine says

    I returned from a weeks vacation and I am catching up on the videos. I will try each stitch and then decide which is my favorite.

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