Have you ever wanted to crochet a stitch that looks like knitting? I know I have. There’s just something about the way simple stockinette-stitch knitting looks. And our single-crochet stitch…well, the aesthetic just doesn’t quite compare.
And while we will probably never be able to create the exact same look and texture in crocheting, we CAN come close. Let me show you how to crochet the woven stitch—a stitch that looks very much like knitting!
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How to Crochet the Woven Stitch
Let me start off and tell you that this stitch is super close to a regular single-crochet. Don’t be scared off—it’s really easy. The ONLY difference is where you put your hook. Seriously. A simple change of where you start creates a whole different look in the fabric. Cool, right?
So let’s get started!
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The woven stitch will always start out with a regular row of single crochet. To practice this stitch, begin with a chain of any amount (probably around 10-20 stitches would be good). Then skip the first chain and single-crochet across the rest of the chain. Make sure you do not crochet this row too tightly, or the woven stitch will be more difficult.
Now ch 1 and turn your work like you’re starting a new row (the ch does not count as a st.) Make another regular sc in the first stitch of the new row.
(Basically, you will have a regular sc on each end of your row, but the for the other stitches you will insert your hook a different way. See next step!)
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Step 3: How To Insert Your Hook
Okay, so now you’re ready to create your first “woven” stitch!
Here’s how it works: normally you would insert your hook into the top two loops of a stitch. However, with the woven stitch, you will insert your hook into the middle of the stitch.
If you look at a regular sc from the wrong side, there are 3 main parts of the stitch OTHER than the ones you would normally insert your hook into. There is the one horizontal bar, right underneath the top loops. And then there are the 2 vertical bars. It is in between those 2 vertical bars that you want to insert your hook
The picture below shows some little white arrows pointing to this exact place!
Here is a picture showing what the hook looks like when inserted:
Now, simply complete a regular single-crochet! Yarn over and pull through the stitch.
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Then yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops on hook.
Repeat Step 3 all across your row, until you get to the last stitch.
For the last stitch, work another regular sc in the top loops. The two normal sc keep the edges neat.
One Last Tip:
Remember how I said at the very beginning to make sure your first row of sc isn’t too tight? Well, tension is definitely something important for this stitch, because if you crochet too tightly, it will be impossible to make your hook fit through those two vertical bars. This applies for all rows. If you’re having trouble inserting your hook, try making the first loop you pull up a bit looser. This will make the two vertical bars looser, thus allowing for smoother entry of the hook.
That’s really all there is to it! When you crochet the woven stitch over many rows, it creates an effect very similar to knitting. Personally, I like using it way better than regular single-crochet.
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