Oh, crochet texture…it looks remarkably difficult, yet it is often so simple to create! There’s just something about textured crochet stitches that makes me happy. There are so many unique surfaces you can make…bobbles, waves, cables, puffs, and so much more!
Crocheted texture is something that you just can’t achieve with knitting. It is unique, fun, and beautiful. It can make a huge statement, or it can be quiet and subtle.
In fact, one of the best ways to make an otherwise boring project fun and different is to use a unique stitch design. Simply using a textured stitch that’s out of the ordinary can make a project really eye-catching without having to add any extra things to accessorize it (like a border, beads, lace, etc.).
Textured crochet stitches are also especially great for the upcoming fall and winter months, because they’re so cozy-looking.
Which is why I am SO excited to talk more about this topic today!
How do you crochet texture?
Before we get into the list of textured crochet stitches, it is important to talk about how crochet texture is achieved. The truth is, you can make a textured surface in a variety of different ways. Here are just a few of the methods that you will see used throughout the stitches in this post:
- Working multiple stitches into one stitch, grouping them together to form a raised surface. This usually forms more subtle textures.
- Working behind stitches (aka using post stitches). This is used to form cables or other unique textures that aren’t otherwise possible.
- Making one special stitch that is raised, like a bobble or puff. This results in a “bumpy” type of surface.
- Crocheting a flat surface and then working stitches on top afterward. This is called surface crochet, and while it is not as common, it makes for a very unique look.
In addition, you can also combine the 4 points above in different ways for extra-interesting textures.
Crocheting is just so versatile. As a result, there are SO many ways to achieve a textured surface! The points above just scratch the surface.
How to crochet bumpy stitches
A crochet stitch that is “bumpy” usually refers to a bobble or puff stitch. These types of stitches are a HUGE part of textured crochet.
Puff stitches are made by pulling up a bunch of loops in the same stitch, and then yarning over and pulling through them all. Bobbles are made in a similar way but they are still a bit different.
If you want to learn more about bumpy stitches, this post compares the 3 most common types.
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Choosing Textured Crochet Stitches for Blankets
If you want to make a crochet blanket that is full of texture, you are in the right place! Most of the stitches I’m about to show you would work great for a variety of projects like scarves and blankets.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you want to turn one of these textured stitches into a blanket:
- Look for a stitch that is pleasing to your eye. This may sound obvious, but it is a great place to start! I would recommend scanning this list and see which stitches stand out. Then, think about the points below as well.
- Consider the repeat. Do you want a mindless blanket that has just a few rows that repeat? You’ll want to look for a simpler textured stitch. However, if you want a blanket that will keep you interested for a long time, maybe you want one a bit more difficult.
- Is it reversible? What does the back look like? These are also questions you will want to keep in mind. Sometimes, complex textured stitches like cables look amazing on the front but ugly on the back. Of course, you don’t HAVE to make a blanket that looks pretty on the back. It just depends on if you care or not.
If you do find a stitch that you like, I highly recommend making a small square in the stitch before jumping into an entire blanket with it.
You’ll be able to get a feel for the stitch and see if you want to commit to a giant project made from it! And you’ll also be able to see what the back of the stitch looks like (in case there are no photos of the back of the stitch shown in the blog post).
Crochet Textured Stitch Library
Are you ready to see an ultimate list of textured crochet stitches? This library of stitches is sure to keep you coming back over and over again!
As you scroll through the list, keep in mind there will be crochet textures of all sorts. Some are more subtle, while others are very textured.
There should be something here for everyone. So without further ado, let’s jump right on into it!
1. Alpine Stitch
First up, meet the Alpine stitch! This design is simply lovely to look at, it truly reminds me of the woods. This design is also extremely cozy and make a great stitch to use for scarves, sweaters, and the like! You can get the free pattern here.
2. Star Stitch
The next stitch I’d like to you to meet is this gorgeous Star Stitch. This design has a very elegant look to it and makes a great way to dress up any project. It is a more subtle texture, but definitely worth it. You can get the free pattern here.
3. 3D Cluster Stitch
Next up is the 3D Cluster Stitch designed by Katie from Salty Pearl Crochet. This one is so fun because it almost looks like cotton candy! This stitch is great for hats, baby blankets, etc. You can find the free pattern here.
4. Puff Stitch
Up next is the Puff Stitch. Puff stitches are some of the most fun and unique ways to dress up any crochet project. You could easily use this technique for borders, accents, or simply as your stitch for the entire project.
Note that there will be lots more stitches below that use puffs in unique ways, but this post will teach you how to do a puff individually. Get the free pattern here.
5. Trinity Stitch
The next stitch I’d like to introduce to you is the Trinity Stitch. I just love how the stitches resemble tiny flowers! This pattern is great for those of you who would like to dress up a project without having any holes in it. The Trinity Stitch is also quite solid and tight-knit, so it makes a great stitch for sweaters, bags, blankets, etc. You can find the free pattern here.
6. Berry Stitch
Another one of my favorite textured stitches is the Berry Stitch. This design is so delightful because the stitches pop right out of your project, immediately giving it a fun, eye-catching effect! You can find the free pattern here.
7. Wheat Stitch
Next up is this gorgeous Wheat Stitch pattern. This design is a fun variation of the Puff Stitch. Although this technique is slightly more complex than your average Puff Stitch, it is totally worth the time and effort. This stitch would make a gorgeous sweater, or scarf! You can get the free pattern here.
8. Crunch Stitch
Another textured stitch you have to see is the Crunch Stitch. This design is quite beautiful AND it’s double-sided! This stitch also works up quite a thick fabric, so it’s great for cozy, warm patterns. While the reversibility would make it great for a blanket, I would be cautious, because the rows are very short. It might take forever! LOL. You can get the free pattern here.
9. Textured Single Crochet: Back and Front Loop
Next up is this fun Textured Single Crochet pattern. This design is a simple and exciting way to make any single-crochet project more interesting. You can find the free pattern here.
10. Waffle Stitch
This next pattern is one of my absolute favorite textured stitches: the Waffle Stitch! I just love how this design resembles a fun breakfast pastry! This stitch also makes a super squishy fabric, so it’s great for any cozy items. I think this would be a great choice for a blanket especially. You can find the free pattern here.
11. Lemon Peel Stitch
Next up, meet the Lemon Peel stitch. This design is absolutely adorable and makes a great summer OR winter Stitch! The texture is definitely on the subtler side, but it is there. There are even 2 ways to make it! Learn more about that and find the free pattern here.
12. Bobblet Stitch
Next is this lovely Bobblet Stitch pattern. This design is so beautiful and unique. The bobbles used are tiny, which gives the stitch such an adorable bubble-like texture! You can find the free pattern here.
13. Jasmine Stitch
If you’re looking for a unique, thick stitch pattern, the Jasmine Stitch is perfect for you! Not only is this pattern different and cozy, it’s absolutely stunning to look at! This is stitch would make way to dress up a gift for any flower-loving friends, or as a pattern for yourself! You can get the free pattern here.
14. Mountain Ridges Textured Afghan Stitch
If you’re looking for a VERY textured crochet stitch, Mountain Ridge Stitch might be just what you need! This design is so interesting and adds so much depth to any project. I just love the mountain and valley-like texture! You can get the free pattern here.
15. Camel Stitch
Next, meet the Camel Stitch. This design is simple, yet elegant. It gives the illusion of a knitted project without you having to touch a single knitting needle! You can find the free pattern here.
16. Pinecone Stitch
Do you love unique, cozy-looking crochet stitches? If so, I bet you’d like the Pinecone Stitch! One of my favorite parts about the fall and winter months are the pinecones that accompany them, which is another reason why I love this pattern! The different, wintery-texture of this stitch immediately makes you feel warm and cozy. You can find the free pattern here.
17. Griddle Stitch
Next is this fun Griddle Stitch design! This technique is a great way to make almost any project a bit more interesting. The Griddle Stitch is also beginner friendly! It’s a great one to try if you’re looking for simple textured crochet stitches. You can get the free pattern here.
18. Blue Frost Stitch
Next up is the elegant Blue Frost Stitch! Inspired by the winter months, this technique makes the perfect stitch design for sweaters, hats, winter décor, etc.! It uses the puff stitch once again, alternating with sections of the woven stitch. This really causes the puffs to POP! You can get the free pattern here.
19. Tinsel Stitch
Next, meet the Tinsel Stitch. Remember when I mentioned the surface crochet technique? This stitch uses just that! Although this design is especially great for the Christmas season, you can easily change up the color scheme to create a summery project as well. You can find the free pattern here.
20. Loop Stitch
Another one of my favorite techniques is the Loop Stitch. This pattern is super easy to recreate and adds a fun loopy texture to any project. You can find the free pattern here.
21. Alternating Puff Stitch
In case you haven’t noticed, I love puff stitches. The Alternating Puff Stitch makes unique v’s out of the puffs and then alternates them back and forth as the name suggests. This design is beautiful and gives any project an extra air of elegance. You can get the free pattern here.
22. Primrose Stitch
I don’t know about you guys, but I just love flowers, which is why I love the Primrose Stitch! This design is absolutely gorgeous AND it’s great for beginners! You can find the free pattern here.
23. Harvest Stitch
Next, meet the Harvest Stitch. This design uses a combination of Puff Stitches and V stitches to create this beautiful, “harvesty” texture. This pattern is also beginner friendly! You can get the free pattern here.
24. Triangle Post Stitch
Another unique design I’d like to show you is the Triangle Post Stitch. This technique is so fun and different. It uses post stitches combined with color work to get unique, textured crochet triangles. I promise it’s not as hard as it looks! 😉 You can get the free pattern here.
25. Pumpkin Patch Stitch
Do you love the fall season? If so, I bet you’d enjoy this pattern, called the Pumpkin Patch Stitch. This design is so fun and cute! I just love the tiny pumpkins made from bobbles. You could use this technique to make an adorable fall sweater or bag. Get the free pattern here.
26. Single Crochet Rib Stitch
Next up, check out the Single Crochet Rib Stitch. This pattern is great for those of you who would like to make a fabric that has a knitted-look without having to use any knitting needles! You can get the free pattern here.
27. Windowpane Stitch
Another one of my favorite textured stitches is the Windowpane stitch. This one is so unique and almost looks like tiny windows! You could use this technique to add something extra to just about any project (blankets, tops, bags, etc.). Get the free pattern here.
28. Bridge Stitch
The next pattern I’d like to introduce you to is the Bridge Stitch. This design has such an elegant feel to it. You can expect this one to be a little more on the tricky side. It uses a variety of techniques to get the texture you see below. Find the free pattern here.
29. Bean Stitch
Next up, meet the Bean Stitch. This technique creates quite a thick fabric, so it’s great for those winter projects! You could even experiment with different colors to give it a multi-colored, jelly-bean look! You can get the free pattern here.
30. Mini Cable Stitch
Cables are an exciting way to add texture to any project, but they can be intimidating. If you’re new to cables, you will love the Mini Cable Stitch! This stitch is fairly simple to create, which makes it a great pattern for beginners! You can get the free pattern here.
31. Trellis Stitch
Have you been looking for an elegant, unique stitch? If so, you’ll love the Trellis Stitch! This design is absolutely stunning to look at, and it’s reminiscent of a garden gate. You can find the free pattern here.
32. Chain Cable Stitch
Another great stitch for anyone who has ever been intimidated by crochet Cable! This design uses single crochets and chains to create this fun, braided cable look without the added fuss and frustration of post stitches. You can find the free pattern here.
33. Diagonal Post Stitch
Next, meet another fun textured stitch, the Diagonal Post Stitch. This design would make a great stitch for anything from gloves to blankets! It looks difficult, but it’s really just a few double crochets and front post double crochets placed in different spots across rows. You can find the free pattern here.
34. Raised V-Stitch
Similar to the Diagonal Post Stitch, the Raised V-Stitch is a great way to add texture and interest to any project! This pattern is also quite simple, so it’s great for those of you who are wanting to get better at making post stitches. You can find the free pattern here.
35. Mini Berry Stitch
Next, meet the Mini Berry Stitch! This stitch is a more rugged alternative to the Puff stitch. This design is also super fun and can add a fun, rustic look to any project. You can find the free pattern here.
36. Blueberry Stitch
Another one of my favorite designs is the Blueberry Stitch. Isn’t this design so pretty? This stitch is gorgeous to look at and could easily dress up any crochet garment. You can find the free pattern here.
37. Flurry Stitch
Next up is the gorgeous Flurry Stitch. Isn’t this one stunning? I just love how the ornate design looks like a flurry of snow and rain! This stitch would be great to use for just about anything, but especially for winter garments (hats, tops, sweaters, cardigans, bags, etc.). You can get the free pattern here.
37. Crocodile Stitch
Up next is the Crocodile Stitch. While this stitch can be a bit tricky, I found a great tutorial by Nicole from Nicki’s Homemade Crafts. This technique is so fun and has a scale-like appearance. You could use this stitch to create a mermaid tail blanket, a rooftop, etc.! You can also easily experiment with different colors to create a stunning, multi-colored effect. You can find the free pattern here.
38. Twisted Stitch
Twisted stitches are an amazing way to add unique texture to your project! They are so unlike post stitches or bumpy stitches…they’re really in a category all of their own! The best part is, twisted stitches are super easy to crochet. Learn how here.
39. Snowball Stitch
Next, check out this Snowball Stitch. If you’re looking for a fun stitch to use for winter projects, this one is perfect! The tiny, snowball-like appearance would make great sweaters, coasters, cup cozies, etc.! You can find the free pattern here.
40. Bobble Eyelet Stitch
Crochet texture is one thing, but crochet texture with a little lace added in is a whole other amazing thing! The Bobble Eyelet Stitch alternates rows of texture with rows of lace eyelets made from chain spaces. Get the free pattern here.
41. Mayberry Stitch
Last but definitely not least is the beautiful Mayberry Stitch. I just love the tiny, berry-like texture! This stitch is great for those of you who would like to create a textured fabric without it becoming too bulky. You can find the free pattern here.
Ah, textured stitches. Aren’t they just amazing?! I hope you liked this post and found the perfect new stitch to learn.
More Lists of Crochet Stitches
If you are really into crochet stitches, here are some more fun lists to check out! There is some crossover between the lists, but also some unique fun ones too.