Crochet Stitch Variations

Variations in Crochet Stitches

Most crochet stitch patterns are made up of basic stitches. However different effects can be created by varying slightly just one stage in the standard stitch-making procedure, for example the position of the basic stitch and/or manner of inserting the hook into the fabric. There are many variations and combinations and these are usually given with the pattern.

Working under one loop only

Inserting the hook under one top loop only, either the back loop (see below) or the front loop (see next), leaves the other loop exposed as a horizontal bar. Depending upon which stitches are picked out in this way, horizontal ridges of ‘woven’ effects can be created. The fabric also tends to become more elastic.

Under back loop
Under front loop

Corded or Reversed Double Crochet

Corded double crochet is used as a decorative texture or edging. It consists of working double crochet stitches in the ‘wrong’ direction, i.e. from left to right for right-handers.

After a right side row do not turn.

1. Always starting with the hook facing downwards insert the hook back into the next stitch to the right. Pull the yarn through twisting the hook to face upwards at the same time (see below).

Reversed DC 1

2. Wrap the yarn and draw through to finish off the double crochet normally (see below).

Reversed DC 2

3. Insert hook ready for next stitch (see below).

Reversed DC 3

4. The direction of working causes the stitches to twist and create the decorative effect (see below)

Reversed DC 4