"There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story. "
- Linda Hogan
One of the most beautiful embroidery techniques is crochet. It gets its name from the French word ‘crochet’ which means ‘small hook’. It is a process of making fabrics by using a crochet hook to interlock loops of thread, yarn or other strands.
Did you know that the crochet technique is considered to be easier than knitting? It is also a faster technique which is why it is suggested for all the budding embroidery artists and embroidery enthusiasts as one of the first things to learn.
So if you are a beginner in embroidery and have been wanting to know which crochet stitches to learn, we’re here to help you out!
Out of the huge variety of crochet stitches out there, here are the 7 basic crochet stitches every beginner should know :
One of the most basic crochet stitches that you must first learn is the chain stitch. It is made of simple connecting loops which end up looking like chains when finished. Chain stitch is usually a type of foundation chain on which the rest of your embroidery will be built on.
It is commonly known as the slip stitch join. The slip stitch is mostly used for fastening embroidery work hence it is great for giving the final touches to the embroidery. The best part, you can use it to make any patterns!
Openwork Crochet Stitch
The openwork crochet stitch is perfect for making open and beautiful, airy designs. It gives a lace-like and breezy feel to the embroidery work and therefore can be used to make elegant garments, lightweight blankets and drapes. The gorgeous openwork crochet stitch is mostly used to make summer fabrics.
Single Crochet Stitch
Once you master the chain stitch, the next one you need to practice is the single crochet stitch. It is quite a simple and flexible type of stitch as you can use this for any kind of embroidery. Particularly, you can use this to make beautiful single crochet scarves and blankets.
Surface Crochet Stitch
It is a crochet technique used to decorate the surface of a finished embroidery design. The surface crochet stitch is a good way to add some texture and designs to your finished work. This type of crochet looks like a chain stitch which is a bit raised off the surface. It is perfect for beginners.
Double Crochet Stitch
As the name suggests, it is double the size of a single crochet stitch. The double crochet stitch is one of the most commonly used as it not only looks stunning but also creates a soft feel to any embroidery work. Also, it is not as tight as the single crochet, so the double crochet stitch is perfect for making light crochet blankets, crochet caps and crochet sweaters.
Griddle Crochet Stitch
The griddle crochet stitch is a combination of the single and double crochet stitches, so it is a really good one for beginners to learn. It might seem difficult to do as it combines both, but if you first learn the single and double crochet, then doing the griddle crochet stitch will be very easy for you. It is known to give texture to all kinds of embroidery work.