Pretty and Unique Free Crochet Stitches to Try

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Crochet is a fun and relaxing hobby that allows you to create pretty crochet stitches that are unique yet simple. It is also a great way to de-stress and unwind after a long day.

However, it can be challenging to learn a new stitch without a good tutorial. This is especially true for beginners.

Fortunately, I have a list of free and beautiful crochet stitch patterns available, many of which come with their own video tutorial, step-by-step instructions, and photo tutorials. 

This will make it easy for crocheters of all skill levels to learn a new stitch and create stunning projects.


What is a Simple Crochet Stitch

various stitches and height
Various Simple Stitches and Height

Simple stitches are basic crochet stitches that are used in any fancy or unique stitch pattern. Also known as chains, single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet just to name a few.  

The chain stitch is the foundation of most crochet projects and is used to create the starting chain and turning chain of rows. 

Once you’ve mastered these easy stitch types, you will be able to move on to more advanced stitches with complex variations. 

The single crochet stitch is the shortest of all the stitches and is often used to create tight, dense fabric. The treble crochet stitch is taller than the single crochet stitch and is often used to create lacy, openwork fabric.

These basic crochet stitches are great for beginners because they are easy to learn and can be used to create a wide variety of projects. 

Once you have mastered the basic stitches, you can start to experiment with more complex patterns and designs.




Slip knot – The beginning of every foundation chain. Check out the full tutorial here.

Chain Stitch / Foundation Chain (Ch) – After working a slip knot, you will yarn over and pull through a loop. 

Slip Stitch (Sl St) – A slip stitch is similar to the chain stitch except it is not worked on the foundation row.

Single crochet stitch (Sc) – A single crochet is done by inserting your crochet hook into a loop, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over and pulling through all loops.

Half Double Crochet Stitches (Hdc) – a half double crochet is done by yarning over, inserting your crochet hook into a loop, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over and pulling through all loops.

Double Crochet stitches (Dc) – Double crochet is done by yarning over, inserting your crochet hook into a loop, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over. pull through two loops, and again yarn over and pulling through all loops.

Trebel Crochet Stitches (Tr) – Treble crochet is done by yarning over twice, inserting your crochet hook into a loop, yarn over, draw up a loop, yarn over, pull through two loops, yarn over, pull through two loops again, yarn over and pulling through all loops.


What is a Unique Crochet Stitch

fancy stitch 

A unique crochet stitch pattern is a stitch that is used to create interesting textures or designs. 

There are many types of fun stitches such as the Alpine Stitch, Suzette Stitch, Herringbone Stitch, and more. These stitch patterns are easy to learn and perfect for beginners. 

There are a variety of different ways of making the perfect stitch ranging from easy crochet stitches to complex stitches however, both ways equally create stunning stitches when finished. 

Unique crochet stitches are great for adding interesting texture to projects and garments. They can be used to create intricate patterns or add a pop of contrast to your design. 

While they may be more challenging than simple crochet stitches, they are well worth the effort.


Here is a list of my favorite stitches:

alpine stitch
Alpine Stitches

This is a beautiful stitch everyone needs to know about. Its easy to learn and makes for a stunning textured finished project.

Paddle Stitch
Paddle Stitches

This paddle stitch offers a poufy and thick finish. Works up really fast and it great for those cold nights making cozy cardigans and blankets.

Herringbone Stitch
Herringbone Stitches

Learn two variations of this pretty zig zag herringbone stitch. Once you know this pattern, you just wont stop making it.

suzette stitches
Suzette Stitches

Using only two basic stitches, you will be able to create this pretty Suzette Stitch effortlessly. This pattern is so versatile it is great for almost anything.

puff granny square
Flower Granny Square

If you're looking for an eye catching granny square, then you'll have to make this piece. You will learn a variety of new stitches with this pattern.

group cluster stitch
Group Cluster Stitch

This stitch reminds me of a bed of flowers all lined up in a row. A beautiful stitch to add to any blanket or garment.

Arrowhead cable stitch
Arrowhead Cable Stitch

This "V" shape cable stitch is a simple repeat pattern that is easy to do and offers a stunning texture. Add this to any border or edging and you're good to go.

Feather Stitch
Feather Stitch

This gorgeous stitch is a great stitch to use for a thicker finish. Perfect for coasters, scrubbies, pot holder or a cozy sweatshirt.

planned pooling
Planned Pooling

Learn the art of planned pooling and create stunning argyle pattern using any stitch. Perfect for beginners

chevron denim tank top crochet pattern
Chevron Stitch

This zig zag stitch makes for a great blanket , skirt or even a simple tank top. Learn this simple stitch here.

These are just a few of the many free crochet stitch patterns that I enjoy. With so many different crochet stitches to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect one for your next project.


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Important tips and tricks for maintaining stitch consistency:

  1. Pay attention to tension. Consistent tension ensures uniformity throughout your work.

  2. Count stitches regularly to prevent any accidental increases or decreases.

  3. Use stitch markers to help you identify specific stitches or sections within your project.

  4. Make a swatch gauge (more below).

  5. Identify which stitch to skip and which stitch to work into – especially when working on the first and last stitch.

  6. Take breaks to evaluate your progress and make any necessary adjustments.


Make a Gauge Swatch

how to measure your crochet gauge

Crochet swatches are small crochet samples that are made before starting a project. They are used to check the gauge, which is the number of stitches and rows per inch, and ensure that the finished project will be the correct size.

Making a swatch is important because it allows you to check if your stitches match up with those of a pattern. If your stitches are looser or tighter than the designer’s, you will end up with a piece that is too small or too big.

Swatching also helps you to get a feel for how the yarn behaves, its overall texture, stitch definition, and stretch level. It’s always helpful to make a swatch when trying out a new yarn, stitch, or new yarn and stitch combination.

Whether you are an experienced crocheter or a beginner, it is always good practice to make a gauge swatch before starting any new project. 


Crochet Stitch Guide: 

paddle stitch
Paddle Stitch



Tips before starting a new stitch pattern


  • When choosing a decorative crochet stitch pattern, it is important to consider the weight of the yarn you will be using. Some stitches look best with lightweight yarn, while others look best with heavier yarn.

  • It is also important to consider the texture of the yarn you will be using. Some stitches look best with smooth yarn, while others look best with textured yarn.

  • If you are new to decorative crochet stitches, it is a good idea to start with a simple stitch pattern. Once you have mastered the basic stitches, you can try more complex patterns.

  • Start by learning the basic crochet stitches, such as the single crochet stitch, double crochet stitch, and half double crochet stitch. Once you have mastered the basic stitches, you will be able to learn decorative stitches more easily.

  • Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Everyone makes mistakes when they are learning something new. The important thing is to learn from your mistakes and to keep practicing.

  • Be patient. It takes time and practice to learn how to crochet decorative stitches. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right away. Just keep practicing and you will eventually master it.


If you are looking for more crochet tutorials and ideas, here are some great crochet ideas to make with these new stitches that you just learned.

Do not forget to also check out the free crochet pattern list and other great crochet tips below:

I hope this tutorial was helpful in offering a wide variety of beautiful stitches and unique crochet textures. 

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