Surface Crochet Stitch

Skill Level



No Multiple


Accent Stitch

The surface crochet stitch is a great technique for adding stripes and even typography to your crochet and knitting projects but it doesn’t end there. Let your creativity run wild with this one!

surface crochet stitch
getting started

Suggested Supplies

Pair the surface crochet stitch with a contrast color for a design that pops or use the same color for a more blended, subtle look. This stitch is very versatile and can be worked with all sorts of yarn weights and textures.

Supplies used in demonstration video:

  • Lily Sugar ‘N Cream Yarn
  • 5.5 mm Crochet Hook
  • Yarn Needle
  • Scissors

  • Ch Chain
  • Hk Hook
  • Slst Slip Stitch
  • St(s) Stitch(es)

The surface crochet stitch is essentially a slip stitch worked on top of another fabric. To practice this stitch you’ll need some sort of crochet or knit swatch or project.

Don’t worry if you don’t like it. It rips out easily!

Step 1: First decide on the pattern you would like to surface crochet and have a general idea of where your surface crochet stitches need to be.

Tip! If working a straight line, little planning needs to take place. However, if you are working with letters or curved lines, stitch markers are helpful when mapping out the path of stitches. 

Step 2: Make a slip knot with the surface crochet yarn. Insert hk through project from front to back at your desired starting point.

Step 3: Place slip knot loop on hk. Tighten slip knot, but leave it a little loose. Pull the loop through your crochet piece.

Step 4: Moving in the direction you wish for the design you’re surface stitching, insert hk through crochet piece about 1/4 inch from last st. YO (on the back side), pull up a loop (through the piece and through the loop on your hook).

Repeat: Rep last step until your design is complete. When you’re ready to fasten off, cut the yarn and pull the tail through the last stitch. Weave in your ends as usual.

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