Whether you’re just learning how to crochet or you need a little refresher, bookmark our crochet stitch dictionary so you have what you need when you need it. All of the crochet stitches below come with instructions, and a video tutorial to walk you through it.

zig zag Puff Stitch

Zig Zag Puff Stitch

crochet crocodile stitch

Crocodile Stitch


With so many stitches, where do you even start?

As a beginner, you may feel overwhelmed with the huge variety of stitches to try. So where should you begin? We think it’s a great idea to learn the basic stitches first – slip knot, chain, single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet and slip stitch. Many crochet stitches you see on this page or in your favorite stitch book are just a combination of these basic stitches (with a few exceptions like broomstick lace, star stitch and some of the more unique stitch patterns).

But what if you’re not a beginner. Where do you start? Find a stitch that catches your eye and find a project that uses it. Crochet stitches are wonderful at sparking project inspiration, and we often start there rather than with a particular project idea. Each stitch has its own unique qualities that make it perfect for a particular type of project. Many of the stitches you see on this page have a project for you to dive into after you’ve learned the stitch. Some projects (like blankets) will be great at helping you memorize a stitch pattern, but don’t worry if you need to continuously refer to a stitch pattern. We do that too!

Some of Our Favorite Stitch Pattern Books

Crochet Stitches Visual Encyclopedia

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This is one of our favorite books to reference for creative stitches. It’s packed with 300 patterns that are organized by category: basic, lace, cables, etc.

The Big Book of Crochet Stitches

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This book is the best value for the money. In it you’ll find more than 350 crochet stitch patterns in a variety of categories with easy-to-follow instructions.

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We love the approach this book takes to learning new crochet stitches. In it you’ll find a collection of different stitches you can later incorporate into a sampler afghan.

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