The grit stitch is a great stitch for both beginners and experienced crocheters. It will add a fabulous blend of simplicity and intricacy, giving your work an amazing texture! Read on to learn how to crochet grit stitch.
Crochet Grit Stitch Tutorial
What is Grit Stitch?
It is called Grit Stitch because it resembles gravel or pebbles and adds so much depth and character to your crochet fabric. Applying this crochet stitch to any pattern makes it more textural and interesting.
- Yarn of your choice
- Crochet hook suitable for your yarn.
- Tapestry needle or yarn needle for weaving in ends
Try a sample square in worsted weight yarn with a 5 mm crochet hook.
Beginner. You only need to know how to work chain stitch, single crochet, and double crochet!
All instructions are written in US terminology. See more basic crocheting stitches.
- ch = chain stitch
- dc = double crochet stitch
- sc = single crochet
- rep = repeat
- st = stitch
- sk = skip
How to Crochet Grit Stitch, Step-by-Step
This lovely, textured stitch is as simple as it gets! The grit stitch pattern consists of alternating single and double crochet stiches. This beginner-friendly stitch is an easy one-row pattern repeat, so you can do it without having to concentrate too much! Here is the free crochet pattern for grit stitch.
- Chain a multiple of 2+1.
- Ch 2 (counts as the first sc),
- Dc into the third chain from the hook.
- * Sk the next ch, work 1 sc and 1 dc into the following ch.
- Repeat from * across to the last two chains.
- Sk next ch, sc into last ch. Turn.
- Ch 1, 1 dc in first st.
- * Sk next dc, work 1 sc and 1 dc into next sc.
- Rep from * across the row to the last 2 sts.
- Sk next dc, sc into turning ch. Turn.
Row 3 and Beyond:
Repeat row 2 until your fabric is the required size.
What Can I Make With Grit Stitch?
This stitch can be used for a whole variety of projects! Examples would be garments, pillow covers, washcloths, or blankets.
I always suggest these projects, but because this stitch pattern is so simple and has just a one-row repeat, you can do loads of small projects with it. It is often really nice to have a quick little project in between larger ones to give you a feeling of satisfaction at having completed something! Or, if you are a beginner, you may want to practice a bit on small projects.
You can use grit stitch for these little projects or any of the other stitches we have already covered! Good ideas to try for these small projects would be:
- Bookmark: Just make a narrow rectangle in the stitch of your choice, then work a sc border around the edge.
- Rug Mugs: Make squares or rectangles in the stitch of your choice for friends to place their coffee mugs on.
- Mug Cosies: Once again, use your chosen stitch to make a rectangle just a little smaller than the height of your mug. Sew the short ends together, top and bottom, leaving enough space for the handle to stick out. These will keep your tea or coffee warm while you are busy crocheting the next item!
- Pot Holder: Create a square from your stitch of choice and use it to pick up hot items, or, alternatively, to protect your kitchen tops when placing a hot pot on them.
- Kitchen Scrubbies: Make squares from a really textured stitch (grit stitch is perfect here) using a rough, coarse yarn.
- Face Cloths: squares again, but from a soft and luxurious yarn.
These are just a few ideas to inspire you to use your crochet skills for loads of interesting items instead of only making blankets or clothing!
Grit Stitch - In Conclusion
There you have it! Whatever you use the Grit Stitch for, I hope this new stitch exploration has inspired and sparked your creativity.
Grit Stitch Crochet
- Crochet Hook
- Chain a multiple of 2+1. Ch 2 (counts as the first sc), Dc into the third chain from the hook.* Sk the next ch, work 1 sc and 1 dc into the following ch. Repeat from * across to the last two chains. Sk next ch, sc into last ch. Turn.
- Ch 1, 1 dc in first st.* Sk next dc, work 1 sc and 1 dc into next sc.
- Rep from * across the row to last 2 sts.Sk next dc, sc into turning ch. Turn.
- Repeat row 2 until your fabric is the required size.