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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

How to Crochet -- Woven stitch

The crocheted Woven Stitch is one of my favorites to use for baby blankets and afghans since it is easy to stitch, using only chain stitch and single crochet, and it works up quickly into a nice single thickness lightweight blanket. It can be worked in one solid color, in a variegated yarn or in stripes and each combination looks great.

Here's how it works:

Start out with a beginning chain in multiples of 3, plus 2 extra. For the first row, skip the first 2 chains and work a single crochet into the third chain. Then chain 1, skip 1 chain, work 1 single crochet, as shown above. Do this (chain 1, skip 1, 1 single crochet) all the way across to the last chain stitch where you will work your last single crochet of the row.

This is what your piece will look like after finishing the first row.

Work 2 chain stitches and turn your work. Work 1 single crochet into the first chain space of the previous row as shown above. Chain 1 and work 1 single crochet into the next chain space. Continue working 1 chain and 1 single crochet into the next chain space all the way across, working the last single crochet into the space made by the turning chain of the previous row.

This is what your piece will look like after the second row is complete.

Continue as before with chain 2, turn, single crochet into first chain space. Chain 1 and single crochet into next chain space across. Finish each row by working the last single crochet into the turning chain space of the previous row. This is what your piece will look like after completing 9 rows.

This is a side view of the sample piece showing that there is not much in the way of texture or layering with this stitch. It makes a pretty flat piece which is nice when you want something a little lighter weight.

This is a close-up of the sample piece showing how the stitch gives the appearance of being woven. I think this stitch is so easy because the single crochet stitches are always worked in the chain spaces and never in the stitches themselves so you don't have to worry about finding the right stitch or if you should be using the front or back loops. It's one of those stitches that requires little thinking once you get the hang of it, which is probably why I like it so much!

If you want a piece that is not quite so closely woven, you could always use a bigger hook than what is recommended for the weight yarn you are using. You could also use half double crochet stitches instead of single, or even double instead of single. I'm sure that would work up into a nice loose weave, lightweight blanket too.

I have made many full size afghans and baby blankets using this stitch and have taught many people to use this stitch to make their own. In the next post I will show you pictures of some of these pieces so you can get an idea of some different ways to use the woven stitch.

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hello,

    I am seriously contemplating doing this woven stitch in my next, no brainer project. You know what I mean? The project you have on the side and work on without following a pattern, while doing another crochet project that needs a pattern. It's funny, but I usually do that.

    Thank you for sharing this with me and I LOVE all of the blankets you've made with it, especially the colors.

    Kind regards,

    Crochet Mom

    By Anonymous Crochet Mom, At November 30, 2009 at 1:22 PM  

  • I just wanted to THANK YOU for sharing this stitch pattern. I LOVE it! And am currently making a purse with this stitch. I also hopefully plan to make an afghan with this too!

    It really does work up quickly like you said, and am just LOVING the end results!

    Thanks alot!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At December 17, 2009 at 10:20 AM  

  • Thanks so much for sharing this stitch with me.

    Sometimes you need just straightforward crocheting and this stitch does it with lovely crochet fabric, texture. Not all straightforward stitches do that for me. I also love the fact there are not any holes. I'm currently making a girly colored afghan with it.

    Thank you.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At March 30, 2010 at 5:57 AM  

  • This is also often called Granite Stitch.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, At October 4, 2010 at 4:50 AM  

  • Wow! So pretty! I just ordered some yarn off Mary Makim and I'm now looking for a pattern to use it on! I'm trying to decide between this one, your ripple stitch, and the easy spiraled blanket you posted a while ago. Thanks so much for this tut!

    By Blogger Grace Ann, At February 26, 2011 at 4:29 PM  

  • What size hook you suggest?

    By Blogger Unknown, At October 20, 2012 at 4:21 PM  

  • Hi Gail, thanks for writing. I suggest using whatever size hook is recommended for the yarn you are using. If that size makes your piece too tight, use a larger size hook. If it makes your piece too loose, use a smaller size hook. It all depends on the yarn and how tightly or loosely you crochet.

    Hope this helps,

    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At October 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM  

  • Love it! I just finished a cowl from a purchased book that uses this stitch - the only thing the pattern did differently was one chain at the end of each row (instead of 2). It makes a lovely fabric :)

    By Blogger Oombawka Design, At August 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM  

  • Lovely tutorial of a very nice stitch. I'm already starting to make a cushion cover with this, I'm Using 3 dk yarns together with a size 5.5mm hook,so far its looking good :)
    Thanks for taking the time to share your crochet skills and loves. Btw your baby blankets look lovely

    By Blogger Sally, At February 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM  

  • How many skeins of what kind if yarn do you suggest for a nice sized baby blanket with this stitch.thanks.

    By Anonymous Lisatm@comcast.net, At March 11, 2014 at 12:23 PM  

  • Hi Lisa! Thanks for writing! What I do when purchasing yarn for a blanket where I don't have a pattern or any guidelines for the amount of yarn is purchase more than I think I will need, save the receipt and return what I don't use when the blanket is finished. It would be hard for me to give you a number of skeins to buy or ounces or yards of yarn. But what I can suggest to you is that you find the yarn you want to use, buy a skein and make a practice swatch about 12 inches by 12 inches. Tie a slip knot or mark the yarn in some way at the point where you stopped making the swatch and then rip out the whole thing and measure either by length or weight how much yarn you used for that size swatch. Using that information, you should be able to calculate approximately how much yarn you will need for the size blanket you want to make. I would add one or two more skeins to my purchase, like I said before, and return what is not used, or use it for another project.

    Hope this helps!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At March 11, 2014 at 4:29 PM  

  • I'm eager to start this stitch for my husband's blanket! Must I start chain with multiple of 3 plus 2? I saw a youtube tutorial with even number and the swatch looked good to me.

    Thank you!

    By Anonymous Rose, At March 31, 2014 at 2:36 PM  

  • Hi Rosemarie, for a stitch like this one, I really don't even bother to count my beginning chain. If there is one extra chain hanging off after setting up the pattern, I just work it into the border or pick it out and secure the end. It's not that big of a deal, as it would be with a pattern that used a lot of stitches, like a zig zag pattern or something like that.

    So you can just chain until you have the width you want, then turn and start setting up the pattern with the single crochet/chain combination. Just be sure to end on a single crochet before turning to continue the next row.

    Hope this helps!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At March 31, 2014 at 8:05 PM  

  • Thank you very much for your detailed tutorial. I love the stitch, and your explanations are very clear. I am making a cushion cover with T-shirt yarn and it is coming out very nicely. Thanks again. E. L. (UK).

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At September 1, 2016 at 4:31 PM  

  • What is this stitch called? I found the name once but forgot it. It was not granite stitch I think. It was something my daughter and I said we can remember but no. We cannot. Making my grandson a Afghan.
    Thank you

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At July 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM  

  • Dear Anonymous from July 19, 2017, This stitch is called the Woven Stitch as noted in the post title and in the first sentence of the post. It is also known by a few other names as well, Moss stitch and Granite stitch being among them. Whatever you call it, it is easy and makes a great afghan, scarf, washcloth or anything other crocheted item! I hope you enjoy working with it.


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At July 24, 2017 at 3:28 PM  

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