These are the kind of crunches you won’t mind doing! The crunch stitch is a beautiful two row repeat that has an elegant look and gorgeous texture. Oh, and it’s insanely simple to do, in fact you probably already know how to make all the stitches required for this crochet tutorial.
I’ve seen this stitch most commonly used for wash clothes and dish rags, but I think it would make beautiful blankets, baby blankets, wraps, cowls, bags, the skys the limit really.
If you’re using a worsted weight or under yarn, it will take some time to make the project depending on it’s size. This is definitely one of those stitches that are great for relaxation. You can get lost and just crochet for a while.
It can be a bit fiddly, but I find the easiest way to count your rows is to count the bumps on each side.
In this picture I marked the bumps with a line. 15 on both side so 15+15=30 rows, not including the foundation row.
- Yarn of any size
- I’m using worsted weight (4) Crafters Secret Cotton in the color way spring time*
- Appropriate hook for the yarn size(see the label for this info)
- I’m using a size H/ 5.0
- Yarn needle
* This yarn is labeled size 4, but is closer to a 3 which is why I’m using an H/ 5. mm hook.
- st = stitch
- Ch = chain
- Slst = slip stitch
- Hdc = half double crochet
- <> = total number of stitches in the row
The Crunch Stitch
The pattern below will be for making a swatch.
This stitch is worked in multiples of 2. Do not add anything for chaining up, you will be working with an odd number stitches.
Foundation row. Ch 18, make sure you keep then on the loose side.
I worked into the back bone of the chain because it’s a bit stronger and neater.
Row 1. Slst into the 2nd ch from the hook,
*make a hdc in the next st, slst in the next st*, repeat from *-* across the row. Your last st should be a slst. <17>
Row 2. Ch 1, make a hdc in the first st, do a slst in the next,
continue this pattern making sure the hdc are in the slst of the previous row, and the slsts are in the hdc of the previous row. Your last st should be a hdc.<17>
Row 3. Ch 1, slst in the fist st, *make a hdc in the next st, make a slst in the next st*, repeat from *-* across the row. Make sure each hdc is worked into the slst from the previous row and that each slst is worked in the hdc of the previous row. Your last st should be a slst. <17>
Row 4. Ch 1, hdc into the first st, *make a slst in the next st, do a hdc in the next st*, repeat from *-* across the row. Make sure each hdc is worked into the slst from the previous row and that each slst is worked in the hdc of the previous row. Your last st should be a hdc. <17>
Rows 5-10 . Repeat rows 3 and 4. <17>
At the end of row 9 tie off and weave in your ends. This is what the finished swatch should look like!
I hope you like this textured stitch, it’s easy to do and looks good with variegated yarns as well as solid colors.
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