No matter how you feel about spiders, this stitch is sure to be a wonderful addition your crocheting arsenal. It is a simple to do texture stitch that uses two basic stitches you probably already know.
What’s the stitch?
The spider stitch is a one row repeat that has a beautiful woven look to it. This stitch is reversible which is always nice and gives the top of the work a slight scallop look. This is a super easy stitch that you can definitely make regardless of skill level. I think any yarn weight would work with the spider, I just wouldn’t make the stitches too tight as they would be very hard to work into.
If you follow the hook size recommendation of your skeins label, than you will produce a very dense fabric. If you would like to make the fabric have more of a drape to it then go up a hook size or two. Make a few swatches to see what fits your project best.
The spider is also known as the single V stitch, because it literally is the exact same principle with single crochets instead.
Some variations of this stitch are the V stitch, the half double V stitch, the united stitch, and the cluster V stitch.
- Any yarn
- I’m using Basic Stitch Anti-pilling yarn in turquoise heather
- Appropriate crochet hook
- I’m using a H/ 5. mm
- Yarn Needle
- Ch = chain
- Sc = single crochet
- St = stitch
- Sk = skip
- Ins = insert
- <> = total number of stitches
The spider stitch tutorial
This stitch is worked in multiples of 3 (6, 9, 12, 15, 18, ect.) Plus 2. I suggest making the stitches looser so that you can identify them and work into them more easily.
Foundation Row. Ch 15, ch 2 more. These can be on the tighter side so that holes aren’t so large. <17>
Row 1. Ins hook into the 3rd ch from the hook, make 1 sc, ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st, *sk 1 st, make 1 sc, ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st,* repeat *-* til you come to the end of the row, place 1 sc in the last st. <15>
repeat *-* til you come to the end of the row, place 1 sc in the last st. <15>
Row 2. Ch 2, find the first ch space between the two scs, put 1 sc in the ch space, ch 1, put 1 sc in the same st, *sk to the next ch space, make 1 sc, ch 1, make 1 sc in the same st,*
repeat *-* til you come to the ch 2 from the first row, make a sc in the top ch. <15>
Row 3 – 7. Repeat row 2, working the spider stitch only in the ch 1 spaces from the previous row. <15>
Snip the tail, tie off, and weave in your ends.
Uses and Similar Stitches
This is a great stitch for any project you want to make thick and dense. Using cotton yarn you could easily make washcloths, trivets, or pot holders. It doesn’t seem to be a yarn eater so, I can also see making extra warm blankets, scarves, and shawls with this stitch. If you’re looking to make a sweaters or cardigans then I think using a hook 2 or more sizes up would give it more drape.
Want something lighter that has a good drape to it? Try the moss stitch.
Want something that’s thick and textured? Try the waffle stitch.
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