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For many crocheters, inspiration can come not just from finished patterns, but from the stitches themselves! It could be a stitch pattern they see in a finished object, a stitch pattern found online, or one of the hundreds (if not thousands) of stitch patterns found in crochet stitch dictionaries. Personally I love my stitch dictionaries - they inspire me every day! But there are some amazing stitch patterns to be found online too, and many of them include great tutorials. Here are 10 interesting and unusual crochet stitch patterns I found online!
10 Interesting and Unusual Crochet Stitch Patterns
- Interlocking Filet Stitch by Marinka, on Crochethook: Like almost all stitch patterns, the origins of this stitch are a mystery! But luckily it's been preserved here, with a step by step tutorial. Very cool effect!
- Abstract Crochet Cats by Teresa Richardson, on Crochet Geek: Always a hit with cat people! And of course, a video tutorial from Crochet Geek is included.
- "Samurai" Crochet Relief Stitch pattern by Daria Nassiboulina, on Darievna.ru: This tutorial includes instructions in both Russian and English. I've played with this stitch myself and it takes some practice to keep just the right tension on the stitch that goes across, but it's a very neat look!
- Vintage Fan Ripple Stitch Pattern by Janis Cortese, a Ravelry download: I remember a couple years ago when someone posted a picture of a vintage blanket made in this stitch pattern - it was a challenge to recreate it, but luckily Janis did so and shared!
- Larksfoot by Marte Salvesen, a Ravelry download: Lots of step by step photos included with the instructions in both English and Norwegian.
- Blended Arrows Stitch by Sarah Williamson, on Engineered Crochet: This eye-catching stitch pattern is a classic!
- Crochet Shred Stitch by Linda Skuja, on Eleven Handmade Crochets by Linda Skuja: This page is no longer available.
- Shepherd's Knitting AKA Bosnian Crochet by Amore Fecit, on Amore Fecit: So interesting! It's essentially FLO slip stitching in a spiral... I think? A good starting point for something I'd like to learn more about. Also interesting to note that at one time Tunisian or Afghan crochet was referred to as Shepherd's Knitting - names are so fluid!
- Clamshell Pattern by Sandra Paul, on Cherry Heart: Lots of variations on this stitch going around right now!
- Apache Tears by Sarah London, on Sarah London: Sarah breaks down several variations of this interesting stitch - with gorgeous results!
I hope you found a crochet stitch pattern here to inspire your next project! What's your favorite stitch pattern? Is there one you turn to time and again? Do you have a favorite stitch dictionary? I've had my favorite stitch guide, 300 Crochet Stitches (The Harmony Guides, V. 6) since 2006, and I've recently added The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs: 500 Classic & Original Patterns to my library and I'm finding lots of inspiration there as well! Share your thoughts and favorites in the comments!
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