Crochet is a versatile craft that can be used to create beautiful and unique patterns. With just a few variations of the basic stitches like single crochet and double crochet, you can create hundreds of different stitch patterns with unique textures.
What are some interesting textured crochet stitches? For double-sided textures that are suitable for scarves and blankets, try stitches like the Puff V Stitch or the Rice Stitch. For single-sided textures, you can check out the Diamond Stitch or the Alpine stitch.
In this article, we’ll be covering 20 different crochet stitches that can create unique textures for your project.
What Creates Textures In Crochet?
When crocheting, there are various techniques that you can employ to create textures in your project. If you understand what creates textures in crochet stitches, you can employ these techniques to create variations of the stitches yourself to create textures.
Front or Back Post Stitches
The first and most popular technique to create textures in stitches is to crochet into the front or back ‘post’ – or the body of the stitches below it, rather than into the stitch itself.
This technique creates a raised texture at the post of the stitch below, and it can be used to create various patterned textures, like the basketweave stitch or diamond stitch.
Many of the textured stitches below employ a stitch repeat that requires crocheting multiple stitches into the same space of the stitch below. The puff stitch and the puff V stitch are just two examples.
Sometimes, group stitches are worked in combination with varying heights of the stitches, like triple crochet wedged in between two single crochet, so that the resulting texture is a little bobbin that is rounded by the two shorter stitches.
Grouped stitches are also employed to create fans and shell shapes, which are also popular in a lot of textured stitch patterns.
Twisting a stitch over itself, or twisting two stitches together, is a great way to create a slightly raised texture and complicated-looking pattern without much effort.
Working Over Other Stitches
Texture can also be created by overlapping stitches or working a stitch on top of another stitch below. We see this technique in action in the diamond stitch, where you work front-post double crochet over other stitches underneath to create a raised diamond pattern.
Back Loop Stitches
Another technique that’s often used to make a slight texture in crochet fabric is to work stitches over the back loop of the stitch below (rather than both loops). This technique creates a slightly raised texture along the rows, and it’s often used to make stretchy bands for sweaters or cuffs.
Double-Sized Texture Vs. Single-Sided Texture
In a lot of the patterns below, you’ll see the stitch classified as double-sided or single-sided.
Double-sided texture means you’ll see the same uniform texture on both sides of the work; there’s no right side or wrong side. This type of stitch is great for making blankets, scarves, or afghans because both sides of the work will look the same.
Single-sided texture, on the other hand, means you’ll only see the texture on one side of the work (often called the ‘right side’ in the pattern). On the wrong side, you’ll only see a ‘negative’ pattern. This type of stitch is only suitable for projects like clothing or pillowcases.
Best Textured Crochet Stitches
Now that you know about some simple techniques to create a pattern let’s take a look at some popular textured crochet stitches below.
1. Textured Wave Stitch
The textured wave stitch is a single-sided textured stitch that looks complicated, but it’s super simple to make.
This stitch is worked using half double crochets and slip stitches but worked in the back loop only to create a raised texture. The waves are created by varying the heights of the stitches.
2. Granule Stitch
The granule stitch is a lovely stitch with raised, bumpy textures created by sandwiching triple crochet (or three chains) between two single crochet to create a bump in the middle of the stitches.
This single-sided texture is amazing for creating granny squares or pillowcases, and the texture is very noticeable in this stitch pattern. You can use extra-soft yarn to make the texture softer.
3. Raspberry Stitch
The raspberry stitch is very similar to the granule stitch because it creates a raised, bumpy texture that looks quite uniform (similar to the look of a raspberry).
The single-sided texture is created by working 3 or 4 partial double crochets into the same stitch underneath, creating a raised, bumpy grain in the row.
Because of this technique, the resulting crochet fabric is also very tightly crocheted, with no holes in between the stitches. This makes the pattern suitable for hats, mittens, and even pillowcases.
4. Bar Stitch
The bar stitch is a single-sided textured crochet stitch. The texture here is created by working a front post double crochet on a background of single crochet stitches.
The front post stitches are worked in the same spot on every row, so the resulting texture has vertical lines running across the length of your work.
This is a very simple stitch with easy-to-remember repeats that can create lovely textures for blankets, pillows, and even clothing garments.
5. Leafhopper Stitch
The leafhopper stitch creates textures by crocheting stitches together along the row (similar to decrease stitches) to create leaf shapes on one side of the crochet fabric.
This stitch creates a slight texture that looks visually interesting, especially if you work with multi-ply cotton yarn.
You can also vary the pattern by using single crochets or triple crochets (rather than double crochet) to make the pattern tighter or looser, depending on your preference.
6. Puff Shell Star Stitch
The puff shell start stitch is a complicated-looking stitch that creates a lovely texture on both sides of the fabric, which makes it ideal for scarves and blankets.
The texture here is created by the puff stitches, where you work multiple stitches without finishing them and crocheting them together at one end.
Once you’ve mastered the shells, the repeats are quite easy to remember, and the resulting textured pattern is super satisfying to look at and touch!
7. Fluffy Cotton Candy Stitch
The fluffy cotton candy stitch also has a bumpy texture similar to the granule stitch and the raspberry stitch, but the only difference is that this stitch is reversible, meaning the texture is present on both sides of the crochet fabric. This makes the fluffy cotton candy stitch ideal for making blankets and scarves.
This texture is created by working multiple single and double crochet stitches into the same space underneath to create a slightly raised bump. The repeat is super simple, and every row is the same, so once you’ve set up the stitches, you should be able to work up a baby blanket in no time!
8. Floret Stitch
The floret stitch is another single-sided textured stitch that looks very similar to the raspberry stitch and the granule stitch. This is because the raised texture is worked by varying the heights of the stitches, alternating between the double crochet and a slip stitch to raise the texture.
However, the floret stitch is worked in two rows, one textured row and one with just plain double crochets, so the texture is seen as even rows across the width of the crochet fabric. This technique makes the texture stand out more, and it’s a great stitch for hats and mittens.
9. Raised V Stitch
The raised V stitch is just a twist of the classic V stitch, where you work the V stitches, and then the next row is worked into the front post of the V stitches below to create a raised texture. This also allows the texture to be seen on both sides of the fabric.
The V stitch is known to be a light, airy and lacy stitch, which makes this pattern perfect for summer afghans or wraps, where you want the texture to feel soft but still want the crochet fabric to feel light and airy.
10. Puff V Stitch
The Puff V stitch is another double-sided crochet stitch that you can employ to make beautiful scarves and blankets.
The texture here is created by the puff stitch, but working them in alternating angles across two rows creates a beautiful leaf pattern that looks super sophisticated and also feels amazing to touch.
11. Mountain Ridge Stitch
The mountain ridge stitch is a lovely double-sided textured stitch that would look amazing on scarves, afghans, and blankets.
Front post and back post stitches are employed to create this incredible texture, and the placements of the front and back post stitches are moved each row to create a cascading effect in the texture.
Although the pattern looks complicated, the repeats are very simple, and you should be able to work up a scarf in no time!
12. Crunch Stitch
The crunch stitch is another great way to create a grainy, bumpy texture on one side of your work using varying stitch heights. Each ‘crunch’ is created by alternating single crochet and triple crochet across the row to allow the stitches to pop.
You can work the rows continuously or alternate single crochet rows with crunch stitch rows to highlight the texture even more. This is a great stitch that you can use to make granny squares, pillows, and blanket edges.
13. Rice Stitch
The rice stitch is another underrated textured crochet stitch that uses front and back post double crochet to create textures on both sides of the crochet fabric. The stitches are alternated on each side, creating almost a ‘woven’ texture for the crochet piece.
This is a very simple repeat that you can master in just a few steps. Since the textures are present on both sides of the fabric, you can use them to make scarves and blankets.
14. Forked Cluster Stitch
The forked cluster stitch looks quite similar to the V stitch, but the V is upside down because the stitches are crocheted together at one end.
The clusters are worked across the row, and the resulting texture is created on both sides of the fabric, which makes it great for blankets and scarves.
15. Single Weave and Link Stitch
This textured stitch pattern looks incredibly complicated, especially when you use a different color yarn in each row, but once you’ve mastered the repeats, you can create a unique-looking scarf in no time.
Each row is created by varying the heights of the stitches, and the links are created by chain stitches. Each row is created as a separate piece, but the chain stitches are linked around the row below, so the result is a super textured and lacy piece that looks quite visually interesting.
16. Alpine Stitch
The Alpine stitch may look sophisticated, but it’s actually a beginner-friendly pattern. The texture is formed by working front post double crochets into a plain background to create a raised grain that resembles the alpine cones.
The repeats are super simple, and this is a fun single-sided texture that you can use for pillow covers or even clothing garments.
17. Basketweave Stitch
The basketweave stitch also employs the front and back post double crochets, but by using a three-by-three pattern, you will see a lovely double-sided pattern that resembles the basketweave.
Since this pattern can be seen on both sides of the fabric, you can use it to crochet scarves or blankets.
18. Cat’s Eye Stitch
The Cat’s Eye stitch creates a twisted, lacy texture where the stitches are worked on top of one another. The result is an interesting single-sided texture that has a great drape and an airy feel. It’s also quite beginner-friendly, so you can employ this stitch to make your first afghan or blanket.
19. Loop Stitch
The loop stitch doesn’t look like crochet at all. The texture on the surface is created by loops of yarn that are pulled when you crochet the stitches, resulting in a series of loops that would be great for rugs and bath mats.
20. Diamond Stitch
The diamond stitch is another Scandinavian design that can look beautiful on pillows and wall hangings. The diamond shapes are worked using interlocking front-post double crochets, and the texture is present on one side of the fabric.