I found today that someone had searched for the Single Crochet Grit Stitch on my site, and I’m sorry I didn’t have this stitch sooner. It intrigued me, I’m always looking for new stitches for baskets, which I think this would be really good for.
Essentially, all this Single Crochet Grit Stitch is: *single crochet twice in one stitch, skip the next stitch*. That’s it. That’s all there is to it. It’s pretty easy and before you know it, you’ve got a decent sized swatch going. One of the best things about crochet is the stitches are all pretty much the same thickness, regardless of the pattern, and this would make an excellent complement to a group of stitch and pattern swatches sewn together to make a blanket.
I recommend using a bulkier yarn if you’re just starting out with crochet and want to learn a quick easy stitch. In the picture above, I used a Boye Size N-9.0mm hook, and Loops & Threads Cozy Wool. Once you get the hang of the Single Crochet Grit Stitch, which will be within minutes, you can use this for anything: pillow, basket, hotpad, scarf, cowl, you name it. I’m particularly intrigued with how the edges turned out. It’s almost as if I don’t need to add a border or embellishment. When this puppy is blocked and shaped, the swatch will look great. I haven’t tried this with any lighter yarn yet, nothing worsted or smaller. I imagine it’ll look really nice, the stitch seems to have a small star shape to it. I have to recommend a slightly loose tension; the two single crochet in one stitch can bunch up a bit, and give it a lumpier than normal texture.
If you’d like a good visual, click through to the Single Crochet Grit Stitch video, created by New Stitch A Day, which is where I learned it. It’s very easy to understand, and I promise you, you’ll have this stitch learned and memorized in no time at all.