Example of crochet woven stitch on a pink and whit baby afghan

Beautiful Beginner Crochet Stitches for Scarves and Afghans

With a few beginner crochet stitches, you can create beautiful, handmade items, and the best part is that you don’t need to be an expert to get started. If you’re new to crochet, or even if you’re an experienced crocheter looking for some simple and satisfying projects, you’re in the right place. This guide explores beginner crochet stitches that combine well into a textured fabric. This stitch pattern is perfect for making impressive scarves and afghans.

Crocheting is a wonderfully versatile and rewarding hobby.

Introduction to the Woven Stitch

One of the beginner-friendly stitches we’ll be exploring is the Woven Stitch. This softly textured stitch is a personal favorite of mine, especially for crocheted afghans and baby blankets. It’s lightweight, works up quickly, and creates a beautifully textured fabric.

This needlework technique does not require hours of sweating over a symbol-laden pattern grid or tedious time reading patterns instructions. Even better, this methodology works especially well for projects such as crocheted blankets, crocheted scarves or tote bags, that do not require increases and decreases.

Think of crochet as a technique for creating fabric by pulling thread or yarn through loops to generate a fabric surface. While many intricate shapes “can” be made with crochet, today, we’re looking at square or rectangle shapes.

What You’ll Need:

Skills Required:

  • Chain stitch (ch)
  • Single Crochet (sc)

The Woven Stitch Pattern:

The Woven Stitch is a beginner-level pattern that involves single crochet (sc) stitches worked in single chain spaces to create a patterned, textured fabric. This stitch has many nicknames. I’ve seen it presented as the seed stitch, the moss stitch, and the woven stitch.

Nicknames notwithstanding, why does this simple stitch carry so many names? The truth is that names are abundant in crochet. As stitches were passed down between generations, these popular designs (especially the easy ones) were named and renamed to fit the look of the design or regional preferences

Instructions:

Starting row: Create a chain in multiples of three chain stitches (the width you desire for your finished item) plus three chain stitches.

Row 1: skip 2 ch, 1 sc (into 3rd ch from end of starting row) *ch 1, sk 1 ch, 1sc*, ch 2, turn

 Row 2: *1 sc in the ch sp of Row 1, ch1*, 1 sc in the turning ch sp, ch 2, turn

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached your desired length. Use the finishing needle to weave in the long tail strands at the beginning and end of the piece, and then clip the yarn strands closely with your scissors.

Crocheted Woven Stitch Scarves

Our first project using the Woven Stitch is a set of crocheted scarves for the Knit Your Bit program. This charity program honors veterans by delivering warm hand-crafted scarves throughout the country. I used two strands of contrasting yarns of the same weight for these scarves to create a chunky stitch.

This made them ideal for the program. My experience as a contributor to this very worthwhile cause was incredibly rewarding.

To create this look, use a ruler to determine the width at the bottom, typically between 6″ and 9″ wide, depending on your preference. The length of a scarf is typically 50″, but you can customize it for the recipient. This technique results in a thick and cozy textile fabric.

As a twist, you can make the starting chain the length of the scarf and then add individual rows along the length until you achieve your desired width.

Beginner Crochet Scarves using the Woven Stitch

Crocheted Woven Stitch Toddler Afghan

Our next project using the Woven Stitch is an afghan for a toddler. I used Plymouth Yarn’s Encore worsted weight yarn in the Wedgewood color scheme, a softly variegated blue yarn.

To create this look, start with a row of chain stitches. A typical toddler afghan measures 36″ x 48″, so the starting row should measure 36 inches.

Example of crochet woven stitch for baby blanket

As you repeat Row 2, measure occasionally until the length reaches 48 inches. Of course, you can customize these measurements as needed. That’s the beauty of this patterned stitch.

As a modification, I added a border and ribbon to the baby blanket shown at the top of the page. For this version, single crochet (sc) on all sides of the blanket, then create loops with double crochet (dc) stitches into every third border stitch. To finish, add a coordinating decorative ribbon, then sew it by hand to secure the cut edges and hold the ribbon in place.

In Conclusion

And there you have it! With these simple stitches, you can create beautiful gifts or items for yourself without the constraints of complicated patterns. Crocheting is a wonderful creative outlet and a relaxing and rewarding hobby. So give it a try, and feel free to share your success on our Crochet Getaway Facebook Group.

Ready to take your crochet projects to the next level? Download your free Crochet Project Tracker with the helpful instructions document. Then, embark on a journey of creativity, organization, and endless crafting joy – your yarn-filled adventures await!

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