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Grit Stitch (Single Crochet) Tutorial

I received a request for some help with the Grit stitch; so here we go!

Grit stitch is quite often used for granny squares. It provides a little more texture than a plain sc square. There are a few variations on the grit stitch, I’ll only cover the single crochet version in this tutorial. I’ll talk through it with some pictures, and at the bottom you’ll find a pattern!

First we need our starting chain! That should be an even number of stitches +1. Mine is 17 stitches long. Work 1 single crochet into the 3rd chain from the hook.

single crochet in 3rd chain
single crochet in 3rd chain

Now skip 1 chain, and work an 2 single crochet into the next chain (increase). Do this all the way along until you get to the last two chains.

skip one chain and work 2 single crochet into the next chain (increase)
skip one chain and work 2 single crochet into the next chain (increase)

Skip the second to last chain, and work only one single crochet into the last chain.

work one single crochet into the last chain
work one single crochet into the last chain

 

Chain one, this is your turning chain and counts as a stitch. Your first row will look like this:

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Now turn! Work one single crochet into the first stitch to create an increase (remember, the turning chain counts as a stitch). Then skip the 2nd stitch. Then work 2 single crochet (increase) into the 3rd stitch. Continue along the row doing skip 1, increase.

If you look at the back of the first row and imagine they are little legs, it looks like a ‘walking’ legs ( / ) next to a ‘standing’ legs ( l l ). Or that’s how I think of them! You will always work into the stitch to the left of the ‘standing’ legs.

start of the second row. You will always be working into the stitch to the left of the 'standing' legs
start of the second row. You will always be working into the stitch to the left of the ‘standing’ legs

 

When you get to the end of the second row you will have one stitch (which should be a skipped stitch) and the turning chain. Work 1 single crochet into the turning chain.

at the end of the row work 1 single crochet into the turning chain
at the end of the row work 1 single crochet into the turning chain

Then just keep repeating row 2 until you have a square! Here’s a picture of the fabric, with the stitches outlined on the right hand side.

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Pattern

  • ch = chain
  • sc = single crochet
  • inc = 2 single crochet in one stitch (increase)
  • sk = skip
  • st(s) = stitch(es)

Row 1 – ch 17, sc in 3rd ch from hook, [sk 1, inc] 6 times, sk 1, sc
Row 2 – ch 1, turn, sc in same st, [sk 1, inc] 6 times, sk 1, sc

Repeat Row 2 until desired length and then fasten off.

There you have it! One single crochet grit stitch.

 Happy hooking,

emma

2 thoughts on “Grit Stitch (Single Crochet) Tutorial

  1. Emma, brilliant! The best instructions I have found for this stitch. I found the videos confusing and other written instructions confusing! Thank you so much.

    1. Glad it helped Anna!

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