Crochet Stockinette

This looks an awful lot like knitting, doesn’t it? This is what I like to call Crochet Stockinette. Unlike other techniques, the method does not involve Tunisian crochet or knooking. It uses only stitches you already know. Any crocheter — even a beginner — can do this technique.

By now you’ve noticed that Crochet Stockinette is worked from side to side instead of up and down as in knitted stockinette. But all you have to do is turn the project sideways to get the look as shown in our first photograph of the technique.

Similar Crochet Techniques

Camel StitchCrochet stockinette most closely resembles the camel stitch. In camel stitch, your stitches are always worked in the third loop in front of the stitch, as shown in Step 6 (although some tutorials show the stitch being worked around the post of the stitch instead of in any of the loops). This results in a fabric that “braids” on both sides, with the “braids” spaced a row apart. Crochet stockinette is different in that it alternates between using the third loop in the back and the third loop in the front, which creates a fabric that only has “braids” on one side, but no spacing between the “braids.”

Waffle Weave TechniqueThis technique is not to be confused with the waffle weave stitch. Stitches in the waffle weave technique are worked over two loops: the back loop of the current row and the unused loop of the row below it. This creates a fabric that is double-thick and apparently can be worked so that one side is one color and the other side another color. Crochet stockinette is different in that the stitches are only ever worked in one loop, and the fabric is only single thickness.