How to Crochet the Crunch Stitch – Free Tutorial

Last Updated on June 20, 2023

I’ve recently discovered the crochet Crunch stitch, and I just love it! 

This stitch is so beautiful and has a wonderful and unique texture. The crunch stitch is an easy two-stitch repeat and a great stitch for crochet beginners!

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how to crochet the crunch stitch

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How to Crochet the Crunch Stitch

The crochet crunch is really simple, it uses only Half Double Crochet and Slip Stitch.

The stitch is starting with an odd number of chains, so you can easily adjust your project to any width you want. 

The pattern is a one-row repeat pattern, alternating the hdc and ss stitches, where the hdc is worked into the ss, and the ss is worked into the hdc.

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Project Ideas For Using the Crochet Crunch Stitch

The Crunch stitch is suitable for so many projects:

  • Crunch stitch blanket – will make a unique look and extra cozy blanket
  • Crunch stitch washcloth – it has the perfect texture
  • Crunch stitch face scrubbies – have you tried to crochet a square scrubby yet?
  • Crunch stitch scarf – nice and warm texture
  • Crunch stitch hot pads – creates a dense stitch

crochet crunch stitch free tutorial

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How to Crochet the Crunch Stitch

– 4 mm / G Crochet hook (I love the Etimo and Clover hooks).
– For this pattern, I used CotLin by KnitPicks – DK (#3) weight yarn.

Skill level – easy

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Abbreviations (US)

ch – chain
ss – slip stitch
yo – yarn over
hdc – half double crochet


  • The stitch is made with an odd number of chains.
  • You can also make a washcloth using this pattern, just increase the number of stitches and keep an odd number in the beginning chain.
  • Work the ss a little loose to make it easier to crochet into it.
  • The Crunch stitch is very similar to the Even Moss Stitch, the only difference is that the Even Moss stitch starts with ch1, and the Crunch stitch starts with ch2. The Crunch stitch creates smoother edges on the sides in comparison to the Even Moss stitch.


Crochet Crunch Stitch Instructions and Photo Tutorial

ch an odd number of chains

Row 1: 1ss in 3rd ch from hook, * 1hdc in next ch, 1ss in next ch; repeat to the end, turn.

Row 2: ch2 (counts as 1hdc), skip 1st ss, * 1ss in next hdc, 1hdc in next ss; repeat to the end, 1ss in top of beg ch-2, turn. 

Repeat row 2 until your desired length.

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  2. Can you work this stitch in the round for hats, cowls, etc. without having to turn the work at the end of each round? Or does it look different if you always keep the same side toward you and don’t turn it?

    1. Hi Marsha,
      You can work this stitch in the round without turning, I don’t think it will look very different.
      Just make sure that you are still working the slip stitches into the hdc and the hdc in the ss.

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