Crocheting Techniques

29 Different Types Of Crocheting Techniques: Things You Should Know

When it comes to crocheting, you’ll NEVER run out of techniques to try and experiment with.

The highly versatile craft boasts of multiple types of crochets from around the world. While some of them have been around for a pretty looooong time, others are completely new…and as times goes, more techniques will undoubtedly be introduced.

Some of these techniques comprise of their own unique stitches while others are created using the basic stitches put together in various ways.

In this post, we’ll be sharing with you a total 29 different crocheting techniques known by crocheters from all the corners of the globe.

PS: We won’t delve into much details about each technique as this would take us forever to complete this post. We’ll give you just the basic definition of each method.

Let’s do this:

Types Of Crocheting Techniques:

1. Amigurumi Crochet

Tracking it rooms to Japan, the word Amigurumi is a combination of 2 Japanese words—Ami and nuigurumi. Ami means to knit or crochet while nuigurumi refers to a stuffed doll. Thus, amigurumi technique involves the creation of small stuffed toys and creatures through knitting.

So, if you come across small, adorable dolls and other children toys made from yarn, that’s amigurumi!

2. Aran Crochet

Aran refers to a cabled or ribbed crochet. The crochet involves a series of cable stitches that help create various textured designs on fabric. A Celtic style, Aran is used for making sweaters, chunky beanies, coats, blankets, lapgans, and scarves.

3. Bavarian Crochet/Bavarian Square

If you’re in love with vintage crochets, Bavarian crochet is one of the best. Because it works in rounds lime the granny square (we’ll discuss this one later on), it’s also referred to as Bavarian square.

The technique involves making thick fabric. It allows you to blend color changes as opposed to the sharp color changes in granny square method. In other words, Bavarian square looks like a fancier granny square.

With this technique, you can make things like blankets and shawls.

4. Bead Crochet

Bead crochet refers to the process of pre-stringing beads onto yarn or thread before starting a crocheting/knitting project. The beat is usually added before the last yarn over for single crochet stitch.

While still on it, we’ve got another technique—bead-ler crochet—which involves adding beads after a project has already started with the help of a tool. This means that the beads will show on both sides of your project instead of one side only.

5. Bosnian Crochet

Also referred to as Shepherd knitting, this technique involves creating dense, knit-like fabric. To do this, you’ll only need to use the crochet slip stitch worked in different sections of your stitch from the previous row.

Though you can work on this technique using the regular crochet hooks, you might consider getting the Bosnian crochet hooks.

Some of the things you can make with Bosnian crochet include beanies, scarves, and other smaller items.

6. Bullion Crochet

Here, a specialized crochet stitch is created by combining multiple yarn wraps around an extra-long hook. This results in the formation of a distinctive, unique roll stitch.

In most cases, this technique is used for motifs instead of the fabric-based projects. It has a reputation for forming thick, uniform, and round motif style pieces.

7. Broomstick Lace Crochet

Another vintage crochet!  Here, the stitches are usually formed around something longer and broader, like the broomstick handle. The technique uses the traditional crochet hook and is sometimes referred to as jiffy lace.

Most of the crocheters today usually use thick dowel or large crochet hooks to make beautiful end products with this broomstick lace technique.

8. Bruges Crochet

This is the type of crochet used for making bruge laces…where crochet “ribbons” are created and then crocheted together to create intricate lace patterns. Some of the items you can make using this style include table mats, intricate shawls, and clothing embellishments.

9. Celtic crochet/Celtic Lace

Celtic lace is simple a blend of the doilies and the Crochet’n’Weave technique, where the pieces are separately crocheted and then woven, assembled together to create the final product.

10. Clothesline Crochet

This particular technique can be traced back to the craftspeople of Africa and Nepal. The style involves working the traditional stitches over thick rope (or the clothesline style length) of thick twine to come up with circular mats, baskets, and wall hangings that stay in their shape.

11. Clones Lace Crochet

Clones lace technique is heavily connected to the Irish lace crochet and was created because it was much easier and faster to create than the needlepoint lace. Mind you, this highly practical style was used for utilitarian purposes during the war times. The clones knot is also part of this style skill set.

Some of the items you can make with the clones lace style include delicate dresses and tops and open work scarves.

12. Cro-hook Crochet/Cro-knit

If you’d like to make a crochet piece such that it has no right or wrong sides, cro-hook is the style to use. It involves using a double-ended hook to come up with a double-sided.

The style is similar to the Tunisian technique and allows you to achieve excellent color work, not possible with other methods.

Things you can make with cro-hook include the scarves, baby blankets, and washcloths.

13. Filet Crochet

Filet style is made using chains and double crochet. The grid-like patterns comprise of squares either filled or not filled with…and the negative space being used to create pictures within the crochet piece.

Something unique about this style is that it allows you to embed images using both the full and empty fabric squares.

With filet crochet, you can come up with awesome baby blankets, handbags, jackets, kimonos, and even cushions.

14. Finger Crochet

As the name suggests, this style involves crocheting without using the hooks, just like finger knitting. This style is good for starters. However, it’s not ideal for serious projects since the finished tension is usually loose.

15. Freeform Crochet

Also known as freestyle crochet, this is a crocheting technique that does not require you to have any pattern or official plan. It’s more of an organic and artistic crocheting form. However, if you usually struggle to crochet without instructions, you might want to avoid freestyles crocheting.

16. Granny Square Crochet

Who doesn’t love granny squares? They’ve been around for quite a long time and have been used to create awesome items like blankets, hats, belts, etc.

The method involves making squares by turning a chain into a circle with an even number of stitches going around. You then create rows on top of each other to end up with 4 corners evenly spaced apart (just like a square!)

To make your intended final product, you’ll then need to join the squares.

17. Hairpin Crochet

The hairpin style is similar to the broomstick lace method, only that you use the traditional crochet hook for this style (with your piece tightly held between two thin metal rods). The technique was named hairpin because crocheters used the metal hair pins when the method was created.

This style allows you to create unique finished fabrics like delicate scarves, shawls, wraps, etc.

18. Micro Crochet

For those who would want to try the modern crocheting styles, micro crochet is one of them. To achieve this style, you need to use extremely fine crochet hooks and a fine thread. The process is quite delicate, however, and would be best suited for the patient crocheters.

You can use micro crochet to make embellishments, teeny tiny things, and talisman.

19. Modular Crochet

Modular crochet is just like constructing a modular home. You make each piece of garment in sections and then assemble all of them together to make the final product.

If you’d like to learn more about Modular Crochet Style, we recommend you to check out this detailed book by Judith Copeland:

Modular Crochet: The Revolutionary Method for Creating Custom-Designed Pullovers.

20. Overlay Crochet

For the overlay crochet style, you make the base of your crochet and then add stitches on top to help create a raised pattern. This opens the floodgates of possibilities for beautiful and intricate color work.

Things you can make with overlay crochet include pot holders, handbags, and wall hangings.

21. Pineapple Crochet

This is more of a shape pattern and general stitch than crochet technique, popularized in the 70s. You can use this technique in crochet to make trims and doilies.

22. Stained glass crochet

Stained glass style is pretty similar to the overlay crochet, except that the top is usually crated in black thread to help achieve a contrast stained glass effect. This is simply a unique and striking crocheting style.

23. Surface Crochet

Surface crochet is a two-step technique…where you first crochet your fabric and then work it on the front/right side of your fabric such that is has a dimension.

24. Symbol crochet/Chart Crochet

Symbol crochet style is highly prevalent in the Japanese stitch books. This is one of the most useful skills you can learn as a crocheter since it allows you to pick any symbol crochet book of your choice, even if it’s written in a language you don’t understand, and come up with great projects by just looking at the charts.

25. Tapestry Crochet

Tapestry crochet is equivalent of color work and is sometimes referred to as intarsia crochet. This crochet is pretty versatile; there are many methods of working it, all of which produce different results.

For all your color workpieces and imagery based designs, this is the crochet style to use!

26. Tunisian Crochet/Afghan Crochet/Afghan Stitch

Tunisian is very popular crocheters, and there are high chances you’ve already done it or spotted it. It’s quite similar to knitting in that you’ll find yourself with many live loops at any time. Plus, you can work your loops on/off your hook, just like in the knitting.

27. Waffle Weave

Introduce by the American School of Needlework, Waffle technique combining cable stitch and padded stitch methodologies. It involves tightly rolling a previously made row into the next to form a dimpled fabric. Note that the resulting is very dense and is sometimes known as thermal fabric.

28. Wiggly Crochet

The wiggle style involves working 3-5 double crochet stitches closely together. The abundance of stitches small area makes them bump up and wiggle. The technique was highly popular in the 1900s.

29. Wire Crochet

Wire crochet technique can be achieved through two methods. First, you use a corker or dowel rod where the crochet hook will be lifting every loop up and over a new loop. As you can easily tell, this process looks more like knitting.

The next method involves creating regular crochet stitches using a steel hook. The main problem with this method is that if you make a mistake, you’ll have to cut it out instead of simply ripping it out since the wire isn’t forgiving.

Final Word

That’s it for our list of the 29 different types of crocheting techniques you can try today. This compilation is a mixture of vintage and modern styles, all of which will enable you to come up with great end products!

Which of these techniques have you tried out already? Which ones would you like to try out today? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

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