An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch

An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch
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Today we are providing you with an introduction to the crunch stitch.

Have you seen the Crunch stitch before? What projects have you used it in?

The crunch stitch is a great stitch for a beginner or a more confident crocheter. It has a fabulous but simple texture that would be great for anything from washcloths, to bags, to baskets and garments! It really is that versatile so is a great stitch to have in your stitch library!

Don’t believe me? Take a look at this photo of the crunch stitch ….

The crunch stitch worked up

An Introduction to the Crunch Stitch: Written tutorial for a quick washcloth!

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To work up a crunch stitch washcloth you need:

any aran weight cotton


Yarn Needle


  1. Chain 31
  2. slip stitch in third chain from hook (2ch at beginning count as a hdc), *hdc in next st, ss in next st. Repeat from *  until you complete the row. Note: you will end the row with a slip stitch.
  3. ch2 (counts as a hdc) , sk the first st, slip stitch in the next stitch (which will be the hdc from the previous row), *hdc in the next st (which will be the slip stitch from the previous row), slip stitch in the next st. Repeat from * until you complete the row
  4. Repeat row 3 until your washcloth is as long as you would like it to be. Fasten off and sew in ends.
Handy hint:

Don’t work your slip stitches too tight. If you do it will make it difficult to work your hdc’s into them in the next row.

YouTube Tutorial links:

We are now doing videos for both right and left handed crocheters! The crunch stitch video has a step by step of how to work the crunch stitch in rows. You can find the links here:


Robin’s Nesting Baskets

Our Robin’s nesting baskets make the perfect gift baskets for any occasion! We have made them into fruit baskets, baby baskets which are perfect for baby showers or gifts, chocolate hampers, bath / home related hampers… the list really is endless. They would also make a cute gift filled with household items for a first home. You can literally let your imagination run wild with how to use this one.

Robin's nesting baskets
Robin’s nesting baskets using the crunch stitch


Pattern specifics

  • This pattern is written for all 3 baskets which nest inside of each other nicely.
  • Gauge is not important as long as it is consistent.
  • My large basket was approx 8” in diameter and 4” tall – which is plenty big enough to get a lot of stuff in there!
  • Stitches you need to know are – ch, back loop only, single crochet, hdc, slip stitch, crab stitch.
  • Our patterns are always written in US terms
  • Ch1 does not count as a stitch.
  • Remember to turn your work when the pattern tells you to! Even though you are working in the round. If you don’t the texture will all end up on the inside of the basket!


Pattern Links

You can find the Robins Nesting Baskets in all of the usual places:

Our shop here

Ravelry here

Etsy here

Lovecrafts here



Watch out for other patterns using we have upcoming using the crunch stitch! We have the Richard Wrist Warmers waiting in the wings which would make a great gift for the men in your life.

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