How to Crochet Over Single Crochets in Rows

By Caissa "Cami" McClinton – 17 Comments

Sometimes we can create different textures and effects by crocheting into unexpected places on our crochet fabric. This week we’ll focus upon how to crochet over single crochets in rows. For the purpose of practicing this skill, we’ll make a small swatch in this tutorial. Yarn and hook size don’t matter for this practice swatch.

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Row 1: ch 11, sc into second ch from hook and into each ch across: 10 sc

The photo below shows this done.

Row 2: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 10 sc

Row 3: ch 1, turn, sc over each sc in the sc below: 10 sc

The photo below shows this in progress. The arrows are pointing to the place where the hook should be inserted for this stitch.

Row 4 – 5: ch 1, turn, sc in each sc across: 10 sc

Row 6: ch 1, turn, sc over each sc in the sc below: 10 sc

Repeat rows 4-6 until desired length is reached.

This is what the stitch looks like in one color.

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This is what the stitch looks like in multiple colors. (I also crocheted a border around it.) Pretty fun, huh?

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So what do you think? Have you ever crocheted like this before? If you have any questions or need any help, please leave a comment below! 🙂

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  1. Olivia says:

    This is a totally awesome-looking stitch! I’ll definitely be trying this out soon 🙂

  2. Vicki says:

    Looks like it makes the project appear tighter, not as loose, which is good in making wearables.

  3. heather says:

    Looks like a good way to make hot pads thicker to better protect your table or hands. Great idea.

  4. Judi Gums says:

    I am always looking for stitches to give a different texture for my work. This looks very nice and I’ll keep it in mind next time I am needing something new or different.

    Thanks for posting this one.
    Judi G

  5. Jan says:

    I made what was called an Indian Blanket with this stitch, but you only made it once every 10 stitches, was very warm.

  6. Karen says:

    Yes, I have crocheted this way. I make a chin strap to use with the CAP machine I use. This stitch provided strength to the straps. I was really pleased with what I came up with. How fun others are using the stitch also.

  7. Candace says:

    Cami, is this the same as the spike stitch?

  8. Thanks, everyone, for your nice comments. Candace, I am not sure what constitutes the spike stitch, but in terms of working into a lower row, this is similar. Sometimes crochet is so ‘fluid’ it’s hard to know what the definitions are for special stitches. What do you think?

  9. Rachelle says:

    I think I’ll try that stitch next time I crochet purse straps, to make them stronger.

  10. Lenna says:

    I am going to try this in a afgan pattern I like to use. I think it will add a great look to the already
    great pattern. Thanks

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