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How to Crochet a Stitch That Looks Like Knitting

Learn how to crochet a stitch that looks just like knitting! In this quick crochet tutorial, I’m going to be showing you how you can get a knit effect in your crochet work without picking up two needles!

All you need for this crochet knit-stitch tutorial is your crochet hook and some yarn.

Continue to read through some of the things you can make with this knit-like crochet stitch or scroll down for the step-by-step photo + video tutorial.

How to crochet a stitch that looks like knitting

Crochet a Knit Stitch

One of my favorite things about crochet is learning new stitches and techniques. I especially love creating crochet stitches that look like knitting.

Today’s easy tutorial will show you how you can create a knit-like effect by using basic crochet stitches. So if you know how to half double crochet and slip stitch, you’re good to go!

If you need a little help, check out my YouTube channel where I go over these beginner crochet stitches.

Crochet Stitch That Looks Just Like Knit Ribbing

One of the great things about this crochet knit-stitch is that you can use it for many different crochet projects. For example, you can use this stitch to create a ribbing effect in your project or use it as a border on crochet blankets.

This knit-like crochet stitch would also work great for crochet beanies. You could create a border using this stitch and then use another stitch to complement it.

Here are some other crochet stitches that look like knitting:

  1. Waistcoat Stitch
  2. Single Crochet Slip Stitch
  3. Half Double Crochet Back Loop Only
  4. Granite Stitch
  5. Tunisian Crochet Knit Stitch
a swatch of the crochet knit-stitch with a wooden crochet hook.

Crochet Tutorial

Stitch Abbreviations (U.S. terms):

ch – chain: Yarn over, pull through loop on hook.

sl st – slip stitch: Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, pull through stitch and loop on hook. 

hdc – half double crochet: Yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch. Yarn over one more time and pull through last three loops on hook.

hdc sl sthalf double crochet slip stitch: yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch and all loops on hook.

Note: there is no multiple required for this stitch pattern.

Stitch Pattern

To start this stitch, chain any number and start with one regular row of single crochet.

a completed row of single crochet

For row two, you want to start of by creating an uncompleted half double crochet and finishing it off by making a slip stitch in the back loop.

So it goes as follows: yarn over, insert hook into stitch, yarn over and pull through stitch and all loops on hook.

a uncompleted half double crochet stitch
start by making an unfinished half double crochet in back loop
a completed crochet knit-stitch
finishing it off with a slip stitch

Continue repeating this stitch to create a knit like effect in your crochet projects.

What do you plan on making with this stitch?

Other pretty crochet stitches you might like

4 different crochet stitch tutorials
  1. Shell Stitch Tutorial / 2. Reverse Blanket Stitch / 3. Triple Puff Lotus Stitch / 4. V-Stitch Tutorial
a swatch of a stitch with a wooden crochet hook

I hope you enjoyed this fun quick knit-stitch tutorial!


Thursday 22nd of September 2022

is it possible to increase and decrease with this stitch? thanks.


Friday 23rd of September 2022

Hi there, I haven't tried it myself, but I think its possible. Since the base of the stitch is made using half double crochet, I think if you decreased using a half double crochet it might work. 😊


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Do you repeat the hsc slst throughout or repeat one row of hdc followed by one row of hdc slst?


Tuesday 13th of September 2022

Hi there, so you want to just repeat the half double crochet slip stitch for every row. 😊


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

So easy and looks fantastic. Thank you!


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Your welcome! It's such a fun and easy stitch to use in crochet projects when your trying to get a knit-type look :)