Crochet the Spider Stitch – Easy Video and Photo Tutorials

Hey there, fellow crocheter! 

Today, we’ll be talking about a really useful, sturdy stitch that just might become one of your new favorites. Created with only two simple stitches, the spider stitch is quite easy to learn. Not only is it easy to do, but the simple repeat that’s involved makes this a textured stitch that is easy to remember AND easily applicable to lots of simple project ideas, with or without the help of crochet patterns. 

Below, you can follow along with a photo tutorial of the spider stitch, watch the video tutorial, and also browse my notes on crocheting with it. While you’re here, be sure to check out the featured patterns made in this lovely stitch, and also check out some free patterns that you can take with you. 

Let’s get started! 

About the Crochet Spider Stitch

The crochet spider stitch is a textured stitch that creates a subtle pattern that to some may look a bit knit-like. This stitch is perfect for adding a touch of texture or for creating allover texture, since each repeat is very small. 

The spider stitch is created by working a series of chains and single crochet stitches, and as such it’s a good fit for crocheters of pretty much any skill level. From absolute beginner to advanced beginner and beyond, this really is the perfect stitch to have in your back pocket. And, since sets of repeats for this stitch are worked into the middle of repeats in the previous rows, a really easy way to think of this stitch is as a version of single crochet v-stitch.

A Note about Gauge and Hook Size

To actually start learning the spider stitch, crochet with your yarn of choice and whatever crochet hook size is recommended for that yarn. In the tutorial below, you will see the spider stitch demonstrated with worsted weight yarn, but any medium-weight yarn like light worsted, aran, or chunky yarn will still be a great choice for following along.

Since this is a fairly dense stitch, you may like that you like the results better with a larger hook size than you might expect. I personally enjoyed how a K(6.5mm hook) worked with a worsted acrylic yarn when I recently worked in the spider stitch. Regardless, just like with any stitch you will get a “squishier” effect by using a slightly larger hook, and if you continue to go up in hook size the effect will be lacier and lacier looking stitches as your gauge changes in that direction. For a thorough explanation of gauge in general, see this post. 

Project Ideas for the Spider Stitch

 As fun as it is to learn new crochet stitches, knowing that you can get a lot of “mileage” out of a a stitch can often take away a roadblock to getting started. Here are a few basic ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • Blankets:  The density of this stitch makes it perfect for blankets-try using a chunky yarn or larger to make things go more quickly. 
  • Scarves: A scarf is the perfect project for practicing the spider stitch with a larger hook. Go up by enough hook sizes that the fabric of your scarf gets a nice drape but still feels cozy. 
  • Bags: The spider stitch creates a sturdy fabric that is perfect for bags. You could try making a tote bag in cotton or t-shirt yarn for this stitch. 
  • Hot Pads and washcloths: The spider stitch is a great candidate for crocheting hot pads or trivets. In cotton yarn, it would also make a great crochet washcloth. 

Overall, the crochet spider stitch is a great stitch to add to your repertoire.Here are a few of my other favorite crochet stitches: 

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Crocheting the Spider Stitch Step-by-step

Okay, so without further ado here are the written instructions for crocheting the spider stitch pattern. For this tutorial, I am using us terms exclusively. 

First, we need to make our foundation chain/foundation row. Begin by chaining an odd number of stitches. For practice, 15 chain stitches is a good place to start. 

Row 1: skip the first chain and insert your hook into the second stitch. Into that chain(second chain from the hook) work a sc, ch, and a second sc. All of that goes into one stitch/chain.

*Skip a ch and (sc,ch,sc)* . Keep doing that repeat until you only have two chains left at the end of the row. 

Skip the second to last chain and in the very last chain, put a double crochet. chain 1 and turn. 

Row 2: In every chain space of the previous row, repeat that pattern of (sc, ch, sc). You don’t need to work any more double crochets or other extra stitches at the end of the row-just get to the end and then ch1 and turn. 

Repeat row 2 until the work reaches your desired size/length. After your last row, bind off and weave in any ends. 

Pretty easy, right? After a whole row or a couple of rows, I’m sure you can begin to see why the spider crochet stitch is such a favorite of mine-ease of crocheting plus beautiful texture. In fact, this stitch makes it so easy to keep the same stitch count from row to row that I used it in the written pattern for a whole sweater design, as well as for the Luxury Headband pattern you see here. 

As a side note, it IS quite easy to modify this stitch so that you start by using an even number of chains. Alternatively, you can also get your first row started and then work the remaining rows with just repeats worked into the chain-spaces(not working anything into the top of the turning chain or using any double crochet stitches. 

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Spider Stitch Video Tutorial

For those who prefer to really follow along, here is a video version of the crochet spider stitch tutorial straight from my YouTube channel: 

Final Thoughts

I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with me to learn a new stitch, and that now you have at least a little bit of confidence to incorporate it into your projects and designs. Please feel free to browse around for more 

Happy Crocheting! 

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