The Crunch Stitch - A Free Crochet Tutorial

One of my all time favorite stitches is the Crunch Stitch! I love it for the texture it brings and simplicity involved to make it.

The crunch stitch is comprised of half double crochet (HDC) and slip stitch (sl st), that's it!

This texture makes it perfect for washing and scrubbing. In fact, it is my favorite stitch to use for my wash cloths and dish cloths.

It is also great for blankets, loveys, scarves..the list could go on and on.

To make the crunch stitch you will want to have the desired weight of yarn and crochet hook for the project you plan to complete.

For a reference I like to use worsted weight yarn and my 5mm crochet hook if I am using it for a blanket, lovey or scarf.

When working with cotton yarn for wash cloths etc, I like to use my 4mm hook.

You can practice this stitch in my Easy Crochet Mop Cover or Farmhouse Pumpkin patterns!

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Materials -

- For this example below I am using a 4mm hook and worsted cotton yarn (24/7 Cotton from Lion Brand), but as stated above you can use what is needed for your project
- Scissors
- Tapestry needle to weave in ends
- Stitch markers (optional, they can come in handy to keep rows even)

US Abbreviations -

Ch - Chain
HDC - Half double crochet
Sl st - Slip stitch 

Let's get crocheting!

Chain a multiple of 2 + 1 to start

Row 1: HDC in the 2nd ch from your hook, sl st in the next, repeat until the end of the row, ch 1 and turn

NOTE- Each row will always start with a HDC and end with a slip stitch, this is one of my favorite parts because it helps me keep my rows even so I don't miss or add a stitch.

It can also be handy to put a stitch marker in the last stitch of each row, this way when you reach the end you see where you need to place your last stitch.

Row 2: HDC in the first stitch, sl st in the next, repeat until the end of the row, ch 1 and turn

Repeat row 2 until you have the desired length

That's it! Easy, simple, beautiful stitch!

What have you made with the crunch stitch?


  1. I read about the swiffer mop pads you do the Crunch stitch with and it lead me back to here because I am having a bit of trouble with some of my stitches not being straight across, as in the front post seems to be lower than the back post. I think it might just be my tension and also I have been away from crocheting for a very long time after hurting my hand badly years ago. BUT, I am fine now, doesn't seem to hurt me to use yarn and so just have to be careful as I now have some arthritis that has built into several finger joints. The stitches are simple enough, think I am just going to have to watch my tension and crochet more evenly. BUT, THANK YOU for sharing these 2 stitches in relationship to the Swiffer cover because I was about to have to go buy more Swiffer pads and I just didn't want to spend the money. THIS should take care of it! By the way, your work is lovely, I can tell you do alot of crocheting as everything you do lines up and looks great!

    1. Hi Annie! So glad you are enjoying the crunch stitch to make the mop covers! Tension can play a part in the edges becoming uneven, another can be possibly missing a stitch (for me I used to miss a stitch at the end and it would become tapered). If you have any questions as you make your covers feel free to email me at and I’d love to help! :)

  2. Sehr schön und lieb Danke für die Anleitung

  3. Thank you so much for this. I am going to try making these for sure since I have random left over yarn from projects.

  4. hi Stephanie, I have not watched the video yet...but I just wanted to thank you ahead of time, your a wife and, you took the time out of your busy life, to make this video and probably others. It is great that you love crocheting this much, that you want to share..thank you I am off to watch your video.. I would love a pattern, that I could pring out..because I write down all the direction. and that takes a while... okay, bye. Lori

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve frogged my current project four times now and finally found this and it’s helped so much. Thank you again!!


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