Tuesday, March 24, 2020

What is a Spider Stitch in Crochet? Explanation and Examples

Today I want to talk about the spider stitch! What exactly is it? How simple or difficult is it? What kind of crochet projects and what kind of crochet yarns is it good for? 

Beginner or even seasoned crocheters might ask these questions. So let’s dive into it and find out! 

Let’s start with the basic crochet stitches. Most crocheters will agree that the basic crochet stitches are: a chain, a slip stitch, a single crochet, a double crochet, and a half-double crochet. 

Then we have advanced stitches: such as treble, double treble, triple treble, also front post and back post stitches, puff stitches, clusters, single crochet decrease, and double crochet decrease, and many more. 

And then, we mix up a variety of basic and advanced stitches to create some intricate design, and what do we call that design? Well, we  also call it a stitch! 

You probably have heard of the granny stitch, shell stitch, chevron or ripple stitch, pineapple stitch, crocodile stitch, spider stitch and there are lots, and lots of others! 

Well, the spider stitch is not a single stitch, but a category of crochet designs made from basic stitches, and these designs share a particular look, that vaguely resembles - you guessed it - a spider! 

Most of the time, spider stitch is made of single crochets, double crochets, and chains. It can vary in size and complexity. Usually the body of a “spider” is created with single crochets, chains make up the legs, and double crochets surround the “spider”. But of course, there are ton’s of other variations. 

The yarns that work best for this stitch are solid color yarns. I would not recommend variegated yarns as the “spiders” will simply blend in with the rest of the crochet fabric. 

As for the projects that the spider stitch can be used for, there really are no limitations. I’ve used the spider stitch for shawls, blankets, scarves, bookmarks, doilies, and there are so many other things that can be created with a spider stitch. 

In this post I will show you photos of several variations of a spider stitch for the purpose of learning what a spider stitch design looks like. 

All of these photos are my own work, they are either from my blog, my website, or my pattern shop. Alright, let’s take a look! 


  1. They look amazing. I’m not w big fan or real sliders. But these kinds I can handle

  2. Even though it's called the spider stitch this reminds me of a flower. I love all of the samples of blankets and shawls showcasing this stitch. So beautiful.