Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial | How to make your crochet look knit

Learn how to make the easiest crochet knit stitch! This stitch is perfect for making stretchy hat brims, sleeve cuffs and more.

Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial

The Crochet Knit Stitch

I love making knit-look crochet stitches! There’s just something about the simplicity and uniformity that is appealing to me. This crochet knit stitch in particular is my all-time favorite knit look crochet stitch.

There are several different types of knit-like crochet stitches out there, but they all lack the stretchiness that one can only get from a knitted project. Except this stitch. The ‘slip stitch back loop only’.

Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Slip stitches?? Who wants to crochet those??

Trust me, it’s worth it. Slip stitches generally don’t have a lot of give to them but ironically, when you only crochet them into the back loop suddently they have allllll of the stretch! It’s truly magical.

So what do you say? Are you ready to give this awesome stitch a try?

Video Tutorial for the Crochet Knit Stitch:


  • your favorite yarn and hook combination


  • Intermediate beginner – the maker should have knowledge and be comfortable with basic crochet stitches first. The maker should also be able to control their gauge. Loose gauge is important for this particular stitch.


  • chain 1 does not count as a stitch
  • start with any number of stitches
  • loose gauge is important – if you are a tight crocheter, then you might want to go up a hook size or two


  • ch = chain
  • yo = yarn over
  • st/sts = stitch/stitches
  • sl st = slip stitch
  • blo = back loop only

Instructions for the Crochet Knit Stitch:

This tutorial is just for a practice swatch. However, if you’re a confident crocheter and want to just jump into making a project (dishcloth, scarf, etc.) then go for it!

Make sure your gauge is loose. Don’t be afraid to go up a hook size or two if you tend to crochet tightly.

Step 1: Make a ch of any number.

Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial

Step 2: Make one sl st in the 2nd ch from the hook and in each ch across. Ch 1, turn.

Step 3: Note the back loop. You will be working in the back loop only (blo) now and throughout this tutorial.

Step 4: Work on sl st in the blo in each st across. Ch 1, turn.

Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial

Step 4: Continue to repeat step 3 (row 2) until your practice swatch is your desired size.

Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial

See? I told you this was an easy stitch! So what did you think? Pretty easy, right?

What will YOU make using this stitch? Did you make a practice swatch? Did you just go for it and make a project with it? Either way, I’d love to your work! Please do share and tag me @spottedhorsedesignco on social media. I absolutely love seeing all your makes ❤️

Now it’s time to find a fun project to use this stitch for! If you’re looking for inspiration, why not start with this easy and pretty Knit Look Chunky Hat? This crochet hat pattern is super warm and perfect for those bitter-cold winter days!

Knit Look Chunky Crochet Hat Pattern

Crochet Knit Stitch Tutorial




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