How to Crochet the Thicket Stitch

Crochet Thicket stitch Swatch with a text overlay indicating a tutorial for beginner crocheters
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Today I want to show you one of my absolute favourite crochet stitches: the Thicket Stitch. Now, the Thicket Stitch often gets passed over because it is considered a beginner’s crochet stitch because it’s a simple one row repeat. But I love this stitch for it’s wonderful texture, versatility and it’s simplicity. This stitch can be a bit of a chameleon and it’s part of what I love about it. When I say chameleon, I mean that you can use the same stitch and with a slight variation, have it look completely different. Every time I use this stitch in a design, even though I’ve done so multiple times, I always get asked “what stitch is that?!” I think you’ll love having this simple but versatile crochet stitch in your tool box. So grab your hooks, grab your yarn and let’s learn how to crochet the Thicket Stitch.

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You can use any hook and yarn combination with this stitch but today I’ll be using a Furls Odyssey 5.5mm crochet hook and a Brava Worsted Weight Yarn from We Crochet. You can mix up your hook and yarn weights to change up the look of this stitch and have it look a bit lacier if you wish. This stitch is wonderful for fast and easy crochet blankets! In fact, my first crochet blanket design I published uses this stitch. Check out my Striped Thicket Stitch Blanket Pattern and give it a try to practice this stitch.

To do this tutorial, you’ll need to know how to do the Single Crochet (SC) and Double Crochet (DC) stitches. You can find the tutorials for them here: Single Crochet, Double Crochet.

Check out my How to Do the Crochet Thicket Stitch video tutorial here:

Starting Chain: Chain any even number of stitches. For my example here, I’ve done a chain of 20.

CH 20

Row 1: SC in the second CH from the hook. DC in the same CH. *Skip 1 CH and place 1 SC and 1 DC stitch in the next CH* Repeat the instructions in the ** until 2 CHs remain. Skip 1 CH, SC in the last CH. CH 1 and turn your work.

starting the first thicket stitch cluster
Single Crochet Step 1
single crochet tutorial image
Single Crochet Step 2
completed single crochet stitch in grey yarn
Single Crochet Step 3
beginning of double crochet stitch
Double Crochet Step 1

Double Crochet tutorial
Double Crochet Step 2
completed double crochet stitch
Double Crochet Step 3
completed crochet stitch demo
Continuing with (SC, DC) in every other CH across.

Row 2: (SC, DC) in the first ST, *skip the next ST, (SC, DC) in the next ST* repeat instructions in the ** until 1 ST remains. SC in the last ST.

crochet tutorial for beginners
Row 2 Single Crochet Step 3
Double Crochet stitch demo
Row 2 – Double Crochet Step 3
Crochet Stitch Tutorial
First Cluster of Row Two Completed
Completed rows of Thicket Stitch
Completed rows of Thicket Stitch

Repeat Row 2 until you’ve reached your desired length.

Completed Thicket Stitch Swatch
Completed Thicket Stitch Swatch

That’s it! It’s super easy right? This stitch looks amazing as dishclothes, blankets, garments, pillows and more! Changing colours every few rows gives this stitch a totally different look and I just love the versatility! Here are some free crochet patterns you can use to practice the this stitch:

2 thoughts on “How to Crochet the Thicket Stitch”

  1. I have tried this stitch for a washcloth/dishcloth. It is supposed to be a “beautiful” pattern for this. It looks like crap. What I really want to say is it looks like…well I think you get the idea. I have followed the directions to the letter, used 2 different sized hooks to no avail. I am using cotton yarn. Is that the reason it gaps quite a bit? It makes the holes look gappy. Who would want that for a washcloth? It looks pathetic. Is this pattern better used with worsted weight yarn instead or with worsted weight cotton?

    • I’m sorry this stitch doesn’t seem to be giving you the results you’re after. A fabric in this stitch should not be “gappy” or holey. There are some small spaces between the stitches but nothing excessive. As you can see in my sample above, placed on a white surfave, there is very little to no background showing through. Without actually seeing your work, my initial guesses at problem-solving your issue would be that the hook size for your yarn is too large or are crocheting with a very loose tension. What size yarn and hook are you using? I’m happy to help you further if you’d like to send me a photo of your work then I can potentially narrow it down for you.


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