The Crochet Spider Stitch is an easy crochet stitch pattern, made up of only two stitches: single crochets and chains. The fabric is fairly dense and stiff to me so, if you want something less dense, you’ll need to go up in your crochet hook size.
Naming Crochet Stitches
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m not a fan of giving names to stitch patterns. You get name after name, for the same thing.
You know why? It’s because someone names a stitch in a stitch dictionary. Then, someone else writes another stitch dictionary and names it something else because they don’t want to be accused of copyright infringement.
Now you know why we have Moss Stitch, Granite Stitch, Linen Stitch and Woven Stitch ALL meaning the same thing.
With all that said, though, I was asked for a stitch pattern name for my favorite stitch pattern. I’ve already used it three times here at Make It Crochet. So, I thought I would check around and see if I could find it.
The closest I could get is the Spider Stitch, so I’m going to name the one I’m using as Modified Spider Stitch. Here is a definition of both stitch patterns so you can see the difference.
Crochet Spider Stitch
A Spider Stitch is worked on an even number of stitches.
Row 1: Ch an even number, [sc, ch 1, sc] in second ch from hook, *sk 1 ch, [sc, ch 1, sc] in next ch, rep from * to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, [sc, ch 1, sc] in each ch-1 sp across to end, turn.
Rep row 2 throughout.
What is a Modified Crochet Spider Stitch?
Basically, the stitch pattern I use so much is the same thing as a regular Spider Stitch, except I make 2 chains instead of 1.
This Modified Spider Stitch is worked on a multiple of 3 stitches.
Row 1: Ch any multiple of 3, sk 2 ch, *[sc, ch 2, sc] in next ch, sk 2 ch, rep from * to last ch, [sc, ch 2, sc] in last ch, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, [sc, ch 2, sc] in each ch-2 sp across to end, turn.
Rep row 2 throughout.
Spider Stitch vs. Modified Spider Stitch
While the typical Spider Stitch is fairly dense, the Modified Spider stitch has that extra chain. It allows the fabric to open up a little bit, making it more suitable for things like garments and shawls.
You can see that there isn’t a huge difference in the look of the fabric. I don’t know where I found the stitch pattern, or even if I found it all. I could have made it up because I do that kind of thing.
Or, I liked a Ch-2 V-Stitch but decided I wanted to use single crochet instead. I’m not sure, but you can understand how this could cause problems when naming stitch patterns.
Simple Tunic Free Crochet Pattern
I believe the first time I used the modified stitch was in this “Simple Tunic” I designed in 2008 for Caron Yarns. Since Caron Yarns was bought out by Yarnspirations, the free crochet pattern is available there now.
I’m not sure why Caron chose to call it a “simple” tunic, though. It is anything but simple. Definitely worth trying, but it’s not meant to be a beginner pattern.
What is the Easiest Crochet Stitch?
Honestly this one is pretty easy. I’m going to go with “piece of cake” actually. It’s easy to learn and easy to memorize. You repeat only one row throughout.
When I was pregnant with Christian, over 18 years ago, I was living with my grandmother. She never really followed many crochet patterns, but she wanted to make a blanket for him.
She had no problem with this stitch pattern and loved working on it just as as much as I do.
Free Crochet Patterns with Modified Spider Stitch
In addition to the Simple Tunic available at Yarnspirations, here are the patterns onsite at Make It Crochet as well.
All the patterns at Make It Crochet are free. Since many of you have asked how to help with the costs of running a site like this, I’ve made all the patterns into print-ready PDFs and the cost is about the same as a cup of coffee. Every little bit helps.
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