This quick video tutorial covers how to work a "braided" crochet stitch that looks like knitting. This stitch is quite simple and perfect for confident beginners. It's also what's used in the free Braided Boho Poncho crochet pattern!
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Braided Stitch Background
This little combo is something I came up with one day when I was sitting on an airplane trying to find a crochet stitch that looked like knitting. This simple stitch accomplishes that "knit" look, while remaining very easy to work.
Related: Crochet Poncho Patterns for All Seasons
What Is The Braided Crochet Stitch?
I don't think I've ever seen this combination of stitches in any "official" capacity, so I've called it the "Braided Extended Half Double Crochet" stitch. If you have seen it before and know it has a different name, please let me know in the comments!
Just as it sounds, it's a knit-looking crochet stitch with a super simple combination of extended half-double crochet and slip stitches. Never worked an extended half double crochet before? Don't worry! I cover exactly how to do it in the How To Work a Braided Crochet Stitch video tutorial below.
Scroll right below the video for the step-by-step written instructions and photo tutorial.
I think this braided crochet stitch pattern would be beautiful worked in a scarf, blanket, or sweater.
(And if you love finding new stitches, this list of different crochet stitches for blankets and afghans and this list of 20 multi-color crochet stitches will give you a ton of inspiration.)
Related: 27+ Easy Hats to Crochet for Winter
Braided Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial
Follow along with the video tutorial below to learn how to make the braided crochet stitch.
• Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Glacier
Links referenced in the video:
• Braided Boho Poncho free crochet pattern (sizes S-3X)
Step-By-Step Written Instructions
Below, you'll find written instructions and a photo tutorial for crocheting the braid stitch.
- Any weight of yarn (the yarn used in the video tutorial is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick)
- Crochet hook in the correct size to match your chosen yarn
- Pair of scissors to cut yarn
Abbreviation (US Terms)
ch - chain
hdc - half double crochet
ehdc - extended half double crochet
sl st - slip stitch
• See photos below for exact hook placement.
How To Start Braided Crochet
Foundation Row: Ch any multiple of stitches with any size crochet hook.
Row 1 (RS): Sk first 3 ch, ehdc in each ch to end of first row; turn.
Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, loosely sl st through the middle loop only of each hdc; turn.
Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, ehdc in front loop of each sl st; turn.
Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.
Here's a quick photo tutorial on the extended half double crochet stitch (ehdc) in case you aren't a big video watcher.
More Crochet Stitches That Look Like Knitting
To learn more about making crochet look like knitting, you'll want to check out this collection of free crochet patterns that look knit, which includes hats, sweaters, mittens and lots more.
I love how versatile yarn is! Isn't it amazing the things you can do with it? You can also find all my free crochet video tutorials here!
Learning the crochet braided stitch will give you an amazing tool to incorporate into your yarn projects. With a row of long crochet stitches and a simple twist at the beginning, you can achieve a beautiful texture that's similar to knit stitches.
Now that you've mastered this "braided" knit-looking crochet stitch, you might like to learn from these other crochet video tutorials. (You can also find all my crochet stitch tutorials here!)
Braided Crochet Stitch FAQs
If you still have questions about the braided crochet stitch, read on for answers.
The braided puff stitch and the braided crochet stitch are two crochet stitches that look like a braid.
They have a similar stitch pattern, but the braided puff stitch creates a bulkier fabric. Both of these stitches work well for knit-look projects like hats and scarves.
More Crochet Stitch Tutorials
Would you like to learn more unique crochet stitches that are far simpler than they look? You'll love these!
- Ribbed Crochet Stitches: How to Add Ribbing to Any Project
- How to Crochet the Solomon's Knot Stitch - Photos + Video
- How to Crochet the Griddle Stitch - Video Tutorial
- How to Crochet the Knit Stitch (Waistcoat Stitch)
- How To Corner to Corner Crochet for Beginners + C2C Patterns
- Video Tutorial: How to Crochet the Side Saddle Stitch
See more crochet stitch tutorials →
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How to Work the Braided Crochet Stitch
- Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick
- Crochet hook
Abbreviations + Glossary (US Terms)
- ch – chain
- hdc – half double crochet
- ehdc - extended half double crochet
- sl st – slip stitch
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How to Work the Braided Crochet Stitch
- Foundation Row: Ch any multiple of stitches.
- Row 1 (RS): Sk first 3 ch, ehdc in each ch to end of row; turn.
- Row 2 (WS): Ch 1, loosely sl st through the middle loop only of each hdc; turn.
- Row 3 (RS): Ch 3, ehdc in front loop of each sl st; turn.
- Repeat Rows 2 and 3 for pattern.