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Video Tutorial: “Braided” Crochet Stitch That Looks Like Knitting

A swatch of Wool Ease Thick & Quick in "Glacier" crocheted in a combination of extended half double crochet and slip stitches. The effect of this crocheting looks like knitting.

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!

This easy braided crochet stitch look so much like knitting! Easy step-by-step video tutorial featuring Lion Brand Yarn.
This braided crochet stitch video tutorial is part of an ongoing collaboration with my friends at Lion Brand Yarn. This post contains affiliate links.

Lion Brand Scarfie yarn in Cream/Silver being crocheted into a free women's poncho pattern.

As shared work in progress shots of the free Braided Boho Poncho pattern on Instagram, I got a lot of questions about the stitch I was using. This little combo is actually something I came up with one day when I was sitting on an airplane trying to find a crochet stitch that looked like knitting. I think this simple stitch accomplishes that “knit” look, while remaining very easy to work. 

How to make crochet look knit with extended half double crochet and slip stitches. Full tutorial and free poncho pattern.

What exactly is this 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 though, please let me know in the comments!

Just as it sounds, knit looking crochet stitch 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 would be beautiful worked in a scarf, blanket or sweater. (And if you love finding new crochet stitches, this list of 25 Crochet Stitches for Blankets and Afghans and this list of 20 Multi-Color Crochet Stitches will give you a ton of inspiration.)

Closeup of a crochet stitch that looks knit worked in Lion Brand Scarfie yarn. Free pattern and crochet stitch video tutorial.

More Crochet Stitches That Look Like Knitting

To learn more about making crochet look like knitting, you’ll definitely want to check out this collection of 15 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!

Braided Crochet Stitch Video Tutorial

Yarn used in this video tutorial:
Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in the color Glacier. Purchase it here!

Links referenced in the video:
Braided Boho Poncho free crochet pattern (sizes S-3X)

Braided Crochet Stitch Step-By-Step Written Instructions

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.

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.

Here’s a quick photo tutorial on the extended half double crochet stitch (ehdc) in case you aren’t a big video watcher.

Tutorial: How to work the extended half double crochet stitch.Step-by-step tutorial of a braided crochet stitch that looks like knitting. Tutorial showing how to add use extended half double crochet stitches and slip stitches to make crochet look like knitting.

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!)

Free crochet patterns with video tutorials featuring Lion Brand Yarn.

1. The Dwell Sweater – free crochet pattern made from a rectangle + video tutorial

2. The Habitat Cardigan – free draped crochet sweater pattern + video tutorial

3. The Revival Scarf – free bead stitch triangle scarf + video tutorial

4. Cabin Boots with Flip Flop Soles – free crochet slipper/boot pattern + video tutorial


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  • Melissa
    February 20, 2018 at 8:44 am

    This is such gorgeous texture and unique combination!! Love it! 🙂

    • Jess @ Make and Do Crew
      February 22, 2018 at 9:43 am

      I’m so glad you like it, Melissa. It’s fun to see how different it looks in different yarns. 🙂

    February 21, 2018 at 6:51 am

    olá recebi mais um video adoro-os, os seus trabalhos são lindos e os videos são muito bem explicados. Espero que possa traduzir o meu comentário.

  • Sierra
    March 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    I love how combining stitches makes a totally new look! You’re so creative Jess💕 Thanks for sharing the video.

  • Kim McAllister
    February 16, 2019 at 7:41 am

    I really like this stitch! Do any of the turning chains count as stitches? triple or single? I thought I heard you say the single chain turning chain does not… Also, on the original chain, when you chain into the fourth stitch from hook, does that count as one or two stitches? Knowing whether or not turning chain stitches count as a stitch is a real problem for me. Many patterns seem to vary even when using the same stitches. Some double crochet patterns count the turning chain and some do not. Length of chain varies too depending on the pattern. Please help 🙂 Thanks!


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