For many crochet is a fabulously mindful hobby, it’s great for calming and silencing the mind as you crochet away stitch by stitch. But there are some stitches better than others at hitting that sweet spot of soothing, steady and stretching enough to keep you focused? I find, the best stitches for self care have a few things in common – they have a soothing rhythm, use basic stitches to build up a pattern but are engaging enough that my brain doesn’t wander off and start thinking about grocery shopping, cleaning, what the children need for nursery the next day, the list goes on… So, I’m going to use my experience to share with you five of my favourite mindful crochet stitches.
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Here are my five favourite mindful crochet stitches.
The crocodile stitch is an eye-catching crochet stitch that adds a scale-like texture. It’s made using simple slip stitches and trebles, but the interesting construction will keep your attention focused on each step of the process.
The cluster stitch creates a modern, plump texture that’s ideal for shawls, scarves and cowls. Plus, it’s fun to hook up! Sliding the stitches between your fingers is a wonderfully mindful process. Made from easy stitches and simple repetition this is suitable for all skill levels.
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I love a bit of texture. The suzette stitch adds some interest, but keeps things modern. Using just double and treble stitches, it’s an easy pattern to pick up and enjoy the soothing rhythm and pace of.
Are you a fan of texture? Then you’re going to love the Apache Tears crochet stitch. This beautifully tactile stitch adds an attractive and interesting texture to your projects and it’s wonderful to work on – with both stitches and colour to play with!
The Royal Ridge Stitch is a wonderfully decorative double sided crochet texture. As you might imagine, it feels comforting, thick and cosy in your hands and creates a really pleasing rhythm while you’re making it.
I hope you enjoyed this round-up of my favourite mindful crochet stitches. I’d love to hear about yours, leave me a comment below and let me know what stitch always calms you.
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Anuradha BanerjiJanuary 28, 2021 at 5:32 am
Loved the info. Being new to crocheting, I am learning new technics every time I start a new project. Will love to take up some of these new stiches/patterns! Hank you so much
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 28, 2021 at 2:03 pm
You are very welcome 🙂
LeihJanuary 28, 2021 at 11:51 am
How did you know I’ve been furiously crocheting?? Haha I just discovered Tunisian style, and that works for me. Regular double and treble make me nervous, always trying to get to the end of the row! I LOVE the look of the Apache tears stitch, definitely going to give it a try. Hopefully it’s not like Celtic weave, which I diligently worked at for a week before giving up! Thanks for the post!
BellaCocoTeamJanuary 28, 2021 at 2:02 pm
You are very welcome 🙂
Carol T DuvallJanuary 28, 2021 at 2:03 pm
Love this article! I love to crochet. And a great rhythmic pattern is so good for the soul!
Thanks for sharing these amazing stitches!
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 2, 2021 at 8:45 pm
You are very welcome 🙂
AnnmarieFebruary 4, 2021 at 10:10 am
This is just what I’ve been looking for! I’ve rediscovered crochet again in lockdown and it has saved my sanity, am now slightly/very addicted. Completely agree that if the stitch is too easy the mind wanders and too hard and it stresses me. I am going to use try these stitches in my next project, they look beautiful.
PS. Love your blog and its nice to find a UK based crochet site, although I’ve just got my head around American terms so I’m going to get all confuse again.
BellaCocoTeamFebruary 5, 2021 at 6:06 pm
Thank you, maybe this chart will be of help to you :- bit.ly/Conversionchart 🙂
Lynda OssiMarch 9, 2021 at 4:44 pm
Love all your videos……the instructios are always very clear. This s a beautiful stitch! What can you use it for?……made many wash cloths.so any thing else?
Take care of yourself. Hope you have an easy pregnancy.
DotApril 5, 2021 at 1:12 pm
I would love to try the bar stitch but can’t find the written directions. Can you help?
BellaCocoTeamApril 5, 2021 at 4:18 pm
Hi Dot, the written instructions can be found on my blog at bellacocoblog.frogspark.agency, here is the link:- https://bellacocoblog.frogspark.agency/bar-stitch/ 🙂
Dunn SarahMay 10, 2022 at 12:07 pm
I’m just at the beginning of my crochet journey. I love something simple and calming when I just feeling down and the brain fog from the ME is bad but when the intrusive thoughts are raging I need something more complex to distract me and give me a focus. Crafting has saved me from myself many times and also given comfort.
BellaCocoTeamMay 10, 2022 at 1:50 pm
I’m so glad that crochet has been able to help you, it’s such a great craft for switching off either with something easy or something which takes more concentration. Wishing you all the best with your crochet journey 🙂