Tutorial: Surface stitching

Surface stitching is a technique where you crochet on top of an existing crocheted or knitted fabric, working the stitches around the stitches of you base piece. This is great way to add a decorative row of stitches or start crocheting a detail straight to another piece. 

You can surface crochet with any stitch, but in this tutorial I will show you how to do slip stitches, just because this is what I use most often. But all stitches are worked as normal, so you can easily adapt the technique to suit your needs.

 

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1. Insert your hook under the first stitch and grab the yarn.

 

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2. Draw up a loop.

 

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3. Yarn over ...

 

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4. ... and draw through the loop on the hook.

 

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5. Insert your hook under the next stitch.

 

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6. Yarn over ...

 

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7. ... and draw under the stitch and through the loop on the hook.

 

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8. Keep repeating steps 5 - 7 .

 

 

 

Video Tutorial

 

If you do not see the videos properly, head over to YouTube.

Right-handed version

 

Left-handed version

Here are a few examples of how I like to use surface crochet:

a) When making toys where clothes are crocheted as part of the body, I like to add a row of slip stitches between the two rounds where I changed the yarn to give a nice polished look, like the teddy bear's sweatshirt and doll shoes.

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b) It's also a great way to add a row of stitches just for decoration, like I did with this teddy's dress.

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If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

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7 comments

Comment from: Chris [Visitor]  
Chris

Very nice surface stitch for crochet. But, how can this be done on a knitted hat? Please and thank you.

08/24/16 @ 03:40
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Chris,

The technique on a knitted fabric is exactly the same, you just need to adjust the length of the stitches according to your knitted stitches and may need to either draw them tighter or stretch them out a bit more than you would normally.

Kristi

08/26/16 @ 14:02
Comment from: Chris [Visitor]
Chris

Thank you. I am going to try it this week.

09/13/16 @ 02:01
Comment from: Betsy [Visitor]
Betsy

How do you finish off the loose ends from the beginning and the end of your embellishment?

02/09/17 @ 20:52
Comment from: kristi [Member]  

Hi Betsy,

Whenever I can, I add the embellishments before I sew my toys together, this way I can bring the yarn tails up through the opening of a detail or a place that I know will later be covered by another piece and securely knot them together.

But if not, this is how I like to fasten and hide yarn tails: http://engsidrun.spire.ee/blogs/blog1.php/tutorial-fastening-the-yarn-tail

Kristi

02/09/17 @ 21:02
Comment from: Janet [Visitor]
Janet

I love the way the teddy look with the hoodie. Do you show how you did that?

12/01/17 @ 20:30
Comment from: kristi [Member]  
12/01/17 @ 22:30
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