How to Crochet the Grit Stitch

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The crochet Grit Stitch is a lovely stitch that uses both double crochet and single crochet stitches. The stitches are made in pairs, with a skipped stitch between.

This creates a “leaning” stitch that is nicely textured. The Grit Stitch works well for crochet dishcloths, pillows, blankets, and so many more projects.

It amazes me how many different ways crochet can combine the same stitches, and the results are unique!

Crochet grit stitch in beige cotton yarn, close up.
I love the grit stitch texture!

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I use this stitch in the Trentino Pillow which is a reversible crochet pillow pattern that features a geometric design in two colors. The grit stitch color changes look amazing!


You can crochet the grit stitch with any yarn and hook that work well together.

For this tutorial, I’m using a 4mm US G-4 crochet hook-my Furls ergonomic Streamline, and a #4 medium worsted weight yarn.

The yarn is from Joann’s, it’s Big Twist cotton yarn. It’s a cotton blend yarn consisting of 85% cotton,15%polyester. The ball includes 131 yd/120m; 2.65oz/55g.

Stitches/Abbreviations (US Terms)

You can click on any of these links for a step by step tutorial on how to crochet these stitches.


dc-double crochet


sc-single crochet 

sk-skip the indicated stitch 



  1. The stitch multiple for the grit stitch is an odd number, plus 2 for the foundation chain.
  2. Ch 1 at the beginning of the row counts as a single crochet. This keeps the edges nice and straight. However, chain can be rather tight, or small so you may want to crochet this first chain loosely.

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Crochet swatch in grit stitch beige cotton yarn with text.

Scroll down for the Grit Stitch Tutorial!

Watch the video tutorial on my YouTube channel on how to crochet this stitch.

Crochet washcloth in beige cotton yarn, close up.

How to Crochet a Washcloth Pattern

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 minute
Active Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 32 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $2

The Grana is a simple crochet washcloth pattern. This easy one row repeat makes a gorgeous texture that's almost too pretty to clean with!


  • For this tutorial, I'm using a #4 medium worsted weight yarn, Big Twist cotton yarn. You can substitute other yarn brands, but use a cotton or cotton blend.


  • I'm using my 4mm US G-4 crochet hook. If your washcloth is coming out smaller or larger, it may help to go up or down a hoo size.



    For 4" ch 17

    For 6" ch 25

    For 8" ch 33 (this pattern)

    For 12" ch 49

    1. Row 1. (RS) Dc in the 3rd ch from your hook (sk chs count as the first sc), *{sk 1 ch, sc and dc in the next ch}, rep from * until last 2 sts, sk 1 ch, sc in the last ch, turn. (15, 23, 31, 47 sts)Row 1 complete crochet washcloth.
    2. Row 2. Ch 1 (counts as a sc here and throughout), dc in the same st, *{sk first dc, sc and dc in the next sc}, rep from* to last 2 sts, End of row 2 in crochet dishcloth next dc, sc in turning ch, turn. (15, 23, 31, 47 sts)Crochet washcloth tutorial through row 3 ending.
    3. Repeat Row 2 for the desired length of your project.
    4. Suggested Lengths: For a 4″/10cm x 4″/10cm = rep row 2 for 14 rows total.
    5. For a 6″/15cm x 6″/15cm = rep row 2 for 21 rows total.
    6. For a 8"/20cm x 8"/20cm = rep row 2 for 28 rows total.
    7. For a 12″/30.5cm x 12″/30.5cm = rep row 2 for 42 rows total.
    8. Border-Continue from where you are, and single crochet evenly down the side, place a (sc, ch 1, sc) in each corner as you come to them and continue to sc evenly all the way around.Edges of washcloth in single crochet.
    9. Sl st to the first sc to join the border.
    10. Hanging Loop: To add a loop for hanging, continue from last corner (or join yarn with a sl st to any corner, if you're already finished).
    11. Ch 15, sl st back to corner st. This gave me about an 1.5”/3.8cm loop for hanging, you can adjust this to your needs. Close up of hanging loop for dishcloth.
    12. Cut the yarn and weave in your ends.


*Tip-The turning chain is the first ch 1 that counts as a single crochet in this stitch pattern. It may help to mark this ch 1 so it's easier to see, until you get used to it. And remember to ch 1 loosely.

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