The Spider Stitch is quite a dense and sturdy stitch which makes it great for things like potholders, washcloths or bags.
I used this stitch to make a potholder and it works really well. You would need to make two squares and stitch them together to make the potholder thicker. While the Spider Stitch is a dense stitch and can be used for potholders, it’s not as thick as the Thermal Stitch which is in my opinion the best stitch for crochet potholders.
But I quite like this stitch, I think it’s an interesting looking pattern. And making a potholder is a great way to practise this stitch before you use it for bigger projects, like blankets. 🙂
The Spider stitch is quite simple but it may take a little practise in the beginning.
Spider Stitch Use Ideas
Washcloths / dishcloths
Bags, laptop cases, clutches
How to crochet the Spider Stitch
The Spider Stitch consists of: 1 single crochet + chain one + 1 single crochet worked into the same stitch (SC+Ch1+SC). All the stitches apart from the very first row are worked into the Ch 1 space of the previous row.
The trickiest part here is to identify where that Ch 1 space is and where the next stitch should go. You would expect to see a bigger gap between the single crochet stitches because of that chain-1-space, but it’s actually not the case. (You can watch the video below for more visual guidance)
But once you’ve done the first couple of rows it will be easier to see those spaces.
Spider Stitch Crochet Potholder Pattern
Yarn: I used 100% cotton yarn (8 ply/DK/Light Worsted)
Crochet Hook: 4mm (G-6)
You can use any 100% cotton yarn with a matching hook size.
This potholder measures 8” x 8” (20cm x 20cm)
Abbreviations (US Terms):
Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
St(s) = stitch(es)
Sp St = Spider Stitch (single crochet + chain 1 + single crochet into the same stitch).
This pattern does not require you to chain in the beginning of a row.
You can make a bigger/smaller potholder by chaining more/less (any even number) and working any amount of rows until you reach your desired size.
Ch 30 (or any even number)
Row 1: Sp St in the second chain from the hook (you can watch a video demonstration). Then skip 1 chain and work a Sp St into the next chain. Continue until the end of the chain, working Sp Sts into every second chain. Turn.
Row 2: Sp St into Ch-1-space from the row below. Work Sp Sts into every Ch-1-space until the end of the row. Turn.
Row 3-36 or until you reach the desired size: Repeat Row 2.
Loop: After you finish your last row, chain 20 to make a loop and work a SC into the same stitch. Fasten off and weave in the ends.
Make as many rows as you like. Important is to remember that you always work into that Ch-1-space from the row below so the pattern will look consistent.
In the beginning it can be a little tricky to find that Ch 1 space. What I did to make sure I’m working into the right space is to find those two single crochets worked into one stitch in the previous row. To me it looked like two letters ‘V’ tilted in opposite directions. Or you can see 4 strings of yarn coming out of that stitch. Insert the hook right in the middle – between the second and the third string of yarn – that’s the Ch-1-space.
TIP: When inserting your hook into the Ch-1-space, make sure your hook doesn’t accidentally go into the SC stitch on it’s way out on the other side. I’ve made this mistake a few times until I realised that some of the spider stitches are not perfectly aligned. So, even though I was inserting the hook in the right spot, on the reverse side it was coming out slightly to the side, in the middle of the next SC stitch (you can watch the video for more clarity).
I hope you enjoyed making this potholder! Let me know in the comments below if you liked it and what you’re going to make next using this stitch!
Spider Stitch Crochet Video Tutorial
Let me know in the comments what you think of the Spider stitch pattern and what else you could use it for!