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The Spider Stitch is quite a dense stitch which makes it great for things like potholders or washcloths.
It’s not as dense and thick as the Thermal stitch but it still does the job if you use a chunkier cotton yarn. Plus making a potholder is a great way to practise this stitch before you use it for bigger projects like blankets!
This potholder ist medium thick and is great for everyday use in the kitchen. But if you want to make a thicker potholder that you can use for carrying around super hot oven trays I would recommend using:
1. Chunky cotton yarn
2. Doubling the yarn
3. Using a Thermal Stitch which is a super dense stitch.
Or you can do all of the above! I have made a few of these and use them double if I need that extra protection 🙂
I think the spider stitch is quite an interesting looking pattern. It’s quite simple but it may take a little practise in the beginning.
The Spider Stitch consists of single crochet + chain one + single crochet 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.
And that’s the most challenging part – to identify where that Ch 1 space is and where the next stitch should go. You would expect to see more space between the stitches because of that extra chain but it’s actually the opposite. (You can watch the video below for more visual guidance)
But once you learn to see it, it’s going to be super quick and easy!
Yarn: 100% Cotton (I’m using Cotton 24/7 from Lion Brand here but you can use any cotton yarn you have)
Hook: 4mm (I’m using this set of hooks which I love)
This potholder measures 20cmx20cm (8”x8”)
Ch = chain
SC = single crochet
St(s) = stitch(es)
Sp St = Spider Stitch (To make a Spider stitch crochet Single crochet, then chain 1, and Single crochet again into the same stitch).
Ch 30 (or any even number)
Row 1: Sp St in the second chain from the hook (refer to video for Spider St demonstration). Then skip 1 chain and work Sp St into the next chain. Continue until the end of the chain, working Sp Sts into every second chain. Turn.
Note: This pattern does not require you to chain in the beginning of the row.
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: Repeat Row 2.
Loop: After you finish your last row, chain 20 to make a loop and work a Sc into the same stitch. Finish off and weave in 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 see 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 Ch1 space.
TIP: Make sure your hook doesn’t accidentally go into the SC stitch on it’s way out. I’ve made this mistake a few times until I realised that the pattern doesn’t look straight. 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).
But once I realised my mistake it was really quick & easy from then on and I actually really enjoyed that stitch!
I would use this stitch for future projects like crop tops, clutches or hand bags. What else?..
Let me know in the comments what you think of the Spider stitch pattern and what else you could use it for!