Learn how to make the squished single crochet stitch, this stitch is full of texture and when crocheted flat looks like braids.

Hello all and welcome to a new stitch series! In this series I will walk you through different stitches that I am using to make coasters as my wedding favors. Yes, You read right, I Clarisabeth, 3 months before my wedding have decided to make at best 200 coasters and if my spirit holds 400 coasters for the 100 guests that I have invited to my wedding. I’m scared….

So to make this more enjoyable for me and to perhaps entice some of you to rescue me, I have decided to make photo tutorial of the stitches I will be using for these coasters.  First up is this beauty!

squished single crochet stitch

I was calling it an easy braid stitch because unfortunately the Vogue Dictionary of Crochet stitches does not have the names for any of the stitches included. Since then I have found out the true name of the stitch, squished single crochet.

Notes:

For the Video Tutorial I’m using Bernat Maker Home Dec and a 6.5mm hook

Photo Tutorial – I’m using Premiere cotton yarn in the Sage color (One of my wedding colors) and a 4mm crochet hook

The stitch works with any multiple of 2.

Onwards!

I am making squares the measure approximately 3.5 by 3.5 (coaster sized).

Squished Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial

Video:

Photo Tutorial:

Chain 16

how to crochet the squished singles stitch

Base row:

Insert your hook into the 4th chain form the hook and pull up a loop. Miss the next chain, insert your hook into the following chain and pull up a loop. Yarn over and pull through all 3 loops. Ch1

*Insert hook into the base of the stitch you just made, yarn over and pull up a loop, miss 1 ch space, insert your hook into the next ch space yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through all three loops. Ch 1*  Repeat from * to * until end.  Ch 2 and turn.

how to crochet the squished singles stitch
insert hook into the stitch you just made
squished single crochet stitch
shows the skipped ch space

If you notice we were essentially making a sc decrease over two stitches.

Row 1:

*Insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over pull up a loop. Insert your hook into the ch 1 space, yarn over and pull up a loop. Yarn over pull through all 3 loops. Ch 1* Repeat from * to * across. Your final sc decrease will be made in the sc and the ch 4 space from the row below. Ch1 and turn.

squished single crochet stitch tutorial
The hook is in the first stitch and the pointer marks the ch 1 space made in the previous row.
squished single crochet stitch tutorial
squished single crochet tutorial
Shows where to put the final sc decrease of the row.

Row 2: Insert your hook into the sc, yarn over pull up a loop, insert your hook into the ch, yarn over pull up a loop, yarn over pull through all 3 loops. Repeat this step until you work your last squished single. You will have 1 stitch left over. Into this stitch work a sc. Ch1 and turn.

Repeat row 2 until desired length is achieved. For this coaster it was 3.5″ tall. Remember you are essentially working a sc decrease over the first stitch and the ch 1 space and it creates a beautiful texture!

squished single crochet stitch tutorial

Thank you for reading!

If you try this pattern comment below or tag me on instagram!

XOXO

Clarisabeth

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