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aligned cobble crochet stitch

If you are seeking a crochet stitch that is simple to learn and remember, adds texture to your project, or appeals to you visually, the Aligned Cobble Stitch is an ideal choice. The Aligned Cobble Stitch utilizes only two stitches and follows a two-row repetition pattern, making it easy to master. So, grab your hook and follow along to create this charming stitch pattern!

How Does The Aligned Cobble Stitch Work?

The Aligned Cobble Stitch is comprised of single crochets and treble crochets. A single crochet will always be worked in the stitch after a treble crochet, which will push the treble crochet out on one side of your work (this is the "right side"). That pushed out treble takes on the appearance of a tiny bobble, giving your work texture and dimensions without all the work of some other the other relief stitches (think bobble stitch, popcorn stitch, etc).

aligned cobble crochet stitch

Is The Aligned Cobble An Easy Crochet Stitch?

If you have mastered all the basic crochet stitches (slip stitch, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, treble crochet) and are an advanced beginner, The Aligned Cobble Stitch would be an excellent stitch pattern to learn! This stitch pattern is simple to master and remember because it only involves two stitches and follows a two-row repeat.

Aligned Cobble Stitch Pattern

Chain an even number

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Row 1: Starting in the 3rd chain from hook, single crochet across. Chain 1, turn.

row of treble and single crochets

Row 2: Single crochet into first stitch. In the following stitch, treble crochet. Single crochet into the next stitch. Repeat from across. 


Row 3: Single crochet in each stitch across. Chain 1, turn.

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Repeat rows 2 & 3. 

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single crochet back loops only

Mastered The Aligned Cobble Stitch? Read Next:

crochet bean stitch

The Mixed Cluster Crochet Stitch is a variation on the traditional cluster stitch. Working the mixed cluster stitch is a little bit trickier than the traditional cluster stitch as there are 2 parts to the mixed cluster, and the mixed cluster stitch itself is worked into 2 different stitches in the row below.

Best Crochet Projects for The Mixed Cluster Stitch

The mixed cluster crochet stitch is a unique and intricate stitch pattern that adds a touch of elegance to any crocheted piece. This stitch creates a beautiful texture that is both visually appealing and functional, making it perfect for a wide range of projects. Its reversible nature allows for a polished finish on both sides, adding to the versatility of this stitch. When incorporating the mixed cluster crochet stitch into your projects, the possibilities are truly endless. From cozy sweaters and stylish scarves to cozy blankets and decorative home accessories, this stitch can elevate any crochet creation. The closed fabric finish of this stitch provides warmth and structure, making it ideal for creating garments that are not only fashionable but also practical. Experimenting with different yarn weights and textures can further enhance the visual appeal of the mixed cluster crochet stitch. Thicker yarns can create a more pronounced texture, while finer yarns can result in a delicate and intricate look. Additionally, playing around with color combinations can add another dimension to your projects, allowing you to showcase your creativity and personal style.

mixed cluster stitch

Is The Mixed Cluster Stitch an Easy Crochet Stitch?

It is always tricky to classify which exact crochet skill level a specific stitch belongs to. However, the overall consensus on the mixed cluster crochet stitch is that it is an intermediate stitch. If you are confused about the differences between crochet skill levels for stitches and patterns, read this article, What Are the Crochet Skill Levels.

The mixed cluster stitch utilizes variations of multiple basic stitches, including the long double crochet, skipping stitches, and reworking into the same stitch just to create one mixed cluster. The mixed cluster itself is complex.

However, the stitch pattern for the mixed cluster stitch is pretty easy. It's a 2-row repeat, so it's easy to memorize. One of the rows features the mixed clusters, and the second row is just single crochets.

mixed cluster stitch

Mixed Cluster Stitch Pattern

Chain any multiple of 2, plus 1.

Row 1: Single crochet (sc) into the 3rd chain from hook. Sc into each chain across. Chain 2, turn. 

Row 2: Yarn over (YO), insert hook into first stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 1 loop, YO, pull through two loops, (two loops on hook) (long DC made, or first half of mixed cluster), skip 1 stitch, YO, insert hook into next stitch, YO and pull up a loop, YO and pull through 1 loop, YO, insert hook again into same stitch, YO and pull up a loop,  YO and pull through 1 loop, YO, pull through all six loops on hook (mixed cluster stitch made). Chain 1 to close the cluster. Working back into the same stitch you just crocheted into, repeat from * across. At the end of row, the second half of the mixed cluster will be worked into the turning chain. Chain 2, turn. 

Row 3: Skip first stitch. Starting in the 2nd stitch, sc across. Chain 2, turn.

Repeat rows 2 and 3. 

mixed cluster stitch

The Mixed Cluster Crochet Stitch is a unique and intricate variation of the traditional cluster stitch that adds a beautiful texture to your crochet projects. Unlike the traditional cluster stitch, the mixed cluster stitch involves two distinct parts, making it a bit more challenging but also more rewarding.

To create the mixed cluster stitch, you will need to work into two different stitches in the row below, adding an extra layer of complexity to your crochet work.

When working the mixed cluster stitch, you will notice how the two parts come together to create a stunning and intricate design. This stitch is perfect for adding depth and dimension to your crochet patterns, making them stand out and catch the eye.

Mastered The Mixed Cluster Stitch? Read Next:

single crochet back loops only

Crocheting into the back loops only is a technique that has been widely used in the world of crochet for many years. While it may not be considered groundbreaking or innovative, especially by experienced crocheters, it holds a special place for crochet beginners who are just starting their crochet journey. By utilizing this method, you can create unique textures and patterns that add a new dimension to your crochet projects.

How and Why Should I Crochet into Back Loops Only?

When you crochet into the back loops only, you are essentially working with a different part of the stitch than you normally would. This simple adjustment can result in ribbed effects, raised ridges, or intricate designs that stand out in your finished piece. It's a great way to elevate simple stitches and give them a more complex and interesting look.

single crochet back loops only

Crocheting into the back loops only can open up a world of possibilities for your creativity. Simply changing the hook placement by one loop less can transform a basic stitch (single crochet, double crochet, treble crochet) into something unique and special.

What Happens If I Crochet Into Front Loops Only?

how to single crochet back loops only

When you choose to crochet into the front loops only, it alters the texture and appearance of your project. By working exclusively into the front loops, you are essentially creating a different surface compared to crocheting through both loops. This technique results in a smoother and more subtle texture, lacking the pronounced ridges and elasticity that back loops only provide. The fabric retains a certain level of linearity on its front side, offering a unique visual appeal. However, the absence of the raised ridges and stretchiness characteristic of back loops only

means that the final piece will have a different drape and feel.

single crochet front loops only

Experimenting with crocheting into the back loops only can open up a world of possibilities for your creativity. You can combine this technique with different yarn weights, colors, and stitch patterns to create truly unique and personalized items. Whether you're making scarves, blankets, or garments, incorporating this method can add a touch of sophistication and style to your crochet projects.

Single Crochet Back Loops Only (scblo)

Chain any number of chains.

Row 1: In the second chain from hook, single crochet across. Chain 1, turn.

Row 2: Starting in the first stitch, insert your hook into the back loop only of the single crochet in the row below. Work a single crochet. Repeat across. Chain 1, turn.

single crochet back loops only

Repeat Row 2.

Patterns Featuring Single Crochet Back Loops Only:

crochet potholder

Alpine Potholder Crochet Pattern - Find it Here

This pattern features a geometric triangle design made by using a granny- square motif inspired method. This crochet pattern is perfect for any crocheter who is familiar with basic crochet stitches and following a written crochet pattern. This pattern is considered EASY because while it is very quick (about 2 hours to complete the project) and relatively easy, it is a little more complex than a beginner would be comfortable with. Please see below for details on supplies. Send me a message if you have any questions about the pattern, before or after purchasing!

Skill Level: EASY


1 skein of Yarn Bee, Studio 72, linen (or 100 yds of another acetate/ acrylic blend yarn)

Size F (8- 5.00mm) crochet hook


Tapestry needle (for weaving in ends)

Mastering the Art of Crocheting in Back Loops Only

Choosing to work your crochet stitches into the back loops only, as opposed to the traditional two loops, will greatly change the texture and drape of your crochet piece. Crocheting into the back loops only will create raised ridges and stretchiness that can mimic knit ribbing. You can use this technique with any crochet stitch. The longer the crochet stitch (single being the shortest and treble being the highest), the more distant your ridges will be from one another.

So grab some yarn and enhance your crochet skills by mastering the back loops only technique. Whether you're a seasoned crocheter getting back to the basics or a beginner keen to broaden your skills, incorporating back loops only will surely inspire your creativity and take your craft to the next level.

single crochet back loops only

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