The Fastest Crochet Stitches and How Much Yarn They Use

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I Test 17 Different Crochet Stitches

Testing Information

  • Each swatch is 15 minutes of crochet, not counting the foundation chain.
  • Each swatch has used a foundation chain of 15-20 ch depending on the pattern.
  • A 4mm hook has been used for all swatches.
  • The yarn I have used is an 8ply cotton blend. Each swatch is the exact same yarn although a few are a different colour.

Things to Note

  • I tried to use a good selection of stitches, with some not as common as others.
  • some stitches I have never done before, but I did familiarise myself with the pattern before I timed the swatch.
  • The weight of each swatch has been taken on an ordinary kitchen scale supposedly accurate to 1g.
  • The timings in this guide will obviously be different depending on your own individual speed and experience, but will be very helpful as a tool for comparison when choosing stitches.

Table of Information

The below information on each swatch is based on 15 minutes of crochet, beginning with the stitch that covers the most area to the stitch which covers the least area. Hence the treble stitch is the fastest, all the way down to the aligned cobble stitch being the slowest.

  • You will find a picture of each stitch below, with the more uncommon stitches having a link to the pattern.

CROCHET STITCH

AREA cm²

WEIGHT g

Treble

138cm²

8g

114.75cm²

10g

Double Crochet

105.27cm²

8g

105cm²

9g

Moss Stitch

100.8cm²

9g

99.75cm²

8g

Half Double Crochet

98.47cm²

8g

89.28cm²

8g

85.6cm²

7g

83.8cm²

7g

81.75cm²

7g

81.7cm²

7g

79.21cm²

8g

79.2cm²

7g

77.19cm²

8g

Single Crochet

71.34cm²

6g

70cm²

7g

Beginning from the top left, the below swatches are in order from largest to smallest (ie. fastest to slowest.)

 

  • After some practice you will notice that the close stitch patterns result in a fabric with more structure.
  • Larger patterns or more open stitches will produce a fabric that has more movement in it.

This information can help you determine what type of stitch to use depending on the desired result for your project.

A Comparison of Sizes (15mins of crochet per swatch)

Beginning from the top left, the below swatches are in order from smallest to largest (ie. slowest to fastest.)

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Summary
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The Fastest Crochet Stitches and How Much Yarn They Use
Description
An article showing the results of swatching a variety of crochet stitches to find out which stitches work up the fastest, the area they cover and the amount of yarn they use.
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Cotton Crochet Forever
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