How To Surface Crochet

Surface crochet can be a really fun way to add some embellishment to a crochet project. I really like the look of a nice straight line (as shown in tutorial below), but you can get as free-spirited as you like with it! Here is a beautiful example of free form from Kirsten Holloway Designs.

How to Surface Crochet

1.With right side of your work facing you, insert your hook in between the stitches where you want to begin and grab a loop of yarn.

2. Pull loop through to the right side of your work.

3. Insert hook in between the next stitch. Yarn over and pull through.

4. You should have two loops on your hook.

5. Pull the second loop (on the left) through the first loop.

6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have completed all the stitches you want.

7. If you are working with a project that is “in the round,” finish up by inserting your hook the last time into the same space you entered into on step 1 and perform the last stitch.

8. Finish off as you would with any other crochet stitch.

9. Using a yarn needle, insert needle into the same space behind your last stitch (going around last loop) so that it goes back to the wrong side of your work. Weave in the ends. (note: I sometimes tie some kind of knot first if it doesn’t feel very secure)

All Done!


  1. Thank you for this information! I am making a Spider Web Placemat/Table Topper and for the webbing you need to do this surface crochet!
    Helen F.

  2. Hello, I’m learning all over again after a break of over 40 years and tutorials help a lot. Thank you. I havn’t tried surface crochet yet but will get around to it. Maybe on the slippers I’m doing . I wast to do everything but dont do much as i have health problems and at 85 yrs. young, i have quite a few ‘bad days’ it doesn’t get very cold here where i live in Queensland, Australia and our ‘winters’ are very short so no big projects.., Slippers, yes. ..i love your decor with the flowers and the colors are lovely. Thank you…Bev

    1. Thanks for your kind words Bev! Glad to hear you’ve been able to pick up crochet again and are enjoying it! I think surface crochet would look wonderful on slippers! 🙂

  3. Hi Esther: I just wanted to Thank You for such a fabulous web site. I’m a 71 year old that has been crocheting for more than 40 years, but until today I had no idea how to surface crochet. This makes some of my Christmas gifts so pretty.

  4. Could you please do a video of surface crochet stars.
    I am making a USA flag for my grand son and want to put 50 stars on the blue field.
    Thank You,

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