The Rice Stitch is a textured, thick, and unique crochet stitch. Great for washcloths, placemats, and more, let’s learn how to crochet the rice stitch with this written and video tutorial!
Crochet Rice Stitch Tutorial
The Rice Stitch is a thick crochet stitch using a combination of front post and back post stitches. It does take practice to get in a groove, and it is a bit of a yarn eater, but the end result is so worth it! If you’re trying to use up your yarn stash, this could be the stitch for you!
While this probably isn’t one of the best crochet stitches for blankets, it does work great for washcloths because of the way the post stitches create little nubs that work so well as scrubbies. Perfect for washing dishes, wiping the counter, or other tasks around the home that may require some elbow grease.
Stitches needed to make the Rice Stitch in crochet:
Rice Stitch Steps
1. Chain an odd number of stitches.
2. Double crochet in the 3rd chain from your hook and in each chain to the end. This should leave you with an odd number of double crochet stitches.
3. Chain one and turn your work. Place one half double crochet in the first stitch.
4. Front post double crochet around the next post, back post double crochet around the next post. Front post around the next, alternating back post/front post to the end of the row.
5. In the last stitch, place one half double crochet.
Repeat steps 3 – 5 until your piece is as tall as you like.
You should always have an odd number of stitches throughout the piece.
Always place the front posts around what looks like a back post (after turning your work) and the back posts in what look like front posts (after turning your work). See photo below.
The half double crochets are always the outer most stitches.
The first and last POST stitch of each row should always be a front post double crochet.
If you’re more of a hands-on learner, this video tutorial for the Rice Stitch is for you!
Rice Stitch Video:
I hope you enjoy working up the rice stitch, and I can’t wait to see what you create!