Crocheting might be one of the most satisfying and engaging pastimes that you can engage in, which often comes with a clear goal in mind and even a little finished item when a project is complete.
Small wonder so many people are addicted to this hobby!
However, learning how to crochet isn’t always plain sailing.
For one thing, learning how to read crochet patterns and instructions can often feel like you’re speaking in another language, one that you have to pick up for yourself without very little help.
Take the types of stitches that you can do, and the abbreviations that accompany them. They’re not exactly instantly understandable, especially without a guide to help you out.
Like, what exactly is a chain, or a double crochet? What’s a slip stitch? And (very importantly for this piece), learning what exactly it means to ‘skip stitches’.
Like, how can you skip stitches when the whole point of crocheting is making stitches!?
Fortunately, we have just the guide to help you out, by showing you what skipping stitches is, and how you can skip stitches in your project for yourself.
We’ll also cover some of the abbreviations that are used in crocheting so that you have a better idea of how to read crochet patterns (see also: How To Read Crocheting Patterns)going forward.
Uses For A Skip Stitch In Crochet
You first might be wondering why exactly you may want to Skip stitches while crocheting. After all, skipping a stitch could have consequences for how the final item looks and feels, right?
Well, there are quite a few good reasons that you may want to skip a particular stitch in a pattern, it turns out!
Creating A Lacy Design
This is perhaps one of the best reasons that you may want to skip a stitch or two in your crochet pattern.
Skipping a stitch can often produce a way, flowing effect in your pattern, completely changing the overall look for a row.
This is why many patterns that are aiming to get this wavy effect will often work missing or skipping stitch into the instructions, usually telling you to miss a stitch that you may have done in the previous row.
A more practical reason that you may choose to skip some stitches is so that you can make room for a buttonhole on your item.
This is especially the case for items that would typically have buttons if you were to buy them from a clothing store, particularly cardigans and similar crocheted items.
Again, this is a scenario where a good pattern will show you where to deliberately miss a stitch that you would’ve done on a previous row.
There’s also an argument that this is simply a wave pattern with a more practical purpose, but we feel that it is worth mentioning that this would be how you would produce a buttonhole on an item.
Speeding Up The Process
Of course, it makes sense that skipping a stitch or two would also cut down on your overall stitching time, so it’s not too surprising that it’s also used for this reason, by effectively missing out on the chains that you would normally add to a row of stitches.
As we mentioned earlier, having skips in your stitching helps change the texture of the piece that you are working on.
This is particularly the case in long double-crocheted patterns, where the extra depth of the item allows for that change in texture to come through
What Abbreviations Means In Crochet (& What SK Means)
With the ‘why’ out of the way, it’s probably worth covering those abbreviations that we mentioned before, both so that you can understand them, and know what abbreviation skip uses
So, as we mentioned in the introduction, crochet has a massive number of abbreviations that get thrown around and used to denote a particular type of stitch or action that you need to take next.
While hundreds can be used to denote a specific technique in crocheting, there are a few that are usually fairly widely known, and skip is one of them.
For example, for a Front Post Double Crochet, the abbreviation would be FPDC, and for instructions to alternate a pattern, the abbreviation is ALT, Stitch would abbreviate to ST, and so on.
So, naturally, if instructions tell you to skip a stitch, the abbreviation will be SK.
Items You’ll Need
When it comes to the tools that you’ll need to skip stitches, it is incredibly simple, with only your yarn and crochet needle needed to do this correctly.
How To Skip Stitches
Okay, we’ve got all the important information and preamble out of the way, now comes the part that you probably clicked on to this article for: How should you skip stitches?
Step 1: Deciding Where To Skip
The first thing that you’re going to need to do is to decide where exactly you’re choosing to skip your stitch. This should probably be done in a location where there are dividing sections, to allow the next step to happen.
Step 2: Making Corresponding Chains (CH)
So, you’ve chosen the place where you are going to skip the stitch.
At this point, you will start working on the rows above the zone where you are skipping, to an equal amount of stitches so that the new section is the same length as the other section.
Step 3: Continuing The Pattern Above
Now, you can connect the two pieces of yarn patterns through a series of chains, as many as either the pattern calls for, or to your liking, connecting the two pieces, while still leaving the opening.
And that’s all there is to it. You can repeat this step with any number of a section where you or the pattern you are following calls for any skips (or SK)
- It can sometimes be unclear in pattern instructions whether there is intended to be a skip, so always check a pattern for an asterisk or parentheses.
- If you’re unsure as to if you’ve gotten the skip correctly, try and work the pattern and see if you have gotten the intended result out of it. Simply undoing a layer or two of stitching (known as frogging) is a straightforward thing to do, so you can always go back and change it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Usually Skip The First Stitch When Crocheting?
As we have hopefully shown in our tutorial, it is generally considered best that a skip in your stitch is done on the first row of your next section, as you will link the two sections together with 4 chains to get the skipped effect.
Is It Healthy To Crochet?
With all this discussion and how confusing it can be to start adding skips into your crochet patterns, some people may be wondering if it’s even healthy to be worrying about this much crocheting!
Jokes, aside, crocheting has been shown to have several positive effects on a person, such as helping reduce stress and anxiety levels, in a similar way to playing video games.
Only here, you have the added benefit of not needing to look at a screen constantly!
So, there you have it.
There’s a lot of information to cover when it comes to crochet topics like this. But hopefully, this guide has shown you the basics that can help you out!