I often try to mimic my crochet and knit designs just for fun. It can be a challenge, but a fun challenge. I find crochet and knit to be like two different languages. They are similar in that they both use yarn and tools, but different in they way they are shaped, written, and created. A popular stitch called the Split Stitch or Waistcoat Stitch is one that can mimic knit quiet well in not only look but also direction of the stitch. Another fun stitch is working stitches in the third loop or back bar of the stitch. In single crochet this gives a horizontal knit look. I decided to combine these two stitches on a hat and the results are fun.

Want to try it out? Grab the FREE Caymus Slouchy or Beanie Hat Pattern

Split Stitch Hat Caymus Slouchy

When trying out the Split Stitch here are a few helpful tips:
Keep your hands loose and comfortable. If your hands are starting to hurt try going up a hook size and losening tension. The first few slip stitches might feel awkward, but if you are having a hard time inserting the hook then your stitch may be too tight.
This stitch is worked as a single crochet but where the hook is inserted is the only difference. The hook will be inserted between the ā€˜Vā€™ of the stitch.
Join to the center of split stitch for each round until brim.
Do not pull Magic Circle (Ring) closed tight until first two rounds are complete.
Keep stitches loose and go up a hook size on the first few rounds if needed. The first few rounds will be the most challenging due to increasing, but it gets easier as it goes. If you crochet tight, go up a hook size.

Split Stitch Video:

Crochet in the Third Loop Video