If you like your crochet to have plenty of texture, then you'll love the nubbly pebble stitch. Like pebbles on the beach, your rows of crochet will have individuality and character - and you won't have to spend hours to get a great effect.
This is a perfect stitch for chunkier items like bags, potholders, and placemats as it is hardwearing yet with an added interest to its undulating surface.
Watch the pebble stitch video tutorial:
Pebble stitch written instructions:
Pebble stitch is a very easy and rewardingly fast stitch to work. Basically, you alternate double and single crochet.
To start, first chain a foundation chain with an even number of stitches, in a size appropriate to your project.
Turn, skip 1 ch, sc in next st, *dc in next ch, sc in next ch; rep from * across. (23 sts)
Turn, ch 3 (counts as dc), *sc in next st, dc in next st; rep from * across.
Turn, ch 1, sc in same st, *dc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * across.
Continue for as long as your project requires.
As you'll see, the stitch rapidly builds up a pleasingly textured fabric which is just the thing for men's scarves and hats. In a chunky yarn, it makes excellent pot holders and heavy duty items, but in a finer weight yarn, it can produce a more delicate effect which will produce a nice throw.
Pro tip: This stitch looks really impressive worked in chunky stripes for a scarf. Change your yarn color every ten or so rows for a really great effect.