How to Crochet – Alternate Double Crochet

When we first learn to work the double crochet stitch in rows, we learn one of the two following methods:

  1. Chain 2 (does not count as a stitch), work the first dc in the first st.
  2. Chain 3 (counts as first dc), work the first dc in the next st.

While these methods are great when we’re first learning, eventually we begin to notice that both of them cause gaps in our work. This is when the alternate double crochet stitch (also referred to as a chainless double crochet stitch) becomes a great new tool to learn!


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Here are a couple of the reasons I love the alternate double crochet stitch:

  • No unsightly gaps at the beginning of your rows!
  • It creates a nice clean edge along your work. This is especially helpful if you need to add a border to your project.
  • I also use this when working in joined rounds. It eliminates the gap you get when you have a ch 2, double crochet in the first stitch.


While there are many tutorials out there for an alternate double crochet, I wanted to share with you my favorite. This is my go-to alternate double crochet stitch and I use it every time I need to begin a row with a double crochet. I LOVE how something SO simple can make such a huge difference in my work!

Try out the Alt-dc on a couple of my free crochet patterns: Snowflake Keyhole Scarf & My Favorite Summer Top

Do you need to work an alternate treble crochet stitch? Click HERE for my Alternate Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial!


How to Crochet the Alternate Double Crochet Stitch - by A Crocheted Simplicity



Learn How to Crochet an Alternate Double Crochet Stitch!


How to Crochet the Alternate Double Crochet Stitch - by A Crocheted Simplicity

Photo A: Turn your work to begin a new row, but DO NOT chain.

Photo B: Work a single crochet stitch (without a turning chain), insert your hook into the first stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo, pull thru both loops (see next pic).

Photo C: See the yarn needle? It’s between the two legs of the single crochet stitch you just made. This is where you insert your hook in the next part.


How to Crochet the Alternate Double Crochet Stitch - by A Crocheted Simplicity

Photo D: Insert your hook between the legs of the single crochet stitch.

Photo E: Yo, pull up a loop.

Photo F: Yo, pull through one loop.


How to Crochet the Alternate Double Crochet Stitch - by A Crocheted Simplicity




Photo G: Yo, pull thru remaining loops to complete the stitch.





Voila, you’ve just worked your first alternate double crochet stitch!

This technique is an excellent one to add to your crochet toolbox and I hope it quickly becomes your favorite! 😉



If you enjoyed this crochet stitch tutorial, you may enjoy these other projects as well. And if you just want to browse, you can find all of our free crochet stitch tutorials HERE.


Try out the Alt-dc2tog on my free crochet pattern: Aurora Cardigan for Girls


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Happy Crocheting, Jennifer



  1. Thank you very much for the tutorial on the alternate double crochet. Like you, I noticed gaps but had no idea how to eliminate those gaps, but, now I do!

  2. So it’s basically a waistcoat DC? BRILLIANT! I’m totally doing it this way in all my projects from now on!

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