When we first learn to work the double crochet stitch in rows, we learn one of the two following methods:
- Chain 2 (does not count as a stitch), work the first dc in the first st.
- 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 becomes a great new tool to learn!
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.
The most recent design that I used the alternate double crochet on is my Snowflake Keyhole Scarf. You can find the Free Crochet Pattern here: Snowflake Keyhole Scarf.
Let’s work an Alternate Double Crochet!
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.
Photo D: Insert your hook between the legs of the single crochet stitch.
Photo E: Yo, pull up a loop.
Photo F: Yo, pull up a loop.
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! 😉
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