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 (also referred to as a chainless 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.
- Click HERE for the Alternate Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial.
- Continue below for the Alternate Double Crochet Decrease Stitch Tutorial.
The alternate double crochet stitch is my go-to 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!
But, what if I have to begin a row or round with a double crochet decrease? How can I use the Alternate Double Crochet stitch and work a decrease?
In this crochet stitch tutorial, I'll teach you how to crochet the Alternate Double Crochet Decrease, abbreviated Alt-dc2tog. This stitch will decrease your stitch count by 1 stitch.
Learn How to Crochet the Alternate Double Crochet Decrease (Alt-dc2tog)!
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 through one loop.
Photo G: Yo. Next, you will insert your hook into the next stitch. In my swatch, it is a ch-1 space.
Photo H: Insert your hook into the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop, yo.
Photo I: Pull through two loops.
Photo J: Yo, pull thru remaining 3 loops to complete the Alt-dc2tog stitch.
Voila, you've just worked your first alternate double crochet decrease 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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