Standing Double Crochet: Join Without the Sl St and Ch!

The Standing Double Crochet stitch is one I came to late – and I wish I’d known about it years earlier! It’s not a stitch that you’ll usually find specified in a pattern, and as such it has no standard abbreviation. What it is, is a technique – one that will allow you to start a new row on a crochet project without having to use the telltale “join with a slip stitch and chain 3″ – and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Standing Double Crochet - joining without the slip stitch! Photo and Video Tutorials on Moogly!

Video Tutorial: Standing Double Crochet

Photo Tutorial for the Standing Double Crochet

  • Step 1: Hold the yarn end with the last two fingers of your hook-holding hand.Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 1
  • Step 2: Holding the hook in your first two fingers and thumb, wrap the yarn around the hook twice.Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 2
  • Step 3: Insert the hook into the desired stitch.Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 3
  • Step 4: Yarn over and pull up a loop.Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 4
  • Step 5: Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 5
  • Step 6:Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on  the hook (completing as for a normal double crochet). Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 6
  • Step 7: Continuing to hold on to the yarn end, make the next double crochet in the standard manner.Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 7
  • Step 8: You can let go of the tail, and continue to make stitches according to the pattern. If you used this technique on the previous row, crochet over the tail that was left at the top from that row. The loose end at the top of this row can either be woven in with a needle, or crocheted over in the next row! Standing Double Crochet Technique Photo Tutorial Step 8

So what do you think? Next time you see a pattern that calls for joining with a slip stitch and then chaining to start off a row or round of double crochet stitches, give the Standing Double Crochet a try! You might just never look back!

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  1. 3

    Laura Darcy says

    thank you for all the valuable tutorials and information! I’m so happy I found your blog and have learned quite a bit already. This tutorial about the ability to join without leaving that seam is wonderful!

  2. 7

    biz says

    Hi there. I think this is a brilliant idea, but I am wondering how you bring your ends together to close off your row? Thanks!

  3. 11

    Sonea Delvon says

    Nice tutorial! This technique can be used for any crochet stitch, sc, hdc, dc, tr, dtr, clusters, … I’ve been using it for a long time, but I start with a chain instead of a yo. And then I crochet in all ends in every row or rnd and I don’t have to weave them in:-)

  4. 12

    Diane says

    Love learning new tricks! I make a lot of hats so I’ll be sure to use this one. Beautifully and clearly done.! Thank you so much, Tamara!

  5. 15

    Sarah says

    This is great, I have no idea why I haven’t been doing this since I started crocheting!
    Thanks a lot!

  6. 20

    Nancy Wisseman says

    OMG..that is amazing! I love this and will be using it! Will it work for half double crochet or single crochet too?

  7. 25

    Liz says

    wow! i love lots of colors but hate joining. i always depend on variagated yarn but it never looks as clean and even as i usually like, now i can use this and not dread joins! thank u!

  8. 27

    Crafty Dutchess says

    Tell me if I’m wrong but this looks like using a tr to do the work of a dc and therefore as a previous comment says can be used to replace any stitch, just ‘go up one’.
    Loving the blog btw, despite the coupons being a useless tease to most European followers! ; )

    • 28

      Tamara Kelly says

      It starts as a tr (two wraps) but you only pull through two twice – but you can definitely replace anything taller than a sc using this basic idea!

  9. 31

    Colleen Blehm says

    Thank you for the tutorial, you made it very clear and understandable. Such a simple stitch. I wish I would have known about this method 45 yrs ago when I started crocheting!! :) Thanks again!!

  10. 32

    Cora says

    Thanks for sharing…I will never go back to the standard way of joining. Does this also work for half double or triple crochet as well?

  11. 34

    diane says

    i can’t decide which is more magnificent . . . the foundation stitch or this one!

    thank you so much for opening our eyes!

  12. 43

    Paula Matos says

    Dear Tamara,

    this is really great! Found you on Pinterest. May I show this method in German for my readers with my own fotos and words on my BLOG site?
    Of course, I will mention your site.
    Please let me know.
    Greetings from Germany,
    Paula

  13. 47

    Jan says

    Can you please tell me what wool was used in the standing stitch tutorial, looks like some sort if cotton yarn? Thanks x

    • 48

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Jan! It was Sugar’n Cream and Peaches ‘n’ Cream – I tend to use them interchangeably, they’re pretty much the same and each has colors I like. :)

  14. 51

    Jan says

    Ok thank you. I am making a 6ft x 6ft granny for my daughter and am now half way through. Started using the new stitch last night. So much neater and easier. Love it! x

  15. 56

    beverly byrd says

    I learned something new it will make my work look better. Never to old learn a new stitch :-) thanks

  16. 60

    Anna-Lee Howard says

    I love this! Is there a way to continue the next round in the same color without using a chain 3? I’ve been trying to figure it out but can’t seem to do it without having to use a brand new piece of yarn.

  17. 64

    Cathy - ScrappinCat! says

    OMGoodness! This is amazing. My mind is blown. Thank you so much for this and the chainless starting double crochet. Finding your awesomeness is just one more reason I love Pinterest. Thank you, thank you.

  18. 66

    Anne says

    That is really awesome, and I can’t wait to try it. I have always hated leaving that line in the rounds. I also didn’t like to re tuck my ends, now I can do it as I go and I know every thing I do will look better. Thanks so much for sharing this..it is very valuable to me!

    • 70

      Tamara Kelly says

      Wow, hi Edie! Um, gosh, I picked it up years and years ago, possibly through a link on Ravelry? And then I’ve seen a few videos of it over the years as well. Was it your invention? I’d believe it, it’s an amazing technique!

  19. 71

    Edie Eckman says

    I didn’t invent the technique–it’s been around forever. However, I think I named it. In my opinion, it’s easier to disseminate information if we can label techniques, and crocheters haven’t done a very good job of that.
    It does seem like the technique started being talked about more on Rav and other places once it got a name.
    Check out my “Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs” for more useful techniques for color changes, and “Connect the Shapes Crochet Motifs” for cool ways to join them.
    Beautiful tutorial, btw!

  20. 79

    Donna Carlen says

    I put a link back to your tutorial on my blog. I neither wanted to copy you, or reinvent what you’ve done so well. A lot of the ladies I have taught to crochet expressed their dislike of the chain 3 in rounds — and while I’ve explained to them that is the traditional way, following your tutorial provides an option.

    Thanks for the tutorial.

    My blog is meant to be an information tank for my students (and anyone who happens to find it). I don’t generally post links to tutorials, but this one seemed very useful.

  21. 83

    Yanina says

    Hola! Me encanto lo que muestra. Me podría decir que numero de aguja usa, el material de la misma y si es lana o hilo. Comencé a realizar crochet hace muy poquito y me encanta. Saludos!!

  22. 87

    Nicky says

    Thank you very much Tamara for the wonderful tutorials you have been sharing.
    Very helpful and easy to understand. God bless you and your family :)

  23. 95

    Donna says

    I’m having a hard time finding out what an air crochet stitch is and how to make it. I’ve been told you have a tutorial.

      • 97

        Donna says

        Thanks Tamara, I should have known. I’m so new at this I feel your site is where I live. You have the best teaching site in the whole world.

  24. 98

    harriette white says

    I looked and couldn’t find ant tutorial on a starting cluster, so guess what? I figured it out myself and it looks pretty darn good if i do say so myself! :) thank for the tools.

  25. 100

    Sarah says

    Apologies if I’m asking a silly question, but I feel like I saw the answer somewhere… And now I cannot find it, which is bugging me!

    Is it possible to use some form of this stitch when you’re not changing colour/starting a new thread? So for example starting a round or row in the same colour and same thread but still getting that look of a double (or treble or etc) stitch instead of the telltale chain which tends to stand out to some degree depending on the stitch or wool.

    I hope this question makes sense. I love this idea – I really dislike the odd man out chain (OCD, that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it!) but I’d dearly love to be able to apply it to times when I’m not changing yarn as well as when I am!

  26. 102

    Mika says

    Thank you so much for this amazing kind of doing, it’s so simple and because of that a great idea! I’ve never seen this before. I love your blog, you have a lot of such great ideas.

    greetings from germany

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  1. […] If you want to change colours at the beginning of any/all rounds, might I suggest starting with a standing double crochet instead of the initial ch-3?  That way you won’t have to sl st your way to the corner AND you won’t have to worry about changing colours seamlessly.  If you are not familiar with the standing double crochet, see this excellent tutorial by Tamara from Moogly. […]

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