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

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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 – Right Handed

Left Handed

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!

NOTE: Several different people have now written to me, claiming that they invented this technique. I don’t know who did, I didn’t invent it myself, and many crocheters have told me they learned it from their grandmothers. Was it lost in time and then rediscovered? I don’t know, and again, I don’t claim to have invented it, I’m just sharing it, and I hope you like it.

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  1. 5

    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. 9


    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. 13


    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. 14

    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. 17

    Sarah says

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

  6. 22

    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. 30

    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. 32

    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! ; )

    • 33

      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. 36


    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. 37

    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. 42

    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. 51


    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,

  13. 55

    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

    • 56

      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. 59

    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. 64

    beverly byrd says

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

  16. 68

    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. 72


    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. 74

    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 is very valuable to me!

    • 78

      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. 79


    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. 87


    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. 91


    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. 95

    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. 103

    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.

      • 105

        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. 106

    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. 108

    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. 110

    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

    • 113

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Jenny!
      The “no sl st” refers to the sl st that is usually used to join the new yarn before you chain to create the “first st” of the round. It doesn’t refer to the sl st join at the end of the round. Sorry for the confusion!

  27. 114

    Maryam says

    That’s very lovely and neat! You chose really funky and beautiful colors!
    Thank you so much for an ADORABLE Tutorial.. BEST teacher is u! U, Tamara, U ♥♥

  28. 116

    Amber N says

    I love learning different ways to eliminate the starting chains in my crochet. Your videos are always clear and easy to follow!

  29. 119

    Karen Wing says

    I love that all of your tutorials are clear and easy to follow! I also love your patterns! Your blog is one of my favorites and my first stop for tutorials! Keep up the great work!!

  30. 124

    Karen says

    Thank you for a great tutorial. Thanks to your video I have finally marred the standing double crochet. Bye bye starting chain, whenever possible!

  31. 126


    I feel very strongly that you should get some sort of a prize or reward for this new technique. Maybe a Crochet organization wil pick up on this and you can be recognized! You know, years ago I had been doing somewhat of a new thing myself- a Foundation stitch but I never knew to show anyone. Keep up the great work! Cathy

  32. 129

    Lana Fink says

    Thank you for doing the demonstration for a left hander. I often feel some patterns need to be altered like front end posts when a lefthanded person is trying to follow a right handed pattern.

  33. 133


    I am fairly new at crocheting. I have been teaching myself to crochet since I retired in January 2014. I have done quite a few projects. Hobby Horses, Chicago Bulls graphghan (most challenging, I think). I had never heard for the SDC before, but it does make sense. However, I am so used to using the Russian Join or Magic Knot. I think the Russian Join is “cleaner” sometimes. Anyway, if you do use one of these methods, I’m assuming you would just do the Double Crochet for the first stitch.

    I love this pattern of the tree skirt. I was wanting to do a Bernat Blanket yarn, but I am terrible about trying to work a pattern with different yarn. If you have any ideas on how to do that, I would appreciate the help. For now, I’ll just continue using my favorite yarn, “I Love This Yarn” from Hobby Lobby.

    Nancy S.

    • 134

      Tamara Kelly says

      Hi Nancy! To substitute yarns, it’s best to stick with yarn is the same weight whenever possible. Alternatively, you can hold two or more strands of thinner yarn together as one! You could hold 2 strands of I Love This Yarn together to get the same approximate thickness as Bernat Blanket yarn. :)

  34. 135

    M.D. says

    Thank you for the great tutorials. The pictures are great and the instructions clear and concise. You make it a pleasure to try new stitches.

  35. 137

    Lydia says

    Thank you so much! You just saved my projects from looking tacky to looking fabulous! This is the best tip so far this year! Can’t wait to see more from you in the coming year! Again thank you!

  36. 139

    Jen smith says

    I’ve been crocheting for 50years and never seen this my mother taught me and she never did it mum was born in 1897 and taught herself to crochet while in service as a cook . I think it’s excellent .i will do this in future thank you for showing it love Jen England

  37. 143

    Robyn says

    Thanks for making such a clear tutorial, and EXTRA thanks for making a left-handed version. I just signed up for your newsletter.


  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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