Alternative Double Crochet, also called Alternate Doubles, or Extended Half Double Crochet, is a simple and interesting take on the standard double crochet stitch.
But it’s easy to confuse with the phrase “alternating double crochet” – which usually means working dc stitches in the back and front loops. This is, instead, a taller version of the standard half double crochet stitch. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.
Video Tutorial: How to Crochet the ExHDC or Alt DC
Written Instructions for the ExHdc
This stitch can be made over any number of stitches – just add 2 chains for the starting chain, as the first 3 chains are skipped and count as the first dc. From there, make each stitch as follows: Yo, and insert hook into the next st. Yo and pull up a loop. (3 loops on hook.) Yo and pull through the 1st loop only. (3 loops on hook.) Yo, pull through all 3 loops on hook.
And that’s all there is to making Alternative Double Crochets! It might take some concentration to make the sts this way, but if you can dc you can certainly Alt dc! Remember – even advanced crochet stitches are very doable, they’re often only termed “advanced” because they’re rare. In a way, it’s just a ch followed by an hdc. Because of the way it’s worked, Alternative Double Crochet creates an interesting horizontal stripe that stands out from the usual dc project – a great way to mix things up!
I hope you enjoyed this video! Have you ever made a project with Alternative Doubles? Share your thoughts, and let me know what other stitches you’d like to see a tutorial for in the comments! And I want to give a big thank you to Julia for letting me know about another name for this stitch (which I’ve updated the post to reflect) – thank you Julia!
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