My friend Becky at Grammy Dirlam introduced me to a fantastic take on the standard double crochet stitch – the Center Double Crochet! It’s an easy variation that has some big effects, and this is how it’s done!
Center Double Crochet Video Tutorial – Right Handed
Center Double Crochet Video Tutorial – Left Handed
In this video I used my Furls Fiberarts US – I, 5.5mm hook, and some worsted weight kitchen cotton, but of course this stitch can be made with any yarn and hook!
For a photo tutorial for this stitch, please do check out Grammy Dirlam. Becky may have learned this stitch years ago from her grandmother, but she’s got a great up to date photo tutorial for the Center Double Crochet, as well as some lovely patterns to use it in!
Some of the differences I noted between Double Crochet and Center Double Crochet:
- Center Double Crochet is much more vertical – the stitches are stacked directly on top of each other, rather than offset like normal double crochet.
- The seam when working Center Double Crochet in the round is therefore nice and straight – love that! But you need to be sure to slip stitch into that center space as well to avoid large gaps.
- The fabric made in Center Double Crochet is a little bit less stretchy than regular double crochet fabric, as well as a little bit thicker, as you’re crocheting over 3 strands of yarn instead of 2 strands.
- The Center Double Crochet stitch is a little bit shorter than a standard double crochet, so that will affect gauge if you’re making a substitution.
- The Chainless Starting Double Crochet is a perfect partner to the Center Double Crochet, creating beautiful, even fabric!
I want to say a big thank you to Becky of Grammy Dirlam for introducing me to the Center Double Crochet, and allowing me to share it with all of you in a video tutorial! I hope you’ve enjoyed learning about this fun stitch, and give it a try in a project of your own! I know I love having it in my crochet tool box!