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!
Video Tutorial: Standing Double Crochet - Right Handed
Photo Tutorial for the Standing Double Crochet
- Step 1: Hold the yarn end with the last two fingers of your hook-holding hand.
- Step 2: Holding the hook in your first two fingers and thumb, wrap the yarn around the hook twice.
- Step 3: Insert the hook into the desired stitch.
- Step 4: Yarn over and pull up a loop.
- Step 5: Yarn over and pull through the first two loops on the hook.
- Step 6:Yarn over and pull through the last two loops on the hook (completing as for a normal double crochet).
- Step 7: Continuing to hold on to the yarn end, make the next double crochet in the standard manner.
- 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!
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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