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How to Crochet the Alternative Double Crochet Stitch

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Hi crochet friend!

Today I wanted to share with you a newer stitch that I learned this past year that has cleaned up my crochet projects forever: the Alternative Double Crochet Stitch.

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This stitch is specifically designed to help you avoid those frustrating ch 3’s and ch 2’s at the beginning of rows and rounds, so you don’t have that annoying bump going right through that pattern you’ve worked so very hard on! Oh, you know the bump I’m talking about. It’s this one:

Yuck, right?! Goodness! I’ve always felt so frustrated by this ugly bump. It bothered me that I had it all the time I was making hats. And, to be perfectly honest, it prevented me from making hats, though I’ve still whipped up a couple in the past few years. Here are some examples:

But now that I have discovered the alternative double crochet stitch, I’m far more comfortable making hats and blankets and all things that require a double crochet at the beginning of the row. So here I am to help you, too! Don’t you want your edges to look like this?

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Of course you do! So, how about this? I’ll stop rambling and just give you this great photo tutorial:

The Alternative Double Crochet Stitch

Yarn Used for Tutorial: Lion Brand Yarn Hometown USA

Hook Used for Tutorial: L (8 mm) Crochet Hook

Step 1:

At the beginning of a new row, DO NOT CHAIN, but work a single crochet in the first stitch:

Step 2:

Insert hook between the legs of the single crochet stitch, yarn over hook and pull up loop. You will now have 2 loops on your hook:

Step 3:

Yarn over, pull through one loop. You will still have 2 loops on hook:

Step 4:

Yarn over and pull through both loops on hook. And you’re done with your Alternative Double Crochet stitch!

I hope this stitch helps you with your crochet projects! It has been a huge help for me.

Happy Crocheting!

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