Linked Double Crochet (LDC) Tutorial

The linked double crochet is a double crochet stitch that links to the previous double crochet. The result is a more closed appearance than the regular double crochet gives.

Here are the 6 easy steps to making the linked double crochet (ldc) and an example of the perfect pattern to use it on.

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) Tutorial 

 

Step 1:  Insert hook in horizontal bar of previous double crochet. (this can be a regular double crochet or a linked double crochet)

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 1

 

 

Step 2:  Yarn over (yo) and pull up a loop (2 loops on hook).

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 2

 

Step 3:  Insert hook in the next stitch of your previous row (the row you should be working stitches into).

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 3

 

Step 4:  Yo and pull up a loop. (Note: This photo doesn’t show, but you should be pulling up your loop to the height of your current stitch.)

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) tutorial - Step 4

 

Step 5:  Yo and pull through 2 loops on hook. (2 loops remain)

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 5

 

Step 6:  Yo and pull through remaining 2 loops on hook. The Linked Double Crochet (LDC) is now complete.

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) - Step 6

 

 

Linked Double Crochet (LDC) tutorial by Ambassador Crochet.

 

Projects it’s good for

 

The finished product is a fully closed set of stitches that will resemble a solid fabric without the bulk of tight stitches.

This stitch is perfect if you’re looking for something that drapes more like a fabric – instead of the usual lacy (or holey as my hubby says) project. I used this in my American Flag afghan because I wanted it to have the look of a solid fabric, and I succeeded! (Pattern will be released Friday, April 28, 2017)

American Flag afghan crochet pattern using LDC. - crochet pattern and tutorial by Ambassador Crochet.

 

 

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Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL Links

My Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL is one of my most read and pinned series of posts. The project was a way to learn Tunisian crochet, or even explore some new Tunisian stitches you’ve never tried before. It continues to be wildly popular – thank you Pinterest! But there is one question that seems to be asked more than any other and that is, “Where can I find all the sampler scarf posts?” I’m not sure why, but randomly my site won’t give you all the posts when you do a “Tunisian” search, so I thought I would put them all in one handy spot to save you time.

 

Tunisian Sampler Scarf

Here is a list of all the tutorials. Just click on each link to take you to that post.

CAL Intro

Part 1 – Tunisian Simple Stitch (tss)

Part 2 – Tunisian Purl Stitch (tps)

Part 3 – Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks)

Part 4 – Basketweave 

Part 5 – Tunisian Double Stitch (tds)

Part 6 – Puff Stitch

Part 7 – Openwork Pattern

Part 8 – Slanted Fabric Pattern

Part 9 – Berry Stitch

Part 10 – Net Stitch

Part 11 – Honecomb Stitch Pattern

Part 12 – Lattice Pattern

Finishing Row – sc bind off

I hope this will save you some time. As always, if you have any questions please let me know.

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How To Crochet the Grit Stitch – Version 2

There are 2 different versions of the Grit Stitch. I’m calling this “Version 2” for reference.

CLICK HERE for Version 1.

The grit stitch can be worked in any 2 chs + 1 extra.

1)  sc in 3rd ch from hook, * skip next ch, (sc, dc) in next ch, repeat from * to last 2 chs, skip next ch, sc in last ch, turn.

2)  ch1, dc in 1st sc, * skip next dc, (sc, dc) in next sc (see fig.1), repeat from * across, sc in last stitch.

Grit Stitch TutorialI have inserted the silver hook behind the (sc, dc) from the previous row.

How to Crochet the Grit StitchYou will do (sc, dc) in the sc to the left. (brown stitch is the sc, white st is the dc)

 

If you’d like to practice this stitch on a dishcloth, I have a free pattern here.

 

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Crochet Grit Stitch Tutorial – Version 1

Over the years I have found 2 different versions of the Grit Stitch. I’m calling this “Version 1” for reference.

CLICK HERE for Version 2.

The grit stitch can be worked in any 2 chs + 1 extra.

1)  sc in 3rd ch from hook, * skip next ch, 2sc in next ch, repeat from * to last 2 chs, skip next ch, sc in last ch, turn.

2)  ch1, sc in 1st sc, * skip next sc, 2sc in next sc (see fig.1), repeat from * across to last sc & turning ch, skip next sc, sc in turning ch.

Crochet Grit Stitch Tutorial (version 1)I have inserted the silver hook behind the 2 sc’s from the previous row.

You will do 2sc in the sc to the left. (the one the gold hook is pointing to)

 

If you’d like to practice this stitch on a dishcloth, I have a free pattern here.

Grit Stitch Dishcloth

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Wattle Stitch Tutorial

This wattle stitch tutorial is an easy way for beginners to visualize this stitch. The wattle stitch adds texture to your project by mixing basic stitches together. You can use any multiple of 3 to make your project as large, or small, as you would like. If you’d like to give it a try, the steps are below. Otherwise I’ll be posting a free project in the next couple of days, that you can use to practice on.

Here are the steps to creating it:

1)  chain as many as desired (remember multiples of 3)

2)  skip 1st 2 chs (counts as sc), * (sc, ch1, dc) in next ch, skip next 2 ch, repeat from * across, sc in last ch, turn.

3)  ch1, sc in 1st sc, skip next dc, * (sc, ch1, dc) in ch1 sp, skip next sc & dc, repeat from * across, sc in last sc.

Repeat step 3.

The pics below show you exactly where you will be inserting the hook.

 

Crocheted Wattle Stitch

 

I’ve inserted the hook behind the wattle stitch from the previous row.

 

Crochet Wattle Stitch

 

You will be working into the ch1 space where the needle is pointing.

 

To practice this on an actual project, CLICK HERE for my Wattle Stitch Afghan Square.

 

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Tunisian SC Bind Off

When going a tunisian project you need to do a finishing row, otherwise will have gaps in your between your stitches and your work may look like this…….

Here is how to do a sc bind off.  (for those that know how to crochet it is similar to a regular sc)

1)  insert hook behind next vertical bar

2)  yo, pull up a loop 

3)  yo, pull through both loops on hook  repeat

4)  insert hook through both loops of last stitch.

Tunisian SC Bind OffTunisian SC Bind Off

Fasten off.

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Tunisian Sampler Scarf CAL – Finishing Row

When going a tunisian project you need to do a finishing row, otherwise will have gaps in your between your stitches and your work may look like this…….

We’re going to be using a sc bind off to finish the scarf.  (for those that know how to crochet it is similar to a regular sc)

Finishing row:  skip 1st vertical bar, * insert hook behind next vertical bar (see fig.1), yo, pull up a loop (see fig.2), yo, pull through both loops on hook (see fig.3), repeat from * across, insert hook through both loops of last stitch.

Fig.1 – insert hook behind next vertical bar

Fig.2 – yo, pull up a loop

Fig.3 – yo, pull through both loops on hook

Tunisian SC Bind OffTunisian SC Bind Off

Fasten off.

Happy Crocheting!

 

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Tunisian Purl Stitch – TPS

The tunisian purl stitch (TPS) it is also known as just the purl stitch. If you compare it to the knit purl stitch they look very similar.

1)  skip 1st vertical bar (directly below loop on hook), * bring yarn in front of work/hook,

2)  working behind yarn insert hook under next vertical bar,

3)  wrap yarn to back of hook,

4)  yo,

 

5)  pull up a loop,

6)  repeat from * across to last bar, insert hook through both loops of last stitch.

To complete row: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until 1 loop remains.


Tunisian Purl Stitch - TPS

 

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Tunisian Simple Stitch – TSS

Here is a photo tutorial to work the tunisian simple stitch (TSS).  Here are a few other names it is also known by.

  • TSS – tunisian simple stitch
  • afghan simple stitch
  • tunisian basic stitch

Chain any number of desired stitches

1)  crochet in back ridge of beginning ch (see fig.1),

Fig.1 – Back Ridge of chain, “V” is on bottom of hook

2)  insert hk in 2nd ch from hook,

3)  yo, pull up a loop,

4)  *insert hook in next ch, yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across leaving all loops on hook

Fig.2 – all loops on hook

5)  To complete row 1: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across.

6)  skip 1st vertical bar (directly below loop on hook), * insert hook under next vertical bar (see fig.3)

Fig.3 – insert under vertical bar

7)  yo, pull up a loop, repeat from * across to last bar,

8.)  insert hook through both loops of last stitch. (see fig.4)

Fig. 4 – insert hook through both loops of last stitch

9)  To complete row 2: yo, pull through 1st loop on hook, * yo, pull through 2 loops, repeat from * across until there is 1 loop left.

end of row


Tunisian Simple Stitch - TSSFinished TSS

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List of Crochet Abbreviations

Here is a list of the most common crochet term abbreviations, but by no means is it a complete list.

A

alt – alternate(ing)

approx. – approximetely

B

beg – beginning

blo – back loop only

BPdc – Back Post double crochet

BPsc – back post single crochet

BPtr – back post treble crochet

C

CC – Contrasting Color

ch – chain

cl – cluster

cont – continue

D

dbl – double

dbl tr – double treble

dtr – double treble

dc – double crochet

dc2tog – double crochet 2 together

dec – decrease

E

ea – each

edc – extended double crochet

esc – extended single crochet

F

flo – front loop only

foll – follow(ing)

FPdc – Front Post double crochet

FPsc – front post single crochet

FPtr – front post treble crochet

G

grp – group

H

hdc – half double crochet

hk – hook

I

inc – increase

incl – include/including

L

lp(s) – loop(s)

M

MC – Main Color

md – meaning round (basically the round you’re on)

mds – meaning rounds

O

oz – ounces

P

pc – popcorn

pm – place marker

prev – previous

R

rem – remaining

rep – repeat

rev – reverse

rnd(s) – round(s)

RS – right side

rsc – reverse single crochet (also know as the crab stitch)

S

sc – single crochet

sc2tog – single crochet 2 together

sk – skip

sl st – slip stitch

sp(s) – space(s)

st(s) – stitch(es)

T

tch – turning chain

tog – together

tr – treble (some now call it triple)

tr tr – triple treble

U

ufo – un-finished objects

W

WS – wrong side

X

x-st – cross stitch

Y

yo – yarn over

yoh – yarn over hook

 

If you’re looking for one that you don’t see, just let me know and I can add it.

 

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Crochet Stitch Guide

Did you know I have a Stitch Guide, for tutorial help with your crochet stitches?  There is a tab at the top, just underneath my logo banner.

That was to say, I’m taking requests.  If there is a stitch you’d like to see a photo tutorial of, just leave me a comment. I do have a list, but I’m going to be working on them over the next month or two.

I have been asked why I don’t do video tutorials.  There are 2 answers.

  1. I have 6 children, 5 of which are age 10 and under.  They are with me 24/7 because I homeschool. So, not much quiet around here ;)
  2. There have been times where I watch a video, only to have to either pause it or ‘rewind’ it, to go back and see it again.  With photos you have a still shot to work with.

Maybe someday, but for now it’s photo tutorials. Here’s one of my most popular.

Spider Stitch

I’d love to hear some suggestions and ideas.

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How To Make A Crochet Magic Ring

There is definitely a benefit to using a crochet magic ring, or magic circle, over the traditional beginning chain where you slip stitch into a ring.  What is that benefit?  There will be no space in the center of your project.  It will completely “seal” and leave no hole.

Here are the steps to making the magic ring.  It may take some practice, so don’t give up!

Magic Ring Tutorial 

Step 1:  Begin by making a backwards “J” with the end of your yarn.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

Step 2:  Cross end of yarn behind your yarn coming from the skein.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

Step 3:  At this point you will need to pinch/hold the yarn together where they cross.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

Step 4:  Let yarn from skein fall behind loop. Insert hook and pull yarn through your ring.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

 

Step 5:  Pull loop all the way through, and up to top of ring. (this may be the part that feels the most awkward, and takes some practice)

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

 

Step 6:  Using your middle finger (or any finger that is comfortable) continue to hold the loop you just made, to the top of the ring.  You can now let go of the ring with your left hand, where the 2 ends cross.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

 

Step 7:   Chain 1 for sc & hdc patterns.  Chain 2 for dc patterns.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

 

Step 8:  Crochet as many stitches in the ring as your pattern calls for.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

 

Step 9:  Pull yarn end to seal circle.

How to Crochet Magic Ring by Ambassador Crochet - Step by Step Photo Tutorial for learning the magic ring, also know as the magic circle.

 

If something doesn’t make sense, or if you have any questions, just let me know.  It takes some practice, but you’ll get it!

Happy Crocheting!

 

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