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.

 

 

Happy Crocheting!

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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.

Happy Crocheting!

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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.

 

Happy Crocheting!

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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

Happy Crocheting!

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Wattle Stitch Tutorial

This is easy for beginners and is a great way to add some texture to your project. 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 StitchI’ve inserted the hook behind the wattle stitch from the previous row.
Crochet Wattle StitchYou will be working into the ch1 space where the needle is pointing.

Happy Crocheting!

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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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