Mastering the Stacked Double Crochet Stitch!

With its intricate patterns and endless possibilities, crocheting continues to captivate crafters worldwide. With a huge choice of crochet stitches, the stacked double crochet stitch stands out as versatile and visually appealing. So not only is it useful, but it’s prettier too. Here, we’ll delve into this new stitch on the block, exploring its anatomy and purpose. And we’ll let you know why it’s become a favorite edge stitch among crocheters.

Understanding the Stacked Double Crochet

The stacked double crochet is a variation of the usual chain two or chain three, giving a double crochet row its height. It involves working two single crochet stitches stacked on top of each other. You may hear of it referred to as “stacked single crochets,” but you won’t ever hear that from me. I always refer to a stitch by the end product. In this case, though you’re stacking two single crochets, the result is a double crochet stitch. In my opinion, this stacking creates a cleaner, neater line along the side of your project. It also has more give and stretch than chain two or chain three. 

Anatomy of the Stacked Double Crochet

To work a stacked double crochet stitch, follow these steps:

  • Foundation Row: Create a foundation chain of the desired length and work your first row normally.
  • Turning Chain: Rather than making a turning chain to give you the height of your next row, insert your hook into the top of the last stitch made, yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on your hook, making a single crochet. Then, insert your hook back into the single crochet stitch you just created and yarn over, pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook, creating a second single crochet. 
How to work stacked double crochet - Marly Bird

Congratulations, you’ve made your first stacked double crochet!

Purpose and Benefits

The stacked double crochet stitch offers several advantages. 

  • Enhanced Texture: The stacked nature of this stitch creates a cleaner line with more stretch.
  • Stability: The additional stitches worked on top of each other make for a sturdier edge than the traditional chain stitch. 
  • Visual Appeal: The layered effect of stacked double crochet adds visual interest and makes projects stand out with added dimension.

What Stacked Double Crochet Replaces

While the traditional chain stitch is a staple in crochet patterns, the stacked double crochet offers a compelling alternative. It’s particularly useful in projects where flexibility and visual appeal are key. It’s ideal for crochet projects where edges are clearly visible, such as scarves and shawls. It replaces the need for the inflexible crochet chain stitches, which, if worked too loosely, can appear loopy.

The stacked double crochet is valuable to any crocheter’s repertoire, offering versatility, texture, and visual appeal. Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter looking to expand your crochet skills or a beginner eager to try something new, mastering this crochet stitch opens up a world of creative possibilities.

So grab your crochet hook and yarn, and embark on a journey of crocheting excellence with the stacked double crochet!

Or, to learn more crochet techniques, try:

Half Double Crochet

Best Crochet Stitches For a Baby Blanket

9 Easy Interesting Crochet Stitches

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