Knit and Crochet Ever After

New Way To Work Double Crochet

This actually isn’t new, but it might be new to you. It’s called a linked double crochet.

This stitch is for anyone who doesn’t like the gaps in between normal double crochet stitches but love how fast it works up (compared with the more dense single crochet).

Normal double crochet with gaps in between each stitch.
Normal double crochet with gaps in between each stitch.

The linked double crochet does exactly what it’s called. It links each previous double crochet with the next to create a completely closed (yet surprisingly thin) fabric.

Swatch of linked double crochet.
Swatch of linked double crochet.

As you can see in the photo above the linked double crochet is completely closed in between the stitches. The resulting fabric is just as tall as a normal swatch of double crochet and requires just a change in one step so it will work up just as fast as regular double crochet.

This stitch can be used wherever you would normally use double crochet but want a closed fabric. I don’t say denser fabric because the resulting fabric is about the same thickness as regular double crochet. This stitch pulls each of the double crochets apart to meet each other rather than bulking them up to close the gaps. It’s really a cool stitch that is under utilized.

Check out the video below on how to work it and lefties can click here to see their version.






  • Barb

    Can you tell me how to decrease when using linked double crochet? I’m working on some mittens and my ” invented” way doesn’t look very good. Any suggestions? Love your starting trick. I’m assuming that you use that same method when working this stitch in the round.

    • Deja Jetmir

      It would be the same as a regular DC but instead of the YO before beginning each DC, you will insert your hook into the middle bar.
      [So insert through middle bar, yo and pull up loop, insert hook into next hook, yo pull up loop, YO, pull through 1st 2 loops] 2 times, then yo and pull through remaining 3 loops. πŸ™‚

  • Di Childs

    I’ve tried for ages to eliminate the gap at the end of rows. You’ve shown me a way that’s both brilliant and simple. Thank you so much.
    The small gap between double crochet stitches has irritated me but you’ve shown me a way to overcome that. Thank you for that also.
    If I have any crochet problem I will come to you.
    Best Regards, Di

  • Ann Marie P.

    That’s great. I have never heard of this stitch before. I think it will be very useful for hats. I’ll be trying it soon.

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