Long Double Crochet Tutorial:

My first experience with long stitches was a confusing one. I saw an afghan on the back of a yarn label in beautiful shades of gray, pink and white. Upon looking at the yarn, I immediately added it to my list of projects to do.

I bought the yarn needed and sat down and did great until I came to the row where I was to crochet in the row below. At the time I had never heard of a long stitch of any kind and the pattern never actually called it by that name. This was also before You Tube and Internet became a part of my life. The only help I could go to in those days was a stitch dictionary or if I was lucky enough, to someone else who crocheted. I did not know very many other crocheter’s at the time. So I was pretty much on my own- either figure it out, bluff it or walk away in hopelessness never to learn the desired stitch.

I put this pattern down. several times over a course of two years as a matter of fact, before I was enlightened to the proper execution of the stitch. Once I mastered the long stitches I felt a little brainless for not seeing it to begin with. It is a very easy stitch to preform, I just did not understand the instructions.

This is one of the reasons I have decided to do a tutorial on a Long Double Crochet. The long double crochet is often worked in contrasting colors so that you can see the stitch. The long double stitch is also known as a spike stitch. However, no matter what you call it, it’s an amazing stitch that is easier to master then one might think by appearance. So let’s get our yarn and hook and begin this fascinating new journey.

Long Double Crochet Tutorial:

I crocheted three rows of single crochet for my base.

Step 1: first identify the stitch on the current row, and then count down one row below it.

Note: Sometimes the pattern will call for you to count down two rows below.

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Step 3. Yarn over

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Step 4: Insert the hook into the stitch into the other side of the fabric

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Step 2: Pull up a loop to the hight of the current row.

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Step 3. YO and pull through 2 loops

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Step 4. YO and pull through 2 loops.

Congratulations, you have just worked your first long double crochet.

I did a fast internet search and found the pattern I spoke of earlier. I copied and pasted the instructions at the bottom of this tutorial. The pattern didn’t have a picture so I scanned my old one, so notice that it is calling for different color yarn in the pattern. The pattern is also working a long single crochet and not double crochet. However, the long stitches are worked the same except for the single crochet or double crochet worked at the end.

My struggles early in my crocheting journey is one of the main reasons I decided to become a crochet teacher. I really enjoy when I inspire and help a student through the bumps and difficulty of learning a new stitch or technique. There are so many avenues available today that just were not there when I learning. It really is an amazing time we are living in.

Was a stitch that will forever be burned in your memory because it was so difficult to learn.  Would love to hear which one you struggled with.  Or if there is a stitch now you would love to see a tutorial on, please ask.   Who knows, it might be the next one I do.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

Scan 1
Dazzling Diamonds Afghan

Materials: Caron Dazzleaire; 9 skeins each Provence Blue (A), Off White (B), and Celestial Blue (C).
PLEASE NOTE: Yarn usage may vary depending on your particular yarn techniques.

Needles: Size I crochet hook, or size to reach gauge below.

Gauge: 7 sc = 2″; 4 rows = 1″.

Finished Measurements: approximately 53″ x 70″.

Note: When changing colors, work off last 2 loops of the last stitch with next color.

With Color A, chain 152. Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook and ea ch across row, (151 sc), ch 1, turn. Row 2: Sc in first sc and in ea sc across row, ch 1, turn. Rows 3 – 6: Repeat row 2. At end of row 6 change to color B. Row 7: Sc in first sc of row below (row 6), * sc in 2nd stitch of row 5, sc in 3rd stitch of row 4, sc in 4th stitch of row 3, sc in 5th stitch of row 2, sc in 6th stitch of row 1, sc in 7th stitch of row 2, sc in 8th stitch of row 3, sc in 9th stitch of row 4, sc in 10th stitch of row 5, sc in 11th stitch of row 6, repeat from * across row, ch 1, turn. Rows 8 – 12: Repeat row 2. At end of row 12, change to color C. Row 13: Sc in first sc of row 7, * sc in 2nd stitch of row 8, sc in 3rd stitch of row 9, sc in 4th stitch of row 10, sc in 5th stitch of row 11, sc in 6th stitch of row 12, sc in 7th stitch of row 11, sc in 8th stitch of row 10, sc in 9th stitch of row 9, sc in 10th stitch of row 8, sc in 11th stitch of row 7, repeat from * across row, ch 1, turn.

Repeat rows 1 – 13 for pattern, changing colors every six rows until you have completed 15 sections of each color. Repeat 6 more rows with color A. Fasten off.

Border: Row 1: With color C, join yarn at top right hand corner of afghan, * sc in ea stitch across, 3 sc in corner, sc in ea row across side, 3 sc in corner, repeat from * around afghan, ending with 3 sc in corner, join, change to color B, ch 1. Row 2: Repeat row 1 and at end of row change to color A, ch 1. Row 3: Repeat row 1 (do not change colors at end of row) ch 1. Row 4: Sc in same stitch as ch 1, * hdc in next stitch, dc in next stitch, treble crochet in next 2 stitches, dc in next stitch, hdc in next stitch, sc in next 2 stitches, repeat from * around edges of afghan and join to first sc. Fasten off.

MACHINE WASH and DRY INSTRUCTIONS: Machine wash: warm water, gentle cycle. Machine dry: low heat, delicate cycle.
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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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5 Responses to Long Double Crochet Tutorial:

  1. Pat says:

    How is this different from a Front Post Double?

  2. parearau says:

    It is different from a Front Post Double. In FPDC, rather than inserting your hook AROUND the post of any given stitch, these stitches require that you insert your crochet hook from front to back, yarn over while IN the backside of your work, THEN pull your yarn back through to the front again to complete the stitch. The two techniques are not the same at all. It is called a “long stitch” because you have to pull your yarn longer than you would in making a normal sc or dc…you have the pull the yarn LEVEL to your hook, if that makes sense. The best way to understand it better is visually – looking at YouTube videos would be best to get the idea, as I’m not sure I am explaining it good enough. Google Front Post Double Crochet tutorials, watch one of those, then search for LONG Double Crochet stitch videos & watch that – you’ll see better what I’m talking about.

    The first time I saw and learned this stitch was in the late 80s, when a friend made me a beautiful afghan using this stitch. Her great-grandmother, who was a full Apache woman, had taught her how to do it back in the 1920s era, so this stitch has certainly been around for a long time…she called it an “Indian stitch.” I honestly don’t know if the origin of this stitch is Native American but it would certainly be neat to know! 🙂 I hope that helps!

  3. Thank you very much Parearau…You explained this very well. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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