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How to Crochet Standing Double Crochet Stitch

By on March 3, 2015

Have you ever come across a pattern that instructs you to begin with a Standing Double Crochet Stitch, or to “Join with a Double Crochet”? These two terms mean the same exact thing and are used interchangeably. Once you try this technique, you’ll never go back to your old way of joining new yarn!

Joining new yarn with a single crochet (sc), half double crochet (hdc) and double crochet (dc) are techniques that you’ll find in most, if not all, of my designs. These techniques keep your sts more uniform than joining new yarn w/ a sl st. There are several instances in which these are helpful, but the following are a couple of the most common:

  • Instead of slip stitching “X” sts over to a designated st, fasten off, weave in ends and then join w/ a sc/hdc/dc in that st.
  • When making an earflap hat, some patterns will have you fasten off after working the beanie and then join in a specific st to work each earflap.
  • Joining yarn of a new color.

 Joining New Yarn w/ a Double Crochet (dc)

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Step 1 (photo above left): Begin w/ a slip knot on your hook and yarn over (yo).

Step 2 (photo above right): Insert hook into designated st.

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Step 3 (photo above left): YO, pull up a loop.

Step 4 (photo above right): YO, pull through 2 loops on hook.


Step 5 (photo above): YO, pull through two remaining loops on hook. Join w/ a dc complete.


Now the next time a pattern calls for a standing double crochet, you’ll be able to rock it!

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