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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