Standing Double Crochet Tutorial For Super Neat Crochet Edges

This is a quick tutorial showing you how to work the standing double crochet stitch. Using this stitch will give you super neat crochet edges with no gaps or bumps.

I am forever on the lookout for tips and techniques on how to make a super neat fabric in crochet.

I feel this is the only way to make your finished items look neat and professional. If your basic crocheted fabric looks messy. the finished item will be messy too.

One of the main things people struggle with is keeping their edges neat. This is often the problem with fabrics that use taller stitches like double or treble crochet.

The reason the edges look untidy is because of the edge stitch.

You can either start the row with chaining a number of stitches in place of the tall stitches. However, I find that this way you end up with a huge gap between your beginning chain and the first “proper” stitch.

This is because the chain stitches are much more narrow that a standard double crochet stitch.

standing double crochet - chain 3 start

On the other hand, some people chain stitches to gain height and then work the first stitch into the stitch at the bottom of the beginning chain.

Although this minimises the gap I mentioned above, it causes the exact opposite problem.

The stitch worked into the stitch at the bottom of the beginning chain then pushes this chain out and creates an ugly bump.

Essentially you are working two stitches into the same space, hence it is much more bulky.

bump created by 3 ch + dc

So what is the best way to achieve neat edges without any gaps or bumps?

The simple answer is – standing double (treble) crochet.

Standing double crochet is an innovative technique of starting a row with tall stitches and completely replacing the beginning chain.

The first stitch looks almost identical to the standard double crochet and eliminates any gaps or bumps.


Standing double crochet

Standing Double Crochet Tutorial

In this tutorial I will show you how to work the standing double crochet stitch as well as standing treble crochet stitch.

The two use identical techniques. However, as for the standard stitches, for the treble crochet we will need to create an extra “yarn over”.

Firstly, pull up your loop up to 1.5 times the heigh of your standard stitch (double or treble crochet).

pull up loop for standing double crochet

Place your index finger onto the top of the loop and hold it firmly in position. Do not let go of this loop at any point of the process, otherwise your stitch will fall apart.

index finger on top of standing double crochet

Twist the loop around moving your hook towards your body. Loop the yarn around your hook once for double crochet or twice for treble crochet stitch.

one loop for standing double crochet
Standing double crochet
two loops for standing treble crochet
Standing treble crochet

Then insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.

insert your hook into the stitch

You will have three loops on the hook for a standing double crochet or four loops for a standing treble crochet.

two loops on hook for standing double crochet
Standing double crochet
three loops on hook for standing treble crochet
Standing treble crochet

Then simply yarn over and pull through two loops at a time until you have one loop on the hook. Your standing double /treble crochet stitch is finished.

standing double crochet finished
standing treble crochet

As you can see, the stitch looks almost identical to the standard double /treble crochet stitch. The width is pretty spot on so there are no gaps between the edge and next stitch.

On the other hand, there is no beginning chain, so there are no ugly bumps running up the side of the fabric.

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About Veronika Cromwell

Hi, I’m Veronika! I design modern and wearable crochet garments, accessories and homewares. Grab your hook and find your next project!

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6 thoughts on “Standing Double Crochet Tutorial For Super Neat Crochet Edges

  1. Will you be making a video of the standing double crochet, I’m sure it would really help to see it being made so much easier to follow on a video.

  2. YES!! This is so helpful.
    Just finished a garment that seaming together was atrocious because of the large gap.
    Thank you for this!

  3. Thank you for the tutorial on Standing Double Crochet. The instructions were clear and well supported by the photos. This should help me when crocheting items that call for the double crochet stitch, and are worked back and forth in rows. I do get frustrated with those gaps! So, next dishcloth will NOT have that gap. Neither will blankets, place mats, etc. I couldn’t believe how simple the solution was. Thank you for taking the time to create and provide this tutorial for us.

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