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.
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.
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.
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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).
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.
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.
Then insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.
You will have three loops on the hook for a standing double crochet or four loops for a 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.
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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