The linked double crochet is a crochet stitch that isn’t brought up too often. The most common time to see this particular stitch brought up in conversation is when someone asks for a stitch that will work up quickly but won’t have “holes” in the finished project. In this stitch tutorial, we are going to go over how to do a linked double crochet and what the difference is between this particular stitch and the regular double crochet.
Linked Double Crochet Abbreviation
The most common abbreviation for the linked double crochet stitch in crochet patterns is ‘ldc‘.
Linked Double Crochet vs Double Crochet
Many often wonder what does a linked double crochet stitch look like, especially when compared to a double crochet stitch. The linked double crochet has a connection to the previous stitch through the middle horizontal bar. This creates a stitch pattern that makes the stitches tightly connected, and not having as many gaps as regular double crochet stitches would have.
Below we have a swatch with regular double crochet stitches on the left and linked double crochet stitches on the right side:
- Crochet Hook
- Create a foundation chain of any number and add 3 chains to that.
- Insert your hook into the 2nd chain from your hook.
- Yarn over and pull up a loop ( 2 loops will be on your crochet hook)
- Insert your hook into the 4th chain from your hook.
- Yarn over and pull up a loop ( 3 loops on the hook)
- Yarn over and pull through two of the loops on your crochet hook. ( 2 loops on the hook)
- Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook. ( 1 loop left on the hook)
- To do the next stitch, find the horizontal bar of the previous stitch (marked with a red line in the image below) and insert your hook under that stitch.
- Yarn over and pull up a loop. (2 loops on your hook)
- Insert your hook into the next chain/stitch. ( 3 loops on the hook)
- Yarn over and pull through 2 of the loops on your hook. (2 loops on your hook)
- Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops on your hook.
- Repeat steps 8 through 12 for each remaining stitch.
- To start a new row, chain 3 and turn, insert your hook into the 2nd chain from the hook, yarn over pull up a loop, insert hook into the 1st stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through remaining two loops.
- Continue across row using steps 8 through 12.