I was first introduced to linked stitches by the Interweave Crochet Spring 2009 issue, which included the Forest Flower Pullover (at left) and a tutorial on working linked stitches. Linked stitches eliminate the gaps often left between tall stitches, allowing you to create truly solid projects in half-double, double, treble crochet, or taller stitches. When working linked stitches, you join the post of the stitch you are working to the post of the previously worked stitcheliminating the peek-a-boo holes between the stitch posts. It is a great stitch option for crochet tops. Adding this stitch to your crochet skills will expand your wardrobe potential. Follow along to learn how to do linked double crochet.
|Work the chain as you would normally. To work the first row of stitches, insert your hook in the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. This loop takes the place of the yarnover in a regular double crochet.|
|Insert your hook in the next chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. You now have three loops on your hook, just as you would for a normal double crochet.|
|Work the loops off of the hook as normal by yarning over and drawing through two loops two times.|
|For the next linked double crochet, insert your hook from top to bottom behind the horizontal bar of the stitch you just worked. This horizontal bar runs parallel to the front loop at the top of the stitch. Yarn over and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in the next chain; yarn over and pull up a loop. Again you have three loops on your hook as you would for a normal crochet. Work these loops off as before. Repeat this stitch to the end of the row.|
For successive rows, chain two, insert your hook in the second chain and pull up a loop. Insert your hook in the next stitch as usual, and work the loops off of the hook as before. For the next stitch, insert your hook in the horizontal bar from the previous stitch, pull up a loop, insert your hook in the next stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.
Now you've got the hang of it. Notice how the fabric is solid, without the tiny gaps between stitches. As your piece gets bigger, you will really begin to notice the drape and lack of bulk. You can experiment with inserting a row of lacier stitches between the linked stitches rows like those used for the Forest Flower Pullover. This tunic uses linked double-treble crochets, but the concept works the same; you just pull a loop through each horizontal bar on the taller stitch.
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