Linked Crochet: The Perfect Fast and Easy Crochet Stitch

Jun 14, 2013

I am always on the lookout for a quick and easy stitch. In last winter's issue of Interweave Crochet I was reintroduced to the linked crochet stitch. This is easily one of my favorite stitches. Fast and simple, the linked crochet stitch combines the speed and height of taller stitches, such as the double or triple crochet, with the solid fabric generally associated with single crochet.

 
  Lady Sybil Cloche by Brenda K. B. Anderson

With each issue of Interweave Crochet, I look forward to the in-depth how-to technique articles, the innovative crochet patterns, the quick and easy accessories, and so much more. Sometimes the stitches or techniques are brand new to me, and sometimes they are a pleasant reminder of what can be accomplished with crochet.

Linked Double Crochet Step 1  

Here is great introduction to linked crochet:

Work the beginning chain as normal. Work the first row of stitches by inserting your hook in the second chain from the hook, yarn over and pull up a loop. The loop you have just pulled up takes the place of the yarnover in a regular double crochet but does not create the "space" normally associated with a yarnover.

     
Linked Double Crochet Step 2 Insert your hook in the next foundation chain, yarn over and pull up a loop. You will now have three loops on your hook, just as you would for a normal double crochet. 
   
Linked Double Crochet Step 3 To finish the stitch, simply work as you would a normal double crochet, yarn over and draw through two loops twice. Notice the horizontal bar created on the post of the stitch.
   
Linked Double Crochet Step 4 To work subsequent linked double crochets, insert your hook from top to bottom behind the horizontal bar on the post 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 through the bar. Insert your hook in the next chain; yarn over and pull up a loop. Work these loops off as before. Repeat this stitch to the end of the row. 
   

Linked Double Crochet Step 5

For successive rows, chain two to equal the height of the double crochet row, 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. Work the remainder of the row as above.

 
 

Linked Double Crochet

See, it's easy! Notice how the fabric is solid, without the tiny gaps between stitches, making it perfect for quick projects. As your piece gets bigger, you will really begin to notice the gorgeous drape as well. You can experiment with inserting a row of lacier stitches between the linked stitches rows.


 
Forest Pullover by Kristin Omdahl
 

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on Jun 14, 2013 6:26 AM

Could you use this stitch to make mittens? I just started crocheting last February

and looking for a good mitten pattern.

Karen@19 wrote
on Jun 14, 2013 7:05 AM

So each "double crochet" is actually made of 2 tunisian or afghan stitches in the previous "double crochet".

bnegrey wrote
on Jun 14, 2013 11:49 AM

This stitch DOES look interesting, but I have to wonder why the pictures were made with a pale yarn on a white background?  Maybe younger eyes don't have quite the difficulty making this out, but I'd think it would be easier for everyone to see if there was more contrast.  Thanks for making these stitches/info available!

bethintx wrote
on Jun 14, 2013 12:02 PM

So basically this is a 2- TSS strip. Entrelac (because of joining in the chain! ) So If you can do this, you can do Tunisian crochet!

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jun 14, 2013 12:06 PM

This would be a fabulous technique for mittens. You could try substituting linked double crochet stitches for regular double crochet stitches in a mitten pattern. But make sure to swatch.

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jun 14, 2013 12:22 PM

I can see how linked crochet stitches and Tunisian crochet stitches have similarities. If looking at it like an entrelac Tunisian stitch helps you, go for it! Just remember that you always yarn over and draw through 2 loops.

Feroluce wrote
on Jun 14, 2013 4:26 PM

Thanks for the linked crochet article!

I would welcome advice on how to do this in the round - say, as a hat brim stitch or a bag or ? I have spent HOURS searching online for that information and come up with nothing. I've spent almost an equivalent amount of time trying things out with the hook and yarn, and nothing really worked well or looked smooth.

Now, THAT would be a fine addition to this article - how to do linked crochet in the round with only 1 hook (not a double-ended hook, just a plain ol' plain ol')

Thanks for listening!

stixnstringz wrote
on Jun 15, 2013 4:36 PM

What a great way to make double crochet,  triple crochet and taller stitches! I never like to use those stitches in a solid fabric because I don't like the "slots" you get between the stitches. I usually just use single crochet or half-double when crocheting. Otherwise, I will knit.  

I am definitely going to use this method to make a shaped and gored skirt with the rows hanging vertically,  I have some thin cotton I had resigned myself to tediously knitting because I thought the shaping and the gores would be more attractive knit with short rows than using a variety of crochet heights. This should be much faster than knitting it. Thank you for the idea.

After seeing it here, I researched the method online to understand it better. I thought this explanation was a little hard to see/understand. But it's a good stitch.

One site suggested using it as the initial stitch on a turning chain. Doing it avoids the "hole" you usually get at the beginning  of a row of tall stitches.

GinaS@21 wrote
on Jun 18, 2013 1:44 PM

Would the linked double crochet use more, less or about the same amount of yarn than regular double crochet?

Toni Rexroat wrote
on Jun 18, 2013 3:42 PM

GinaS@21,

This is an excellent question. I have wondered that myself. I believe that the linked stitches use less yarn, but I am planning an experiment to test this idea. I will blog about my finding.

E.L wrote
on Oct 28, 2013 12:45 PM

Toni blogged about the linked double st. (with the same photos) back in July 2011. At that time, she said she would do research to find out how to join linked double st. in the round.  Any results? or do we need to buy the Lady Sybil pattern to find out?

on Apr 3, 2014 7:34 PM

Top tips for crocheting the Convergence Top.