What is linked double crochet, or LDC? It is pretty much one of the most fantastic stitches that I have learned recently! It takes the double crochet stitch, and just as the name suggests, it links them! Which means NO MORE GAPS!!
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love and use the double crochet stitch constantly, but sometimes those pesky gaps between dc are just not what we’re looking for. Don’t be intimidated by this stitch! It is incredibly simple 🙂 In this post I will attempt to walk us through the LDC stitch step by step with lots of pictures to help!
This will be a simple swatch of 2 rows of 7 LDC. To start the LDC stitch we will chain 6+3
Insert hook into 2nd ch from hook, YO (yarn over) and pull up one loop
YO again pulling up a loop through the one just made, insert hook into next chain YO and pull up a loop. You should now have 3 loops on your hook
YO and pull through the first two loops, YO again and pull through the last 2 hoops, just as if you were finishing off a dc. First LDC made!
Now here is where the magic happens! I have circled the “link” where we insert our hook. So go ahead, and then pull up a loop, place hook into next ch, YO, pull up a loop. 3 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last two
Repeat across and voila! First row of LDC complete!
Now onto the 2nd row! Which is just a repeat of what we have just gone over. Start by turning and chaining 3, place hook into 2nd ch, YO, pull up a loop, insert hook into the first stitch, YO, pull up a loop. 3 loops on hook, YO pull through 2 loops, YO pull through last two.
Continue on as we did in the first row, using the “links” to start off your stitches.
TADAH! Isn’t this version of dc just fantabulous?! I am super excited over here to try it on all sorts of projects, and I hope you are too! 🙂