Linked Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

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The Linked Double Crochet Stitch is an amazing variation of the regular double crochet stitch.

Most importantly, with linked stitches, it removes the gaps that you usually get between them. This results in a beautiful solid fabric.

The linked double crochet stitch is great for patterns where you don’t want those gaps, such as some garments, blankets, pot holders, baskets & much more. 

I’m going to show you how to crochet this amazing linked stitch in this detailed step by step crochet tutorial.

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Materials Used


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Crochet Abbreviations

The Linked Double Crochet is often abbreviated ldc in crochet patterns.

Learn more about crochet abbreviations & find a complete list on our Crochet Abbreviations & Terms post.

Notes


To Make A 15 cm x  15 cm / 6 x 6 Inch Square


With the hook & yarn give, I crocheted: 

  • Ch 22 st, for a total of 21 stitches per row.
  • 13 rows. 
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Crochet a blanket!

Use this crochet stitch pattern to crochet a blanket! Learn more about crochet blanket sizes & making one with any size crochet hook & yarn:

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Linked Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial (ldc):


Find written, video & photo tutorial below.

Written instructions

First stitch on a row: 

Chain 2, not counting as a stitch.

Insert hook in 2nd chain from hook, pull up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2, yarn over, pull through 2. 

Stitch:

Insert hook in horizontal bar of previous stitch, pull up a loop, insert hook in next stitch, pull up a loop, yarn over, pull through 2, yarn over, pull through 2.

Video Tutorial

Photo tutorial

Step 1: Make a slipknot

Start by making a slip knot.

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Step 2: Chain any number of stitches

Chain any number of stitches. This stitch isn’t a multiple, so you can make it as wide or narrow as you’d like.

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Step 3: Insert hook in second chain from hook

Insert hook in second chain from hook and pull up a loop.

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Step 4: Insert hook in next chain

Insert hook in next chain and pull up a loop.

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Step 5: Yarn over

Yarn over, from the back forwards.

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Step 6: Pull through 2 loops

Pull through first 2 loops on hook, you have 2 loops on your hook.

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Step 7: Yarn over and pull through 2 loops

Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on hook. You have now finished the first Linked Double Crochet.

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Step 8: Identify the horizontal bar

Notice the circled loop, this is the horizontal bar. (Note: On this first stitch it looks more diagonal on my photos, but will appear more horizontal on the following stitches, as shown further down. )

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Step 9: Insert hook in horizontal bar

Insert hook in horizontal bar of previous stitch, shown in previous photo.

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Step 10: Pull up a loop

Pull up a loop, you have 2 loops on your crochet hook.

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Step 11: Pull up a loop from next stitch

Pull up a loop from next stitch, you have 3 loops on your crochet hook.

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Step 12: Yarn over

Yarn over hook from back to front.

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Step 13: Pull through 2 loops on hook

Pull through first 2 loops on hook.

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Step 14: Finish the linked double crochet

Yarn over and pull through last 2 loops on hook.

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Step 15: How to find the horizontal bar

Notice the horizontal bar on the second Linked Double Crochet stitch made.

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Step 16: Always insert hook in the horizontal bar

When repeating you will always insert hook in the horizontal bar as shown on this photo. This will be the difference between yarn over on a regular double crochet & also results in no gaps in your crochet fabric. 

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Step 17: 1 row finished

How it looks after 1 row is finished.

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Step 18: 2 rows finished

How it looks after 2 rows are finished.

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Do you like this alternative to the normal dc stitch?

It’s for sure great when you want to crochet something that needs to be more dense & tighter than the original double crochet.

Crochet Patterns Using This Stitch


I hope you liked this step by step tutorial showing you how to crochet the Linked Double Crochet.

Leave a comment below & share how you used this amazing crochet stitch! 

Janne Kleivset

Janne Kleivset

Founder, Crochet Pattern Designer & Owner of Joy of Motion Crochet.

Janne has helped millions of crocheters find their next crochet project with more than 250 free crochet patterns and 110 crochet tutorials on her blog.

With more than two decades of crochet experience, and crochet designing since 2011, she's been featured on multiple prominent sites such as Lion Brand Yarn, in crochet magazines and the OML "Make" book.

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