Block #5 of the 2019 Stash Busting Sampler Afghan Crochet Along features the paired double crochet stitch. You’ll love how quick this stitch pattern works up and the lacy ‘V’ pattern it creates.
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How to Crochet the Paired Double Crochet
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The paired double crochet uses the basic double decrease (dc2tog) and chain stitches and after the set up row it has a one-row repeat. One thing I really love about this stitch is all the stitches after row 1 are made into chain spaces rather than in a stitch. I think that is why this stitch is so quick to work up.
I’ve put together a little photo tutorial to show you how to work this stitch.
Step 1: You’ll need to chain an even number to start (I did 16). Dc2tog over the 4th and 5th ch from your hook. If you don’t know how to work a double crochet decrease you can check out this video.
Step 2: *Ch 1, Dc2tog over next 2 chains. Repeat across until 1 ch remains. Ch 1. Dc in last. Turn.
Now lets get started on row 2. This row will be repeated for the remainder of the pattern.
Step 3: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). Dc2tog over first and 2nd ch 1 space.
Step 4: Ch 1, dc2tog starting in the same ch 1 space as the last stitch and finishing in the next ch 1 space, ch 1.
Step 5: Repeat the dc2tog/ch 1 sequence across working 2nd leg of last dc2tog under the turning chain from previous row, ch 1. Dc in the top of the same turning ch. Turn.
Repeat steps 3-5 (row 2) for the pattern.
And that’s it! This stitch would lend itself to a variety of different types of projects and yarn weights. I already want to use it for a lacy summer wrap with thin yarn and a big hook.
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-100 yds #4/worsted weight yarn (Red Heart Super Saver used in Sample)
-5.5mm crochet hook
-Needle to weave in ends
Gauge and Sizing
-Gauge: 3 dc2tog x 3.5 rows = 2 in
-Finished: 12 x12
-I use US Terminology
-Dc2tog: double crochet decrease, double crochet 2 together
-Dc: double crochet
-Sl st: slip stitch
-Hdc: half double crochet
-Ch 3 counts as 1 dc
-To make this pattern bigger or smaller you’ll need to chain an even number
Paired Double Crochet Square Pattern
Ch 38 to start
Row 1: Dc2tog over 4th and 5th ch from hook. *Ch 1, Dc2tog over next 2 chains. Repeat across until 1 ch remains. Ch 1. Dc in last. Turn. (17 dc2tog)
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc). Dc2tog over first and 2nd ch-1 space. *Ch 1, Dc2tog starting in the same ch-1 space as the last stitch and finishing in the next ch-1 space, repeat from * across working 2nd leg of last dc2tog under the turning ch of previous row. Ch 1, dc in the top of the same turning ch. Turn. (17 dc2tog)
Repeat row 2 until your piece is square. That was a total of 19 rows for mine. After last row do not turn. Continue to border.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, hdc evenly around placing 3 hdc in each corner. Join to top of 1st hdc with sl st.
Rnd 2: Ch 1, sc in same st as ch 1 and around placing 3 sc in each corner st. Join to top of 1st sc with sl st.
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