Today’s tutorial is about the alpine stitch
If you are looking for a solid, textured and versatile stitch for your project that looks beautiful from both sides, you are in the right place.
The alpine stitch creates a beautiful textured diamond shape on one side and a flat defined pattern on the other side.
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In this tutorial, I will show you step by step how to create the alpine stitch with detailed photos and explanation and a video for those who find it easier to learn by watching how is it done.
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About the Alpine Stitch
The raised bumpy texture creates a diamond-shaped pattern and can be used to replicate the texture of fur when making animal toys which is exactly what I did when I created the 3in1 Woodland Fox Baby Blanket and its matching lovey, Foxy Fox Baby Lovey.
How To Use This Stitch
- baby blankets and afghans
- potholders and kitchen towels
- shawls and scarves
- hats and gloves
I will show you step by step how to create this beautiful stitch with video and detailed pictures and at the end, you will feel confident in using this pattern in your creations.
Supplies I used
- Deramores Studio DK in oatmeal
- 4mm crochet hook
Written in US term
Most basic stitches below have a video that shows you how to crochet them. Follow the blue link next to them for each individual video.
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Yarn over (2 loops on hook), insert hook from front to back behind the double crochet post below (in this case the double crochet is 2 rows below), yarn over and pull up a long loop (3 loops on hook).
Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over and pull through the last remaining loops.
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Crocheting The Alpine Stitch
The pattern consists of a repeat of 4 rows (technically it’s 2 but the 2nd and 4th rows need individual explanation to make it easier for beginner crocheters to understand).
It requires an even number of chains (29ch +1 that counts as the first sc in the next row).
The front post double crochet stitch (fpdc) is worked in the dc right below it, 2 rows down (because the row right below it is a single crochet row).
If you are a tight crocheter, use one size larger hook to make the foundation chain and row (in this case I used a 4.5mm hook, then a 4mm hook to complete the blanket).
As a useful rule of thumb:
- if the stitch below is a dc, then fpdc in it, if it’s a fpdc, then make dc
- the pattern is a repeat of sc rows and dc/fpdc rows
- due to the way the pattern is made, one row of dc/fpdc will start with (dc, fpdc) and end with (fpdc, dc) and the following row of dc/fpdc will start and end with 2dc
- because you are fpdc in the dc below, there will be an unused stitch left behind the fpdc. When you are making the next dc, you should skip that stitch
- start and end the blanket with a row of sc, it will look neat and balanced
Row 1: ch30
Row 2: sc in 3rd ch from hook and across, turn
Row 3: ch3 (counts as a dc), dc in the following stitch and across, turn
Row 4: ch1 (counts as a sc), sc in the following stitch and across, turn
Row 5: ch3 (counts as a dc), *fpdc, skip the stitch left behind the fpdc and dc*, repeat ** until the end of the row, turn (your last two stitches should be (fpdc, dc), in that order)
Row 6: ch1 (counts as a sc), sc in the following stitch and across, turn
Row 7: ch3 (counts as a dc), dc in the following stitch, *fpdc, sk the stitch behind the fpdc and dc* repeat across until you have one remaining stitch to make, dc in the last stitch, turn (your last two stitches should be 2dc just like the beginning of the row)
Repeat rows 4,5,6 & 7 until you have the required length making sure to end in a row of sc stitches.
Here is how the pattern looks like on the right side and the wrong side.
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