The Alpine Stitch – Pattern Description
The Alpine Stitch is a 4-row repeat pattern where rows of front post double crochet stitches are alternated with rows of single crochet stitches to create a beautiful textured diamond shape pattern on one side and a flat defined pattern on the other side.
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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- multiples of 2 chains
Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
Front Post Double Crochet (fpdc)
Step 1: 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).
Step 2: Yarn over and pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook), yarn over, and pull through the last remaining loops.
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
- 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).
- 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
- if you are crocheting a blanket, start and end the blanket with a row of sc, it will look neat and balanced
Starting Chain: This pattern requires you to chain multiples of 2. My starting chain is 28ch.
Row 1: sc in 2nd ch from hook and across, turn (27 stitches).
Row 2: ch3 (counts as a dc), dc in the following stitch and across, ch1, turn.
Row 3: sc in the 1st stitch and every stitch across, turn
Row 4: ch3 (counts as a dc), *fpdc, skip the stitch left behind the fpdc and dc*, repeat from * until the end of the row, ch1, turn (your last two stitches should be (fpdc, dc), in that order)
Row 5: sc in the 1st stitch and every stitch across, turn
Row 6: ch3 (counts as a dc), dc in the following stitch, *fpdc, sk the stitch behind the fpdc and dc* repeat from * until you have one remaining stitch to make, dc in the last stitch, ch1, turn (your last two stitches should be 2dc just like the beginning of the row)
Row 7: sc in the 1st stitch and every stitch across, turn
Repeat rows 4,5,6 & 7: until you have the required length.
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