Crochet Alpine Stitch Pattern For Beginners
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.
It works great for baby blankets, afghans, garments and accessories. I used this pattern to replicate the fur texture of my Woodland Fox Baby Blanket and its matching lovey, Foxy Fox Baby Lovey.
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.
Please note that this post contains affiliate links, I will earn a small percentage should you choose to purchase something, but it will be at no cost to you. You can see my full disclosure policy here. Thank you for supporting my work and this blog.
Subscribe to Crafting Happiness YouTube Channel to save this video
How To Crochet The Alpine Stitch
- multiples of 2 chains
- Marriner Yarns Aran
- 5mm crochet hook
- Click here for YARN ALTERNATIVES
Pattern written in US terms using Craft Yarn Council abbreviations.
- ch – chain
- yo – yarn over
- sc – single crochet
- dc – double crochet
- fpdc – front post double crochet
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.
Download The PDF Version
If you want to download the PDF version of this stitch, you can do so when you join our Crochet Club on Facebook. You can read more about it and see what patterns are available inside the Crafting Happiness Crochet Fan Club here.
For £3.49/mo you will get:
– a monthly premium pattern as sold in my shops
– all the tutorials and other free patterns from the blog in PDF format (available indefinitely)
– all the exclusive videos I have made for this group (available indefinitely)
– help and support if you are stuck
And this is how you crochet the Alpine Stitch. If you found this tutorial helpful, please share and Pin it! Follow me on Pinterest here.
Tag me @craftinghappinesscrochet with your creations.
Looking For Similar Crochet Tutorials?
- Crochet Arcade Stitch Tutorial + Video
- How To Crochet The Bump Stitch (With Video)
- Crochet 3D Marshmallow Stitch Tutorial + Video
- Crochet Rice Stitch Tutorial With Video
- 3D Hedgehog Stitch Crochet Tutorial + Video
- Shells Blanket Stitch Crochet Tutorial + Video
- Crochet Crocodile Stitch For Thick Yarns
- How To Crochet The Popcorn Stitch
The photographs in this tutorial are subject to copyright and are the property of Crafting Happiness, don’t use them to advertise your own creations. You may use photos from this post only if you directly link back to this tutorial.
February 12, 2019 @ 6:49 pm
Thank you for this. I have been looking for a tutorial that I can follow for these two stitches.
September 17, 2020 @ 1:22 pm
if the stitch below is a dc, then fpdc in it, if it’s a fpdc, then make dc.
After a year of trying to get the sense of it, the above quote is so simple and amazing.
It reminded me of completely failing algebra 1 in high school. Could never get the sense of the order of things. And then, at 30, being in an adult ed center(my 3rd grader had come home with a note informing parents they were going to be learning PREalgebra…me->😳🙄.
Then, the 1st day they said a magic sentence-
Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally. Do whats in P, parentheses first and bring down, next figure out your E, exponents, do the multiplication etc.
Thank you for the first line. I could never figure out which stitch to skip as my eyes don’t see great. Now, its simply is it a fpdc or dc. Ahhhhhh, there is HOPE.
February 16, 2019 @ 6:38 am
how would you increase with this stitch? Want to make hooded scarf and want to widen it at the hood part. Thank you
February 18, 2019 @ 11:35 pm
I haven't tried it yet, but I guess it'll have to be an odd number of increased stitches per row. Might be a bit tricky
October 9, 2021 @ 2:18 pm
How do you decide how much yarn you need?
October 10, 2021 @ 9:37 am
The easiest way is to make a sample and see how much yarn you have used, then multiply it by the size of the project you want to make. I hope this helps
February 19, 2019 @ 4:43 pm
I love this stitch! Thank you so much for sharing it!
August 23, 2019 @ 3:51 am
Thank you so very much, your tutorial with pics is excellent, I didn't even need to view the video. I had tried this stitch on someone else's website – they did a terrible job of explaining – my stitches were frightful. so very thankful to you – I will be trying out some of your other stitches
Blessings to you
September 26, 2019 @ 8:10 pm
This is a really lovely explanation! Is it possible to do the alpine stitch in the round instead of in rows? I am trying to make a baby swaddle and am trying to figure out how to do it in the round.
September 27, 2019 @ 5:23 am
Hi, I only did it in a pentagon shape, you can see how it looks like here, although I don't have a separate tutorial, but the round shape is a great idea.
July 5, 2020 @ 4:38 am
I found your site. nice work that you doing. I like it very much. I hope everyone will love it. I want to say thanks for the helpful work. keep it up.
July 6, 2020 @ 11:59 am
July 13, 2022 @ 1:11 am
Thank you for sharing this! I really want to try it for a throw I’m planning on making.
I’m just unsure how to figure the yardage needed for a throw that’s approximately 50×60 with worsted weight yarn. I’m anxious to start but want to make sure I have enough on hand so I don’t run out mid-project. Can you help with that?
Thanks again for posting this tutorial. I’m looking forward to future patterns.
July 13, 2022 @ 4:43 pm
You can figure out by making a swatch (a 10 by 10 inch in size) and see how much yarn you used. Then you multiply that to see how much you will need for the whole blanket.
For a 50 by 60 inch one you will need to use this formula: whatever amount of yarn you used for a 10 by 10 inch sample (in meters or yards) x 30.
I hope this helps