How to Crochet: Long Double Crochet (ldc)

By Amy Lynn Yarbrough – 7 Comments

There are certain things I do without intention and one of them is recognizing crochet or finding crochet inspiration in the movies. And I know I am not the only one. (See this post by Cami for example). What I noticed lately inspired me to design my new pattern, the Abigail Hat and Scarf. The pattern uses a very basic stitch to which I’ve added a “twist”. If you want to know how to make it follow along and I’ll show you.

Mouse over pictures for a left-handed view.

What to Do

Choose your favorite yarn and a hook a little larger than the yarn weight calls for. In this example I’ll start by chaining 17, but you can really use any length that you desire.


Step 1: Sc in second ch from hook and in each ch across



Step 2: Chain 6 and turn. This ch-6 will count as one long double crochet (ldc).



Step 3: Yarn over and pull up a loop in the second sc. Pull the loop up almost to the length of the chain 6.



Step 4: Yarn over once and pull through the first two loops.



Step 5: Yarn over again and pull through the last two loops on hook. You have now officially made a long double crochet.



Step 6: To make another long double crochet, yarn over. In next single crochet, pull up a loop nearly the length of the last ldc.



Step 7: Yarn over and pull through first two loops.



Step 8: Yarn over again and pull through last two loops.
Another ldc is complete! Repeat steps 6-8 for the rest of the row.



And this is what you should see. A full row of lacy stitches that look complicated but are really very simple. If they look a little scruffy then just give the stitches a little tug and they should straighten out. But remember, sometimes the disheveled look is just what you need.

If you have any questions leave me a comment below and I’ll get back with you as soon as possible.

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7 Comments

  1. Cogaroo says:

    This is cool. It looks a bit like broomstick lace! I will definitely be trying it, thanks for the tutorial. :)

  2. fleurdelis says:

    This is great and so easy to do. I would like a hat and scarf pattern using the ldc.
    Thanks!

  3. Darlene says:

    That is confusing! When I think of the term long double crochet I think of doing a double crochet that is made into a row or two below the row I am working on.

  4. Linda McCollum says:

    I am so Glad I found CrochetSpot, It really helps me with knowing more about crocheting and how its looks , I want to thank you all so much, will be visiting here alot . Thank u ty….

  5. Cat says:

    Thank you for this pictorial. So many people are incorrectly calling DROPPED Double Crochet stitches (the kind you work in previous rows) by the term LONG Double Crochet these days. I was looking for a way to tell someone about it who was looking for a lacy stitch but didn’t want to have to deal with hairpin lace. Sent her the link to this page to explain what I mean. I have a baby sweater pattern from the 70s that uses this stitch and the sweaters always looked so light and lacy when finished.

    Thank you so much!

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