How to Crochet: Linked Double Crochet (Ldc)

By Candace – 18 Comments

Linked double crochets are closer together than traditional double crochet stitches. The fabric they create is more dense and stiffer.

If you’re left handed, you can hover over the pictures with your cursor to see the left hand view.

Find the lower horizontal bar of the stitch. It’s actually slightly diagonal (more so if the preceding stitch is a traditional dc), but when you’re done, it will be more level and the resulting stitch will resemble two rows of single crochet.

Insert your hook into the bar.

Yarn over, and pull up a loop.

Insert your hook into the next stitch.

Yarn over and pull up a loop.

Now, continue like you would for a normal dc. YO, draw through two loops

YO, draw through two loops

Done! Leave a comment if you need any help.

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  1. Christina says:

    I see the instructions show doing the stistch in the middle of the row…How would you start a row of the linked DC?

  2. Becky says:

    I would like to see a tutorial from base chain to at least 2 row.

  3. dj says:

    has anyone tried the chainless dc or chainless sc to start a project ?

    • Jean says:

      I have used the Foundation Double Crochet (fdc) and Foundation Single Crochet (fsc) both instructions available on this website with great satisfaction on the results of my projects!
      It is working your foundation (chain?) at the same time you do your first row of either single crochet or double crochet ……so I think it qualifies as a chainless foundation dc or chainless foundation sc. It makes your first row not as tight and allows for a more even finished project especially if it is suposed to be square, or oblong. It also makes for a nice stretchabiliy or (give) to your first row. I would recommend these stitches to eveyone!

  4. Judy says:

    Looks like it would makea closer row of stitches

  5. Cindy says:

    Hi Rachel

    Thanks for the new stitch tutorial. I’ve never heard of this stitch before…looks interesting.

  6. Becky says:

    I tried this out and based strictly on what is written in the above instructions it is just a DC and HDC clustered together.
    does anyone else agree? If not please let me know what your findings are.

  7. Candace says:

    I’ve edited the post for more clarity. If you are still getting clusters or any stitch other than a DC, please let me know what you are doing specifically, so we can get to the root of the problem.

  8. dj says:

    hhmm does look like a tight dc with a hdc look

  9. Charlie says:

    Although I hadn’t seen this stitch before, but it does look like a dc with a hdc added to it.

  10. christie says:

    I am curious if there is a front and back to this stitch? I am left handed and making a hat and I’m not sure if i should be working on the outside or the inside of the brim, or if it doesn’t and will look the same on both sides.

  11. Lee says:

    Thanks for the tutorial!
    How does one join these stitches if working in the round?

  12. Elle Lesley says:

    I am currently making slippers from a very simple pattern I wrote and wanted to use linked stitches to make a more dense fabric as dc leaves spaces between stitches and the fabric tends to stretch a bit more than I like. I have tried several ways to join linked dc in the round and have not yet found a successful way to do this. Anyone have suggestions?

  13. LuAnne says:

    I love this stitch, esp. when you want a thinner fabric. I’m using it for a pocket in a cardigan so it’s not so heavy, but solid. How do you link the final stitch of a row to the first stitch if you are crocheting in the round? In previous questions you said to do a sl. st., but I don’t understand.

    • Candace says:

      LuAnne, finishing a round of Ldc is the same as ending a round of any other stitch. Simply sl st in the first stitch or beginning chain of the round. Unfortunately, it will leave a “seam.” I will try to work out a technique that doesn’t leave any gaps.

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