How to Crochet: Linked Double Treble Crochet (ldtr)

By Candace – 6 Comments

If you like using tall stitches but want a denser fabric, linked stitches will help you make the project you want. The linked double treble is just one of the may stitches you can use in this way. In short, it is formed as follows:

Yo (yarn over) and pull up a look in each of the three horizontal bars of the previous dtr (4 loops will be on hook). Insert hook into the next stitch, yo, pull up a loop. (Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times.

Here is a breakdown in photos for clarification.

Left-handed crocheters can mouse over the photos for another view.

First, let’s identify the horizontal bars that will be worked in.


Insert hook and pull up a loop in the top bar. Insert hook and pull up a loop in the middle bar. Insert hook and pull up a loop in the bottom bar.


Insert hook into next stitch and pull up a loop


(Yo, pull through 2 loops on hook) 4 times


The stitch is complete and you can continue across the row.


One thing to note is that making linked stitches is a lot like working in Tunisian crochet sideways, and it shares the same tendency to curl. Turning your work and working in the opposite direction helps mitigate some of the effect, but be prepared to block your work.

If you need further help or clarification, feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. Waheeda says:

    Interesting stitch. Thanks for the tut 🙂

  2. Judi G says:

    I found this stitch last winter and used it to make a scarf. I find I like this stitch a lot, it would work well for a tote bag, purse or any other item that you want kept tight.

    It does work us slower, so don’t be in a rush when using this stitch. But I think if you try it you will like it also after you get use to making it. All new stitches need a adjustment time for me, so I figure they may for others also.

    I would like to do this in the round one day for a purse.

    Judi G

  3. Catriona says:

    I discovered a relative of this stitch thanks to your newsletter and I’ve been using it ever since! It’s lovely for denser work without bulk. I use a thicker hook than normal to help to keep my work from getting too stiff (unless that is what I want, which it sometimes is – for a bag or purse for example). Thanks again!

  4. Thank you for your great newsletters, tips & stitches! Truly appreciated & great instructions!!

  5. Donna says:

    This is not a stitch I am familiar with, but I am anxious to give it a try.
    It seems like it might be a good stitch for fabric where “tightness” is
    desirable. Would you advise incorporating this stitch into a pattern
    for a large grocery tote that would need to hold a lot of weight? I’d
    love to give it a try!

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