How to Crochet: Vertical Chains

By Candace – 8 Comments

While playing around with yarn and a hook, I came up with something I call the vertical chain. It’s simple: a chain that’s worked into a stitch so it stands up as opposed to going across your work. The chain is flatter than a normal crochet stitch, so it creates a thinner fabric.

The general idea behind it is that you insert your hook into the next stitch, make a few chains, then finish the stitch.

Here’s a visual breakdown:

You can hover over the pictures for a left-handed view

Insert hook into next stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop


Make the number of chains you’d like (I chose a ch-3)


Draw the chain on your hook through the remaining loop.


And there you have a finished vertical chain.

If you need further help with this stitch, feel free to leave a comment.

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  1. Bec says:

    That’s smart, I’m wondering if a bead could be inserted into the chain, would make for some interesting bead crochet garments

  2. Darlene says:

    Do you do a turning chain and then do the vertical chains across for the whole piece then continue in that method until it is the size you want?

  3. Cami says:

    That is really neat, Candace! 🙂

  4. gatyamgal says:

    I like this! Thanks for sharing!

  5. In all the demonstrations, I love the fact I can hover over the pictures to change it to a left-handed view. This has greatly improved my learning speed for new techniques and stitches. Your site is way beyond the average website. Your site is AWESOME1

  6. Kathleen Jones says:

    Thank you. This is a great idea to insert in patterns to attach an applique or decorative pin.

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