The Standing Double Crochet is a variation on the standard double stitch. It’s useful for beginning new rounds or rows with a new color. It allows you to start the double crochet with the yarn at the top of the round or row rather than at the bottom. This can help avoid the gaps that can occur when starting new rounds or rows with a slip stitch and chain three for a double crochet. The following is a step by step tutorial for how to do a standing double crochet stitch.
This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure policy details.
This is a great stitch variation on the double crochet stitch especially for granny squares where you are changing colors. You can see it being used in my tutorials for both the Solid Granny Square and the Continous Join as You Go for Solid Granny Squares. The stitch is also used in my Mira Blanket pattern (coming soon on July 7, 2021 as part of a special event).
Standing Double Crochet Stitch Abbreviation
The standing double crochet stitch is a variation on the regular double crochet. The Craft Yarn Council’s website does not include the stitch on its list of common abbreviations for crochet stitches. Often patterns simply write the name of the stitch out as either “standing double crochet” or “standing dc”. Because there can be variation in how the stitch appears in patterns, consulting each pattern’s stitch abbreviations, instructions, and notes will be helpful.
How to Do a Standing Double Crochet Stitch Step by Step Tutorial
Make a slip knot and place it on the hook.
Yarn over while holding the end of the yarn tail to keep the slip knot from moving around too much.
Insert the hook where you would like to make the standing double crochet stitch.
Yarn over and pull up a loop.
Yarn over and pull through two loops on hook.
Complete the standing double crochet stitch by yarning over and pulling through the last two loops on the hook.
Continue with the pattern as normal. This photo shows a regular double crochet next to the standing double crochet.
For a project that uses this technique, check out the Mira Blanket pattern. For other crochet tutorials, check out my crochet tutorials page.