Linked double crochet stitches are an intriguing way to create double crochet fabric. In crochet, the taller the stitch, the more open and airier the resulting fabric tends to be. Such is the case with double crochet fabric. The stitches are relativity tall and therefore tend to create a loose fabric. Learn how to turn this looseness into a denser fabric while still maintaining nice drape with linked double crochet stitches. In this video, Brenda K.B. Anderson demonstrates how easy it is to work these stitches.
Brenda demonstrates how to work linked double crochet stitches both in turned rows and in the round. She begins with turned rows, making a foundation chain. When working into the starting chain, she works into the back bump of the chain, but notes that you can work into the chain however you prefer. She links each double crochet stitch by working the horizontal bar of the previous stitch as she is creating the new stitch.
When she works in the round, the starts by creating a “ramp” for the stitches, working a single crochet and a half double crochet before starting the double crochet stitches. Once again, she then links each double crochet stitch as she works the round. Brenda then compares the flat and circular swatches, noting that the horizontal dashes that are created in the fabric do look different, depending on if you are working flat or in the round. She mentions that she loves this fabric because you don’t have the holes in the fabric like you would see with standard double crochet stitches, but you still have lovely flexibility and drape.