How to Work the Long Double Crochet Stitch
Did you fall in love with the Sunset Stripes Ruana from Interweave Crochet Spring 2018? It’s a beautiful project with a unique stitch combination you have to try! To master the crochet stitches for the Sunset Stripes Ruana, you’ll need to learn the long double crochet stitch.
Read on to see us break it down, step by step.
The long double crochet is very similar to a regular double crochet stitch. The only difference is that the loop you pull through the stitch in the beginning is drawn to a longer height. This allows the stitches to have a more open and textured effect as seen in the Sunset Stripes Ruana.
How to Work Long Double Crochet
Yarn over, insert hook in indicated stitch, yarn over, pull up a loop to the height of the previous stitch, [yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook] 2 times.
Check out this video example on how to work the long double crochet stitch.
There are a few things to watch out for when you work this stitch. First, you need to work on keeping an even tension and pulling your stitches long in a uniform way. When you work regular double crochet stitches, you don’t often have to worry about the length of your stitches being uniform. That is something that happens naturally. Because the long double crochet stitch requires you to pull the stitch to varying lengths, you’ll want to make sure the extended length is the same.
Also, when working the long double crochet, it’s nice to break it up with other types of stitches as well. The Sunset Stripes Ruana does this perfectly. It combines rows of long double crochet with rows of single crochet to create a visually pleasing striping effect. It also incorporates rows that mix single crochet stitches with regular double crochet stitches for a variation in color. Long double crochet stitches can be very loose and have a tendency to get caught and snag, so it is nice to break up a project with sturdier stitches like single crochet if possible.
This stitch is sometimes seen in mosaic crochet to create colorwork patterns. Rather than elongating the stitch so it has an open and thready feel (as seen in the Ruana), you might use it to work over previous rows of a denser crochet stitch. This is a method for creating colorwork patterns sometimes referred to as mosaic crochet. You can find an example of this in Lily Chin’s Mosaic Crochet Class.
Have you worked any other projects with the long double crochet stitch? Do you think you’ll get the chance to try the Sunset Stripes Ruana? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor, Interweave Crochet