Double Crochet Stitch Variations

A Closer Look at Double Crochet, and Different Ways to Use It in Fabric

Double crochet is a versatile stitch. It can be used in unlimited ways. On this page, we will explore some of the different possibilities for creating fabric using double crochet.

The yarn used in the sample swatches is worsted weight Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton.

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    Double Crochet Worked Through Both Loops

    Close-Up Photo of Double Crochet Stitches
    Here Is a Swatch Featuring Rows of Double Crochet Stitch. The Stitches Here Were Worked in Both Loops of the Stitches in the Previous Row. Double Crochet Stitches - Photo © Amy Solovay

    This is what ordinary double crochet looks like. The double crochet stitches were worked in rows, and the stitches were worked through both loops of the stitches in the previous rows.

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    Double Crochet Worked Through Front Loops

    Double Crochet – Front Loops Variation
    These Double Crochet Stitches Were Worked Only in the Front Loops. Front Loop Double Crochet - Photo © Amy Solovay

    Here we have another double crochet swatch. This swatch was also worked in rows. Instead of crocheting through both loops, this swatch was made by working only in the front loops of the stitches in previous rows.

    Compare this fabric against the one where the double crochet stitches were worked through both loops. If you look carefully, you'll notice a difference in the way the fabric looks. In this swatch, there are decorative horizontal ridges on alternate rows on each side of the fabric.

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    Double Crochet Worked Through Back Loops

    Back Loop Double Crochet Stitch - Double Crochet Stitch Worked Through the Back Loops Only
    Back Loop Double Crochet Stitch - Double Crochet Stitch Worked Through the Back Loops Only. Back Loop Double Crochet - Photo Amy Solovay

    This double crochet swatch was made by working only in the back loops of the stitches in previous rows.

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    Double Crochet Worked Through Alternating Front and Back Loops

    Textured Double Crochet Stitch Worked in Alternate Loops
    In This Variation of Double Crochet, Each Stitch Was Worked in Alternate Loops. The Resulting Fabric Has More Texture Than Plain Double Crochet Fabric Does. Alternating Back and Front Loop Double Crochet - Photo © Amy Solovay

    Here's another swatch comprised totally of double crochet stitches. This variation was created by crocheting through alternating front loops and back loops.

    This swatch is even more textural than the others. The difference is especially noticeable when you touch the fabric; it feels slightly rougher and bumpier.

    The gauge is also noticeably different; the finished swatch is significantly narrower than the other swatches shown above.

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    Different Shell Stitch Variations. Different Shell Stitch Variations. Photos © Michael and Amy Solovay.

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