This stitch was too much fun to make! To find inspiration for new stitches I turned to my treasured tome of hooky goodness, Harmony Guide to Crochet, Vol I by James Walters and Silvia Cosh.
In the book they call this a Ripple Stitch, but I know that would cause a lot of confusion because we often call a chevron pattern a ripple in the USA. So I’m dubbing this stitch the Layered Double Crochet. I have written my own set of pattern instructions for this stitch and they are listed below.
As I worked this stitch I found that I loved the solid fabric it produces and because of the front post action it offers a great amount of stretch without being full of holes. The bonus? The men folk in my house declared it to be a good stitch for projects for them, heavy emphasis on the them.
To make this stitch you work a base chain in a multiple of 2 chains +1.
Row 1: (worked in double crochet) Insert hook into 4th chain from hook, dc into each stitch across row, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), skip first stitch, *fpdc into next stitch, dc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row, turn.
Row 3: Chain 1 (counts as 1 sc), skip first stitch, sc into each stitch across row, turn.
Row 4. Ch 3, skip next stitch,* dc into next stitch, fpdc into next stitch, repeat from * to end of row, turn.
Repeat rows 2-4 to desired length.
I like this because it is methodical and the alternating rows of front post dc help you keep track of your work. The row of sc in between help keep everything nice and neat, plus you end up with a really finished piece if you end on the sc row.
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