In our June issue of Crochet World (find it here!), designer Kaila of Spring Into Fall Designs, uses stacked stitches in her Wine-Soaked Pages set. The stacked double crochet is used at the start of rows or rounds to create the illusion of a full stitch. Generally we start double crochet rows with a chain 2 or a chain 3 (different folks have different preferences on starting chains for double crochet). But no matter which one you choose, it creates a thinner stitch and a short rope of chain stitches that are more visible on your stitching and sometimes allow for a gap between the starting chain and the next stitch. The stacked double crochet creates a thicker stitch that fills in the spacing more and as an added bonus keeps the edges of your work straighter.
To make a stacked double crochet, you will basically work two single crochet directly on top of each other, hence “stacked” in the name. Insert your hook into the first st, yarn over and pull up a loop. You have 2 loops on your hook.
Then yarn over again and pull through both loops. The first part of the stitch is complete.
Now insert your hook in the vertical stitch you just made,
yarn over and pull up a loop. You again have 2 loops on your hook again.
Yarn over and pull through both loops to complete the stacked double crochet.
You will have a solid first stitch to your row.
When you work the next stitches in the row, you will see that it is thicker and fills in that gap that you sometimes get between your starting chains and the next stitch in the row.
In the Wine-Soaked Pages pattern, you will also use a similar technique to create a stacked treble crochet that starts the stacked treble crochet cluster. For a stacked treble crochet, you will work the above steps 3 times and then work the remaining portion of the cluster to create a near imperceptible beginning point to the round.
Try this stitch in other patterns to give your piece a professional look!
—Britt Schmiesing, editor