Crochet Standing Stitches Photo Tutorial

Before I started crocheting I honestly didn’t love the ‘holes’ of handmade blankets. I now appreciate the art of intentionally open spaces in crocheted blankets. However, there are sections where your pattern requires solid rows of stitches. In these cases you do want less holes. This is when standing stitches come into play.

Crochet standing stitches are used to replace beginning chain stitches at the start of a new round or row. The benefit to using them in your crochet projects is that they fill the space more than a simple chain, resembling a stitch because they are a stitch. Once you learn standing stitches, you can substitute them in yourself, whenever a pattern calls for chain stitches to start.



The beauty of crochet work is the contrast of open and closed areas that create your pattern. With this in mind there will always be a place for simple chains, because sometimes you do want a slim stitch that doesn’t take up too much space.

The goal of a starting chain is to get the same height as the stitch you will be working, so that you can easily crochet those stitches. Some patterns count the chain as a stitch, while others do not (and you also make a stitch in the same place with the starting chain). This can be confusing if it’s not clearly stated in the pattern.



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Standing Stitches for Crocheting Flat (in Rows):

For this tutorial I used Peaches & Creme cotton yarn in mint and an H hook.

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This is a swatch of double crochet stitches with the typical chain 3 at the start of each row. You can clearly see the gaps at the beginning of Rows 2 & 3. Standing stitches can fix that!

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To begin at the start of the row turn your work.

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Insert hook into the first stitch.




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Yarn over and pull up a loop.

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Essentially you’ve made a single crochet.




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Chain 1 (or 2 if you prefer) and you’ve made a standing stitch which resembles a double crochet stitch.

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Notice the top row doesn’t have gaps because the standing stitch fills the space so well!




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A few more rows worked with standing stitches and it’s quite visible why you’d want to learn this technique! Read on for how to crochet these in the round below.

Standing Stitches for Crocheting in the Round:

For this tutorial I used I Love This Cotton! in periwinkle and a size G hook from happycrochethooks.com




 

Insert your hook into the stitch to be worked, and make a (single crochet then chain 2 {or 1 if you prefer}) this would be equivalent to the DC stitches the pattern calls for. This will give you more of a stitch while achieving your height needs to get the round started. For HDC substitutions I use a (sc, ch 1).







Eccola! Standing stitches are that simple. They look so much better than chains. There just isn’t as much gaping. Give it a go on your next project, I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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