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Standing Stitch Crochet Tutorial

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.

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.

A crochet swatch started with standing stitches.

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.

I’ve worked up a swatch in rows and a circle in the round, both of which you can use standing stitches in place of chains.

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Standing Stitches for Crocheting Flat (in Rows) Photo Tutorial:

For this tutorial I used Bernat Baby Softee cotton yarn in mint and my #7/4.5mm hook.

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On the left 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 and 4. Standing stitches can fix that!

The other end of the swatch was crocheted with standing stitches and you can see how well they fill the space.

picture of beige swatch for standing stitch

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

picture of standing stitch
picture of inserting crochet hook for standing stitch

Insert hook into the first stitch.

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Yarn over and pull up a loop. Yo and pull through the two loops on your hook. Essentially you’ve made a single crochet.

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Chain 1 for a hdc (or 2 for a dc) and you’ve made a standing stitch, now you can continue to crochet into the next stitch link normal.

picture of gaping with no standing stitch

Notice there aren’t any gaps because the standing stitch fills the space so well.

picture of first three standing stitch

I also like how the loops face outward towards the edge, so if I’m crocheting around that edge it’s easier to find a place for my stitches.

picture of standing stitch swatch

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.

You can watch the YouTube Video on Standing Stitches too.

My Favorite Ch 3 Alt

Here’s yet another way to start a row of double crochets. This technique is very similar to the one above. I find this one even sturdier though.

Standing Stitches for Crocheting in the Round:

This short Tangi video demonstrates how to work a standing treble stitch. I work this standing stitch slightly differently than the photo tutorial. I think I like this technique even better.

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

Insert your hook into the stitch to be worked, and make a (single crochet then chain 2 {or 1 for hdc}) 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).

Picture of R14 sun hat mesh

This picture is from the standing stitches used in my Toddler Sun Hat pattern.

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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