How to Crochet Standing Stitches

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How to crochet standing stitches

Last week we started the next part of the pattern for our Little Boy Blue Blanket crochet along. In seeing that all the corner triangle parts would be worked from the right side by fastening off at the end of each row and rejoining again to begin the next row, I thought I would like the result better by using standing stitches. Standing stitches are an alternative to beginning chains and it is a handy trick to have in your repertoire. The are also the perfect trick for granny squares! And the thing that is so wonderful is they look just like a stitch because they are a stitch! Yay for no more telltale beginning chains.

How to Crochet Standing Stitches

Basically, a standing stitch is worked just like a regular stitch except that you start it with a slip knot on your hook. In the case of this pattern, we are doing rows of double crochets. So we would work the standing stitches like this …

1. Start with a slip knot on your hook. 2. Yarn over, holding onto the tail so it doesn’t flip back around. 3. Insert your hook into the first stitch

standing stitches 1


4. Yarn over and pull up a loop (3 stitches on your hook). 5. Now complete as you would a regular double crochet (that is, yarn over and pull through 2 loops twice) …

standing stitches 2

That is all there is to it. Pretty handing, huh! I use this method pretty much any time I need to join a new yarn. Hope you find it helpful too!






30 Responses to How to Crochet Standing Stitches

  1. Alessandra October 21, 2013 at 3:26 am #

    thank you so much!!!!
    xxxxx Ale

    • Kara October 21, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      So glad you find it helpful 🙂

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      My pleasure 🙂

  2. Marilyn October 21, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    What a great technique, Kara! 😀

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Thanks, Marilyn!

  3. Charlotte October 21, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    LOVE this technique, I have been crocheting for a while, but still consider myself some what of a beginner… thank you for sharing, It cetainly is better than the 3 chain method.

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 9:54 am #

      Hope it comes in handy 🙂

  4. Penelope October 21, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    OMG! This is wonderful! I can’t wait to use it on my next Granny Square! THANK YOU!!!!

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      My pleasure! Glad you liked it 🙂

  5. Ana BC October 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm #

    Just recently I learned about this way of starting a new row, and I think it is brilliant!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      I love this trick too! Thanks, Ana 🙂

  6. Rhondda Mol October 21, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Super straightforward and simple! Thanks Kara 🙂 Shared.

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 9:53 am #

      Thanks, Rhondda!

  7. fariba October 22, 2013 at 1:39 am #

    Soooooooooo great ,Thank you so much. 😉

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 9:52 am #

      Glad you found it helpful!

  8. Christie October 22, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    I don’t have a project handy to test this with… is this an easy way to start a new row, even if you aren’t changing colors? I hate the slip stitch/chain method, and I’m really excited about this idea!

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am #

      Yes, except then you have to weave in ends when you otherwise wouldn’t have had to. It is really a matter of which you are willing to deal with 🙂

  9. Gayle October 22, 2013 at 10:12 am #

    I don’t understand this…there is already a row of the new color started. you crocheted a row of the new color, cut and tied off, and then started with the slip stitch thing? I keep looking at this tutorial and can’t make heads or tails out of it.

    • Kara October 22, 2013 at 10:33 am #

      Hi Gayle 🙂 Yes, this example is from the Little Boy Blue Blanket crochet along. Per the blanket pattern we are instructed to work the rows with the right side facing for this section. So we fasten off at the end of the row and then rejoin at the beginning again. Since we are already rejoining, I thought it would look nicer to start the rows with standing stitches instead of beginning chains. If you are just working back and forth across rows with the same color, turning your work after each row, this would probably not be the method I would use since I wouldn’t want to weave in all those ends. But in the case of this pattern I would have to do that anyway. Make sense?

  10. Carrie P. October 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm #

    thanks for showing how to do this. I used this technique.
    I was wondering if you could tell me how many stitches I should end up with when I am done with the Vshape part before I start the triangle part?
    I am pretty new to crochet but I am up for this challenge. Thanks for your help.

  11. Darlisa November 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    This also works even when you’re not joining a new thread. What I do is turn, sl st into first st, yo, insert hk into same st, yo, then complete dc as normal. For a sc, start with the sl st, insert hk into same st, and complete as normal. Same for hdc.

    • Eugenie Potgieter February 2, 2014 at 9:57 am #

      This is absolutely briliant!

  12. Mary Pfeffer June 14, 2014 at 8:41 am #

    I’d like to see a video of this on YouTube linked here. Any chance?

  13. Jenn June 23, 2014 at 1:23 pm #

    My only problem with this method is that the pattern I am working on right now is in the round (making lots of squares for an heirloom afghan), and when I come back around to the standing DC the joining just doesn’t look quite right. Any tips for joining it after going through a round?

  14. Vera June 12, 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    I always have had trouble with missing the last stitch when making a back and forth crocheting project resulting in an uneven edge and having to take out and redo. Then one day at the beginning of a row I did not make my usual chain 3 turning chain, but instead I simply made a double crochet in the first stitch after the turn. It doesn’t look right since it seems very bulky, BUT when I got to it on the end of the next row I found the last stitch very easy to find and once the last dc is completed it looks totally correct AND makes for a very clean end of row and turn.
    So, instead of making a chain 3 turning chain: yarn over, insert into the first dc of the next row, pull up a loop resulting in 3 loops on hook, continue as usual for a dc. It works wonderfully.

    • Kara June 15, 2015 at 10:11 am #

      Great tip! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Diane Markey September 14, 2016 at 5:12 pm #

      Thanks, Vera. I have trouble with that too. I’m definitely going to try your tip!

  15. Amy October 13, 2015 at 2:20 am #

    Thank you, BUT the amount of ads on your site is incredibly destracting from the information you are trying to provide. I’m on my mobile too! I can barely scroll down on my S6 with ads between your sentences and there’s a pop up at the bottom of the page as well. If you can’t control the ads- you should look elsewhere to put your site! But from experience, you do have control. The ads are how you make money from US who seek the info. So can you be nice to your fellow crochers and back them off a little?

  16. Jackie Spears March 25, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    I’ve been crocheting for almost 65 yrs I have been less than diligent about new stitches and techniques but since I have struggled with beginning chains for years thought I would check this out. Thank you so much. I have to practice but first attempt was impressive.

  17. Diane Markey September 14, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    Thank you, Kara. I will be trying this tip for sure!

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