How to LINK Double Crochet

Link Double Crochet
Link Double Crochet
Link Double Crochet

Link Double Crochet

To shake things up a bit… I’m going to do my first ever pictorial tutorial showing Link Double Crochet. The video is posted at the bottom. I know due to the bandwidth that videos aren’t always ideal. In today’s blog, I’m going to show it to you in both methods… Pictorial and Video.

Double Link Crochet, as per Red Heart Yarns, is completed by doing the following.

Ldc -Insert hook in center (horizontal) bar of the last st
(or the 2nd ch of beginning ch-3) and draw up a loop (2
loops on hook); insert hook in next st and draw up a loop
(3 loops on hook); [yarn over and draw through 2 loops on
hook] twice.

An example of a pattern for this is the Heart & Sole Crochet Socks.

You would complete this type of stitch when you don’t want the stitches to appear sparse between the posts. It locks stitches together on the top and bottom as usual BUT also locks them together in the middle as well. It provides a more solid look to your finished project.

This is how you start a new row and/or begin from a chain.

How to Link Double Crochet
To begin either on Chain or a new row. If a new row, automatically chains 3.
LINK Double Crochet
Begin by inserting your hook into the 2nd chain from the hook.
LINK Double Crochet Pictorial
Yarn Over and pull through the chain and hold onto your hook.
Linke Double Crochet Tutorial
Insert your hook into the stitch where the chain started from if doing a new row. If you are starting from scratch from just working on a chain, insert your hook into the next chain.
MIkey demonstrating LINK Double Crochet
Yarn over and pull through the stitch (or chain if you are just crocheting on the chain) leaving 3 loops on the hook.
Mikey demonstrating LINK Double Crochet
Finish the stitch off like traditional double crochet. Yarn over and pull through 2…
Mikey demonstrating LINK Double Crochet
Yarn over again and pull through 2 remaining loops… leaving 1 Loop on your hook. Stitch is complete.


Now we repeat across the chain and/or row doing the following.

Link Double Crochet Demonstration
There is a horizontal bar that is in the middle of the last stitch. It is directly in the middle. In this picture, you can see it. It’s directly between my thumbs. The way you pull on your hook makes the world of difference of identifying it.
Link Double Crochet
Insert your hook behind the horizontal bar.
Link Double Crochet
Yarn Over and pull through the loop (horizontal bar).
Mikey, Learn to Link Double Crochet
There will be two loops on your hook.
Learn to Crochet
Insert your hook into the next stitch (or chain if just starting out). Yarn Over and pull through stitch.
Learn to Link Double Crochet
You have three loops on your hook. Finish the stitch by yarn over and pull through 2 loops. Yarn over again and pull through 2 remaining loops. Stitch is complete.

Are these types of articles helpful to you? I would love your feedback! Leave a comment below.



  1. Elyse

    Loved the tutorial on link a double crochet. I am a beginner and refer to your site often. Thank You for all the great tutorials you make. I am always happy to see both versions of directions with pictures and the videos.

  2. Nancy Malven

    Very helpful. I learned to crochet in 1970 by reading patterns and pictures so I am more comfortable with that than video (however I am learning to use the videos better now). As long as I have been crocheting though, I had never seen this trick. I love your website and find it very useful.

  3. I would love to see a close-up of ldc stitches and how the ldc stitches differ in appearance as compared to regular dc!

  4. Tammy

    Because some people learn best by watching, some by pictures and others by reading written instructions, I think it is very worthwhile to include the still photos along with your videos. Very kind of you to take the time to do this.

  5. Pam Hemenway

    Love it and it is a great stitch for dishcloths also. Personally i love the picture tutorial i don’t loose the information that way

  6. way cool. could not see how to do it on the pics, but the vid was clear! i appreciate these instructional things very much because i am not experienced at crochet and you always help me learn something new. =D

  7. It looks to me like you’re using the word “Horizontal” instead of “vertical”. I’ve read through the tutorial twice to make sure I wasn’t missing something. Otherwise it’s a great tutorial.

    • I loved the video! I get it better with a video, but I also loved the article so I have to say you were bang on. I’m glad that the person posted that it was a vertical bar and not a horizontal one due to I would not have realized where the horizontal bar was if that makes sense lol Another words it is a horizontal bar crossing the vertical bar that we insert the hook into instead of yarning over first! Yay I got it! So I also love the comments because it made me watch the video a second time! Thanks again guys!

  8. Lori Johnson

    Wow nice to know thank you 🙂

  9. bonita delrey

    I like both pic sequence and video!. Pic sequence is great for actually working with yarn as instruction progresses. I have lots of trouble stopping a video to complete the YO or whatever before continuing with stitch. Often I have to start the video over again and hope to ‘catch it’ at the right stopping place. Pic tutorial solves that problem.

  10. Mary W

    For some projects a simple photo tutorial is enough. If it’s a new stitch being taught or more involved pattern then a video helps. Personally, I prefer photos because I have young children who always want to watch the videos (then I can’t see) or be very loud (then I can’t hear) when I’m trying to work. Photos are just easier right now.

  11. Kathy

    Got it! I rarely get things the 1st time but I got it after a couple of tries. So pretty!!

  12. Out To Lunch!! None of that made any sense!! Stick with the YouTube Videos please. Thank you

  13. I love the video tutorials because I get lost in the photos LOL Thank you for all that you do, I am amazed at how many hours you seem to manage to squeeze out of the day!

  14. Darlene Jessup

    You are always bang on!! So appreciate your videos. Keep up the good work. Love You!!

  15. LuAnne

    I love this stitch & use it a lot. A hint — when you turn, do the next row in sc, so you don’t have the horiz. bars on the right side of work. Plus, I couldn’t find a tutorial on how to join when doing linked in the round. I kind of did my “own thing” for joining, but it has a kind of bumpy seam on the right side of work. Does anyone out there have a way to join cleanly in the round?

    • Trina

      I would love to know how to join the rows when working in the round too! Great tutorial on how to do this stitch; I too have been crocheting for over 20 years and have not heard of it.

  16. Lorna Langridge

    I loved it, thank you. Videos are great as well but sometimes a simple photo tutorial is just what you need x

  17. Hello! This is brilliant! Why did I not think of this idea before? Woot woot! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 the only feedback I have to give on the tutorial itself is that the picture of working into the bar is still a little unclear…especially if you’re a newbie. But great idea! Keep up the good work. 🙂

  18. lynnr40

    Picture tutorials are very helpful although they are time consuming for the one that is putting it all together. Where do you find the time to do every thing you do for us ?? It’s greatly appreciated !!

  19. Sue

    I like both ways.. sometimes the pictures get confusing & the video helps to clarify it for me. Keep up the great work, Mikey. I’m learning alot from you!!

  20. That was the first video tutorial I have ever watched!!!! I loved it!!!! And then I would use the pictures as reference 🙂

  21. I’ve used this same technique with half DC and even triple crochet stitches. Works great!

  22. I use this connected DC a LOT. I make purses and use it for the bottom of the purse so it is a more solid piece. I makes a nice pattern and a thick, solid fabric.

  23. Leslie

    I couldn’t tell from the pictures exactly where the horizontal stitch was.

  24. Kathleen

    I prefer to look at picture tutorials first. Then I will look for videos only if I can’t figure it out. I find most of the good videos are too slow moving, because I have been crocheting for 40 years and I don’t need all the details, just need to see someone doing it if I need clarification. Unfortunately, there are very few good picture tutorials anymore. I usually can only find videos for new things. Thanks very much for the tutorial. Please make more!

    • shangran

      I understand what you are saying Kathleen, but not everyone has been crocheting as long as we have, and since I taught myself over 40 years ago, by trial and error, I appreciate the effort to teach “newbies” at their own pace so they don’t throw their hands up in frustration and quit trying to learn this art. 🙂

  25. LOVE IT!!! I have always been irritated by the gaps of double/triple crochet, etc. This is a great fix!!! Please keep these things/ideas/tips/etc coming. I’m a novice, so I need all the help I can get!!!

  26. itsauntied

    I think I will incorporate this stitch into the next top i make. I’ve always used sc, so that the top is not “see through”

  27. dixie's girl

    Like Debi, I too thought LDC was Long Double Crochet. The video is much easier to understand so please don’t do away with them.

  28. I know something is wrong with me because I can never “get” a concept from looking at still pictures. I need to see the action, as I do in your videos, Mikey. Please keep making videos – it’s my best way to learn new techniques! Thank you.

  29. Debi Shipman

    Hmm… guess I’m going to have to start reading patterns more carefully. I always thought “LDC” stood for “long” double crochet. Your picture tutorial is very nice, I didn’t even need to watch the video. 🙂

    • itsauntied

      Uh-oh, I think it does.

      • itsauntied

        I just remembered, wasn’t that name changed to EDC – extended double crochet?

  30. Joanne

    I like it when both the pictorials and the videos are presented together. Sometimes I find I need to pause videos to really see what’s being done where…they pictorials eliminate the need for this. Having both available for really complicated/advanced stitch work is a great idea.

  31. Kathy

    I thought the pictorial instructions were fine. Easy concept and I love it! Thanks for all your great tips and tuts.

  32. I watched the video first, but I like the picture tutorial as well because then I dont have to keep the video up and running to refresh my mind as I work. Im definately going to try this stitch soon. Thanks!

    • itsauntied

      I think watching the video, then having the pix as a reminder would be the best way to go about it. I like that the pix are directly from the video. I think that helps the recall process more than another hook and different yarn.

    • Nanette

      I agree with Anna. Instead of having to pause the video I can use the still pictures.

  33. Pat

    I really love the “LDC” video. I have been crocheting over 35 years and have never heard of it. It’s a great way to eliminate that separation between the stitches and I will remember it.
    Thanks Mikey. You did a great job on the video as well. Hey you’re getting good at this!

  34. Monica

    The pictorial instructions were very confusing. I couldn’t make heads or rails out of it. Much prefer the video

  35. Teresa Lewis

    I love the tutorials. I’m a beginner and this is how I’m teaching myself to crochet. Working on the never ending granny square Afghan. My first big project.

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