Avoid Skewed DC Stitches

July 14, 2017

Have you noticed too, that your double crochet patterns, sometimes do NOT look as straight and ordered as you dreamed of? They are skewed/slanted.

Avoid Skewed Double Crochet Stitches

The solution to this is really simple and easy to remember. And it works for all higher stitches - not just double crochet.

When your double crochet (dc) stitches don't line up as beautiful as you want, the reason can be, that you have a very open pattern and/or very loose stitches. The loose work makes room for the foot of the stitches to move a little in the horizontal direction. Chevron patterns can make the imperfection even more visible.

You avoid the messy look by inserting your hook differently. If you look closely at the top of a dc stitch, you can see the hole you would normally use. At the bottom right of the regular hole is a small loop. If you stitch through this loop, it will help the foot of your dc stay put on top of the previous dc.

How to avoid Skewed DC Stitches

The slope only exists at the top of higher stitches, so don't look for it, when you are about to hook into a chain stitch.

Stitch Height

Your workaround dc stitch will be slightly shorter, than a regular dc. So don't change the way of stitching in the middle of a project. If you are about to start on a new project, then make sure to do your gauge swatch with the exact stitch you want to use.

Workaround for avoiding Skewed DC Stitches

When (Not) to Use the Workaround

I have to emphasize, that this little trick is only needed, when you work on something loose, open and/or chevron. If you work on a project with a lot of dc stitches close to each other - or a tighter piece - chances are, the stitches fill in all holes beautifully no matter what. In that case, don't waste your energy on this workaround.

So, the rule of thumbs are: If you cannot easily enter your hook into the special place, then you probably don't need it at all. If you insist, and it is difficult to insert the hook, then try a hook with a sharper tip - or loosen your work a bit.

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3 comments

  1. What a great idea, you learn something new everyday, thanks for the tip!

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    1. You are most welcome Liz, I'm glad you found this useful :)

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  2. thanks so much! what a useful tip!!

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