Cross-Over Long Double Crochet (DC)

The cross-over long double crochet is made by backtracking behind stitches that are already made. It can be made on the current row or round as well as into one or more rows/rounds below the current row/round. For this tutorial I worked the stitch into the current round.

Depending on the pattern designer, this stitch may also be referred to as a cable stitch.

The stitch creates a nice texture on both the front and back sides of the crocheted fabric. You can work it in the cross over stitch for every row or alternate it with another stitch such as the single crochet for a different look.

Regardless of what you choose, this stitch is suitable for making bags and purses, afghans, sweaters, hats, scarves and many other crocheted projects.

Cross-Over Long DC
Cross-Over Long DC

For this crochet stitch tutorial, I made a video as well as put together some images to help you along. And don’t be fooled by the pretty stitch, it is not hard to make it. If you know how to double crochet and are comfortable with skipping stitches and then coming back to them, then you are ready to learn this new stitch.

To make the stitch:

  1. Skip a stitch and half double crochet into the next 3 stitches.
  2. Then wrap the yarn over and insert the hook from front to back into the skipped stitch.
  3. Yarn over at the back and pull through to the front. You should have three loops on your hook.
  4. Yarn over and pull through two loops. Yarn over and pull through last two loops to complete the double crochet.

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Cross-Over Long DC

Cross-Over Long Double Crochet (DC)

This short photo tutorial shows how to make the cross-over long double crochet stitch.
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  • To get started, skip a stitch or chain, and then work 3 half double crochets into the next 3 stitches or chains. Then backtrack and work a long double crochet into the skipped stitch.
  • If you are working in the round, you can also make your 3 half doubles into the first 3 stitches of the round. Then work the first cross-over long double crochet into the last stitch made in the previous round. This not only hides the seam, but also gives you a nice spiral.
  • To begin the long double crochet, wrap the yarn over the hook.
  • Insert hook into the skipped stitch, and yarn over once more.
  • Bring yarn through to front.
  • Wrap the yarn over again and pull through 2 loops.
  • Wrap the yarn over again and pull through last two loops.

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  1. Howdy again! Great tutorial: gonna use this stitch to make my own set: a case for my tablet with a pocket for the phone, then a case for my glasses, another for the paper tissues, a bag for the ‘beauty’ things and, perhaps, even a coin purse! So, the inside of my bag will look great: so coordinated! ;)

    1. LOl, you’re like me, I went a little crazy with this stitch too. :) Hope you have just as much fun as I did :)

    1. Kara, the stitch pattern is a multiple of 4. To work it in rows, you would need to have at least 1 extra stitch at the end of each row. So you would chain a multiple of 4 + 2 +1 for the turning chain. Then hdc into 2nd ch from hook, sk next ch, hdc in next 3 chs, cross-over long dc in skipped ch.

      Let me know if that makes sense or not. Thanks.

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