How To Create the Stacked Single Crochet Stitch (STSC)

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Replace first dc and chains with a stacked sc

About The Stacked Single Crochet Stitch

Who wants straighter edges? I know you just raised your hand. 

The Stacked Single Crochet Stitch (abbreviated STSC) is a great substitute at the beginning of double crochet (dc) rows. 

Forget about that chain 3 at the beginning of the row. Throw it out for something better. 

And as a super bonus, it looks lovely and clean when you are seaming two panels of crochet together or creating a border. 

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What if I need to decrease at the beginning of a row?

I’ve got you! I’m not going to leave you hanging. It is totally easy and possible to still use the stacked single crochet stitch with decreases. 

Below I have video examples and instructions on how to Double Crochet Two Together (dc2tog) and Double Crochet Three Together (dc3tog) at the beginning of a row. 

So stop using a chain 3 at the beginning of crochet rows. Read below and watch the video to substitute with a stacked sc instead!

About The Hook

In the videos below I am using the Furls Odyssey Blue Hook. And you get your very own by clicking on my affiliate link >>HERE<<

How to Crochet a Stacked Single Crochet Stitch

Step 1:

DO NOT chain at the beginning of the row. Insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop.

Step 2:

Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. (this will now look similar to a single crochet stitch, but we aren’t done yet)

Step 3:

Insert your hook into the vertical bar below, yarn over, and pull up a loop. 

Step 4:

Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. Now the Stacked Single Crochet Stitch is complete. 

Tip: Mark this stitch with a stitch marker so you know which stitch is your first stitch in the row. 

Stacked Single Crochet Stitch (STSC) Video:

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How to Dc2tog using the (STSC)

Step 1:

DO NOT chain at the beginning of the row. Insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop.

Step 2:

Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. (this will now look similar to a single crochet stitch, but we aren’t done yet)

Step 3:

Insert your hook into the verticle bar below, yarn over and pull up a loop. 

Step 4:

Yarn over and insert your hook into the second stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.

Yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook.

Step 5:

 Yarn over and pull through the remaining three loops on the hook.

Now the Dc2tog using the Stacked Single Crochet Stitch is complete.

Tip: Mark this stitch with a stitch marker so you know which stitch is your first stitch in the row.

Dc2tog as a Stacked Single Crochet Stitch Video:

Substitute a DC decrease edge with a Stacked DC2tog for straighter edges with clean lines.

Stacked Single crochet stitch

How to Dc3tog using the (STSC)

Step 1:

DO NOT chain at the beginning of the row. Insert your hook into the first stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop.

Step 2:

Yarn over and pull through both loops on the hook. (this will now look similar to a single crochet stitch, but we aren’t done yet).

Step 3:

Insert your hook into the verticle bar below, yarn over and pull up a loop. 

Step 4:

Yarn over and insert your hook into the second stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.

Yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook.

Step 5:

Yarn over and insert your hook into the third stitch, yarn over and pull up a loop.

Yarn over and pull through two loops on the hook.

Step 6:

Yarn over and pull through the remaining four loops on the hook.

Now the Dc3tog using the Stacked Single Crochet Stitch is complete.

Tip: Mark this stitch with a stitch marker so you know which stitch is your first stitch in the row.

Dc3tog as a Stacked Single Crochet Stitch Video:

Substitute a DC decrease edge with a Stacked Dc3tog for straighter edges with clean lines.

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