Crochet Lesson: Standing Double Crochet Stitch
Skip the slst ch 3, and start your dc rows with this technique!
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Push your hook through the gap or stitch where you'd like to join your yarn.
Pull a loop through until your loop is slightly taller than the approximate height of a double crochet stitch.
Yarn over using the loop you just pulled through. Use a finger to hold the two "loops" on your hook in place.
You're now going to finish this stitch like a traditional double crochet. As you complete this stitch, continue to use your finger to hold the loops on your hook in place (this may take some practice).
Push your hook through the same stitch or gap you pulled the initial yarn loop through in step 2, yarn over with both the working yarn and the tail, and pull through.
Yarn over with the working yarn and the tail, and pull through two of the loops on your hook.
You should now have two loops on your hook.
Yarn over with the working yarn and tail once again, and pull through.
You've now completed a standing double crochet stitch!
Continue working your double crochet stitches as normal. You now have a seamless round of dc, with no clear starting chain.
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