The Alpine stitch is a stitch I have been searching for a long time. I am serious. I found a beautiful hat for sale using this stitch and I could not find anyone who knew what the stitch was.
The Alpine stitch just had the most beautiful looped raised texture and the rows were off set from each other. I mean I was really in love and everything I tried just did not look right.
Well I have finally discovered the secret to the Alpine stitch and in this photo and video tutorial I will share with you how to make this beautiful stitch.
One of the reasons I had so much trouble finding this stitch is because this stitch goes by quite a few names and no one name seems to be the most popular. I have seen this stitch called The Ripple Stitch, The Alpine Stitch and the Alternating Double Crochet and Front Post Stitch (a bit of a mouth full).
This is one of the crochet stitches we are learning and using during the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long and I will provide you instructions to make a sample swatch of the Waffle stitch below in 3 different sizes.
These swatch patterns can be used to make any of the three project patterns created by the Crochet A Long.
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Materials for Alpine Stitch Sample Swatch
Size 4 Weight Yarn 23-160 yds depending on sample size
Size H Crochet Hook
Stitches and Abbreviations
I prefer to use a loose Front Post Double Crochet stitch in this pattern, but I have also seen it worked with a Front Post Treble Crochet.
Ch – Chain
Sc – Single Crochet
Dc – Double Crochet
FpDc – Front Post Double Crochet
R – Row
St(s) – Stitch(es)
You can learn more about Front Post and Back Post Stitches here.
For a sample swatch the gauge is not important, but if you are using your swatches for the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long you will want to check your gauge.
Gauge is determined by using the Alpine Stitch.
7 Sts = 2 inches
5 rows = 2 inches
When working the Alpine Stitch you will want to any odd number of chains. Please note that I do not count my turning chain as a stitch.
For the Large (Blanket) 12 inch Swatch we will chain 41.
For the Medium (Book) 8 inch Swatch we will chain 27.
For the Small (Block) 4 inch swatch we will chain 17.
Alpine Stitch Video Tutorial
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Right Handed Tutorial
Left Handed Tutorial
Alpine Stitch Swatch Pattern
Note: I do not count my turning chain as a stitch
Chain 17, 27, or 41 depending on the size of swatch you want to make.
R1: Dc in the 3rd Ch from the hook and each Ch across.
R2: Ch1, turn, Sc in each stitch across.
R3: Ch2, turn, Dc in the first St, *FpDc around the Dc below the next stitch, Dc in the next Stitch* repeat from *to* until the end of the row.
Note: In Row 3, your Front Post Double Crochet will be worked around the Double Crochet of the first row (pink row in the photos). You will want to keep your tension very loose to create the pretty looped texture of this stitch (Photo 2).
I will pull the loop until it is even with the top of the Single Crochet Row, (shown in grey) then complete the Front Post Double Crochet.
R4: Ch1, turn, Sc in each Stitch along the row.
R5: Ch2, turn, work a Dc in the first 2 stitches, *FpDc around the Dc below the next stitch, Dc in the next Stitch* repeat from *to* until the last stitch of the row. Dc in the last stitch.
To continue working this stitch, simply repeat Rows 2-5 until your project is as long as you would like it to be.
To make a 12 inch square work until you have a total of 33 rows.
To make a 8 inch square work until you have a total of 23 rows.
To make a 4 inch square work until you have a total of 11 rows.
With this stitch it is a little hard to count the rows. I recommend you keep working the stitch until your piece simply reaches the measurement you are trying to achieve.
Single Crochet Border
For all three projects for the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long, it is helpful to have a single crochet border around the edge of your sample. With this stitch I found it easiest to work one single crochet into each stitch on the top and bottom rows. For the sides of the sample swatch I alternated working 2 Single crochet into the side of a Double crochet in one row, and only 1 Single Crochet into the side of the Single Crochet of the next row.
This help compensate for the slightly shorter stitches caused by the Front Post Double Crochet.
I hope you liked this stitch tutorial. Make sure you check back in a few days for the next Stitch Tutorial of the March Texture Madness Crochet A Long.
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