Alpine Stitch Crochet Tutorial

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

Yarn Needle

Scissors

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.

Gauge

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

Learn how to crochet the alpine stitch with this photo and video tutorial. Video tutorial includes right and left handed instructions. This crochet stitch is also know as the ripple stitch, raised ripple stitch, aspen stitch, and alternating Front Post and Double Crochet stitch. #crochetstitch #Stitchtutorial

Starting Chain

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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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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Learn how to crochet the alpine stitch with this photo and video tutorial. Video tutorial includes right and left handed instructions. This crochet stitch is also know as the ripple stitch, raised ripple stitch, aspen stitch, and alternating Front Post and Double Crochet stitch. #crochetstitch #Stitchtutorial
Learn how to crochet the alpine stitch with this photo and video tutorial. Video tutorial includes right and left handed instructions. #crochetstitch #Stitchtutorial
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17 Comments

  1. Freespirit

    March 7, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Sorry but that “music” is not good for hearing impaired or those with brain injury etc… Silence is golden!

    1. Lindsey

      March 7, 2019 at 11:50 pm

      I am sorry that they music bothers you. I prefer using the music to cover up any possible background noise. I will consider turning it down further in future videos. I also find pure silence unnerving during times that I am not talking.

    2. Lorraine Willis

      March 17, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      I have trouble with music also.

      1. Lindsey

        March 18, 2019 at 2:30 am

        I am sorry for that. I tend to hat silence and during the areas where I speed up the video there is silence. I did turn down the music in future videos.

  2. Frances Rothhammer

    March 10, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    I love to crochet and I love learning new stitches, patterns and ideas!! I also love learning new techniques to help me become better at my craft.

  3. Trina

    March 13, 2019 at 5:15 am

    Thank you for making a left handed video, which is done quite well, I might add. I have always struggled to learn new techniques because I could not find anyone that could teach me due to being left handed. I am excited to learn these new patterns that you have explained and “shown” so well in your videos.

  4. Lorraine Willis

    March 17, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I would like to save your video. I use iPad and cannot locate a place within the video or under it to save it. Is this on YouTube? Thank you.

    1. Lindsey

      March 18, 2019 at 2:29 am

      It is not currently on youtube but I am due to add something to youtube. I will add it this week.

  5. Teri M

    March 18, 2019 at 2:43 am

    I am going to make a blanket for my 3 year old granddaughter with this stitch, I love the way it looks and feels!
    I have only been crocheting for 4 months but with your video (for lefty’s) I knew I could do it! Thank you!! ?

    1. Lindsey

      March 18, 2019 at 3:24 am

      That really makes my day. I have seen this as a blanket and it is beautiful.

  6. Linda

    April 5, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Could you comment on how many FPDC there should be in the finished row. Not sure if I’m going into the right stitches as mine seems to look different. I’m not sure which sc to go into between the FPDC. Like you, I have loved this stitch for a long time and would love to master it!

    1. Lindsey

      April 6, 2019 at 12:38 am

      Which size did you make or what did you use for your starting chain?

  7. Bessy Tsoureli

    July 16, 2019 at 10:51 am

    thank you for showing us these beautiful crochet. I need your help. Do you know the alpine stitch in round? I want to make a bag. Thank you for yor time

    1. Lindsey

      July 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm

      To do the alpine stitch in the round you just need to remove the last double crochet or single crochet. You use a Double Crochet to ‘end’ the row, but if you are working in the round you will end up with a space with 2 Dc right next to each other. Remove the last double crochet from your project to make it transition smoothly. Just Slst to the first Dc after you work the last FPDc.

  8. Carrie

    August 1, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    The written directions say to chain an even number, but the video says odd. Could you clarify? 😊

    1. Lindsey

      August 1, 2019 at 11:25 pm

      Chain any odd number of chains. I will have to correct the tutorial. But when counting the chains on my samples I show an odd number.

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