The alternate or alternating single crochet stitch is easy to learn and adds a little spice to the normal single crochet stitch.
The alternate single crochet gets its name from the alternating of the stitch placement. We will move from front loop to back loop with each stitch.
This is a great variation on the regular single crochet. It gives a bit more definition to the single crochet since it is not competing with the stitch next to it.
This is a great reversible stitch too. So, it will look great on both sides.
Let’s get started learning the Alternate Single Crochet stitch.
Techniques and Abbreviations Used:
- ch – chain
- st(s) – stitch(es)
- sl st – slip stitch
- yo – yarn over
- sc – single crochet
Alternate Single Crochet Stitch Written Instructions:
Work in multiples of 2, add 1 for a foundation chain.
Alternate Single Crochet Stitch: 1 sc in the front loop only in first st, 1 sc in back loop only of next st. Repeat across the row.
Row 1: 1 sc in 2nd ch from hook and in each ch across to end, turn.
Row 2: Ch 1, *1sc in front loop only of first st, 1 sc in back loop only of next st; repeat from * to end of row, turn.
Row 3+: Repeat Row 2.
- Pay close attention to where you are inserting the stitch and make sure you are alternating front and back loops.
- Work the stitch in the first stitch of each row 2 repeat to maintain the edges properly.