The Alpine Stitch adds such texture and visual appeal in crochet. Use this beautiful crochet stitch for your next blanket, cowl, wrap, or anything else your heart desires!
Alpine Crochet Stitch Tutorial
The Alpine Stitch is a great textured crochet stitch. This stitch is great for blankets, or washcloths, or cowls, leg warmers, and more.
To begin a project using the Alpine Stitch, you’ll need to start with two rows of regular crochet. You’ll need those two rows as a foundation in order to get the Alpine pattern going.
In order to make the Alpine pattern you will need to know how to:
Sc = Single Crochet
Dc = Double Crochet
Fptr = Front Post Treble Crochet (or Front Post Double Crochet, as noted below)
It is important to note that how you crochet the Alpine Stitch can vary based on individual tension. In this tutorial I have used Front Post Treble Crochet because I find the Front Post Double Crochet to be a bit too short and causes the work to curl as a result. If you prefer the look of the shorter stitch instead, or if your tension is different than mine, that will work just fine as well!
Always place the double crochet in the previous row’s Fptr and place the Fptr around the post of the double crochet two rows below.
Crochet one row of single crochets in between each Alpine (dc/Fptr ) row.
Grab your hook and let’s get started!
In this tutorial I am working up the afghan square that goes along with my Stitch Sampler Afghan. A great way to learn new stitches or to brush up on old favorites!
How to crochet the Alpine Stitch
1. Start with an odd number of chains. Double crochet in the 3rd chain from hook and in each to end. You should have an odd number of stitches. In this sample I have 39 stitches. The wider the piece, the prettier the effect.
2. Ch-1, turn, single crochet in each stitch to end.
3. Ch-2, turn. Dc in first stitch, Fptr (or fpdc if you have a looser tension) around the dc two rows below. Dc in next st, then Fptr around the next dc two rows down. Alternate dcs and Fptrs to the end of the row, ending with a dc in the last stitch.
4. Ch-1, turn, sc in each stitch to end.
5. Ch-2, turn, place one dc in each of the first 2 sts * Fptr around dc from two rows down, dc in next stitch * repeat between * * to end. Dc in last stitch. (note that you should have two double crochets to start this row and two double crochets to finish this row)
Repeat steps 2 – 5 being sure to alternate the starting stitches every other dc/Fptr row so that they are always offset.
That is it! The Alpine Stitch is so fun to crochet and works up quickly once you get going. Perfect for baby blankets and all sorts of textured crochet work. If this is the first time you are crocheting this stitch, play around with using the Front Post Double crochet instead of the Front Post Treble crochet to see if you like the look of that better. I hope you love this new stitch!