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DCH2 Double Chain Two Stitchopedia: Video, Photo, & Written Tutorial

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The dch2 (Double Chain Two) is used at the start of a double crochet row or round in place of a chain 2 or 3, with no gap!


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This tutorial was originally published on November 20, 2020. The most recent update was made on September 21, 2023.

You know the gap between the starting chain of row or round of crochet and the next dc? It drives me bonkers! Using a dch2 in place of the starting or turning chain will bring your hook up to the height as a dc. It will also take up the same thickness as a double crochet stitch.

No ch 2 or ch 3 as a starting chain, no gap, awesome. The dch2 counts as the first stitch of the row or round, and is much easier to work into than chain stitches.

This simple stitch is also sometimes called the stacked 2 single crochet (st2sc), or a turning double crochet. It works at the beginning of the row as your first double crochet and makes the second stitch easy to start. Plus it’s so much easier to work into when you get to the end of the row.

The dch2 works for more than just rectangles like afghans or scarves. It’s also prefect for granny squares, sweaters, shawls, and pretty much any crochet creation with a dc starting the rows or rounds.

Written Instructions and Photo Tutorial

Stitches and Abbreviations

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dc – double crochet
dch2 – double chain two
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over

How To Make A Double Chain Two (dch2)

Insert hook into designated st (usually the first st), yo, pull through (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops, insert hook in left vertical loop of st part just made, yo, pull through (2 loops on hook), yo, pull through both loops.

Now your first stitch is done and you can make your next stitch as normal. Repeat this with your second row of double crochet and all additional rows of double crochet. If your patterns tells you to work the last stitch into the top chain of the previous row, you will work into the top of the dch2 instead.

DCH2 - Double Chain Two video, photo, and written Stitchopedia tutorial by Jessie At Home - Dch2 Step by Step PhotosPin
DCH2 - Double Chain Two video, photo, and written Stitchopedia tutorial by Jessie At Home - Dch2 row finishedPin

Video Tutorials

Here are links to some of the supplies used in the video.

Right Handed Video Tutorial

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Left Handed Video Tutorial

If you can’t see this video, try watching it on YouTube HERE.


Can I use the dch2 in my first row or round worked into my foundation chain?

When using the dch2 in your foundation chain, you do not work into the fourth chain as you would with a regular dc. Make a foundation chain that is equal to the number of stitch in the first row, then make the dch2 in the chain right next to the crochet hook.

Can I adjust this for other stitch heights like a treble crochet?

YES! Check out THIS POST for more on that.

Why is my crochet getting wider with each row?

You may be adding an extra stitch. The dch2 is worked into the last stitch of the previous row, or the first stitch of the previous round. It counts as the first stitch of the round or row. Be sure you are including it in your stitch count and that you do not work an additional st in the same st unless your pattern tells your to.

Here are some supplies you may find useful.

Happy stitching my friends.

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