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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That gap between the chain 2 or chain 3 often used to start a row or round of crochet and the next dc always drives me bonkers! Using a dch2 in place of the starting chain will bring your hook up to the height of a dc and will take up the same thickness as a dc. No 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 a chain.
This stitch is also sometimes called the stacked 2 single crochet (st2sc), or a turning double crochet.
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Written instructions with photos
Stitches and Abbreviations: click on highlighted sts for tutorials
dc – double crochet
dch2 – double chain two
st(s) – stitch(es)
yo – yarn over
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.
Here are some supplies you may find useful.
Happy stitching my friends.
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