Alpine stitch tutorial to help you crochet confidently

How to Crochet Alpine Stitch – Video and Written Tutorial

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The crochet alpine stitch is surprisingly one of the very first crochet stitches in the very first beanie I designed. If you love making the front post stitches, then you would find this stitch easier.

Alpine stitch tutorial to help you crochet confidently

Not a fan of front crochet post stitches? Not to worry, that is the whole essence of this post. There are stepwise photos included to help you navigate the steps and become confident at making various croche projects using alpine stitch.

The alpine stitch creates a beautiful reversible effect. Have a look at the “wrong side” of this swatch. It looks so smooth without the ridges created by the front posts.

Wrong side of the swatch was made with Alpine stitch.

Looking back at the beautiful texture created by this beautiful stitch is amazing, I want to design so many projects using this beautiful stitch. The initial design was a convertible beanie that can be styled as a cowl, currently updating the pattern and can’t wait to share it with you all.

Crochet projects that can be made using the alpine stitch

I would love to start by saying the list of crochet projects that can be made using this beautiful stitch is endless. You can practically make anything using the alpine crochet stitch.

Projects on my list include;

  1. Crochet blanket
  2. Crochet beanie
  3. Crochet alpine stitch sweater/cardigan
  4. Crochet washcloth
  5. Crochet scarves are not left out.

The alpine stitch can be worked either in rows or in rounds. The major difference is how you join and start the round when working in rounds.

Tips for achieving the perfect alpine stitch

Gaps between your projects – Often noticeable when using fptr stitch.

Solutions – Try replacing FPdc with a FPtr.

If the gap persists, you can try to tighten your tension.

When you notice that your project keeps curling

There would be some curlings at the edges noticed when making your project using the alpine stitch. To eradicate the curls, you can either do one of the following or all (lol)

A. Go up hook size – This usually makes the stitches loosen up. However, when you are unable to change hook sizes, you can try the next option after completing your project.

B. Block your project once completed, this sure does wonders and your project flattens!

C. Work a round of edging around your project to flatten your project.

The beauty of the alpine crochet stitch is that it can be made using just about any weight with the corresponding hook size. Make sure to play around with yarn and hook sizes until you pick up the perfect match.

Alpine stitch is explained in simple terms – This crochet stitch is made over a repeat of 4 basic rows. With the front post double crochet is always made around the dc from 2 rows below and the sc made into the corresponding stitch a row below. See the stepwise instructions/photos.

Materials needed include;

  • Yarn – This tutorial was made using Brava Worsted Weight, this is a #4 yarn.
  • Hook – 5 mm
  • Scissors.

Stitch Abbreviations

  • Stitch – st
  • Chain – ch
  • Single Crochet – sc
  • Double Crochet – dc
  • Front post double crochet – FPdc
  • Front post treble crochet – FPtr

Tips for getting the perfect looking Alpine Stitch

  1. The front post stitches are crocheted into double crochet stitches from 2 rows below. This means that you “leave” the stitches (single crochet) that you were meant to crochet into ordinarily when crocheting.
  2. After the FPdc, the next stitch is double crochet which is crocheted into the row below. This is the row you would crochet into.
  3. Alternate the stitches, FPdc into 2 rows below, dc into the stitches a row below.
  4. Aim for an equal length of post stitches. You might need to pull your loops a little more than you would.
  5. If you have a tight tension, try replacing all front post double crochet (FPdc) with front post treble stitches (FPtr).

Instructions for alpine stitch – using an odd number of chains

Foundation Row – Chain an odd number of stitches

Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each stitch across, turn

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn

Alpine Stitch

Base made, now to the start of the beautiful textures, front posts!

The next row is crocheted around the stitches (double crochet) made in Row 2.

Make sure to match the heights of the stitches made in this row and make your stitches as tall as possible.

Row 4: Ch 2, dc in first st, *FPdc around next st from 2 rows below, (note that the corresponding st from row 3 would be skipped, dc in next st from a row below, rep from * until the last st, FPdc around last st, turn.

Have a look at how to crochet the front post double crochet below

FPdc Tutorial
Alpine Stitch
Notice that the close-up shows a skipped stitch!!

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 2, FPdc around the first dc from 2 rows below, *dc in next st from one row below, FPdc around the next dc from 2 rows below, repeat from * across, turn.

Do not get confused with row 6. In this row, the FPdc is made around the dc from row 4, skipping the FPdc which appears “raised”.

Continue the repeat of Rows 3 to 6 until you have your desired length. Make sure to end with a single crochet row.

Fasten off and weave in ends.

Optional – You can add a border.

To crochet the front post stitches (FPdc)

Step 1: Yarn over, insert hook into the second stitch from row 2.

Step 2: Yarn over, and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull up another loop through the first 2 loops

Step 3: Yarn over and pull up a loop through the remaining loops.

The first front post double crochet is completed (FPdc)

Alpine stitch using an even number of chains

Foundation Row – Chain an even number of stitches

Row 1: Sc in 2nd chain from hook and in each chain across, turn.

Row 2: Ch 2, dc in each stitch across, turn

Row 3: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 4: Ch 2, FPdc around first st from 2 rows below, (note that the corresponding st from row 3 would be skipped, *dc in next st from a row below, FPdc around next st from 2 rows below, rep from * across, turn.

Row 5: Ch 1, sc in each st across, turn.

Row 6: Ch 2, *dc in first st from one row below, *FPdc around the first dc from 2 rows below, dc in next st from one row below, repeat from * across, turn.

Make sure to alternate the FPdc with the dc, that’s all that rows 3 and 6 are all about.

Also, note that FPdc is always made around double crochets which are from 2 rows below!!

Alpine stitch in rounds

Alpine stitch in wounds is not so common, but this method creates such a beautiful texture just as when made in rows.

When crocheting the alpine stitch in rounds, you only repeat 2 rounds unlike when you repeat 4 sets when crocheting in rows.

Projects that can be made using alpine stitch in rounds include, crochet beanies, cowls, bags and even pouches

You need an even number of stitches when crocheting in rounds.

Chain an even number of chains

Round 1: Ch 2, dc in each of the chains around, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 2: Ch 2, *FPdc into the first stitch, dc into the next, repeat from * until the end of the round, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 3: Ch 1, sc into each of the stitches until the end of the round, join with a sl st to the top of the beginning chain.

Round 4: Ch 2, *dc into next st, FPdc around next dc made in round 2 (2 Rows below), repeat from * to end of the round, join with a sl st to the top of beginning chain

Alternate rounds 3 and 4

Other variations of this stitch

Do you know you can crochet the alpine stitch using more than one color? I love this. By switching to more colors, creates a seemingly totally different look, while retaining its beautiful texture.

To use multiple colors for your alpine stitch project, you would need a minimum of two colors. Make your single crochets in a color and the post stitches together with the double crochets in the second color.

This creates a beautiful color palette and a unique look also.

I would love to see what you make using the alpine stitch. Be on the lookout for a blanket using the 2 colors and a video tutorial in few days!

Xoxo,

Susanna.

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