Alternate Single Crochet Stitch [FREE Crochet Stitch Pattern]

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The Alternate Single Crochet Stitch is a beautiful and easy-to-learn variation of the basic single crochet stitch. It is simple to make and features rows of paired single crochet stitches.

In fact, this crochet stitch is a great way to spice up your normal single crochet stitch. It provides texture and visual appeal to a variety of crochet projects.

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The stitch is named as such because it is worked by alternating the stitch placement. In fact, it combines the front loop and back loop single crochet stitches techniques in one row.

If you are not familiar with how to crochet the single crochet, we have a great step-by-step tutorial that you can find here: Single Crochet: Learn How To Single Crochet.

The Alternating Single Crochet Stitch’s alternating front and back loop single crochet stitches are more defined than that of the single crochet.

In fact, it adds more definition to the single crochet because it does not compete with the stitch next to it.

In addition, this stitch makes a solid and fully reversible fabric, making it a great choice for projects with both sides exposed, like a blanket or washcloth. It also looks pleasant when worked in smooth cotton yarns.

This stitch pattern is using US crochet terms. As a matter of fact, the term “single crochet” is not used in UK crochet terms. You can learn more about the differences between US and UK terms in this article: Crochet Terms: US and UK Term Differences Explained.

Techniques Used for the Alternate Single Crochet Stitch Pattern






single crochet

Crochet Instructions – Step by Step

Multiple: 2 stitches, plus 1 for the foundation chain.

Step 1

1 sc in 2nd ch from hook.


1 sc in every ch to end of row.



Step 2

Ch 1 (does not count as stitch).


* 1 sc in front loop only of next st.


Rep from * to end.



Step 3

Repeat Step 2.

Crochet Chart for the Alternate Single Crochet Stitch

For those who prefer a visual representation of a crochet stitch pattern, I have included a crochet diagram for your reference.





worked in back loop only

worked in front loop only

Stitch Key

Alternate Single Crochet Stitch Chart

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