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The Staggered Double Crochet Pairs is a gorgeous stitch that you can use to create plush, soft-textured fabrics, similar to that of the staggered HDC pairs. If you are not familiar with the staggered HDC pairs, we have a great step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to do it. You will find this tutorial here: Staggered Half Double Crochet Pairs.
In fact, in the staggered DC pair pattern, you’ll get lovely upside-down V-shape stitches created by working a double crochet two together (dc2tog) over the chain from the previous row.
Moreover, its increased height means you can create more delicate fabrics, plus it suits all yarn weights and grows quickly. This stitch works well on cozy children’s blankets as well as other lovely garments.
Additionally, when you work this stitch pattern, you will need to compensate for working the two stitches together and maintain the stitch count. You do this by working twice into each stitch along the row.
It is worth noting that this stitch pattern is using US crochet terms. As a matter of fact, The term “double crochet” is not used in UK crochet terms. They call it treble crochet in UK crochet patterns.
If you want to learn more about the differences between US and UK terms, check out this article: Crochet Terms: US and UK Term Differences Explained.
Techniques Used for the Staggered Double Crochet Pairs Pattern
Working Into A Chain Space (ch-sp)
The hook is inserted into the space below one or more chains. Here, a double crochet stitch is being worked into a one chain space (ch-1 sp).
Crochet Instructions – Step by Step
Multiple: an even number of stitches, plus 2 for the foundation chain.
Dc2tog over 4th and 5th ch from hook.
* Ch 1
Dc2tog by inserting hook in next 2 ch.
Rep from * to last ch.
Ch 1, 1 dc in last ch.
Dc2tog over 1st and 2nd ch sp.
* Ch 1.
Dc2tog by inserting hook in same ch sp as last stitch, then in next ch sp.
Rep from * working 2nd leg of last dc2tog under tch of previous row.
Ch 1, 1 dc in 3rd ch of same tch.
Repeat Step 3.
Crochet Chart for the Staggered Double Crochet Pairs
For those who prefer a visual representation of a crochet stitch pattern, here’s a crochet diagram for your reference.