I'll be the first one to say that I love the closeness you get when working rows of Single Crochet stitches into your patterns. Unfortunately, I dislike the amount of time it takes to work up rows of Single Crochet just as much. Thanks to a fellow designer, who is also one of our testers and has become a friend, I found the Linked Double Crochet. Because this technique is being used in several upcoming Hooking Housewives patterns, I thought it would be appropriate to go ahead and do a photo tutorial so our followers would know how to work it as well.
1. To work the Linked Double Crochet (LDC), start by working your starting chain, adding 3 additional chains to what you want the stitch count for the row to be. (For the purposes of this tutorial we will be working with Rows of 10. That means you will chain 13.)
2-3. Insert your hook into the second chain from the hook; yarn over and pull up a loop.
4. Next, skip one chain and insert your hook into the next chain (the 4th chain from where you started)
7. To finish, yarn over and pull through the 2 remaining loops on your hook.
8. To work the remaining LDCs in the row, your first hook insert will be done in the Horizontal Bar (HB) that is facing you.
9-10. Yarn over and pull up a loop; insert your hook into the next chain on the starting chain; yarn over and pull up a loop.
11-12. Repeat Steps 6 and 7 to complete your next LDC. Continue in this manner until you have completed the row.
To work the next row of LDC, chain 2 and turn your work; insert your hook into the second chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull up a loop; insert your hook into the first st and repeat. Continue working Steps 6 and 7 to complete the first LDC of the row.