The Alpine Crochet Stitch uses front post stitches to create an absolutely stunning thick texture. It gives images of a chunky blanket in a ski lodge.
Alpine Crochet Stitch

Abbreviations:

ch  Chain Stitch
cont = continued
st = stitch
RS = right side
WS = wrong side
sc   Single Crochet (UK double crochet)
dc  Double Crochet (UK treble crochet)
fptr Front Post Treble Crochet (UK raised double treble front)

Difficulty-Easy

Details:

Row Count
Number of rows: 4
Pattern Repeat
2

Instructions:

  1. (RS): 1dc in 3rd ch from hook and each ch to end, turn
  2. (WS): Ch1 (does not count as st), 1sc in in each st to end, turn
  3. Ch2 (does not count as st), 1dc In first st, *1fptr in corresponding dc 2 rows below, 1dc in next st; rep from * to end, turn.
  4. Repeat Row 2
  5. Ch2, 1fptr in first dc 2 rows below, *1dc in next st, 1fptr in correstponding dc 2 rows below; rep from * to end, turn
  6. Repeat Row 2

For the pattern: Repeat rows 3 – 6 and finish up on a row 2 repeat.

  • Repeat rows 2 & 3 until desired length!

The turning chains do not count as stitches throughout.

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The Alpine Crochet Stitch uses front post stitches to create an absolutely stunning thick texture. The name alpine sums it up perfectly. It gives images of a chunky wool blanket on a cosy couch in a secluded ski lodge or woodland cabin…

There are a few different versions of this stitch out there. Some use front post double crochet (UK raised treble front) where as others, like me, use front post trebles (UK raised double treble front). You can interchange them in the instructions below.

Note that the finished swatch has a right side (RS) and a wrong side (WS) to the fabric so bear this in mind when choosing this stitch for your project.

What you need to know first

There are various ways to work this stitch pattern. It can be worked with any stitch multiple but some prefer using odd numbers. They prefer the way it looks with this approach as it gives it a sense of balance!

The stitch uses a 4 row pattern repeat, alternating between rows of double crochet & post stitches and rows of single crochet (all US terms)

This is a relatively simple stitch pattern suitable for an adventurous beginner. It assumes knowledge of basic crochet stitches and front post stitches. If you don’t know how to work front post stitches, you might want to check out this explanation (another video tutorial on my to-make list!!), but you will soon get the gist if you just watch the Alpine stitch video!

The turning chains do not count as stitches throughout.

What You Can Make Using The Alpine Crochet Stitch:

It has such a gorgeous texture, and has the tactile nature of crochet cables, especially on homewares such as cushions and items worn close to the body. Mostly, it is used it for scarves and simple accessories. You don’t really need a pattern to get going with this stitch though. It also lends itself beautifully to weighty blankets or cosy accessories.

The Alpine Stitch is quite robust and when worked with a tighter tension, it creates an opaque fabric so is great for pillows or even bags. So versatile!

It’s also is great for blankets, accessories, and garments. It would also be a great texture for a pillow.

Tips for working the Alpine Crochet Stitch:

  • Fptr will always be worked into the dc 2 rows below and dc will always be worked into the sc from the previous row.
  • Make sure you do not work into the sc above the post stitch you just worked around (there is more info on this in the video)
  • If you are finding gaps at the end of the row where you work an fptr as the last stitch of the row, try replacing it with a front post double crochet (fpdc) instead!
  • When working this stitch, you are likely to see a little curl in the corners but this flattens out as you work and can be irradiated with a bit of blocking if required!

Thanks to Bella Coco for the video (there is also a left-handed option available on her website).

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Patterns that use this stitch:

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