The long double crochet stitch, also called the teardrop stitch, is worked exactly like a regular double crochet, with one important exception. Instead of inserting your crochet hook into the next stitch in the current row, you insert it into a previous row. This creates a decorative element in your work and allows you to showcase a particularly attractive yarn in a new way. You can create a long version of any crochet stitch, but single and double long crochet are the most common.
Things You'll Need
- Crochet hook
Wrap the working yarn around your crochet hook once in a counterclockwise direction, or from right to left.
Insert your crochet hook into the designated stitch of the designated row. This is always at least one row below your current one, but may be several rows down, depending on how long you want the stitch to be. Insert the hook exactly as you would if you were working into the current row: through the fabric from front to back.
Wrap your hook counterclockwise again. Pull the loop through the stitch. You will now have three loops on your hook -- two short ones and a long one.
Lift the hook up so that it is level with your current row. Pull gently on the yarn of your long stitch if necessary to relieve any excess tension.
Wrap the hook counterclockwise and pull the wrap through the first two loops on your hook.
Wrap counterclockwise again and pull the wrap through the remaining two loops on your hook. You will have one loop left on the hook and your long double crochet stitch will be complete.