Use Alpine Stitch for Cozy Crochet
Add a new crochet stitch to your repertoire with alpine stitch! It's easy to learn, but it creates a unique texture that you'd never guess is so simple to work. If you know single and double crochet, you can do this stitch.
The secret to making the twisted points of alpine stitch is front post stitches. These are just like making regular crochet stitches, but they go around previous stitches instead of through the tops of the stitches. Even if you've never done this type of stitch before, you'll learn how in this tutorial.
You can use any yarn weight with a corresponding-size hook for this. Be sure to do a swatch to see how the yarn twists and shows the pattern.
Alpine stitch is great for blankets, accessories, and garments. It would also be a great texture for a pillow.
Ready to crochet this cozy stitch?
Rows 1-3: Setting Up Alpine Stitch
Start alpine stitch with any even number of stitches.
You can begin with a starting chain of chain stitches, then work the first row, or work the first row as foundation single crochet stitches. The sample starts with FSC so it lays flat.
Row 1: chain 1, single crochet in every stitch, turn.
Tip: Turning chains count as a stitch on every row so you should always skip the first stitch of the row.
Row 2: chain 2, double crochet in every stitch, turn.
Row 3: chain 1, single crochet in every stitch, turn.
Row 4: Working Front Post Double Crochets
This is the beginning of the rows that make the pattern. At the start of the row, chain 2 as a starting chain.
Row four is another row of double crochet, but instead of working the stitches into the top of the last row, some of these stitches are front post double crochets. You work these around the double crochets from row two.
To make a front post double crochet, yarn over and insert your hook between the first two stitches in row two, then come back up on the other side of the second stitch, as shown.
Row 4: Keeping Stitches the Correct Height
Now you can complete the front post double crochet like a standard double crochet stitch.
Yarn over and draw up a loop, bring the loop up to the same height as the turning chain. This keeps the stitches all the correct height.
Yarn over and draw the hook through two loops, then yarn over and draw through the remaining loops.
That's one front post double crochet completed.
Rows 4-5: The First Half of Alpine Stitch
Every time you work a row with front post double crochets, you will work them on the previous row of double crochets.
Row 4: chain 2, *front post double crochet, double crochet, repeat from * to the last two stitches, double crochet 2, turn.
Tip: When you work the regular double crochets, check to be sure you've skipped the loops from the previous stitch where the front post double crochet is.
Row 5: chain 1, single crochet in every stitch, turn.
Rows 6-7: The Second Half of Alpine Stitch
The next two rows are almost the same as the previous two, but here you work the front post double crochet stitches in the standard double crochets from row four. This creates the alternating pattern of alpine stitch.
Row 6: chain 2, *double crochet, front post double crochet, repeat from * to the last stitch, double crochet, turn.
Row 7: chain 1, single crochet in every stitch, turn.
Using Alpine Stitch
Repeat rows 4–7 to continue the pattern. Ending on a single crochet row creates a nice top edge that matches the bottom, but you could end with a double crochet row.
The sides of this stitch should look even with a double crochet at each end. You could also add a border to make all the edges look the same.
As you get used to this stitch pattern, you'll be able to easily spot which stitch to work where. Soon you'll be an alpine stitch master!