Earlier this week, I shared my Alpine Stitch Tutorial, showing you how to work this yummy texture in both rows and rounds. Today, I want to share how to eliminate stitches when working this stitch to create shape using the Alpine Stitch Decrease! If you aren’t familiar with the alpine stitch, be sure to check out my earlier tutorial here to familiarize yourself with it because this tutorial will build off of it.
You will need to be familiar with the following stitches and abbreviations for this tutorial:
- Single crochet (sc)
- Double crochet (dc)
- Front post double crochet (FPdc) – Tutorial available here
- Alpine Stitch – Tutorial available here
As a reminder, our 4-row/round repeat for the standard alpine stitch is: sc, Alpine A, sc, and Alpine B rows/rounds where Alpine A refers to alpine rows/rounds beginning with a FPdc and Alpine B refers to alpine rows/rounds beginning with a dc for our repeating pairs, giving us those nested stitches.
In this post, I’m going to go over how to work the alpine stitch decrease for both Alpine A and Alpine B variations. So let’s get to it!
Need to see the alpine stitch decrease worked in real time? I’ve recorded a video tutorial showing both rows and rounds below the photo tutorials at the bottom of this post.
Alpine A Decrease
Alpine A decreases will always begin with a FPdc. You’ll work a half-finished FPdc around the dc from two rows/rounds below, then skip the sc behind the half-formed FPdc you just made and work a half-finished dc into the next sc. Join the two stitches with a final pull-through of all three loops on your hook. Repeat as needed. See photos below.
Alpine B Decrease
Alpine B decreases will always begin with a dc. You’ll work a half-finished dc into the first sc, then work a half-finished FPdc around the dc from two rows/rounds below. Join the two stitches with a final pull-through of all three loops on your hook. Skip the next sc hiding behind the FPdc you just made and repeat as needed. See photos below.
If you want to see this stitch in action, I’ve recorded a video tutorial for you as well! This tutorial goes over both working in rows and rounds.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! If there’s a stitch you’d like to see me make a tutorial for, let me know in the comments below!
Until next time!
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