“Loopy” Linked Double Crochet (Ldc): Please note that I make this stitch a bit differently than how you may have learned the linked double crochet. Insert hook in lower horizontal bar on same stitch and in the next st on row you are working, (the bar becomes your ‘yarn over’ loop), YO, draw loop through (3 loops on hook), complete as a regular dc [(YO, draw loop through 2 loops on hook) 2 times].
Linked Double Crochet 2 Together (Ldc2tog): Insert hook under horizontal bar and into the ch-sp, YO and pull through (3 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2, insert hook under horizontal bar just made and into the ch-sp YO and pull through 2 (4 loops on hook), YO and pull through 2, YO and pull through remaining 3 loops.
Work these linked stitches the same way you work the Ldc – using the loop of the current st to replace your YO for the half-double crochet. To make the linked single crochet, insert the hook under the vertical loop of the hdc and into the next stitch. YO and pull the loop through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), YO and pull through both. Work the slip stitch as normal.
When you complete a regular double crochet, you will notice there are 2 ‘loops’ that make up the body of the stitch, shaded in pink and purple in the image below. The bottom one of these loops will become your ‘yarn over’ when you work the next double crochet.
To work your Loopy Linked Double Crochet, insert your hook under the lower loop (NOT into the next chain) and on into the next stitch, as per a usual double crochet. Yarn over and pull through.
You will have 3 loops on your hook – just like a regular double crochet, but that middle loop is the loop from your previous stitch.
The rest is easy! Finish as you would a regular double crochet – yarn over and pull through the two loops twice.
As you keep working this stitch, you’ll see a line of loops being created – which is how I choose the name. The back side of the stitches will be flat instead of bumpy, making the loopy linked double crochet perfect for accessories such as gloves, socks or headbands when you want the side next to your skin to be smooth.