The alpine stitch creates a really thick texture, great for bags and baskets. Anything that requires sturdy sides, would suit this stitch.
The Alpine stitch is a single sided, as we keep all the texture on the front by adding a row of single crochet between the front post rows. The fabric it creates is quite thick with no holes, so it makes for beautifully warm winter garments.
The Alpine stitch featured in week 5 of the 50 Stitches crochet along
This pattern is written in US terms, but the UK translation is below
Single crochet (sc) = double crochet
Double crochet (dc) = treble crochet
Front post double crochet (fpdc) = front post treble crochet
Start by making a foundation chain in multiples of 2 plus 1 ( plus 2 for your turning chain)
Row 1. Dc in 4th chain from your hook (your turning chain counts as your first stitch) dc in each chain across
Row 2. chain 1 and single crochet in each stitch across. You will have the same number of stitches as in row 1.
Row 3. Make the alternate turning chain in the first stitch (counts as your first stitch) front post double crochet in next stitch (yarn over and insert your hook in the post of the double crochet directly below in row 1 from right to left. Pull through a loop, now complete your dc as normal).
*Dc in next stitch, then make a fpdc in the next stitch* repeat across the row. Dc in last 2 stitches.
Row 4. Chain 1, sc in top of the last dc of the row below. Sc in each stitch across.
Row 5. alternate turning chain, *dc in next stitch, fpdc in next stitch* repeat across the row. Dc in last stitch. 14 fpdc in the row.
Repeat rows 2 – 5 until you reach the length you need.
You can find more guides to other crochet stitches in the Stitch Vault here