Learn how to double crochet with this step by step tutorial.
Double crochet is one of the basic crochet stitches you will need to learn as a beginner.
Most crochet patterns will feature this stitch, either worked flat or in the round.
Double Crochet US
The double crochet stitch (when abbreviated it is – dc) is one of the most common crochet stitches and is about twice as tall as a single crochet.
A double-crochet fabric is quite solid and is great for bags, sweaters, shawls, afghans, placemats, or any number of other items.
Please note – This tutorial is worked in US terms.
If you are following a pattern that uses UK terms, this stitch is known as a triple or treble crochet.
Double Crochet Stitch
This tutorial will take you through the double crochet stitch step by step with photographs and there is also a video tutorial.
Step 1 – Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook
To begin with, you will wrap your yarn over your hook.
Please note – some patterns will require you to start the row with a turning chain – I will explain this further later on in the tutorial.
Step 2 – Push your hook through the next stitch
Place your hook into the next stitch.
If you are starting out with a foundation chain, skip the three chains closest to the hook and place the hook through the fourth chain.
Then hook the yarn, wrapping it over the hook before you place the hook into that fourth stitch.
Step 3 – Hook the yarn and make a loop
Wrap the yarn over the hook and pull it through to make another loop on the hook.
You will have three loops on your hook.
Step 4 – Hook the yarn and pull through two of the loops
Wrap the yarn over your hook and pull through the first two loops on your hook.
Step 5 – Hook the yarn and pull through the remaining two loops
You should be left with two loops on your hook.
Now you wrap the yarn over the hook and pull through those two loops.
Step 6 – Making the double crochet stitch
You will have one loop left on your hook.
You have just made one double crochet stitch!
Continue to repeat and practice to make more stitches.
The Turning Chain
The turning chain at the start of a row counts as a double crochet at the beginning of each row.
Most patterns will have the size of the turning chain you need to make.
But for double crochet, you will normally need to chain 3 at the start of the row.
This is because the three chain stitches create the same height as a double crochet stitch.
Double Crochet Patterns
With some practice, your double crochet will improve and become like second nature!
You will find a rhythm in it and easily create those tall rows of stitches.
An easy way to practice is to do the following;
- Create a swatch, chain 10 or 20 stitches and practice by creating rows of double crochet.
- Make a granny square
- Make a blanket