How To Treble Crochet (TR)

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Learn how to treble crochet also known as triple crochet in this tutorial.

The US triple crochet is a basic stitch to learn after you have mastered single crochet and double crochet.

It is a commonly used stitch pattern, which is also known as the treble crochet stitch.

treble crochet sample with hook

How To Treble Crochet

Treble crochet or triple crochet, (when abbreviated – ‘tr’) is a lovely type of tall stitch, that can give your work an interesting feature.

It has long columns with open stitches, which creates a looser look in your work.

Learning how to perform the treble stitch will allow you to make a variety of patterns in your crochet projects including scarves, shawls, wraps, garments, and bags.

To make the stitches even taller you can create a double treble crochet stitch (dtr) or a triple treble crochet stitch (trtr).

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Treble Crochet US

The treble crochet abbreviation is tr – this is the term for the US / American treble crochet, as the UK crochet stitches are different and this one is known as the triple crochet stitch. 

You can find a free PDF of both US and UK terms and abbreviations here. – Crochet Abbreviations And Terms (US + UK)

This is a really easy stitch to learn and one that a beginner should know.

In this tutorial, you will see step-by-step photographs and a video tutorial that will help you to learn.

You can view the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

Please note – this is a right-handed tutorial, if you are left-handed you will reverse the direction that you are working in from left to right across the rows.

You can view a left-hand tutorial here.

treble crochet sample with hook

Treble Crochet Stitch

Learn how to create taller crochet stitches in your work with the photo tutorial below…

You can view the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here.

For this treble crochet tutorial, I will be using a super bulky yarn weight and a 10mm/US 15 crochet hook.

You can use any yarn weight and hook size to practice.

How To Treble Crochet

  1. Step 1 – Begin by crocheting a foundation chain. (View tutorial here – how to start a crochet chain)

    The first four stitches on the chain will count as the first treble crochet stitch.
    When you go to work on your first stitch, you will wrap the yarn twice around your hook and insert hook through the fifth chain from your hook.
    Once you have done that, you can follow the next steps below (from step 3).
    Steps 1 and 2 will talk you through how to wrap your yarn around the hook and push the hook through the next stitch.creating a crochet chain with a hook and yarn

  2. Step 2 – Wrap the yarn over your hook twice

    The next step is to push your hook through the next stitch.treble crochet sample with hook and wrapped yarn

  3. Step 3 – Push the hook through the next stitch

    The next step is to push your hook through the next stitch.four loops on the hook

  4. Step 4 – Wrap yarn over the hook

    Wrap the yarn over the hook and prepare to pull the yarn through that stitch.yarn over hook

  5. Step 5 – Pull the yarn through the stitch

    Pull the yarn through the stitch, creating four loops on your hook.making four loops on the hook

  6. Step 6 –  Yarn over the hook

    Wrap the yarn over your hook again.yarn over hook for the treble crochet tutorial

  7. Step 7 – Pull the yarn through

    Pull the yarn through the first two loops on your hook, this will leave you with three loops on your hook.pulling through the first two loops

  8. Step 8 – Wrap the yarn over the hook

    Wrap your yarn over your hook again.pulling the yarn through the next two loops on the hook

  9. Step 9 – Pull the yarn through the loops

    Pull your yarn through the two loops, which will leave you with two loops on the hook.pull the yarn through the two loops on the hook for a triple crochet stitch

  10. Step 10 –  Wrap the yarn over the hook

    Wrap your yarn over the hook once more.yarn over the hook

  11. Step 11 – Pull the yarn through the last two loops

    Pull the yarn through the last two loops on the hook to complete your treble crochet stitch.
    Keep going until you reach the end of the row, then you will need to do a turning chain (see info below on that).
    The treble stitches will build on top of each other to create the crochet fabric. completed treble crochet stitch

The Turning Chain

The turning chain at the start of a new row counts as one treble crochet at the beginning of each row.

Most patterns will have the size of the turning chain you need to make.

But for treble crochet, you will normally need to chain 4 at the start of the row.

This is because the three chain stitches create the same correct height as a treble crochet stitch.

treble crochet stitch turning chain

Treble Crochet Patterns

With some practice, your treble 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;

  • To create a swatch, chain 20 or 30 stitches (you can choose your own number of stitches), and practice by creating rows of treble crochet.
  • Make an easy Crochet Beach Bag Pattern {Mixtape Yarn} that uses single crochet and treble crochet stitches.
How to treble crochet

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