Crochet Basics: Double & Treble Crochet

Have a crochet party with your friends!Hello crocheters! Ready to learn some more stitches? In this series, we’ve covered the basics of reading a pattern, slip knot & foundation chain, and single & half double crochet stitches. Today you’re going to learn how to do double & treble crochet stitches. These stitches are very similar to single and half double, just with slight differences to create more height to the row of stitches, which give a different look to your project. Double & treble crochet stitches are tall, and allow for the fabric that you are making to be looser and more breathable. There’s visible space between stitches for a more lace-like effect. These stitches will also work well for making blankets and scarves really quickly. Taller stitches mean less rows to create your project. For this reason, finding a project that uses dc/DC (double crochet) is a great place to start for beginners.

The 3rd swatch (middle right) is double crochet, and the the 4th swatch (far right) is treble crochet, to give you an idea of how much taller the stitches are from single and half double crochet.

Stitch swatches.If you’re starting a project, slip knot onto your hook and chain however many stitches your pattern asks or however wide you want your scarf/blanket to be. Then, make the first DC into the 3rd chain from your hook. 

Start with yarning over and insert your hook into the top of the stitch (or into the ch st if this is your first row). Pull the yarn through so that you have 3 loops on your hook. Next, yarn over and only pull the yarn through the first 2 loops on your hook. You should still have 2 loops remaining on your hook. Yarn over again, and pull through those remaining two loops. That’s a dc stitch! 

For treble crochet (tr), sometimes called triple crochet, start by yarning over TWICE. That’s the difference from dc to tr. After you yarn over 2 times, insert your hook into the 5th chain from your hook and pull the yarn through so you have 4 loops on your hook. You’ll do the next step 3 times. Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops, yarn over again and pull through the next 2 loops, then finally yarn over and pull through the remaining two loops. That’s a tr stitch!

Crochet ProjectsPractice these stitches, and I’ll be back with some patterns! Once you know how to do the stitches that we’ve gone over, you’ll be able to make all of these projects! Are you ready? -xo Holly

Credits // Author: Holly Neufeld, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Video: Jeremy Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.