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.

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  • I used to love crocheting! gotta start up again, now that it’s cozy season!

    rae of love from berlin

  • I started crocheting when I worked at a call centre. It was a horribly soul-crushing job because of the obvious cubicle, headset reasons, but it was pretty cute too sometimes.

    If you visited the centre, you’d walk through the maze of grey cubicles, hearing the repetitive drone of, “Thank you for calling X, can I please ask you to confirm your file number?” and see pops of colourful yarn and embroidery floss.
    We sat in pods of three cubicles, facing backwards to each other – and each pod had an unspoken rule about scissor borrowing or tying in (my friend Danielle was the tying-in expert, while I was a great colour chooser).

    While I worked there (12 years ago), I crocheted a blanket for my daughter’s bed that she still sleeps with every night, countless christmas stockings, about a zillion blanket-snugglies and at least a hundred scarves.


    Now – gimme the pattern for that pouf! 😉


  • Thank you so much for the video! I need to try crocheting again this winter. Yay scarves!

  • I know, I thought I remember a diy on ABM but after searching I came up empty 🙁 Hopefully it will be soon!!

  • Μy mother taught me how to crochet when I was 10 years old (now I’m a quite bit older than that 🙂 I had stopped crochetting for many years but I started doing it again some 4 years ago! It’s like the bicycle. You never forget it! And now I’ve fallen in love with that white blanket with the black cross. Looking forward to a pattern! Thank you!

  • I always feel granny-ish for admitting this, but I adore crocheting. It’s really one of my favorite pastimes during the autumn and fall months. I’m looking for the perfect pattern to create an infinity scarf this season. Any suggestions?

    – Amanda | The Chic Counsel

  • I’ve always wanted to learn how to crochet or knit … this is the perfect chance to start!

  • Aw, cute stuff! I used to knit a little, but maybe I’ll get more into it. Fun post.

  • My grandma taught me how to crochet years ago! I should really give it a try again :).


  • I learnt crochet a few years ago and it is one of my favorite hobbies ! I’m sure your patterns are great, maybe I’ll try one of these as a gift for Christmas…

  • I love crocheting!!! Are you guys going to be doing a “crochet-along” after this series?! I’d love to join in!

  • I am so ready to make those comfy-lookin’ ball seats (haha, the proper name escapes me)! I remember spying them a sneak-peek post about this crochet series I was all “YUS!”

  • I’m loving this series and am glad I can share it with my two best friends. Happy Wednesday 🙂

  • these are adorable! I am pretty much loving crochet and knitted everything right now! definitely saving to master this skill for later!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

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