The Crochet Basics: How To Make A Double Crochet

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The double crochet is probably the most popular of the basic stitches. It’s longer than the others so your project reaches it’s proper height way quicker. It works wonderfully for just about any project, from blankets to trivets to scarfs. This classic stitch is especially easy to get lost in, once you’re familiar with it, and patterns made with the double crochet stitch are usually considered quick and easy.

The half double is taller than the single crochet, and half double crochet, but is shorter than the treble crochet (also called the triple crochet this is a US term).

There is no special multiple for this stitch, you can use it in any number of chains. You will often see it in patterns written as, DC, or in UK terms, as a treble crochet.

There are many variations that include the double crochet or use it as a base. Such as The Waffle Stitch, The Lemon Peel Stitch , V stitch, The Crochet Wattle Stitch and many, many more.

I enjoy using the double crochet stitch in my projects for it’s speed and ease of use, but I’m also quite fond of its intricate braided look.

So, let’s get into the tutorial!

Supplies

  • Any worsted weight yarn
    • I used Just Active yarn in the color Red
  • I used a J/6. mm hook
  • snips
  • yarn or tapestry needle

Note: You can use any sized yarn and hook for this stitch. this is just my recommendation for following the pictures. Normally a worsted weight yarn would recommend an I/5.5mmm hook, but as a beginner this will make it easier to see your stitches.

Abbreviation

  • Yo = Yarn over
  • St = Stitch
  • Ch = chain
  • Pull through = pull the yarn on your hook through the number of stitches specified
  • <>= total number of stitches in row.

Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial

If you need to Learn How To Crochet A Starting Knot and How To Make The Chain Stitch And The Slip Stitch then you might want to check out those tutorials first and then come back. If you’re a beginner than you might want to take a look at my Glossary of Crochet Terms.

Double crochet ch 21

Foundation row. Ch 21.

Double crochet row 1

Row 1. Yo, work into the third ch from your hook, pull up a loop, Yo,

Row 1. (continued) pull through 2 loops, Yo, pull through the last 2 loops,

row 1 complete double crochet stitch

Row 1. (continued) *Yo, work into the next stitch, pull up a loop, Yo, pull through 2 loops, Yo, pull through the last 2 loops on your hook,* repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. <19>

Tip: I’m not counting this chain 2 as a stitch, but if you’re following a pattern then it should tell you whether or not it counts the chain up as a stitch.

Be sure to take your time with it, count your stitches, and try to keep your gauge/tension even. you’ll get better with practice.

Double crochet row 2

Row 2. Ch 2, turn, be sure work into the st below the ch, *Yo, work into the next stitch, pull up a loop, Yo, pull through 2 loops, Yo, pull through the last 2 loops on your hook,* repeat from * to * until you reach the end of the row. <19>

last stitch of the row dc

Here’s a close up of how the last stitch of the row will look.

rows 3-10. dc tuttorial

Rows 3-10. Repeat round 2.

Cut your yarn and tie off leaving a 4 inch tail.

Weave in your tail.

And that’s it! You could go as long or as wide as you want. Just change the chain length, and you could easily make a lovely scarf using just the Double Crochet. What do you want to make with this stitch? Let me know in the comments!

This swatch would be a great size for a bowl or large mug trivet. I would suggest using cotton yarn for it if you’re going to use it for pots and pans out of the oven though. Acrylic and polyester is plastic and will melt at higher temps so choose a natural fiber for high temp use.

You could also make a bunch of these to sew together later for a blanket, sweater, or scarf.

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