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Learn How to Double Crochet
Ready to learn a little more crochet? This easy guide will show you exactly how to do a double crochet stitch.
Double crochet is one of the essential basic crochet stitches. While you could crochet plenty of projects without it, the double crochet is a foundational crochet stitch that most people learn almost as soon as they begin crocheting.
Learning how to double crochet is important if you want to work most crochet patterns. You can use double crochet stitch on its own in rows and in the round. It's also useful for creating very common crochet stitch patterns including the classic granny square and the popular v-stitch.
Work through this tutorial a few times to practice, and soon you'll be double crocheting like a pro!
Note: This tutorial uses US terms. If you're following a pattern from the UK, this is called triple or treble crochet.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Wrap the Yarn Over the Crochet Hook
Most patterns tell you how to start a row with a turning chain, which you see here under the hook. You can read more about that later in this tutorial.
With one stitch on the hook, wrap the yarn over your crochet hook.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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Insert Your Hook Where The Stitch Will Go
Insert your crochet hook into the stitch or space desired. If you're starting with a foundation chain, skip the three chains closest to the hook and insert the hook in the fourth chain.
Next, wrap the yarn over the crochet hook so that the hook part can grab the yarn.
As you wrap the yarn over, it's like wrapping the yarn over before you inserted the hook. The difference is that there's more yarn on your hook at this point so it's a little more difficult to maneuver. You'll soon get the hang of the motion.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Pull the Loop Through
Pull the hooked yarn loop through the point where you inserted the hook.
You should now have three loops on the hook.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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Yarn Over and Draw the Yarn Through Again
Wrap the yarn over your hook again, then draw it through the two loops closest to the end of the hook.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Draw the Yarn Through the Last Two Loops
You should now have two loops on the hook.
Wrap the yarn over the hook again and draw it through the remaining loops on the hook.Continue to 7 of 8 below.
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Get Ready to Make Another Double Crochet
With one loop left on the hook, the double crochet is complete. As you practice this stitch, you should start to notice a rhythm to the stitch. In fact, the steps almost blend together so that hooking the yarn over and pulling it through the loops become a single motion: Yarn over and insert, yarn over and draw through, yarn over and draw through.
What you see in the photo above is a turning chain, which counts as a double crochet at the beginning of a row, with the first double crochet next to it.
Each pattern you work should have instructions for what size turning chain to make. Typically, however, you should chain 3 at the start of a row. These three chain stitches create about the same height as a double crochet.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Keep Practicing Your Double Crochet
The more you practice this stitch, the easier it gets. Your stitches should look even and work up faster. Try making a little swatch for practice and to see how it works up!
The best way to practice the double crochet stitch is by working a straight row of double crochet stitches. Insert the crochet hook below the two loops beneath the stitch in which you are working.
If you're making a granny square or another pattern that uses spaces, insert your hook into the space below the stitch you are working instead of working into the loops. It is a good idea to practice first working in traditional rows and then learning how to work into spaces.
When you work patterns in the future, keep in mind that the pattern might call for you to work a double crochet stitch into a space or into a different stitch. There are many possible double crochet variations, but the basics of the stitch are always the same. What you learn when working in rows will help you throughout all double crochet projects.
Updated by Mollie Johanson