How to Crochet a Double Treble Stitch (DTR)

The next step taller than triple crochet stitch

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Basic crochet stitches include single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. They're among the first stitches beginners learn, and they're found in most crochet patterns. The US double treble crochet stitch (also called double triple and abbreviated as DTR) is another basic stitch that's the next step up in height from the treble crochet stitch.

Tall stitches have unique features, but they're created in the same way as the other basic stitches. So if you know how to crochet a double or treble crochet stitch, the double treble stitch simply requires a few extra steps.

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    Yarn Over 3 Times

    How to Double Treble Crochet
    Kathryn Vercillo

    When you're ready to crochet a double treble crochet stitch, the first step is to yarn over the hook three times. This makes sense when you consider the other basic crochet stitches. For example, when you make a double crochet stitch, you yarn over once. When you make a treble crochet stitch, you yarn over twice. Since the double treble is the next tallest stitch, it's only natural that you will yarn over three times. 

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    Insert Hook

    How to DTR: Step Two
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    Insert the hook into the next stitch where you want to create the double treble crochet stitch. This is exactly what you would do to create a double crochet stitch or a treble crochet, you're just making the stitch taller with that extra "yarn over" from step one.

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    Yarn Over, Draw Through

    How to DTR: Step Three
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    Yarn over the hook and draw yarn through the stitch—there are now five loops on the hook.

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    Yarn Over, Draw Through

    DTR Crochet: Step Four
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    Loop the yarn over the hook and draw through two of the loops on your hook—leaving four loops on the hook. Essentially you are repeating step three with fewer loops left on the hook each time.

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    Yarn Over, Draw Through

    How to DTR Crochet: Step Five
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    Yarn over the hook and draw through two loops—there are now three loops remaining on the hook.

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    Keep Repeating Pattern

    How to DTR: Step Six
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    Keep repeating this pattern. Yarn over the crochet hook and draw through two loops—two loops will be left on the hook.

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    Continue Through the Last Two Loops

    How to DTR: Step Seven
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Again, loop the yarn over the hook and draw through the last two loops on the hook—only one loop will remain, just like at the end of any other basic crochet stitch.

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    Complete Double Treble Crochet Stitch

    How to Crochet Double Treble Stitches
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    The seven steps above complete one double treble crochet stitch. Repeat steps one through seven to create an entire row. You will see that you can see great stitch detail with a stitch of this height.

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    3 Tips for Working Double Treble Crochet Stitches

    Double Treble Crochet
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Consider these tips when working this stitch:

    1. At the end of a row of treble crochet, you can chain five to turn.
    2. You can use the double treble when crocheting in the remaining loop (the loop made when a stitch is done in the back loop only) of a stitch several rows below.
    3. The double treble is also often used when crocheting a front or back post stitch around the post of another stitch several rows below. 

The double treble crochet stitch is very versatile, and mastering this technique will give you access to more intricate patterns. If you're creating a design, you can use this stitch when a long chain is needed. You can also use it to make a project that will crochet quickly, or when you want larger breaks in the weave.