Basic crochet stitches include single crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet. They are among the first stitches we learn when beginning to crochet, and they are featured in most crochet patterns. But did you know that you can keep going taller and taller than treble crochet using the same basic techniques?
The US double treble crochet stitch (also called double triple) is another basic stitch, the next step up in height from the treble crochet stitch. The abbreviation for this crochet stitch is DTR. You use it when a long stitch is needed within a crochet design, allowing you to add interesting detail to a project. You can also use it when you want to work up a project quickly. Tall stitches have unique features, but they are created in the same way as the other basic stitches, so if you know how to crochet a double or treble crochet stitch, you'll find it easy to make the double treble stitch, too.
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Yarn Over 3 Times
When you are ready to crochet a double treble crochet stitch, the first step is to yarn over the hook three times. Consider for a moment the other basic crochet stitches. When you make a double crochet stitch, you yarn over once. When you make a treble crochet stitch, you yarn over twice. You are making the double treble, which is the next tallest stitch, so it's only natural that you will yarn over three times.
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Insert the hook into the next stitch where you want to create the DTR. This is exactly what you would do to create a double crochet stitch or a treble crochet. You aren't doing anything new here - just making the stitch taller with that extra "yarn over" from step one.
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Yarn Over, Draw Through
Loop the yarn over the hook and draw through two of the loops on your hook; there are now four loops remaining on the hook. You are just repeating step three here with fewer loops left on the hook each time.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Complete Double Treble Crochet Stitch
The seven steps above complete one double treble crochet stitch (DTR). Repeat steps one through seven across a row for an entire row of this tall stitch. You will see that you get great stitch detail on a stitch of this height.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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3 Tips for Working Double Treble Crochet Stitches
Consider these tips when working this stitch:
- At the end of a row of treble crochet, you would chain 5 to turn.
- The double treble is often used 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.
- The double treble is also often used when crocheting a front post or back post stitch around the post of a stitch several rows below.