Learn how to double crochet in this crochet lesson #13.
The double crochet stitch ranks as the second most popular crochet stitch and is characterized by its height - twice that of a single crochet stitch. This particular technique creates a looser fabric compared to other stitches, yet remains sturdy enough for a diverse array of projects, including blankets, sweaters, and scarves.
In addition to its versatility, mastering the double crochet stitch can enhance any crocheter's skill set and widen their creative possibilities.
Double Crochet Abbreviation
The double crochet is abbreviated (dc).
Note: If you see the abbreviation (dc) in a crochet pattern, you will know this means to double crochet into the following or designated stitch.
To Make the First Row of Double Crochet Stitches:
Reminder: An actual crochet pattern will show - Foundation Chain: (ch 20).
Step #1: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #2: Insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook.
Step #3: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #4: Draw up a loop.
Reminder: To "draw up a loop" means to pull the "yarn over" back through the chain.
Step #5: There will now be three loops on your hook.
Step #6: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #7: Draw through (the first) two loops on your hook.
Step #8: There will now be two loops on your hook.
Step #9: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #10: Draw through (the last) two loops on your hook.
Step #11: The first double crochet stitch (dc) is now complete.
To Finish the First Double Crochet Row:
How to Count Double Crochet Stitches
Unlike the single and half double crochet, the double crochet stitch is tall enough to identify each stitch made on a row. Therefore, you can use the “post” or body of this stitch as a guide for counting.
Note: The chain three (ch 3) turning chain for a double crochet stitch is long and will take the place of a double crochet stitch. Therefore, chain three (ch 3) is counted as a double crochet stitch.
What is the Post on a Crochet Stitch?
The post on a crochet stitch makes up the height or body of a stitch. In other words, the post is in the very middle of a stitch. The post will vary in height depending on the crochet stitch you make.
Learn how to make the second and following rows of the double crochet stitch:
Note: This chain three is the turning chain, and it will bring the following double crochet stitches up to the correct height.
Step #1: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #2: Skip the first stitch directly below the turning chain.
Warning: Do not work a double crochet stitch into the first stitch directly below the turning chain (the turning chain takes the place of this stitch). If you do this, you will add an extra stitch in your row and continue to add an extra stitch in each of the rows that follow.
Step #3: Insert your hook into the next stitch.
Step #4: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #5: Draw up a loop (pull the yarn through the stitch).
Step #6: There will now be three loops on your hook.
Step #7: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #8: Draw through (the first) two loops on your hook.
Tip: If your crochet stitches look uneven or sloppy, it could be because you are either adding or skipping stitches. Remember to count your stitches at the end of each row to ensure you stay on track.
Step #9: There will now be two loops on your hook.
Step #10: Yarn over the hook (yo).
Step #11: Draw through (the last) two loops on your hook.
Step #12: The double crochet stitch (dc) is now complete.
To Finish the Second and Following Double Crochet Rows:
Place a Stitch Into the Turning Chain
To complete a row of double crochet stitches, work a double crochet stitch into the top of the chain three (ch 3) turning chain. Remember, the chain three counts as a stitch, so you must crochet into it to get the correct number of stitches for the row.
More information: Learn how to master the art of the double crochet stitch. Dummies has you covered with details on crafting the initial row of your project, just in case you need a refresher.
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