The triple crochet stitch abbreviated (tr), is also called the treble crochet stitch. The term triple is commonly used in the United States, but if you hear the word treble you will now understand its meaning.
The triple crochet is great stitch that is commonly used for a more relaxed crochet project. The reason for this is because it produces a more loose, see-through type effect. I personally love using the triple crochet for weaving ribbon in and out of its stitches... but I have also seen it used for loose sweaters, shawls, and scarves.
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I always demonstrate the first two rows of every stitch in my crochet lesson series. This way you will understand the difference between crocheting into the foundation chain and crocheting into the row.
Triple/Treble Crochet - First Row
Foundation Chain: To learn this stitch start by chaining 15, (ch 15).
Step 1: Yarn over the hook 2 times, (yo twice).
Step 2: Place your hook into the 5th chain from your hook.
Tip: When placing the triple/treble crochet stitch into the foundation chain, you will always want to place this stitch into the 5th chain from your hook.
Another Tip: Always enter your hook into the top loop of the chain unless the pattern you are following requires something different.
Step 3: Yarn over the hook, (yo).
Step 4: Pull or draw the yarn only through the chain you just entered. There will now be 4 loops on your hook.
Step 5: Yarn over the hook, (yo).
Step 6: Only pull the yarn through the first 2 loops on your hook. There will now be 3 loops on your hook.
Step 7: Yarn over the hook, (yo).
Step 8: Only pull the yarn through the next 2 loops on your hook.
There should now be 2 loops on your hook.
Step 9: Yarn over the hook, (yo).
Step 10: Pull the yarn through the last 2 loops on your hook.
Good job... you have now completed your first triple crochet! Now Finish placing this stitch into the foundation chain and then move on to the second row.
Triple/Treble Crochet - Second Row
Step 1: Chain 4, and turn your work around, (ch 4).
Tip: When triple crocheting you will always want to chain 4 when moving up a row. Remember the chain 4 counts as your first triple crochet stitch, and is also called the turning chain.
Step 2: Yarn over the hook 2 times, (yo twice).
Step 3: Place the hook into the second stitch. Remember you already have your first stitch because you chained 4.
Tip: The stitch that you will be working in is made up of two strands of yarn. The stitch looks like the letter 'V'... V = Stitch.
Step 4: Yarn over the hook, (yo).
Step 5: Pull or draw the yarn through the stitch. There will now be 4 loops on your hook.
Repeat steps 5 through 10 from the first row.
Tip: Remember that on the second row and all of the rows that follow you will be crocheting into the stitch rather than the foundation chain.