Double Crochet Workshop

Double crochet

Learning double crochet stitch is a step up from single crochet, in more ways than one. Once you master this stitch you'll have many more patterns and stitch combinations open to you.

It is a longer stitch than single crochet, therefore your work will grow faster. That's good, right?

Typically it is recommended that 3 chains should be used at the start of each row to raise the level of working up to the height of the double crochet stitch.

I prefer to use 2 chains - it keeps my edges neater, but you should follow pattern instructions at first until you get used to how your stitches look, then decide if you'd rather have 2 or 3 chains as a start.

Let's work with 3 chains as the height for your stitches in the sample below.

Anyway - let's get on with the instructions. You need to start with chains as a foundation row.

Ok, for example, you need a swatch to be 12 stitches wide. This means you need to...

  • Chain 11 stitches, plus 3 more chains to count as the first stitch of your next row (14 chains total).
  • Yarn over (wrap yarn over top of hook from back to front), push hook into 4th chain from hook (never count loop on hook as a stitch), yarn over, bring hook back through to front (3 loops on hook), yarn over and pull this through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook), yarn over again and pull this through 2 loops (1 loop left on hook) - STITCH COMPLETE!
  • Repeat above instructions for each stitch to the end of your foundation chain, working into every next stitch instead of into 4th chain from hook, (12 stitches worked - including your 3 chains = 1 double crochet).

Great - that's one row done! Good job!

Tip Time

  • The chains at the beginning of the row always bring the level of the row to the height of the stitch being worked. They are often called turning chains.
  • The turning chains are usually counted as one stitch in pattern instructions, ie. 3 turning chains = 1 double crochet stitch.
  • After each row of double crochets, turn over your work, do your turning chains, then work into the next stitch not the stitch immediately below the chains. This would cause you to increase a stitch and your work would flare out rather than having straight edges.

Now you need to practice some more, so here's some pictures to help you out.

Good luck! When you're ready, let's move on to treble crochet.

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