Double Crochet – US Stitch

In the video tutorial below you will learn how to make a slip knot, foundation chain, crochet turning chain, U.S. double crochet stitch along the 1st and 2nd rows.

Double Crochet Abbreviation in U.S. Patterns: dc

UK Equivalent Stitch: Treble (tr)

Double Crochet - US StitchOf all the basic crochet stitches the double crochet stitch is the most commonly used. It creates a softer fabric that is more of an open stitch than it’s tighter brother stitches, the single and half double crochet.

You can create afghan blankets, sweaters, pillow covers, socks, booties, pants, jackets, scarves, mittens, beanies, granny squares and shawls.

The double crochet stitch really is the all-rounder stitch. I think it is because it does create that softer fabric and it is a longer stitch that takes less time to finish a project. It is the perfect stitch to whip up something quickly.

You will come to love the double crochet stitch and it will become your most reliable friend in crochet; especially as a beginner.

For Visual Learners crochet along with me in the Double Crochet – US Stitch Video Tutorial.

To crochet a Double Crochet Stitch use the following instructions:

After having made a foundation chain, let’s start the 1st row,

  • Wrap the yarn over the hook
  • Insert the hook into the top loop of the 4th chain from the hook
  • Wrap the yarn over the hook
  • Draw the yarn through the chain stitch; leaving 3 loops on the hook
  • Wrap the yarn over the hook
  • Draw the yarn through the first 2 loops on the hook; leaving 2 loops on the hook
  • Wrap the yarn over the hook
  • Draw the yarn through the 2 loops on the hook; leaving 1 loop on the hook

You’ve completed a double crochet stitch.

To continue on making double crochet stitches into the remaining chain stitches of the foundation chain, repeat from Steps 1 to 8, except Step 2 will now change to ‘Place the hook into the top loop of the next chain stitch.’

Once you’ve completed the above, it’s time to start on the 2nd row,

  1. Turn your work
  2. Make 3 chain stitches (this counts as 1 double crochet stitch)
  3. Wrap the yarn over the hook
  4. Insert your hook from front to back into both loops of the 2nd stitch from the hook
  5. Wrap the yarn over the hook
  6. Draw the yarn through both loops of the stitch
  7. Wrap the yarn over the hook
  8. Draw the yarn through 2 loops on the hook
  9. Wrap the yarn over the hook
  10. Draw through 2 loops on the hook

You’ve completed the first double crochet stitch on the 2nd row.

Continue the steps from 3 – 10 to finish the row of double crochet stitches, except the 4th step will change to ‘Insert your hook from front to back into both loops of the next stitch’.

When making the last double crochet stitch at the end of the row, make it into the top of the previous turning chain (this is the 3rd chain stitch of the turning chain). This is because when crocheting a double crochet stitch the 3 chain stitches (which is the turning chain) is counted as a stitch therefore it is crocheted into.

Repeat Row 2 for all following rows to create a fabric made of double crochet stitches.
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All the best,

Paula Daniele

 

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About Paula

I'm the Crochet Designer, Teacher & Video Producer of Crochet Hooks You.

I taught myself how to crochet when I was a young girl and quickly picked up how to crochet the granny square and got hooked. Read More.

Comments

  1. CathyR says:

    Thrilled to have found you! I love your directions “wrap your yarn around your hook” is now going through my every thought! I can do this, can’t wait to have finished scarf!! Thank you!

    • Paula says:

      I’m thrilled you found me too! I’m so happy you love my directions. You keep on ‘wrapping that yarn around your hook’ and you’ll have that scarf done in no time! All the best, Paula

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