by Janice Jones |Published 01-19-2021
Double crochet is likely the most common if not popular of all crochet stitches. It's easy to make, creates a lovely fabric, and is the most versatile. Just take a look at a crocheted blanket, hat, scarf, or ear warmer, and you'll like to identify the stitch immediately.
Once you've mastered all the basic crochet stitches, including the single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet, and treble crochet, you will be well along in your path to being more than a beginner crocheter. That's when all the fun begins because you will be able to create a multitude of gorgeous projects.
The double crochet is just another step beyond the single crochet stitch, so mastering this stitch is likely to come easy to you. Before we begin with the tutorial, let me mention that I offer these tips to the newbie to make learning go so much faster.
Collect your yarn, a pair of scissors, and a crochet hook. We will be making a swatch of fabric that is approximately 4 ½ inches wide, depending on which size hook you use and how loose or tight you crochet.
If you want to make more than a practice swatch, you could continue making row after row to create a scarf. If you prefer a wider scarf, start with more than the 20 chain stitches I recommended below.
For example, to make a 7 ½ inch wide scarf, you will need to chain 28 and work rows of 25 stitches each.
Step 1: Create a slip knot and make a row of 20 chain stitches.
Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the 4th chain from your hook.
Yarn over, pull up a loop. You will have three loops on your hook.
Step 3: Yarn over, pull through two loops.
Step 4: Yarn over again and pull through the remaining two loops.
That's it! You've just made the double crochet stitch.
Reread the four-step instructions and make your next stitch.
Continue double crocheting in each chain stitch until you reach the end of the row.
If you began with 20 chain stitches, you should end up with 17 double crochet stitches when you reach the row's end.
Why not 20 stitches, you might ask? Recall that you skipped three chain stitches at the beginning of the row. Those three chains count as one double crochet stitch.
At the end of the row, chain three and turn your work, so the reverse side faces you.
You've created your first row of stitches, chained three, and turned your work. It's now time to start row two.
Yarn over, insert your hook under both loops of the first stitch but not the three chains or the turning chain base. This can be tricky. See photograph.
Yarn over, pull up a loop. You'll have three loops on your hook. Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Yarn over, pull through the last two loops.
Continue making double crochet stitches in each stitch across the row. Your last stitch of the row will be the top of that turning chain you made. It may be a bit awkward to find.
When I first started to crochet, I started my first stitch at the three chains' base, which created an extra stitch in each row. So hopefully, you won't make that same mistake.
Count your stitches at the end of each row to make sure you're on track. Do you still have 17 stitches?
Here's an easy way to count double crochet stitches. Rather than looking for little v-shapes at the top of the stitch, count stitches as if they were posts. The posts of the double crochet stitch are much easier to see than those of the single crochet.
Rows of double crochet stitches are also easy to see especially if you count your rows on the right side of the fabric.
I thought you'd never ask. There are so many projects you can begin right now even if you don't even know how to read a crochet pattern.
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