How to Treble Crochet: Easy, Fast, Fun

Treble Crochet Stitch     by Janice Jones     |Published 01-29-2021

The treble crochet or Triple Crochet as it is sometimes called is a very tall stitch that can be used in many different projects.

If you are in the US, the stitch is called Triple or Treble Crochet 

If you are in the UK, the stitch is called the Double Treble (dtr)

If you want to make a quick project, this may be the stitch for you.  Blankets, pillows or anything that requires a fabric made of tall stitches are easy to create and work up fast.

Step by Step Instructions for the Triple or Treble Crochet Stitch

This stitch is very similar to the Double Crochet (dc) stitch but you will be doing an extra yarn over (yo) and you will be adding an addition chain stitch to your turning chain.

Treble Crochet Beginner Tips

This is the next largest stitch after the double crochet and is easy to do.  I recommend that you practice a swatch of Treble crochet before attempting to work it in a pattern.

  • Use a medium size Hook such as a F, G, H (3.75 mm,4.25 mm, 5 mm.) hook. Hook Conversions 
  • Use worsted or bulky yarn (numbers 4 or 5 to make it easy to work and see what you are doing.)
  • Use Lighter colored yarn so you can see your stitches, count your stitches and see what you are doing
  • Save your practice swatches as you may be able to work them into interesting projects down the road.

Difficulty Level for Beginners

Abbreviation: tr - (US)  in UK: Double Treble dtr

Difficulty Level: Easy. This is one of the basic stitches 

Time Required: 5 minutes. This stitch is not difficult to master

Steps to Making the Treble Crochet Stitch

Step One:  Foundation Chain

Let's make a small patch using the treble crochet stitch (tr).  For this practice, I am using a 4.25 MM hook (G/6) and worsted yarn, number 4, medium weight yarn.

Step Two:  1st Row

  1. Wrap the yarn over the hook twice.

  2. Count and skip the first 4 chain stitches;  Insert your hook from the front to the back of the 5th chain stitch.

  3. 3. Yarn over hook two times (YO).

  4. Draw yarn through the chain stitch, YO,  and pull through.  You will have four loops on the hook.

  5. Yarn over the hook again and

  6. Pull through two loops on the hook.  (Three loops on the hook)

  7. Yarn over hook again and

  8. Pull through two loops on the hook and finally

  9. YO and pull through the last two stitches on the hook.

That is one Treble Crochet Stitch.  Continue making treble (triple crochet stitches) into each chain stitch until you reach the end of the row.  Turn your work and chain four. (This chain 4 is called the turning chain).  Most patterns will tell you whether this chain of 4 stitches counts as a stitch.  Most do, but check your pattern.  

You should have six stitches completed for the first row.

Row Two: Treble Crochet Stitch

After making your turning chain of four stitches... (those four chain stitches creates the height of the remainder of treble crochet stitches).  For the purposes of this exercise, the 4 chains count as the first stitch.

  1. Wrap yarn over the hook twice.

  2. Insert your hook into both loops of the second stitch. 

  3. Yarn over hook once.

  4. Draw yarn through the stitch.  You should have 4 loops on the hook.

  5. Yarn over the hook once.

  6. Pull through two loops on the hook.  (Three loops will be on your hook.)

  7. Yarn over hook once.

  8. Pull through two loops on the hook.

  9. Yarn over the hook.

  10. Pull through the last two loops on the hook.

Count Your Stitches

Continue in this manner until you reach the end of the row.  You have now completed the second row of Treble Crochet.  You should have six stitches on each row.  As you work subsequent rows, continue to count your stitches so you know you have the same number on each row.  

If you find you have more than six stitches, you have somehow increased a stitch by working more than one stitch into a chain.  If you have less than six stitches, you've likely missed a chain stitch.

What can a Beginner Do with a Treble Crochet Stitch:  Project Ideas

If you want to make a project rather than just a small square swatch of fabric, there are many options for you.  Here are a couple of ideas with some super simple patterns for using this crochet stitch in your next project.

Make a Pillow Covering

You can use this treble crochet stitch alone or in combination with other beginner stitches to make a throw pillow for your sofa or bed.  Choose colors that coordinate with your décor. 

First measure the pillow you want to cover or alternately, buy a pillow form already made from your local craft store or online.

For a small decorative bed pillow you will need:

Recommended Yarn

Worsted Medium weight yarn, Number 4

Hook:  G6 or 4.25 mm

You will also need a pair of scissors and a yarn needle

Gauge:  13 tr stitches and 5 rows = 4 inches

Abbreviations Used
Chain Stitch (ch)

Triple Crochet (trc)

Yarn Over (yo)

Instructions

This pillow is worked in two colors but if you prefer, you can make it a solid fabric.  You will need to make two pieces, (front and back of the pillow) and then sew/weave the two together.

To Join a new color at the end of the row:  

On the final treble crochet stitch, work through until there is only two loops left on the hook.  Wrap the new color around the hook and then draw it through the last two loops on the hook. 

Turn your work, chain four with the new color.  If you find the ends are slipping, you can knot them loosely and then undo the knot at the very end of your project when you sew/weave the ends

For a 16 by 16 inch pillow,  

Loosely Ch 52.  Turn.

Treble crochet into the 5th stitch from the hook and continue trc in each chain till the end of the row.  Turn.  Chain.

Trc in each stitch to end of row.  Last stitch:  Follow the instructions above for joining a new color at the end of the row.  With new color turn and ch 4.  Continue in this manner until you have made 20 trc rows.  Fasten off.

Make two.  For my project, I made two sides one with blue and white and one with gray and white.  This makes the pillow reversible.

Weave in ends.

Attach two sides together.  There are several ways to create seams in crocheting, either with a hook or a yarn needle.  For the purposes of this easy crochet pattern, I am going to attach the seams using a slip stitch.  See below

How to Make a Slip Stitch Seam

To make a slip stitch seam align the front on a flat surface.  You can pin the two pieces together, but should not be necessary for  this project because you are aligning each based on the colored rows.

  1. Make a slip knot and tighten around your hook.
  2. Insert your hook through the first stitch of each side.  
  3. YO and pull through both layers of fabric and loop on hook.  
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the entire length of three sides.  

Make a Quick Crocket Scarf

A crochet scarf made with treble crochet will work up in no time and provide extra warm or a cozy gift to that special person.  Since the treble crochet stitch is so tall, the scarf can be made during one sitting and can be completed why you binge on your favorite show.

There is two ways to make this scarf - crochet vertically or horizontally.  Either way, get into the habit of counting stitches and checking your gauge.  While gauge is not as important in a scarf pattern, if you develop the habit now, your next garment creation will be that much easier.

Scarf Pattern Using the Treble Crochet Stitch Worked Vertically 

This pattern is for a scarf that is roughly 60 inches long and six inches wide.  Please adjust accordingly if you prefer a longer or shorter scarf.  If you prefer a wider scarf, just work an extra couple of rows.  For scarves that are narrower, work less rows.  

Recommended Yarn

Worsted Medium weight yarn, Number 4

Hook:  G6 or 4.25 mm

Gauge:  13 tr stitches and 5 rows = 4 inches

Abbreviations Used
Chain Stitch (ch)

Triple Crochet (trc)

Yarn Over (yo

Instructions

Loosely ch 240

Row 1:  Work the first trc in the fourth chain from the hook.  Continue to work one trc in each chain until the end of the row.  

Chain four and turn your work.

Repeat row one until you have the desired width of scarf you want.

Last stitch: Leave about a 5 inch tail and clip yarn.  With one loop left on the hook from your last trc, YO as if to make another stitch, but instead, pull the loop through the last loop on hook and pull tight.

Scarf Pattern Using the Treble Crochet Stitch Worked Horizontally

For a scarf that is roughly six inches wide, you will start with a chain of 24 chain stitches.  If you want a scarf that is wider (or narrower) adjust the number of chains you make.

Recommended Yarn

Worsted Medium weight yarn, Number 4

Hook:  G6 or 4.25 mm

Gauge:  13 tr stitches and 5 rows = 4 inches

Abbreviations Used
Chain Stitch (ch)

Triple Crochet (trc)

Yarn Over (yo)

Single Crochet (sc)

Instructions

Ch 24 and turn

Row 1:  Trc in 4th stitch from hook.  Trc in each stitch until the end of the row.  Turn and Ch 4.  The chain counts as one stitch.

Row 2:  Repeat Row one until you have reached the length of scarf you desire.  Crocheted and Knitted Scarves can be different lengths.

Last row:  Work trc to last stitch.  Leave about a 5 inch tail and clip yarn.  With one loop left on the hook from your last trc, YO as if to make another stitch, but instead, pull the loop through the last loop on hook and pull tight.

Optional:  If you'd like a nice neat edge around your scarf, you can single crochet around length of scarf.  Be sure to make you single crochet stitches loosely so as not to pull.  Tightly made single crochet around your trc stitches will cause the edges to pucker.

Attach the yarn with a slip knot and ch 1;  Single crochet (sc) in each trc across the end row till last stitch. 

In last trc, 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc to turn the corner.  Continue down the length of the  scarf, with 1 sc in back loop of each chain stitch that makes up the last trc in the row. 

Ch1, 2 sc and turn. 

SC in each trc across the row. In last trc, 2 sc, ch 1, 2 sc to turn the corner.

Continue down the length of the scarf as before with one 1 sc in back loop of each chain that made up the last treble crochet stitch.  

Last stitch:  2 sc in last treble crochet stitch.  Ch 1, 1 sc and pull ends through to finish off.

Weave loose ends using a yarn needle.


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