The double crochet (US) / treble crochet (UK) is based on the single crochet (US) / double crochet (UK), but is actually not the next stitch in the family – there’s one inbetween these 2 stitches and I’ll get to that in another post…
But as we know, the crochet world is divided into US terminology and UK terminology. If you’re reading a US pattern, you’ll be looking for ‘dc‘ as the abbreviation for ‘double crochet‘. OR if you’re reading a UK pattern, you’ll be looking for ‘tr‘ as the abbreviation for ‘treble crochet‘. They are exactly the same stitch, just different names…
This is the stitch I was talking about in my last post as the double crochet in UK terms (which is a single crochet in US terms) can be easily confused with the double crochet in US terms (which is a treble crochet in UK terms) if you don’t know whether the pattern is US-based or UK-based!!
Is your head spinning yet? Mine was when I first came across these differences – but I was learning on my own so I had no idea what was going on, which is why I want to help you with stuff like this so you hopefully don’t hit the same road blocks as I did.
I’ve even written a whole post on understanding the difference between US and UK terms, and how to go ahead with your crochet project no matter which terms you’re reading in a pattern. But I won’t be posting that for a few weeks. First I believe we need to get past the basics of actually creating these stitches as the steps don’t change no matter what anyone calls each stitch; and it will help you to understand what I’m talking about when I finally come to post that little nugget of info…
**I like to use US terminology, so from here on in I’ll be referring to this stitch as the ‘double crochet’**
The double crochet is essentially 2 single crochets created together in the one stitch – making it about twice as tall as a single crochet. It’s quite an open stitch, but definitely not the biggest there is. This stitch is super popular when it comes to crocheting blankets, scarves, shawls, clothes, beanies… Anything you want to be soft and flexible.
The height of the double crochet stitch is considered to be equal to 3 chains. This means that if you’re crocheting into a chain, you usually need to skip 3 chains and crochet into the fourth chain from you hook; OR if you’re crocheting from the beginning of a row of stitches, you usually need to add 3 chains and crochet into the next V that you can see along the top of your crochet as the chain-3 is often included as a make-shift double crochet (but the pattern will specify this).
Add 3 chain at the beginning of a row of double crochet (US) / treble crochet (UK)
Insert your hook into the *next* stitch (i.e. V) in the row
To create the double crochet stitch, just follow these simple steps:
1. ‘Yarn over’ by wrapping the yarn under and around the hook, and hook the yarn
2. Insert your hook into the stitch (i.e. under both loops of the V)
3. ‘Yarn over’ and pull the yarn back through the stitch (i.e. under both loops of the V) – you will now have 3 loops on your hook
4. ‘Yarn over’ again and pull the yarn through 2 of the loops on the hook – you will now have 2 loops on your hook
5. ‘Yarn over’ again and pull the yarn through both loops on the hook
Nice work! You’ve just created your double crochet stitch!
BUT the last double crochet in the row can be a tricky one:
Many beginners think they’ve gotten to the end of the row of double crochet stitches when they’re actually missing the last stitch. This can cause the sides of you work to be uneven and you’ll soon notice that the number of stitches per row is decreasing…!
This is because they often miss the ‘chain 3’ that counts as a double crochet in the previous row, but isn’t as obvious as standard double crochet stitches and so can be hard to see…
In each of these how-to stitch posts I’m going to reiterate this point as it took me ages to figure out on my own: when you look at the top of your work you’ll notice a line of V’s. Each of these V’s is a stitch. Simples!
And with the double crochet, counting the rows is not much harder than that.
In this case, we’re specifically talking about working ‘in rows’ – which means that you’re turning your work at the end of each row (because you eventually run out of stitches to work into).
When you look at your crochet piece, you will notice distinct horizontal lines of yarn with slightly offset columns of yarn sitting vertically off them. Each little vertical section of a column is an individual stitch, so you can easily count each one that sits in one of these slightly offset columns from the bottom to the top of your work as each one indicates a row.
And of course you do the same from one side to the other along one row to count how many stitches are in that row.
Have you tried the double crochet (US) / treble crochet (UK) yet? How did you go? Do you have any tips to share around crocheting this stitch or counting them? Happy crocheting!