How to Crochet for the Absolute Beginner: Double Crochet Stitch

Hi Everyone,

 

Welcome back for another lesson.  We are going to learn the Double Crochet (dc).   Once you learn this last stitch you will be ready to move on to more complex stitches.  Don’t let the word complex scare you.  The majority of crochet stitches are made up of a combination of basic stitches.  So let’s get started with the Double Crochet (dc)

Chain 16 + 3

Step 1)  Insert the hook into the 4th chain from the hook

step 1 dc

Step 2)  Pull up a loop

Step 3)  Yarn over and pull the yarn through the first two loops.  This will leave you with two loop on the hook.

step 3 dc

Step 4)  Yarn over and pull through the two loops on the hook.  You have made your first Double crochet (dc)

step 4dc

Repeat steps 2 through 4 until you get to the end of the chain.  When completed you will have something that looks like this.

step 5 dc

Chain one.  Now I am going to teach you how I do this so that I don’t get a huge gap.  This is NOT the traditional way of doing the turning chain.  The traditional way is to chain 3 and start in the 4th chain from the hook.  The problem with doing it that way is there is a gap that I can’t stand.  It’s a little tricky, but once you get it, you’ll use it all the time.

Step 5)  Make a single crochet in the second chain from the hook

step 7 dc

Step 6)  Insert you hook into the single crochet stitch you just made

step 8 dcStep 7) Yarn over and pull up a loopstep 9 dcStep 8) Yarn over and pull a loop through both loops.  By doing this you have made your first double crochet and no gap.

step 10 dcRepeat steps 2 through 4 until the end of the row.  After you have completed a few rows you will have something that looks like this.

swatch of dcThat’s it.  You have just learned how to do the Double crochet stitch (dc).  Pretty easy, right.  Next I will be posting one more basic stitch tutorial. The next stitch will be the Triple Crochet stitch (trc).

 

See you next time,

Kimberly

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