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The double crochet is one of the more popular stitches in crocheting. It is possible for you to crochet many projects and never learn the double crochet, but there are many more you could not do.

The double crochet is a taller stitch then the single crochet and half double crochet that I did tutorial’s on earlier this year. If you have not mastered these stitches now is a great time to learn them.

Not only is it the next stitch people usually learn after the half crochet it is also one of the basic foundational stitches every student should want to learn when learning the basic’s of crocheting. The essential basic stitches you will want to master and that I have already done tutorial’s on are the Chain stitch and Slip stitch (The Chain Stitch), Single Crochet (Single Crochet), Half Double Crochet (Half Double Crochet). This will leave two for future tutorials; the Triple (Treble) crochet that I will have for you in two weeks, and today’s on the Double crochet.

It should only take around five minutes to learn this stitch (providing I’m clear) so lets get out our yarn and hook and add the double crochet to your already growing list of stitches.

Double Crochet Tutorial (abbreviation dc)

Lets start by crocheting 27 chains (link for The Chain Stitch if you need a refresher)

Row 1:

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Step 1: yarn over, insert hook in the 4th chain from the hook. (pictured above)

Note: Remember that the chain on your hook does not count as a chain.

Note: The first three chains that you skipped count as your first double crochet.

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Step 2: Yarn over and pull a loop. There should be three loops on your hook. (pictured above)

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Step 3: Yarn over and draw through 2 loops, twice. This should leave one
loop on your hook. (pictured above)

Gratulations, you have just completed your first double crochet.

Countiue working double crochet across and you should end with 25 double crochet with you reach the end.

Note:  Remember that the chain three counts as your first double crochet.  This will give a chain 3 and 24

double crochet’s, for a total of 25 stitches.

Row 2:

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Step 1: At the end of the row chain three, then turn your work. This is what is known as a turing chain. (Tips about Turning Chains). Remember that the chain 3 counts as a double crochet.  (pictured above)

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Step 2: Work the first double crochet in the second stitch. (pictured above)

Note: Because the chain 3 counts as a double crochet you leave the first stitch unworked.

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Step 3. Continue woking double crochet across. (You should have 25 double crochets) (pictured above)

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Note: Because the chain three counts as your first stitch of row 1, it will be the last stitch you crochet into row 2. You will insert your hook into the top of the chain 3 and work a double crochet.  (pictured above)

For anyone who would like to see this stitch in action, I have included a video. (Double Crochet)

Next week I will be doing a tutorial on a variation of this stitch, the front and back post double crochet. So use this week to master the double crochet so that you will be ready to create a whole new stitch with the double crochet next week.

Until next week, keep those hooks flying.