Among the many hundreds of stitches you will learn as you grow in your crocheting experience you will find there are six basic stitches you will need to learn. The essential basic stitches you will want to master first are the Chain stitch and Slip stitch (The Chain Stitch), Single Crochet (Single Crochet), Half Double Crochet (Half double Crochet) and the Double Crochet (Double Crochet). Please review the tutorials I have previously posted on these. We will continue with the last of these stitches in today’s tutorial on the Triple. Some patterns will call this stitch a Treble, while other will call it a Triple, but do not let that confuse you it is worked the same way.
A Triple is the tallest of the basic stitches when compared to the other basic stitches which will cause it to create longer openings between the stitches. When you crochet triple it produces a very loose, lacy looking fabric. It is worked in many projects from doilies to afghans. So it will be a great addition to your already growing knowledge of stitches.
This is when we stop and get some yarn and a hook and learn the last of the basic stitches. Like all the other ones you will want to start with a chain stitch. You can pick any number but I am going to crochet 25 chain stitches.
Triple/Treble Crochet Tutorial (abbreviation Tr)
Step 1: Take the yarn and yarn over your hook twice, (pictured above)
Step 2: Insert hook in the fifth chain from the hook (pictured above) (remember that the chain on the hook does not count)
Note: The first four chain you skipped in the beginning counts as your first Triple crochet.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull up a loop, (pictured above) (This will give you four loops on your hook)
Step 4: Yarn over, pull through two loops. (pictured above) ( this will leave 3 loops on the hook)
Step 5: Yarn over, pull through two loops. (pictured above) ( This will leave 2 loops on the hook)
Step 6: Yarn over, pull through the two remaining loops. (pictured above) (This will leave one loop on the hook)
Congratulations you just crocheted your first triple crochet. Continue working the Triple in each chain until you reach the end of the row. When you are done you should have a row of 22 Triple crotchets. Remember when you are counting that the chain four at the beginning counts as your first Triple.
Step 1: Turn your work and chain four, (pictured above)
Note: The chain is what is known as your turning chain (Tips about Turning Chains). It will count as your first Triple.
Step 2: Work a triple in the second stitch. (pictured above) You will the skip the first one because the chain four counts as your first stitch.
Step 3: Continue working in each stitch until you reach the end.
I have now given you the basic knowledge you will need to master all the essential basic stitches that you will need as your foundation for crochet. From these stitches you can make slight changes and variations to form hundreds of other stitches. So, please take the time to master the five basic stitches of crocheting and once you have become proficient with them, you will have the foundational knowledge to develop your skill and move to the next level in becoming a more accomplished crocheter.
Until next week, keep those hooks flying.