Crochet Tutorials

Double Crochet Stitch Instructions

Double Crochet stitch (DC) is another basic stitch that you will encounter in many crochet patterns. It is a taller stitch with visible gaps between the stitches.

double crochet example

Follow the written instructions below or scroll down to watch a video tutorial.

Before we start, here are some useful abbreviations:

Ch = chain

YO = yarn over

St = stitch

DC = double crochet


  1. Chain any amount of chains. For the purpose of learning and practising this stitch let’s chain 10. (If you are an absolute beginner, you can learn how to make a foundation chain and the first basic stitch Single Crochet in this post here)
foundation chain

2. Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the 3d chain from your hook. 

yarn over and insert hook into the third chain

3. YO again and pull through the stitch. You will have 3 loops on your hook now.

yarn over
three loops on hook

4. YO again and pull through the first two loops on the hook. You’ll have two loops on the hook left.

yarn over
pull through 2 loops

5. YO and pull through the last two loops on your hook. 

yarn over
one double crochet

This is one Double Crochet (DC) stitch.

Continue working double crochets in every stitch until the end of the chain.  

double crochet one row

Chain two (Ch2)* and turn.

start second row double crochet

The Ch2 counts as your first DC. Continue with DC from the next stitch until the end of the row. 

second row

The last DC goes into the top loop of turning chain.

two rows of double crochets

You should have the same amount of stitches in every row. In this case, it’s 9 stitches. (Ch 2 plus 8 DC stitches)

Double Crochet Stitch Video Demonstration

Note: Don’t get confused if you see a pattern requiring you to chain 3 in the beginning of a row. Chaining 3 in the beginning of a row will create a taller stitch and therefore create a bigger gap between the first and second stitches. It will depend on the pattern you’re following. Feel free to experiment and see what works better for you! 🙂

What’s next

Here are some easy patterns where you can practise double and single crochets:

Crochet Market Bag

Crochet Waffle Stitch Washcloth

Double Waffle Crochet Baby Blanket

Crochet Men’s Scarf Cool Ombre

Or take a look at the next stitch tutorial How to Half Double Crochet.

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2 replies on “Double Crochet Stitch Instructions”

Hayley Driscollsays:

A very therapeutic teaching video. Thank you for being so thorough & precise. Next I’m going to share you with my friends who are attending an MS Knit & Natter through Zoom.
Smiles Hayley x

Hi Hayley, thank you so much for your feedback! Really appreciate it and glad you liked it! 🙂 XX

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