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.
Follow the written instructions or scroll down to watch a video tutorial.
Before you start, here are some abbreviations you would need to know when following patterns:
Basic Stitch Abbreviations:
Ch = chain St = stitch Sl St = slip stitch SC = single crochet YO = yarn over DC = double crochet HDC = half double crochet
HOW TO DO THE DOUBLE CROCHET STITCH
Chain any amount of chains. (For the purpose of learning and practising this stitch chain around 10)
Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the 3d chain* from the hook.
YO again and pull through the stitch. You will have 3 loops on the hook now.
YO again and pull through the first two loops on the hook. You’ll have two loops on the hook left.
YO and pull through the last two loops on your hook.
This is one Double Crochet stitch.
Continue working DC in every stitch until the end of the chain. Chain two (Ch2)* and turn.
The Ch2 counts as your first DC. Continue with DC from the next stitch until the end of the row.
*Don’t get confused if you see a pattern requiring you to insert your hook into the 4th chain from the hook (or chain 3 in the beginning of a row) There is no right or wrong. Chaining 3 in the beginning of a row will create a taller DC. I’ve tried both ways and found that a taller start of a row (chaining 3) creates a bigger gap between the first and second stitches which I personally don’t like. I’m sharing with you the way I do it and find works best for me but you’re free to experiment and see what works better for you! 🙂