Double Crochet Fun!
Double crochet is my favorite crochet stitch! It’s so much fun! It’s also a larger stitch than single crochet and half double crochet, so it seems like your project is enlarging so fast! Because it’s a larger stitch I think it’s easier to cruise along in a nice rhythm as you work too. However, before learning double crochet, do yourself a favor and learn to chain and single crochet first. Learning those two stitches will make learning double crochet a lot easier for you. To learn how to chain see my post Learn the Chain Stitch! If you need to learn how to single crochet see my post Learn how to single crochet! If you’ve already had some practice with the chain and single crochet stitches, read on!
Supplies You’ll need to double crochet
Use whatever you have handy, but I find the following sizes the most comfortable to learn and practice with. Start with an inexpensive skein of yarn that’s medium weight and a crochet hook that’s easy to handle like an F (3.75 mm) or G (4 mm). In the pictures below I’m using an H (5 mm) hook and a skein of Red Heart Super Saver. I’m right-handed so these instructions illustrate right-handed crochet.
Build your foundation
You’ll need to make some chains to start as a foundation to work your double crochet stitches. I made 18, but you can make as many as you want. Keep your chain stitches loose enough to be able to easily insert the hook.
Lets start double crocheting!
Wrap the yarn over the front of your hook from back to front. Hold the strand with a little tension with your left hand while also holding the chain steady. Insert the hook into the third stitch from the hook. Generally, 3 chains count as one double crochet. Since there’s no room to double crochet in the first chain, the third is used. The first chain 3 is counted as the first double crochet (dc) of your work. This will also keep your work straight and even.
It takes practice to make your tension even and your stitches the same size, but you will be able do it with practice! Just focus on learning the stitches and eventually you’ll determine how loose or tight to make your stitches in order to make nice even rows or rounds depending on what you’re making.
As you’re inserting the hook into the third chain, insert your hook into the chain so that there are two parts of the chain above the hook and only one part of the chain below the hook. If you look closely at the picture above, you can see this. A single chain has 3 strands of yarn, sort of like a braid has 3 sections of hair.
You’re doing great!
Now that the hook is through the chain, pass your yarn over the front of the hook again.
Making sure the crook of the hook is facing toward you and will catch the yarn on its way back through the chain stitch, pull the hook back down toward the chain.
Keeping the yarn under the crook of the hook, pull the yarn through the chain. If you find that it was really hard forcing the hook into the chain and really hard pulling the hook and yarn back through the chain, you’re making your chain stitches too tight. Try making your chain a little looser and see if that makes it easier to pull the hook through.
Now you should have 3 loops on the hook. The original loop, the loop you passed over as your first step before inserting the hook into the chain, and the loop you just pulled through from the other side of the chain. Now you need to work them back off the hook until you have only one loop on the hook.
work the 3 loops off the hook
Pass the yarn over the hook and pull the yarn through the first 2 loops that are on the hook.
Now you will have 2 loops remaining on the hook. The original loop and the loop you just created by pulling the yarn through the first 2 loops.
Pass the yarn over the hook again and pull the yarn through both loops.
You’ve created your first double crochet!
You now should only have one loop on your hook. You have completed one double crochet stitch!
Follow the steps again to continue stitching to the end of your chain row. To start a new row, chain 3 at the end and turn your work.
Begin working in the first double crochet (dc) from hook.
Your second row should have the same number of stitches as your first row. Don’t worry too much about stitch count at this point (although it will be important when you follow pattern instructions), but you should have the same number of stitches on every row. For now just practice making your stitches and keeping them all the same size and tension. Keeping your stitches a uniform size will help keep your projects the desired shape and size.
Happy double crocheting!