Learn to double treble crochet!

A row of double treble crochet stitches

The double treble crochet stitch is such a nice long stitch that you can use a row of it (or rows) for a nice wide base and weave some ribbon through it or a string of beads or whatever else you like. Also, it’s easy! If you already know how to treble crochet, double treble crochet is a piece of cake! But if you’ve never tried treble crochet, you can learn how out here. Much like the previous stitches we’ve learned: single crochet, half double crochet, double crochet and treble crochet, double treble crochet is all about working off 2 loops at a time.

Supplies you’ll need

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.

Begin with a foundation

You’ll need to make some chains to start as a foundation to work your treble crochet stitches. It doesn’t matter how many so you can make as many as you want. Make your chain loose enough to be able to easily insert your hook into each stitch.

A row of chain stitches
Start with a row of chain stitches

Let’s double treble crochet!

Pass your yarn over your hook 3 times from back to front.

Yarn over hook
Holding your chain steady, yarn over hook 3 times

Now insert your hook into the sixth chain from your hook. These 5 chains that you’re skipping will count as the first double treble crochet of this row. Make sure you’re inserting your hook into the chain so that 2 strands of the chain stitch are above the hook and the third strand is below the hook. If it’s hard to get your hook through the chain, your chain stitches might be too tight. You may need to make a looser chain.

Insert hook into 6th chain
Insert hook into 6th chain from hook

Pass your yarn over your hook.

Yarn over hook
Yarn over hook

Keeping the yarn under the crook of the hook, pull the yarn and hook back down through the chain stitch. It may help you get the hook back through the chain while keeping all those loops on your hook by slightly pulling your chain away from the hook with your left thumb and forefinger. Keeping a fair tautness on the chain can keep all that yarn wrapped on your hook from slipping.

Pull the hook back through the chain
Catching the yarn under the hook, pull it back through the chain

You will now have 5 luscious loops on your hook.

5 loops on hook
5 loops on hook

Now we work off those loops!

Wrap the yarn over your hook.

Yarn over hook. 5 loops on hook
Yarn over hook

Continue to maintain a taut grip on the chain, pull the hook through the first 2 loops on your hook.

Pull hook through first 2 loops
Pull the hook through the first 2 loops on the hook

You will now have 4 loops on your hook.

4 loops on the hook
There is now 4 loops on the hook

Yarn over your hook again.

Yarn over hook again
Yarn over hook again

Pull the hook down through the first 2 loops on your hook. Now you should have 3 loops left on your hook.

3 loops on hook
3 loops on hook

Wrap the yarn over your hook again.

Yarn over hook with 3 loops on hook
Yarn over hook

Pull that hook/yarn combo through the first 2 loops on your hook. Now you should have 2 loops left on your hook.

2 loops left on hook
2 loops are left on the hook

You’re almost there!

Put the yarn over your hook once more.

Yarn over hook
Yarn over hook

Pull the hook through the last 2 loops on the hook! You did it! You should now only have one loop on your hook and one great big double treble crochet stitch made!

One double treble crochet stitch
Your first double treble crochet stitch made!

Repeat until you work all of your chains.

If you want to make a new row, chain 5 at the end of the first row, turn your work  and begin working into the first stitch. There’s no need to skip any stitches on this row. This is only done on the first row unless directed otherwise. Your stitch count should be the same for each row. Remember to count your chain 4 as a stitch.

2 rows of double treble crochet
2 rows of double treble crochet

Happy double treble crocheting!