Lesson

Chapter 7: The Double Crochet

Overview

Let’s double it up. The double crochet (dc) is half a step more than the half-double crochet (hdc) and about double the size of a single crochet… wait.. is that why.. they’re named… Hmm..

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What you'll learn

01

The Double Crochet

What you'll need

Cotton Yarn

Any color

Crochet Hook

Size G6 / 4.00mm

Abbreviations

ch

Chain

st

Stitch

yo

Yarn Over

sc

Single Crochet

hdc

Half-Double Crochet

dc

Double Crochet

The Lesson

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01

The Double Crochet

The double crochet is another great way to get variation and it gives even more height to the stitch. It’s also is pretty fast to do, and because it’s so tall, you’ll feel like you’re getting the project made faster, making it a favorite for scarves and blankets!

The main downside is it will leave some holes in your piece due to how tall it is. Because of that, I don’t really use it for things like hats and amigurumi. Although, I do sometimes use double crochet stitches in a Rnd on a beanie to give it a kind add some extra design.

Here’s how a double crochet is made, the first three steps are the exact same as the half-double crochet.

Step 1

Start off by yarning over (yo)

Step 2

Insert your hook in the next stitch

Step 3

Yo and pull that loop through the stitch

Step 4

Yo again, and pull that loop through only 2 loops (not all three like the hdc)

Step 5

Finally yarn over again and pull that through the last two loops on the hook

For double crochet stitches (dcs), you’ll need to add 3 chs before the beginning of Rows (in the flat) kinda like with the hdc.

This also means that before measuring how many chs you’ll need before starting, you have to account for those 3 chs, so +3 to all beginning chs and ch 3 after turning when working in the flat.

Easy as that. Now you know how to make the double crochet! You know the 3 main stitches in crochet! And mostly all other stitches just use the techniques that you do in these 3 stitches, so you can learn almost any crochet stitch with these techniques now too!

Continue to Project 6...

Gonna be honest, not a big fan of the name. Not all us hookers are grannies, but Granny squares are kinda fun to make and a great way to practice your double crochet stitches. We’ll also learn a new form of working in the Rnd called “Joining in the Rnd”.

Continue to Chapter 8...

So you’re making a hat and your ball of yarn is just about out, but you still have 4 more rounds to go! Or maybe you want to add a bit more detail to your amigurumi; whatever the reason is, eventually you’ll need to change to a different strand of yarn in crocheting. Learning how to change yarn in the middle of a round is a vital skill to know and here’s how you do it.

Comments

  1. Mary Miller

    This works up quickly, let’s you see you made some progress. I often have beginners make a washcloth using this, because at first you are nervous, not wanting to goof up, and want to make something, this works up fairly quickly and gives the person a boost of confidence that they can makes things