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The Double Crochet Stitch!!
As you can see above, the Double Crochet stitch is the next tallest of the basic crochet stitches. Projects using Double Crochet stitches work up very quickly because you're building the height more quickly. Depending on the yarn you use, these projects may also be a bit more "holey" as well because it's a taller stitch. For example, I love to make lightweight scarves with this stitch, because it gives them an airy look and feel!
See! Light and airy!
Watch the left handed video!
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What You'll Need
In the pictures and video, I used a H/5.00 MM crochet hook and #4 worsted weight yarn. Any yarn and hook you have on hand will work, though, while you're learning how to do the stitch!
How to Crochet the Double Crochet Stitch (a.k.a. DC)
This method is what the Craft Yarn Council recognizes to be the correct way to do the Double Crochet Stitch! After I've shown you all of the steps, I'm going to show you an alternate way to do the Double Crochet Stitch.
Start by making a slip knot; then chain 12; see below.
Step 1: Yarn over (YO); see below
Step 2: Insert your hook into the 4th Chain from the hook; see below
Step 3: Yarn over again, and pull the hook back through the chain stitch. You should have 3 loops on your hook at this point; see below.
Step 4: Yarn over again and pull through only 2 of the loops; see below.
Step 5: Yarn over one more time and pull through both loops on the hook; see below.
Repeat Steps 1 through 5 in each of the next 9 chain stitches; see below.
Step 6 to add another row: Chain 3 and turn your work, skip the first stitch, then work 1 Double Crochet into the next stitch and into each stitch across the row, until you get to the last stitch; see below.
The last Double Crochet should be worked into the TOP of the Chain 3 from the previous row; see below.
Do a happy dance because you just learned how to double crochet!!
Alternative Method to Do the Double Crochet
I don't want to confuse you while you're learning the basics of crochet! So...if you're an absolute beginner, you may want to save the alternative method until you feel a little more comfortable in your new crochet skills. It's not super different than the first method, there are just a couple small differences that result in less gaps in your piece of crochet.
See, they don't really look much different, but the first method has larger gaps at the ends of each row; see below.
Start with a slip knot, then chain 12; see below.
Step 1: Yarn over; see below.
Step 2: Insert your hook into the 3rd chain stitch from the hook; see below.
Step 3: Yarn over and pull yarn back through the chain stitch; you should have 3 loops on your hook; see below.
Step 4: Yarn over again and pull through only 2 loops; at this point, you should have 2 loops on your hook; see below.
Step 5: Yarn over again and pull the yarn through the last 2 loops on your hook; see below.
Repeat Steps 1 through 5 into each of the next 9 stitches; see below.
Step 6 to add more rows: Chain 2 and turn your work; starting with the first stitch, Double Crochet 1 into each stitch across; see below.
The last double crochet will be worked into the last stitch from last row, not into the turning chain 2 like the previous method.
Do another happy dance!! You learned the alternate way to do the Double Crochet stitch! Whichever method you choose depends on the pattern you're following and/or what looks good to you! One of the many things I love about Crochet is that it's all about self expression!
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