Double The Fun

Updated: Feb 25

HELLO EVERYONE!

I hope you’ve been practicing your crochet stitches. If you have, you might have made a few scarves by now, or squares of crochet fabric you could use in a blanket, or a cushion cover. Who knows! I’ll teach you guys how to do that, but not just yet.


First, I need to finish teaching you the common stitches you’ll find in many crochet patterns. So, buckle your seatbelts, and get your hooks at the ready, it’s time to crochet! Today’s stitch, is the…


DOUBLE CROCHET!


It’s literally two steps more than a Single Crochet. It’s not all that complicated, it’s just one more loop on your hook and then you’re good to go.


So, Let's Start!

The first thing you do is loop the yarn over the hook.

It’s not so bad right? Now, all you have to do is follow the steps for the Single Crochet. Ok, I’ll take you through it one more time.

So, you insert your hook into the chain below or the stitch below.

Yarn over and bring it through that stitch.

Now, you should have three loops on your hook.

Yarn over again and bring it though the first two loops.

Ok, so now you have two loops.

Yarn over again and bring it through both of these loops.

There You Have It, A Double Crochet!

It’s not so bad right? It’s literally like having an extra loop on your hook, when you go to do a single crochet.

Ok, so some of you might be confused, so let’s do that again. Loop the yarn over the hook.

Insert the hook into the stitch or chain below.

Yarn over and bring it through the stitch.

Don’t forget, you have three loops on your hook at this point!

Yarn over again and bring it through the first two loops.

Now there should be two loops.

Yarn over once more and bring it through both loops.


ET VOILA!

THE DOUBLE CROCHET!

Now, the real fun begins!


How To Start A Row Of Double Crochet

When you start a new row, and it’s just a row of Double Crochets, starting it can be a little tricky, especially if you’re new to the whole crochet world. Not to worry, it’s really easy to do.

All it takes is three chains! Why? Because three chains are approximately the same height as a Double Crochet. Sometimes, patterns use two, but the standard is three. I’ll explain why, later, when we’ve learned all the basic stitches.


So, there you have it. A full row of Double Crochets!


Oh, and don’t forget, unless a pattern specifies otherwise, always use the next stitch to start. Don’t use the same stitch that ended the last row. You’ll see what I mean in the images below.

The one above is the stitch that ended the last row, this one will have the three-chain starting chain. Don’t crochet in this one. Instead, crochet in the one next to it. The one the arrow is pointing to in the picture below.

If the pattern specifies to crochet in the same stitch as the starting chain, then it means you’re increasing the pattern. Again, I’ll explain that in a later post. For now. That’s all you need to know.


How To End A Row Of Double Crochets

Let’s say you’ve completed your first two rows of Double Crochets, If you leave it at the Double Crochet before the previous starting chain (it’s a bit confusing, but look at the picture below, you’ll see what I mean), then you’re not finished.

What you need to do is Double Crochet at the top of the starting chain. So, don’t insert the hook in the space between the starting chain and the next Double Crochet. Insert it into the back of the third chain and complete the stitch.

That way the stitch doesn’t move so much, and your row will be complete. It’s always the same, even if you’re increasing or decreasing the pattern. Again, I’ll explain this in a later post.


Abbreviation Time

That’s right you’ve guessed it! It’s time to let you know what the abbreviation is, for the Double Crochet.


The abbreviation for the Double Crochet is...

DC


Like the Single Crochet, the Double Crochet is one of the most common stitches, if not the most common stitch in the crochet world. When you’ve mastered both, you can pretty much conquer the rest.


HOMEWORK TIME!

Did you think I’d forget? I know I’ve been away for a while, but that isn’t any excuse to skip out on homework! Practice the Double Crochet, like you did with the Single Crochet. Make a scarf out of it, or a blanket. It doesn’t matter. As long as you practice the stitch. You can even try to mix it up with the Single Crochet, see the difference it makes when you combine the two in one row.


I better see your results! Why don’t you Instagram them to me, or Tweet them, or post them on Facebook! So, until next time, I’ll be waiting!


With love,


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