Triple Threat

Updated: Apr 17

HELLO EVERYONE!

Today, I’ll be talking about the treble crochet. It’s a common stitch, but not quite as common as the single crochet or the double crochet, and while those two are the very basics you need to know, this stitch is quite handy to know too. The reason why is because there will be some patterns that use treble crochets, especially if they’re used to make roses or textured patterns. Believe me, the treble crochet is necessary to learn some of them.

Now, as you can probably guess, the treble crochet, just like the double crochet is a step above. So, if you already know how to do the double crochet, then the treble crochet will be very easy. It’s just an extra loop on your needle, before you yarn through the stitch below!

If you don’t know how to do the double crochet, and you came here to figure out what the treble crochet is, then keep scrolling. I’ve got picture for you, to help you!


LET’S START!

First, you’ll want to start with a foundation chain. If you don’t know how to do that, then head on over to The Simple Beginnings, I’ve got a tutorial for that right there. Now, if you’ve already got one, then keep going.


If you’ve got a pattern already, then you’ll need to chain 3, or chain 4 if your pattern requires a chain, between each treble crochet of your row or round.


NOW, THE FUN BEGINS!

Alright, for those of you with a foundation chain, you’ll need to work the treble crochet in the fourth chain from your hook. So, count back 4 chains, and use that chain to work the treble crochet.

Those with a starting chain, you can start in the stitch next to the one your starting chain is using, like you did for your previous rows, or as the pattern instructs.

Are we ready? So, you need to loop the yarn over the hook…

Twice…

Do you see now why I say it’s just a step above a double crochet? It’s literally an extra loop you need to pull through. Ok, let’s take this step by step, so we get this right. So, insert your hook into the stitch below. Loop the yarn over the hook, and bring it through the stitch.

There, you’re halfway through! Easy right? Just remember, you need four loops on your hook, after you've pulled through the stitch below.

Now, you just have three more moves, and it’s done. So, you need to loop the yarn over the hook again and bring it through the first two loops on your hook.

The next step? You’ve guessed it, it’s the same thing! Loop the yarn over the hook and bring it through the next two loops!

The final step let’s just say, it’s a rinse-repeat situation. That’s right! You loop the yarn over the hook and bring it through the last two loops!


That’s it!


PRETTY EASY HUH?

I told you, just one step above a double crochet. The best way to remember is this, for a double crochet, you need one loop, and two pull-throughs. With a treble crochet, you need two loops and three pull-throughs. Easy to remember, right?

It’s so simple once you’ve got the hang of it. Now, as I said before, this stitch isn’t quite as popular as the double crochet, or the single crochet. It’s mostly used to increase the size of a pattern or create the arch of a petal, for a rose, or for a pattern, when they want to create a dynamic shape.

I would say that the treble crochet is mostly used with smaller yarns and smaller needles, especially if they want to make a lace pattern that requires a few complicated stitches.


ABBREVIATION TIME!

Like with the last two stitches, the treble crochet has its own abbreviation. If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s…


TR

Easy to remember right? Well, I hope it’ll help you in your next pattern adventure!


IT’S TIME TO PRACTICE

Well, that’s it from me today. It’s your turn. Try making a whole row of treble crochets just to get used to it and show me what you’ve got! I’ll be waiting on Instagram and Facebook! So, send them in!

Next time, I’ll be talking about a few less-common stitches, and as a forewarning, I’ll be speaking in proper crochet terms! So, brush up on your abbreviations and crochet phrases, because it’s about time you guys had the full crochet treatment! See you then!


With love,


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