Learn how to double crochet with me today. Earlier this month, I talked about how crochet can calm the mind and reduce stress and also gave you all a mini tutorial on some of the basic crochet stitches–the chain stitch, and the single crochet. So I thought I ought round that off by also providing you with a how to double crochet tutorial and that is why I am here today.
If you have been following me, you know I absolutely love crochet. It is one of my passions. So I am always super excited to talk about crochet here on Tidbits of Care. Crochet proved a life saver for me some years ago when I was so stressed by work that I had to take a leave of absence and really start thinking more about my own mental health. It was a huge part of my self care at that time, and remains so as it provides so much joy in my life.
I honestly cannot stress enough how having a hobby such as knit or crochet can really do wonders for your mental health. It’s honestly something I truly recommend trying if you are struggling with stress and/or anxiety. And to that end, I am going to teach you how to double crochet today.
A Little About Crochet Stitches
Let’s learn a little about crochet stitches while we are here, shall we? There are about five basic crochet stitches: the chain stitch, the slip stitch the single crochet, the double crochet and the treble crochet. The names are all related to how tall the stitches are in comparison to the single crochet stitch. The double crochet stitch is twice as tall as the single crochet stitch, and the treble crochet stitch is three times as tall as the single crochet stitch, hence why they are called double and treble (triple).
While there are other variations such as the extended single crochet and the half double crochet stitches, but these are the five stitches you’ll see most often in basic patterns, and some far more than others. Then, when we combine stitches we get a stitch pattern. For instance, if you crochet a slip stitch and a half double crochet stitch right next to it, you are creating what is called the crunch stitch, which is a lovely textured stitch that I personally love to use for blankets.
I am honestly always looking for new crochet stitch patterns. There are a ton out there. Some look like cats or even tulips. This is accomplished through a combination of stitches and in the case of tulips, colour. Now, that might not be everyone’s thing–it’s certainly not mine, but I appreciate the creativity and how such stitches might really make a cute addition to a baby’s outfit, or other piece maybe something shabby chic. Others are far less artsy and much easier to create, and in my opinion, more versatile.
Honestly, it’s really not. You just get used to the terms (which again, are really those five stitches) and then everything builds from there to make perfect sense. Stitch patterns are as I described above, a combination of patterns creating a certain kind of drape or affect to the crochet fabric you are working on. This could be textured, or it could drape, or could even look lace like or open weave depending on the stitch pattern you are using. This is what makes crochet so fun in my opinion. You can do so much with it!
How to Crochet the Double Crochet
This is the most commonly used stitch in crochet. So it is kind of important that you master it if you really want to become a proficient crocheter. Which, I promise you is far less daunting a task than it might sound like. The double crochet stitch is not much more difficult than the single crochet, so if you have mastered that you can totally crochet this stitch.
Step One: Let’s say you already have chain stitched a length of fifteen chains. Perfect! Now, draw the yarn to the back of the hook (what I call yarn over), insert the hook into the second chain from the hook.
Step Two: Draw up a loop. Yarn over, pull through two loops on hook.
Step Three: Yarn over and pull through two remains loops to complete the double crochet stitch.
That’s it! That is totally ALL there is to it. I recommend practicing this until you get the knack of it, but soon you’ll be ready to get seriously crocheting–if you haven’t already! An easy beginner project using this stitch would be a baby blanket, which you could then add a boarder to as well. Or even, a scarf. It’ll be the most rewarding feeling when you finish your first crochet project!
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I am not able to croquet but my mum does and she has made some fantastic clothes and toys. I know this is something she has talked about trying so i have sent her this post over. i am sure she will find it really helpful.
Awww, thank you so much!
I love the double Crochet! I’m faster with doubles than with single stitches. They are so calming. I dOn’t have to have a specific project going to just crochet a few rows to relax.
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It’s the crochet stitch for sure!
Oh Giulia I love this! Needle work is so relaxing and rewarding! I can do some very basic crocheting, but it’s pretty limited. This is so helpful. Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!
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So glad you enjoyed it and found it useful!
My grandmother and mother are both so talented in doing crochets and knits. I don’t think I have the talent in me though haha. This is a helpful post for beginners like me who are interested in learning a thing or two about stitches, though a double crochet stitch might be too much for me for now lol. fab post, love the pics! Thanks for sharing!
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I have another post just for beginners!
I really want to learn to crochet – and this sounds quite easy, I love how you explained everything! I have learned to knit, so this is my next one to tackle!
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You can do it!!
This was a lovely post! I love crochet but I am not very good at it. Now I can add one more stitch to my skills 🙂 Thank you Giulia!
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My pleasure! I am delighted I can share my knowledge 🙂
I love this! I used to love crochet but haven’t picked up the needles in so long because I was useless at double stitching. All I could make were squares.
Get back to it! There is sooo much info on the net now, videos, blogs, free patterns, photo tutorials. Let me know if you do 🙂
I used to knit quite a lot but for some reason I’ve never tried crochet. I always thought it looked far too complicated but maybe I need to give it another look. Thank you for a great tutorial, I’ll be checking out your earlier post now too!
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Oh for sure you can do it! It’s dead easy!