Crochet Basics: How to Double Crochet

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    Free Instructions for How to Double Crochet

    Double Crochet
    Rows of Double Crochet Stitches Worked in Worsted Weight Cotton Yarn. Photo © Amy Solovay

    This tutorial will show you how to do a double crochet stitch.


    Double crochet is one of the essential basic crochet stitches. While you could crochet plenty of projects without it (in fact, here are 20 single crochet patterns), the double crochet is a foundational crochet stitch that most people learn almost as soon as they begin crocheting.


    The double crochet stitch is used on its own in rows and in the round. It is also used to create very common crochet stitch patterns including the classic...MORE granny square and the popular v-stitch. Therefore, learning how to double crochet is important if you want to work most crochet patterns.


    After completing the steps in this tutorial, you will have mastered the double crochet stitch.


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    Wrap Your Yarn Over Your Crochet Hook

    Row of Double Crochet
    Kathryn Vercillo

    Step 1: Wrap your yarn over your crochet hook. This is a basic step in forming almost all crochet stitches.


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    Insert Your Hook Where The Stitch Will Go

    Begin Double Crochet
    Begin Double Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    Step 2: Insert your crochet hook into the stitch or space desired.


    The best way to practice the double crochet stitch is by working a straight row of double crochet stitches. Insert the crochet hook directly below the two loops that are beneath the stitch in which you are working. 


    If you're making a granny square, or another pattern that uses spaces, you'll insert your hook into the space directly below the stitch you are working instead of working into the loops. It is a good idea to...MORE practice first working in traditional rows and then learning how to work into spaces.


    When you're working patterns in the future, keep in mind that the pattern might call for you to work a double crochet stitch into a space or into a different stitch. There are many possible double crochet variations. The basics of the stitch are always the same, though, so what you learn when working in rows will help you throughout all double crochet projects.


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    Working a Double Crochet Stitch

    Working a Double Crochet Stitch
    In this view, I have shifted the work so you can see what is happening with the top and back. I don't usually hold my crochet work this way, but I thought it would be helpful for you to see this view. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Step 3: After you've inserted your hook, wrap your yarn around it so that the hook can grab the yarn. This is essentially the same as Step 1, except that you have more yarn on your hook at this point so it's slightly more difficult to maneuver. You'll quickly get the hang of the motion.


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    Pull the Loop Through

    Working the Double Crochet Stitch
    Working the Double Crochet Stitch. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Step 4: Pull the loop through. You now have three loops on your hook.


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    Wrap the Yarn Around Your Hook Again

    Working the Double Crochet Stitch
    Working the Double Crochet Stitch. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Step 5: Wrap the yarn over your hook again. (You are repeating Step 3, which is basically also Step 1.)


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    Pull the Wrapped Yarn Through Two Loops

    Working the Double Crochet Stitch
    Working the Double Crochet Stitch. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Step 5: Pull the wrapped yarn through two of the loops on your crochet hook. You'll be left with two loops on your crochet hook.


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    Wrap the Yarn Around the Hook Again

    Working the Double Crochet Stitch
    Working the Double Crochet Stitch. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Step 6: Wrap the yarn around the hook again. Are you starting to get the hang of this? It's a step you'll repeat often in every basic stitch of crochet!


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    Grab the Yarn and Pull It Through

    Working the Double Crochet Stitch
    Working the Double Crochet Stitch. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Step 7: Grab the wrapped yarn with your crochet hook, and pull it through the remaining two loops.


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    Double Crochet Stitch Completed

    Double Crochet
    One Loop Is Now Left on the Crochet Hook; The Double Crochet Stitch Is Complete. Photo © Amy Solovay

    Now there is only one loop left on your crochet hook. Congratulations! You've completed a double crochet stitch.


    To make another double crochet stitch, just start over at the beginning and work through the same steps again.