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Free Instructions for How to Double Crochet
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... 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.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Wrap Your Yarn Over Your Crochet Hook
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
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... 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.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Working a Double Crochet Stitch
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.