How to Treble Crochet

Free Treble Crochet Stitch Tutorial and Instructions

Treble crochet stitch is an important basic crochet stitch that you're likely to need for working various crochet patterns. Like every other basic stitch, trebles can be combined with other stitches to make interesting stitch patterns. They can be used in a variety of different ways and worked into many different configurations, including rows, squares, circles, triangles and other shapes.

In this tutorial, you'll first learn how to work a treble crochet stitch. Then you'll also learn...MORE how to work treble crochet in rows.

I'm a right-handed crocheter, and I demonstrate the stitch being crocheted with the right hand -- crocheting across the rows from right to left. If you're left-handed, you'll reverse what I am doing and work from left to right across the rows. See also: crocheting left-handed.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch Fabric

    Treble Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows
    Treble crochet stitch worked in rows. Michael Solovay

    Here we have a picture of a crocheted fabric that consists almost entirely of treble crochet stitches; chain stitches are also incorporated into the fabric in the necessary places (at the beginning of the piece, and between rows where turning chains are needed.)

    You can work treble crochet in almost any yarn or crochet thread (and there are bunches of other materials you could try.)

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    Treble Crochet Stitch Instructions

    Starting Chain
    Starting chain. Michael Solovay

    Begin by crocheting a starting chain. Remember how to work a chain stitch? (If not, you are welcome to brush up using the tutorial linked.) To work the treble crochet stitch in rows, you'll begin the work by crocheting a series of chain stitches.

    Alternately, there are other ways you can get started; for example, you could crochet your treble stitches directly into fabric. Or you could work them into a piece that you've already begun. If that's what you want to do, you'll skip the...MORE starting chain and proceed working your treble crochet into the next stitch to be worked.

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    The first four of your chain stitches will count as your first treble crochet stitch. When you crochet your next stitch, you'll want to work into the fifth chain from your crochet hook.

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    Wrap the Yarn Over Your Crochet Hook Two Times
    Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook two times. Michael Solovay

    To begin crocheting the next treble crochet stitch, take your yarn and wrap it two times over your crochet hook. There will be three loops on the hook all together, including the active loop you already had; check out the photo at left to see how this looks. (Remember, you can click to enlarge the picture if you need to.)

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    You'll Work Into the Fifth Chain From Your Crochet Hook.
    You'll work into the fifth chain from your crochet hook. Michael Solovay.

    You're going to skip the first four chains from your hook (since those count as the first treble crochet stitch); you'll insert your hook into the fifth chain stitch. In the photo at left, you can see the head of my crochet hook right beside the spot where I am going to insert my hook to work the stitch.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    Here's how it'll look after you've inserted your hook into the fifth chain stitch.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    Next, grab the yarn with your hook...

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    and pull it through the chain stitch.

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    Four Loops on the Crochet Hook
    Four loops on the crochet hook. Michael Solovay

    You'll end up with 4 loops on your crochet hook, as pictured.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress -- Photo © Michael Solovay
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    Wrap the yarn around your hook again...

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    and pull it through only 2 of the loops on your hook.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    You'll end up with 3 loops left on the hook.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    Wrap the yarn around your hook again...

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    ...and pull it through the next 2 loops on the hook.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    You'll be left with 2 loops still remaining on the crochet hook.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch inpProgress. Michael Solovay

    Wrap the yarn over the crochet hook again...

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    Treble Crochet Stitch in Progress
    Treble crochet stitch in progress. Michael Solovay

    and pull it through the remaining two loops on your hook.

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    The Completed Treble Crochet Stitch
    Completed treble crochet stitch. Michael Solovay

    Here's how the completed treble crochet stitch looks. Notice that you are down to having only one loop remaining on your hook -- your "active loop."

    You'll keep repeating those steps, over and over again, to make one complete treble crochet stitch in each of the chain stitches in your starting chain.

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    A Row of Treble Crochet Stitches

    One Complete Row of Treble Crochet Stitches
    One complete row of treble crochet stitches. Michael Solovay

    When you've crocheted across the entire row, here's how the completed row of treble crochet stitches might look.

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    Crochet Your Turning Chain

    The Turning Chain Length for Treble Crochet Is 4 Stitches.
    The turning chain length for treble crochet Is four stitches. Mike Solovay.

    The next step is to work your turning chain. The turning chain for a treble crochet stitch is usually 4 stitches, meaning that you will work 4 chain stitches in between each of your rows of treble crochet stitch.

    This number of chains isn't set in stone; it's simply a suggested number of chain stitches that works well for a majority of crocheters under ordinary circumstances. There might be plenty of reasons why you'd want to work a longer or shorter turning chain, and you should feel...MORE free to do so if you like.

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    Turning the Work

    Turn the Piece of Crochet Work Over to the Other Side
    Turn the work over. Michael Solovay

    The next step is to work back across the row of treble crochet stitches, building your new row on top of the old row of stitches. To accomplish this goal, you'll have to turn your work over to the other side. It'll look something like the picture posted at left.

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    Another Treble Crochet Stitch
    Another treble crochet stitch. Michael Solovay

    You'll work another treble crochet stitch into the top of the stitch you worked in the previous row. Wrap the yarn around the hook twice, insert your hook under both loops of the stitch underneath it in the previous row, wrap your yarn around again, pull it through, and then keep pulling loops through two at a time until your stitch is completed.

    From here on out, you can just keep repeating those steps ad infinitum until the piece is as long as you want it to be.

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    Treble Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows
    Treble crochet stitch worked in rows. Michael Solovay

    When you are finished, end off by cutting the yarn (leaving a long tail for weaving ends in.) Then pull the cut tail of yarn through the active loop and give it a good tug. Then you can weave your ends in if you like.

    At left, you can feast your eyes on a photo of the finished treble crochet stitch fabric. Keep in mind that there are zillions of other ways you can use treble crochet stitches; they are endlessly versatile!

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    Projects You Can Make With Treble Crochet Stitch

    Treble Crochet Fingerless Gloves.
    Treble crochet fingerless gloves. Michael Solovay.

    You can think of treble stitches in the same way you think of building blocks; feel free to use them in the same way that an architect would use building materials to create different structures. You can turn them into all kinds of interesting projects.

    You can use treble crochet stitch to make these simple treble crochet fingerless gloves. They're nothing more than rectangles of treble crochet seamed together with openings for the thumb and fingers -- easy! This is a beginner-friendly...MORE pattern, and if you've never crocheted before I think you'll find this is a good starter pattern for practicing your treble crochet.

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    Two-Color Treble Crochet Shell Stitch Edging
    Two-color treble crochet shell stitch edging. Amy Solovay

    Treble stitches are crocheted into pretty scalloped shells in this two-color treble crochet shell stitch edging pattern.

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    Lacy Treble Shell Scarf
    Lacy treble shell scarf. Amy Solovay

    The lacy treble shell scarf involves crocheting a slightly fancier stitch pattern; to work this stitch, you'll be crocheting treble crochets and alternating chains into an appealing shell pattern.

    There's also a free dishcloth pattern you can crochet using the same stitch.

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    Flower Applique Crocheted Using Treble Crochet Stitch and Other Basic Crochet Stitches
    Flower applique crocheted using treble crochet stitch and other basic crochet stitches. M. Solovay

    The flower applique pictured at left is another example of a project you can make using treble crochets. The flower petals consist of treble crochet stitches and other basic stitches. This is a super easy project that you might like to use for practicing your treble crochet stitch.

    Click Here to Get the Free Crochet Flower Pattern.

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    Yarn Information

    Simply Cotton Worsted Yarn by Knitpics
    Simply cotton worsted yarn by Knitpics. Amy Solovay

    My sample piece is worked in "Simply Cotton Worsted" yarn by Knitpicks. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite yarns. I've written a detailed project review of this yarn for your consideration if you'd like more information about this yarn.

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    References

    • The Dictionary of Needlework, An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain, and Fancy Needlework by Sophia Frances Anne Caulfeild and Blanche Saward, 1882
    • The Girl's Own Indoor Book Edited by Charles Peters, published in 1892 by J.B. Lippincott Company of Philadelphia.
    • The Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches
      Compiled by James Walters and Sylvia Cosh
      1986 Lyric Books Limited
      ISBN# 0 7111 0028 4
    • 300 Crochet Stitches (The Harmony Guides, V. 6)
      1999 Anova Books
      ISBN# 1 8558 5638 7
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