How to Crochet a Double Treble Stitch (DTR)

The next step taller than triple crochet stitch

We all know that the basic crochet stitches are single crochet, double crochet and treble crochet. They are among the first stitches that we learn when beginning to crochet and they are featured in most crochet patterns. But did you know that you can keep going taller and taller than treble crochet using the same basic techniques?

The US double treble crochet stitch (also called double triple) is another basic stitch, the next step up in height from the treble crochet stitch. The abbreviation for...MORE this crochet stitch is dtr. It is used when a long stitch is needed within a crochet design, allowing you to add interesting detail to a project. It can also be used when you want to work up a project quickly. Tall stitches have unique features but they are created in the same way that the other basic stitches so if you know how to crochet a double or treble crochet stitch, you'll find it easy to make the double treble stitch, too.

This article shows you the step-by-step "how to" for making the double treble crochet stitch and offers some additional tips to help you improve your crochet skills as you learn this stitch.

  • 01 of 09

    Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step One: Yarn Over 3 Times

    How to Double Treble Crochet
    How to Double Treble Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    When you are ready to crochet a double treble crochet stitch, the first step is to yarn over the hook three times. Consider for a moment the other basic crochet stitches. When you make a double crochet stitch, you yarn over once. When you make a treble crochet stitch, you yarn over twice. You are making the double treble, which is the next tallest stitch, so it's only natural that you will yarn over three times. 

  • 02 of 09

    Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step Two: Insert Hook

    How to DTR: Step Two
    How to DTR: Step Two. Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert the hook into the next stitch where you want to create the DTR. This is exactly what you would do to create a double crochet stitch or a treble crochet. You aren't doing anything new here - just making the stitch taller with that extra "yarn over" from step one.

  • 03 of 09

    Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step Three: Yarn Over, Draw Through

    How to DTR: Step Three
    How to DTR: Step Three. Kathryn Vercillo

    Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch; there are now five loops on the hook.

  • 04 of 09

    Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step Four: Yarn Over, Draw Through

    DTR Crochet: Step Four
    DTR Crochet: Step Four. Kathryn Vercillo

    Loop the yarn over the hook and draw through two of the loops on your hook; there are now four loops remaining on the hook. You are just repeating step three here with fewer loops left on the hook each time.

    Continue to 5 of 9 below.
  • 05 of 09

    Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step Five: Yarn Over, Draw Through

    How to DTR Crochet: Step Five
    How to DTR Crochet: Step Five. Kathryn Vercillo

    Yarn over hook and draw through two loops; there are now three loops remaining on the hook.

  • 06 of 09

    Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step Six: Keep Repeating Pattern

    How to DTR: Step Six
    How to DTR: Step Six. Kathryn Vercillo

    Keep repeating this pattern. Yarn over the crochet hook and draw through two loops; there are now two loops remaining on the hook.

  • 07 of 09

    Double Treble Crochet Stitch Step Seven: Continue

    How to DTR: Step Seven
    How to DTR: Step Seven. Kathryn Vercillo

    Again, loop yarn over hook and draw through the last two loops on the hook; there is now only one loop remaining, just like at the end of any other basic crochet stitch. This should all be looking pretty familiar to you at this point, right?

  • 08 of 09

    Complete Double Treble Crochet Stitch

    How to Crochet Double Treble Stitches
    How to Crochet Double Treble Stitches. Kathryn Vercillo

    The seven steps shown above complete one double treble crochet stitch (DTR). Repeat steps one through seven across a row for an entire row of this tall stitch. You will see that you get great stitch detail on a stitch of this height!

    Continue to 9 of 9 below.
  • 09 of 09

    3 Tips for Working Double Treble Crochet Stitches

    Double Treble Crochet
    Double Treble Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    Here are a few tips to be aware of when working this stitch:

    1. At the end of a row of treble crochet, you would chain 5 to turn.
    2. The double treble is often used when crocheting in the remaining loop (loop made when a stitch is done in back loop only) of a stitch which is several rows below.
    3. The double treble is also often used when crocheting a front post or back post stitch around the post of a stitch which is several rows below.