How to Treble Crochet

Mastering the basic triple crochet stitch

Once you know how to make a single crochet stitch, you are well on your way to learning many more basic crochet stitches. The half double crochet, double crochet, treble crochet, double treble crochet (and on and on, taller and taller) are all done basically the same way. The difference is in the number of times that you "yarn over" before you insert the hook into the stitch; this in turn changes the number of times that you "yarn over and pull through" in subsequent steps. The...MORE basic motions are always the same, though, and mastering these basic crochet stitches puts you well on your way to being able to crochet almost anything.

Here are the instructions for how to make a treble crochet stitch. This is also called a triple crochet. It is slightly taller than a double crochet stitch. The treble crochet stitch is abbreviated tr. Note that these instructions are for the American treble crochet stitch (which is called the double treble in British crochet terms).

  • 01 of 08

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over Twice

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over Twice
    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over Twice. Kathryn Vercillo

    The first step in making a treble crochet stitch is to "yarn over" twice.

    Take a moment to notice how this differs from other basic crochet stitches:

    • With single crochet, you do not yarn over in the first step.
    • With double crochet, you yarn over once in the first step.
    • Here you will yarn over twice.
    • As you might guess from this pattern, if you were making a double treble crochet stitch, you would yarn over three times.
    • And so on!

    For now, focusing on the triple crochet, we will yarn over twice.

  • 02 of 08

    How to Treble Crochet: Insert Hook

    How to Treble Crochet: Insert Hook
    How to Treble Crochet: Insert Hook. Kathryn Vercillo

    Insert your hook into the next stitch (the stitch where you are making your treble crochet).

    Notice that this is exactly the same step that you would do for any of the aforementioned basic crochet stitches. With single crochet, you do not yarn over so this is the first step. With the other stitches, after you have completed the correct number of "yarn overs", you insert the hook where the stitch is being made.

  • 03 of 08

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over
    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over. Kathryn Vercillo

    Yarn over.

    Again, this is the same "next step" in the other basic crochet stitches as it is in the treble crochet. For example, single crochet begins with insert hook (previous step) and yarn over.

  • 04 of 08

    How to Treble Crochet: Pull Through

    How to Treble Crochet: Pull Through
    How to Treble Crochet: Pull Through. Kathryn Vercillo

    After you yarn over, it's time to pull the yarn through the stitch.

    Again, this step is the same as in the other basic crochet stitches.

    At the end of this step, there should be four loops on the hook.

    Continue to 5 of 8 below.
  • 05 of 08

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over, Pull Through

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over
    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over. Kathryn Vercillo

    Once again, it's time to yarn over.

    This is where we begin the process of yarn over, pull through two loops on hook, yarn over, pull through two loops on hook (as we will see in the steps that follow).

    This is similar to most of the other basic crochet stitches; half double crochet is the exception.

    So, for now, yarn over and pull through two of the four loops on the hook. You will be left with three loops on the crochet hook.

  • 06 of 08

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over, Pull Through

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over, Pull Through
    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over, Pull Through. Kathryn Vercillo

    Repeat Step Five.

    Once you yarn over and pull through two of the three loops left on the hook, you will have two loops on the hook.

  • 07 of 08

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over, Pull Through

    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over, Pull Through
    How to Treble Crochet: Yarn Over, Pull Through. Kathryn Vercillo

    Repeat Step Five.

    Yarn over and pull through the two remaining loops on the hook.

    And that's it. When you have completed this step, you will have a treble crochet stitch!

  • 08 of 08

    Tips and Information on Treble Crochet

    How to Treble Crochet
    How to Treble Crochet. Kathryn Vercillo

    Here are some additional things you might find it useful to know about treble crochet stitch.

    1. If you are working treble crochet into your foundation chain, you would skip the first four chains and begin your first tr into the fifth chain from the crochet hook.
    2. At the end of a row of treble crochet, you would chain 4 to turn. Chain four is the height of the treble crochet stitch (and this is also the reason that at the beginning of the foundation chain you would skip the first four; it counts as...MORE your first treble crochet stitch).
    3. The 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.
    4. The 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.
    5. And of course you can do front post and back post treble crochet stitches, as well as other common variations on stitch placement such as working treble crochet in front loop or back loop only or working treble crochet clusters.
    6. Treble crochet stitches are a key feature of the pineapple crochet motif.
    7. The treble crochet stitch can also be used to make a beautiful elongated version of a classic crochet shell stitch. The treble crochet shell is a great choice for a crochet edging on blankets and other projects.
    8. You can make a quick and easy crochet flower using treble crochet for the petals.

    So just to recap: a treble crochet stitch is made by:

    • Yarn over twice.
    • Insert hook.
    • Yarn over and pull through.
    • Yarn over and pull through two loops. Repeat a total of three times.

    Now you know how to treble crochet!