How to Do a Treble or Triple Stitch

Simple Steps for the Treble Crochet Stitch

Treble Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows
Treble Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows. Treble Crochet Stitch Worked in Rows -- Photo © Michael Solovay

The US treble is the next basic stitch (in length) after the double crochet. The treble is used when a long stitch is needed within a crochet design. The abbreviation you will see in crochet pattern instructions is tr.

  • Abbreviation: tr
  • Difficulty Level: Easy. This is one of the basic stitches you should learn when beginning to crochet.
  • Time Required: 5 minutes. You should be able to pick this up pretty quickly.

    See a photo step-by-step with instructions for doing the treble stitch. In addition to seeing each step of making the stitch, you will also learn how to turn the row. Then see some fun projects you can make using the treble stitch, including fingerless gloves and a lacy shell treble stitch scarf.

    Here's How to Do the Treble Stitch

    1. Yarn over hook twice, then insert hook into next stitch.
    2. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch - (there are four loops on the hook).
    3. Loop yarn over hook and draw through two loops, (there are now three loops remaining on the hook).
    4. Yarn over hook and draw through two loops.
    5. Again, loop yarn over hook and draw through the last two loops on the hook (there is now one loop remaining.)
    6. This completes one treble crochet.

    Tips for the Treble Crochet Stitch

    1. At the end of a row of treble crochet, you would chain 4 to turn.
    2. 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.
    1. 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.   

    Double Treble Crochet Stitches

    The US double treble crochet stitch (also called double triple) is the next step up in height from the treble crochet stitch. The abbreviation is dtr.

    It is used when a long stitch is needed within a crochet design.  See a photo step-by-step of doing the double treble crochet stitch.

    1. Yarn over hook three times, then insert hook into next stitch.
    2. Yarn over hook and draw yarn through stitch - five loops on the hook.
    3. Loop yarn over hook and draw through two loops, (there are now four loops remaining on the hook)
    4. *yarn over hook and draw through two loops**, repeat * to ** twice more.
    5. This completes one double treble crochet.

    Triple Treble Crochet Stitch

    The triple treble crochet stitch, sometimes called the treble treble, is abbreviated TrTr. It is used when you really want long crochet stitches, such as for openwork scarves and blankets. Here are the basic instuctions. See a photo step-by-step for the triple treble crochet stitch.

    1. Yarn over hook 4 times,
    2. insert hook into next stitch and draw loop through - 6 loops on the hook.
    3. *yarn over and draw through two loops**, repeat * to ** four more times.
    4. This completes a triple treble.