How To Do A Double Crochet [Video for Beginners]

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How To Do A Double Crochet [Video for Beginners]
Learn how to crochet the double crochet stitch with this beginner-friendly tutorial.

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Crocheting is an artful craft that allows you to bring your creative visions to life through a variety of stitches. One such essential stitch is the double crochet (DC). Whether you’re a novice crocheter or not, learning how to crochet a double crochet stitch will unlock a world of possibilities.

In this guide, we will take you step-by-step through the process of mastering the double crochet stitch. With this versatile stitch in your arsenal, you’ll be ready to explore new free crochet patterns.

What is a Double Crochet Stitch?

The double crochet stitch, frequently abbreviated as DC, is one of the basic crochet stitches. This taller stitch gives your crochet fabric height and texture. We frequently use it in a variety of projects, including scarves, granny squares, blankets, clothing, and more.

The beauty of the double crochet stitch lies in its simplicity and versatility. When you understand the technique, you can use it to create unique items.

Benefits of learning double crochet

The benefits of the stitch as popular as double crochet are quite obvious. They extend beyond the stitch itself, as this technique is one of the most often used in crochet.

  • Versatility – you simply must have this skill under your belt to learn more advanced techniques. You will encounter this stitch in many crochet patterns, as it’s so versatile.
  • Speed and Efficiency – double crochet is taller than single crochet and half double, so it covers more ground with each stitch. This way it’s quicker to work with than shorter stitches.
  • Open and Airy Fabric – double crochet produces a fabric with quite large spaces between the stitches. Stitches sit side by side, but with movement, the fabric is much less dense than a single crochet, for example.
  • Texture – this stitch offers a stunning canvas for intricate patterns and textured stitches.
  • Ease of Learning – you’ll learn it in no time because it’s so beginner-friendly. All you need is a little bit of patience and basic crochet techniques.

Step-by-Step Guide to Double Crochet

Let’s see how many chains are in a turning chain for a double crochet.

A diagram showing the number of chains in a turning chain.

The turning chain for a double crochet is three chain stitches and it counts as a stitch.

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Video Tutorial

Video Tutorial by Crochetpedia

Step-by-Step

Double crochet is a taller stitch that gives your work an airy, open texture. We commonly use it for scarves, blankets, and shawls.

A series of photos showing how to crochet a crochet stitch.
  • Start with the turning chain of 3, or a foundation chain with additional 3 chain stitches.
  • Yarn over the crochet hook: Wrap the yarn over your hook from back to front.
  • Insert your hook into the fourth chain from the hook or in the first stitch in the row (not in the turning chain).
  • Yarn over again: Wrap the yarn over your hook.
  • Pull the yarn through the chain, so you have three loops on your hook.
  • Yarn over once more: Wrap the yarn over your hook.
  • Pull the yarn through the first two loops on your hook, leaving two loops remaining.
  • Yarn over one last time: Wrap the yarn over your hook.
  • Pull the yarn through the last two loops on your hook.

You’ve created a double crochet stitch. Repeat these steps across the row to make a double crochet fabric.

Tips for Perfecting Your Double Crochet Technique

  • Keep consistent tension throughout your work to get uniform stitches.
  • Pay attention to your hook placement to ensure you insert it under both loops of the stitch.
  • Practice keeping your stitches even by focusing on the height and spacing.
  • Experiment with different yarn weights and hook sizes to achieve various textures and fabric drape.

Incorporating Double Crochet into Free Crochet Patterns

Now that you have mastered the double crochet stitch, it’s time to explore its application in free crochet patterns. The versatility of this stitch allows you to create intricate designs, interesting textures, and captivating patterns. Whether you’re interested in making cozy blankets or intricate doilies, double crochet will be your go-to stitch.

Learning how to do a double crochet opens a world of possibilities in the realm of crochet. With this fundamental stitch, you can create stunning and intricate designs, from cozy blankets to fashionable accessories. You can build a strong foundation in double crochet by following our step-by-step tutorial and practicing regularly.

So, grab your hook, unleash your creativity, and dive into the joy of crocheting with double crochet! Remember, the world of free crochet patterns is waiting for you to explore and create something truly remarkable.

Techniques and Tips

Working in Rows vs. Rounds

When you work in rows, don’t forget to turn the work after each completed row of stitches, and start a new one with a turning chain of three. This turning chain counts as a stitch.

Working in rows often includes increasing, so working two or more double crochets in one stitch. Remember that closing the round requires using a slip stitch.

Increasing and Decreasing Stitches

Increasing with Double Crochet (2 dc in one st)

To increase, simply work two double crochets in the same stitch.

Decreasing with Double Crochet (dc2tog)

To decrease with double crochet, follow these steps:

  1. Proceed to make double crochet normally until you’ve got two loops on your hook left. Do not finish off the stitch.
  2. Yarn over and insert the hook in the next stitch.
  3. Grab the yarn and pull up, so that you have 4 loops on the hook.
  4. Grab the yarn again and pull through the first two loops. You now have 3 loops on the hook.
  5. Pull the yarn through all 3 loops – you have one loop left.

You have decreased with double crochet stitch.

Troubleshooting Common Mistakes

Even advanced crocheters make mistakes, despite their regular practice and attention to detail. What to do when you encounter an error?

Uneven Tension

If your stitches vary in height or create an inconsistent appearance, you should practice keeping the right tension.

Focus on pulling the yarn consistently for each yarn over and pull through, and keeping the yarn in the right way. Fixing your grip may be enough in some instances, but practice is the only way to ensure it won’t happen again.

Miscounted Stitches

If your pattern is irregular, or your calculations don’t match your crochet pattern, you may have miscounted the stitches.

The most important thing about counting the stitches is to know what a stitch looks like and how it’s built. Spend some time studying the anatomy of a crochet stitch and how they interact with each other. This practice will help you notice when you add an unneccessary stitch, or forget to place one.

To be sure, double-check the stitch count at the end of each row or round, or use a stitch marker.

Turning Chain Errors

If your turning chain is too long, too short, or you don’t treat it as a stitch, you may be in trouble. This error produces gaps in the row, or uneven edges.

To fix it, check how many chain stitches does your pattern call for and if the turning chain counts as a stitch or not.

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FAQ

What is the difference between single crochet and double crochet?

A single crochet stitch is shorter and doesn’t include yarn overs. A double crochet, on the other hand, is taller and does require one yarn over.

How do I make a foundation chain for a double crochet project?

A foundation chain for a double crochet project requires adding 3 stitches. These stitches work like a turning chain, so to make your first DC of the row, you have to insert the hook in the 4th chain stitch.

Can I use a different size hook for double crochet?

You should pick the right size of crochet hook for the type of yarn you’re using.

What is the purpose of a turning chain in double crochet?

The turning chain allows you to move to the next row or round. It adds the necessary height that mimics the height of the stitch.

Can I use double crochet for amigurumi or stuffed toys?

Yes, it can, but it’s not a popular choice. Amigurumi usually uses single crochet stitches, which produce tight fabric. Using double crochet stitches could make the filling fall out through the gaps between the stitches. However, you can incorporate this technique in details, accessories, or clothes for the toy.

What is the best type of yarn to use for double crochet projects?

You can use any type of yarn your want and it will look fine. Beginners should start learning with medium-weight yarn (worsted, for example) to see the stitches clearly.

Can I use double crochet to make a blanket or afghan?

Of course, it’s a great stitch for blankets, as it’s easy and fast to work with. When you’re familiar with double crochet, try techniques such as granny stitch. Experiments like this are a fun way to learn something new without going out of your comfort zone.

Summary

You are now ready to add yet another basic stitch to your crochet repertoire. Now grab your hook and try making something beautiful with it.

If you’re looking for free crochet patterns incorporating the double crochet stitch, Your Crochet is the platform to explore. As a dedicated website, we offer an extensive collection of patterns. We also connect you with a wide range of online resources so you can find the inspiration you need for your next project. We’ve created a comprehensive collection of free crochet patterns, making it easier than ever to discover the perfect design.