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About The Treble Crochet Stitch

A treble crochet stitch in one of the basic crochet stitches. It can also be called triple instead of treble.

Depending on whether you are using UK or US terminology treble crochet has different meanings which can be confusing. A treble stitch in US terminology is referred to as a double treble in the UK. The treble crochet in UK terms means double stitch in the US.


Patterns can be presented in written form or as a chart. 

In written patterns, a treble stitch is abbreviated as (tr). 

Chart SymbolTr symbol

In crochet charts, a treble stitch is represented by the symbol:

What is a treble stitch used for?

The treble stitch is very versatile, tall stitch and can give a looser texture to a design than other basic stitches. You can use this stitch for:

  1.  creating the main crocheted fabric of a project, such as a blanket, scarf, shawl or another clothing item. By working in rows of treble stitches, you end up with a looser and less closed fabric, with larger gaps between the stitches.
  2. Since the treble stitch is taller, it’s suitable for creating lacy and open patterns. If you combine chains with the treble stitch, you will form intricate designs a delicate, airy texture.
  3. Again, due to their height, unlike other basic crochet stitches like single crochet or half double crochet, treble stitches add height and drape to your projects. They are eminently suitable for garments and decorative pieces like curtains or tablecloths.
  4. Finally, the tall loops of the treble stitch make it possible to vary textures in an interesting way. To create embossed or raised textures, you work front or back post treble stitches. This means that you work it around the post of a previous row’s stitch instead of into the top loops.

Here’s an easy, step-by step tutorial to learn how to crochet the treble stitch :

All you will need is a crochet hook and a yarn.


Step 1

For your foundation chain, start with a slip stitch and a few chain stitches.


Treble stitch photo 1

Step 2

Wrap the yarn twice over the hook.

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Step 3

Insert the yarn into the fifth chain from the hook. Yarn over and pull a loop through the chain. You should have 4 loops on the hook. Yarn over again and pull it through the first 2 loops.

Treble stitch photo 3

Step 4

When you did step 3, three loops should have remained on the hook. Yarn over again and pull it through the first 2 loops again.

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Step 5

Now 2 loops remain on the hook. Yarn over and pull through those 2 loops.

Photo 5

Step 6

You have now made one treble stitch (1 tr). Make more stitches to the end of the row by inserting the hook in each 5th chain and repeating steps 1 to step 5. At the end of a row of treble crochet, you should make 4 chains to turn. 

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