Triple treble crochet for beginners.

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Let us introduce you to one of the tall crochet stitches, a mighty triple treble crochet stitch. In this guide, we’ll explore the intricacies of this technique and learn how to crochet it.

Although this stitch stands in line with basic techniques, it requires some patience and practice to master. Its unique qualities may inspire you to try something new. TTR is taller than a double crochet and requires more focus and practice.

In this article, you will find a video tutorial, as well as written step-by-step instructions.

What is a Triple Treble Crochet Stitch?

This is the tallest basic crochet stitch, often abbreviated to ttr or trtr. It works perfectly for lacework and summer garments because it creates a delicate and airy texture. We commonly use it in advanced crochet patterns or as a detail. If you are looking for a way to add elegance and uniqueness to your projects, triple treble is a way to go.

In crochet diagrams, we mark it with a T shape and four crossbars that signify four yarnovers.

Benefits and uses of triple treble crochet

The unique characteristics of the triple treble make it versatile.

  • Height and Airiness – this extra-high stitch creates an airy and open structure. This quality makes it ideal for lightweight garments and lacy shawls.
  • Speeding up Large Projects – thanks to its height, this technique allows for quick coverage of large spaces.
  • Creating Lacy Designs – when working on intricate lacy designs, the skill of crocheting various tall stitches comes in handy.
  • Decorative Edging – to create scallops, shells, or ornamental borders, use this technique.
  • Lightweight Garments – employ this stitch in summer garments and accessories because it gives a lovely drape and airy structure.

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How to Triple Treble Crochet (ttr)

Let’s learn how to make a triple treble stitch.

Video Tutorial

Video by Crochetpedia for YourCrochet.

Step-by-step Guide

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

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

The turning chain for a triple treble crochet consists of six chain stitches and counts as a stitch.

  • Start with the turning chain of 6, or a foundation chain with additional 6 chain stitches.
  • Yarn over four times: Wrap the yarn over your hook four times, from back to front.
  • Insert your hook into the seventh 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 six 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 five loops remaining.
  • Yarn over again: Wrap the yarn over your hook.
  • Pull the yarn through the next two loops on your hook, leaving four loops remaining.
  • Yarn over again: Wrap the yarn over your hook.
  • Pull the yarn through the next two loops on your hook, leaving three loops remaining.
  • Yarn over again: Wrap the yarn over your hook.
  • Pull the yarn through the next 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 completed a triple treble crochet stitch. Continue these steps across the row to create a triple treble crochet fabric.

Common Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Working with tall stitches is not easy and requires some practice. Here are the most common mistakes you can make and their remedies.

  • Uneven Tension – keeping the right tension with a stitch as tall as this one may be hard. Some practice may resolve this problem, but consider changing the hook size or yarn weight if you still struggle.
  • Difficulty Pulling Through Loops – so many yarnovers may create a problem pulling the yarn through the loops on the hook. Do it slowly and gradually, or choose a bigger hook to make the process easier.
  • Problems with Turning Chain – keep an eye on the number of chains in your turning chain. Too many or too few chains will distort your edges. Remember that the turning chain counts here as a stitch.
  • Miscounting Stitches – study the anatomy of the crochet stitch to understand how it’s made. This way you will know what is and what isn’t a stitch, where to insert the hook, and how to count stitches. Use stitch markers and double-check the stitch count after each row.
  • Difficulty in Identifying the Stitch – if you are confused about how the stitch looks like, it’s time to refresh the basics. Learn stitch anatomy and see how to identify the tops of the stitches.

Variations and modifications

We rarely use the triple treble crochet as it is, especially in lacy designs. Here are some of the most popular variations of this technique:

  • Cluster Stitch – we create this kind of crochet by working multiple stitches in one stitch or space. Such a cluster adds texture to the piece and is beautifully eye-catching.
  • Triple Treble V-Stitch – work two TTR stitches in one, and you will create a V-stitch. You can then make another stitch between the arms of the V in the next row, creating an interesting pattern.
  • Front Post Triple Treble Crochet (FPtrtr) – contrary to regular ones, we work post stitches around the post of the stitch below. The front post means that the raised stitch will appear on the right side of the fabric.
  • Back Post Triple Treble Crochet (BPtrtr) – The back post means that the raised stitch will appear on the wrong side of the fabric.
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Creative Ways to Use the Triple Treble Crochet Stitch

We can use this unusual technique in various crochet projects. Its tall and elongated nature offers many creative ways to use it.

  • Lacy Shawls and Wraps – use the triple treble stitch to spice up lacy crochet shawls and wraps. The open and airy structure combines perfectly with other stitches.
  • Boho-style Garments – bohemian style is all about lace, and triple treble crochet is great for that. Use it in vests, cardigans, or dresses.
  • Summer Tops – make it in cotton yarn and enjoy a breathable and stylish garment.
  • Blanket Borders – this stitch will add the right amount of flair to your crochet blankets and accessories.
  • Curtains and Window Coverings – the height of the triple treble ensures a fantastic drape and see-through quality.
  • Crochet Mandalas – pair it with other decorative stitches to make a stunning wall decor item.

FAQ

What is the difference between a triple treble stitch and a treble stitch?

The main difference lies in the height of the stitch and the number of yarnovers. While you yarn over twice in a treble crochet stitch, you have to yarn over four times in the triple treble. It results in a more structural and elongated stitch, taller than the treble.

Is a triple treble stitch more difficult than a double treble stitch?

You may consider it more difficult, as there are more yarnovers to work with. That said, if you are confident in creating double treble, you won’t have many problems with adding one more yarnover.

Practice and patience are the key to mastering taller crochet stitches.

Can I use a triple treble stitch to create texture in my crochet project?

Yes, texture is one of the main advantages of this stitch. By using triple treble stitches, you add height and dimension to the fabric. Experiment with stitch combinations to achieve various effects.

How do I increase and decrease using triple treble crochet?

Increase and decrease are crucial in shaping.

Increase (2ttr in the same stitch)

To increase, work two triple treble stitches in the same base stitch or space.

Decrease (ttr2tog)

  1. Start by making one regular triple treble stitch, but stop when you have two loops on the hook (don’t pull through the last time).
  2. Yarn over four times and start making another triple treble in the next stitch, but again stop right before finishing the stitch. You should have three loops on the hook.
  3. Grab the yarn and pull through all.

You have now successfully decreased with ttr stitches.

Can I use a triple treble stitch to create lace in my crochet project?

Of course, this technique is perfect for creating crochet lace. Experiment with various combinations to create delicate and airy motifs. Mix it with the row of single crochet, double crochet, or even double treble crochet.

What types of yarn are best for making a triple treble stitch?

Although you can make this stitch with any type of yarn you want, lightweight or medium weight yarns will be the best. They provide good drape and are fantastic for showcasing the airy nature of this technique. Focus on the yarns with smooth texture and good stitch definition.

Can I use a triple treble stitch to create a border for my crochet project?

Yes, use it to make shells in scalloped designs, or go for wider, more intricate lacy borders. Even working triple trebles evenly along the edges will create a fun addition to any crochet blanket.

Can I use a triple treble stitch in combination with other crochet stitches?

Absolutely, and you definitely should try it. Combining multiple crochet stitches lets us to create intricate patterns and designs. Come up with various motifs and textures, and then decide which one you like best.

How do I read a pattern that includes a triple treble stitch?

Every written crochet pattern should have a section with a list of crochet abbreviations. Most commonly, a triple treble is abbreviated to “ttr” or “trtr”. Pay attention to the instructions and follow each step.

If you use crochet diagrams, triple treble will look like a tall T with four crossbars on the stem.

Summary

If you need height, texture and intricacy in your crochet projects, learn how to crochet triple treble. Its elongated shape offers beautiful structure, drape and openwork. Although working with four yarnovers may take some time to master, this stitch is definitely the one to add to your skill set.

We hope that now, with the right yarn and hook, you will be able to make your own triple treble crochet projects. This technique will come in handy – from lacy summer garments, to boho-style accessories and ornamental edgings. Experiment and practice, and you will be prepared to unlock a new creative potential.

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