Monday, 24 June 2013

Double Crochet Stitches

Double crochet is one of the most commonly used and well-known stitches in crochet and stands about a third of a height of a treble crochet stitch.  In abbreviated terms when following a crochet pattern, double crochet is known as ‘dc’ in shorthand. 

How To Crochet Double Crochet Stitches

To make a double crochet stitch, first of all, make some foundation chain stitches.  The foundation stitches are always made first before crocheting any crochet stitches.  Insert your crochet hook into the second chain stitch from your hook.  Wrap the yarn over the crochet hook (yoh), and then draw the yarn through.  You should have 2 loops on your crochet hook.  Wrap the yarn over your crochet hook again and draw through the 2 last loops on your crochet hook.  You should now only have one hook on your crochet hook.  You have just created your first double crochet.  Continue working your double crochet into each of the foundation chain stitches until you reach the end.
Turn your work around and then make 1 chain.  This is your turning chain.  However, this may vary when following a crochet pattern; always check your pattern for instructions for where you should insert your crochet hook. 


Once you have made your turning chain, insert your hook into the first double crochet in the first space. Yarn over hook (yoh), and then draw the yarn through the space.  Yarn over hook again and then draw the last 2 hoops on your hook.  Repeat this and work your double crochet stitches until you reach the end of the row, turn your work and make 1 turning chain, and so on.

For a more detailed demonstration of how to crochet a double crochet stitch, you can view the YouTube video, shown on this post for guidance.

What Is Double Crochet Used For

Double Crochet (Single Crochet in US)
Double crochet is used in so many different ways and is one of the basic crochet stitches.  It is commonly used for edgings, seams and also general patterns such as garments, scarves, hats and gloves. 

It is always a good idea to learn how to do crochet double stitches before moving onto taller and more complex stitches, such as the treble stitches, half treble stitches, and many other crochet stitches.

Crochet And The US and UK

In other parts of the world, names of crochet stitches may vary, for example, in the US, the double crochet stitch is known as the single crochet stitch and the treble (triple) crochet stitch is known as the double crochet stitch so it can be confusing to some people.