Saturday, 22 June 2013

Treble or Triple Crochet Stiches

Crochet is a great hobby for creating some beautiful patterns and all it takes is some yarn or wool and a crochet hook.  Once you have mastered the art of crochet, you will become addicted and crochet is easier than it looks!

Treble or Triple Crochet Stitches (Double in the US)
The treble crochet stitch is one of the most commonly used patterns in crochet designs.  It is commonly used as a simple pattern on its own or can be used as part of an intricate and complicated crochet pattern.

The abbreviation for the treble or triple crochet stitch is ‘tr’.  You will commonly see this abbreviation in crochet patterns.

How to do a treble or triple crochet pattern

First of all, crochet some chain stitches, about 30 chains.  This is your foundation chain.  Then wrap the yarn around your crochet hook once, then insert your crochet hook through into the third chain, wrap the yarn around the hook and then draw the yarn back through the chain so you now have 3 loops on your hook.  Wrap the yarn around the hook again and draw through the 2 last loops on your crochet hook and you should be left with just 2 hoops on your crochet hook.  Wrap the yarn around your crochet hook again and draw through the 2 remaining loops.  You should just have one loop left remaining wrapped around your crochet hook.  You have now completed your first treble crochet stitch.

Insert your crochet hook into the next chain and repeat the same action as described.

Once you have completed your first row of treble crochet stitches, turn your work around and then make 3 chains with your crochet hook.  These 3 chains counts as your first treble stitch.  Miss the first treble stitch, wrap the yarn around your crochet hook and insert your crochet hook into the next treble crochet.  Your hook should pass through inside the treble crochet stitch rows below (the V shape which is the chain part of the treble stitch row below).  Continue creating your triple crochet pattern in the same way as before.

Here is a video demonstration of how to do the foundation crochet chain stitches and the treble or triple crochet stitches using dark red acrylic wool and size 7 or 4.5 mm crochet hook.



The treble stitch is a little taller than the double crochet stitches and you will find that your work will grow quickly using the treble stitches. 

The treble crochet stitches are great for making scarves, hats and chunky winter jumpers.

Try experimenting with different yarns, wool and different colours and shades for great results.