Want to learn how to double crochet for beginners? I have gathered tutorials and videos to share on how to do the double crochet stich both right and left handed.
I will share my tips for crocheting and my free beginner crochet patterns. All my patterns tutorials will be shown left-handed but I will try to include a video or written tutorial link for right handed crocheters.
Crocheting is a great hobby. I think is easier to learn than knitting. All you need to crochet is a crochet hook and some yarn.
What crochet stitch uses the least yarn? The double crochet stitch. The stitch is easy and fast and does not use much yarn while gaining high fast.
If you want a fast and easy crochet project use the double crochet stitch for you next scarf or blanket pattern.
For a crochet beginner, I would choose gauge 4 worsted yarn in acrylic. This is an average yarn that is easy to get and work with.
You can find the gauge of the yarn on the label, as well as, what it is made out of. You will be looking for gauge 4.
I would stay away from cotton, velvet or chenille yarn for your beginning projects.
For the crochet hook, I would purchase a set of metal hooks, including a size H or 5 mm hook. I have found that the metal hooks are easy to work with.
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How to do the Double Crochet Stitch for Beginners – Crochet Stitch DC
How to Tie a Slip Knot
The first thing you need to know, after the hook and yarn for how to crochet for beginners is a slip knot. You use a slip knot to put the yarn to the crochet hook.
- Cross the yarn and hold the x between your fingers, with the short piece on the left.
- Then, holding the x, put your fingers in the loop.
- Form a loop, you pull on the short side of the yarn into the loop, while holding on the the short end of the yarn.
- Pull on the loop you made until small enough to fit snugly around the crochet hook. Make sure you hold both pieces of yarn while you pull through the loop. Then pull on the short end to tighten around the hook.
More Tips on How to Tie a Slip Knot
- Learn to Crochet
- How to Tie a Slip Knot – Right Handed Written
- How to Tie a Slip Knot – Right Handed Video
- Left Handed Written- How to Tie a Slip Knot
- How to Tie a Slip Knot – Left Handed Video
How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch
The first crochet stitch you will need to learn is the chain crochet stitch. This stitch is how you will start all of your projects.
The chain stitch is usually abbreviated ch. You count your chain stitches by the top curve. You will want to count as you chain.
- First, you have the slip knot snug on your hook, holding the hook in your preferred grip, and your yarn threaded through your opposite hand. The slip knot needs to be close to the indention on the hook with the hook part facing up.
- Next, lay the yarn over the hook using your opposite hand. This is called yarn over. Then twist the hook to catch the yarn. Then pull the hook through the loop.
- You repeat the steps for the number of chains that are required for your pattern. You want each chain a similar size.
I hold the tail of the slip knot with my right hand (opposite of the hook). A little lose for chain stitches is better than too tight stitches If your project starts to ripple, then your chain stitches are likely too tight.
You will want to practice the chain stitch until you have an even stitches of the same size.
How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch Right & Left Handed – Video & Tutorial
- Learn to Crochet for Beginners
- Written Right Handed – How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch
- How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch – Video Right Handed
- Written Left Handed – How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch
- How to Crochet for Beginners Chain Stitch – Video Left Handed
How to Double Crochet Stitch DC (UK – Treble) Photo Tutorial
After you have the chain stitch mastered, you will want to learn the double crochet stitch, as know as dc. In the UK, the same stitch is called treble crochet.
When you get to crochet pattern reading you will want to double check the terms and abbreviations used so there is no confusion.
After you learn the single crochet stitch you will want to learn the double crochet stitch, also know as dc. This stitch is know as the treble in UK terms.
In the 4th chain from the hook, yarn over and insert your hook into the chain space.
Yarn over again and pull through the stitch, also called pulling up a loop.
Yarn over again and pull through the first two loops on the hook.
Yarn over and pull through the remaining loops on your hook. Stitch completed.
To complete the row, do one double crochet in each chain stitch. Chain 3 after the last double crochet. Turn.
Row 2: double crochet in the 2nd stitch, not the the one with the turning chain. Then double crochet in each stitch until the end of the row.
Make sure the last double crochet is in the turning chain from the row below. Chain 3. Turn.
Repeat row 2 until you have the size you want.
You will want to count your stitches and make sure you are not adding or subtracting which is a common beginner problem.
The double crochet stitch is abbreviated dc. Patterns are usually written in abbreviations.
There are difference between US and UK crochet patterns so you need to check which way the crochet pattern is written.
How to Crochet for Beginners Double Crochet Stitch DC Right & Left Handed – Video & Tutorial
- Learn to Crochet for Beginners
- Written Right Handed – How to do the Double Crochet Stitch DC
- Video Left Handed – How to do the Double Crochet Stitch DC
- Video Right Handed – How to do the Double Crochet Stitch DC
How to Crochet for Beginners Single Crochet Stitch Right & Left Handed – Video & Tutorial
- Learn to Crochet for Beginners
- Single Crochet Stitch How to Tutorial (sc)
- Written Right Handed – How to do the Single Crochet Stitch sc
- Video Left Handed – How to do the Single Crochet Stitch sc
- Video Right Handed – How to do the Single Crochet Stitch sc
Free Beginner Crochet Patterns to Try
- Beginner How to Bulky Yarn Baby Blanket
- Even Berry Dish Cloth
- Herringbone Dish Cloth
- Ocean Stripe Baby Blanket – free pattern
- Blue Stripe Baby Boy Crochet Blanket Pattern – Free
- 19 Free Crochet Dishcloth Patterns – Great for Cleaning
- Moss Stitch Crochet Cowl Pattern Free
- Moss Stitch Winter Headband Crochet Pattern Free
- Beginner Moss Stitch Scarf
- Chunky Herringbone Throw
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I have been crocheting since I was 8 years old. I have 40 plus years of experience. My blogging journey started in 2013 and I have been writing about crafts and crocheting since then. I started blogging full time in 2019.