Double crochet (dc) is one of the first stitches I learned and is used throughout many crochet projects, including the classic granny square. A double crochet is taller than a half double crochet and works up by adding an extra step to the process. This stitch is also used in filet crochet, making bobble stitches and many other techniques.
You’ll notice that this stitch is a lot looser than a single or half double crochet and works up much quicker, needing less rows to reach the same height as the swatches in my previous tutorials.
When crocheting the first row of double crochet, you need to start in the 4th chain from the hook. Unlike single crochet and half double crochet, the first 3 chains will count as a stitch and must be worked in to. Likewise, the chain 3 at the beginning of subsequent rows will also count as a stitch.
Yarn over (YO), insert hook through loop and YO.
Pull through loop so you have 2 loops on your hook.
Repeat like this to end of row.
To create a second row of dc, chain 3 (remember, this will count as 1 dc), YO, insert hook into next free st, YO, pull through st, YO, pull through first 2 loops, YO and pull through last 2 loops on hook.
I have put together a little tutorial on how to crochet a swatch of single crochet below. It’s always a good idea to make a swatch whenever you start a new project to not only make sure your tension is correct, but to also understand any new stitches that you’ve not encountered before.
DK weight yarn – I used Paintbox Simply DK in Misty Grey
Row 1: Ch 26, dc in 4th ch from hook, dc to end, turn (24)
Row 2: Ch 3, dc in first st and across row, turn (24)
Repeat Row 2 a further 10 times, break yarn and fasten off. Weave in ends.
If needed, gently block your swatch so that it lies flat.
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