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« on: November 13, 2010 02:24:05 PM »

This post is about the double crochet stitch (dc in patterns). This is the US term. The UK term for it is treble crochet (tr in patterns). Make sure you know which terminology is being used in the pattern youre using!

Lets start!

Here we are at the end of the previous row:

(For working into the base chain, refer to the Insert Hook post. Ignore the following turning chain information, and work your first dc into the 4th chain from the hook)

The turning chain for this stitch is 3ch. This counts as a stitch. Patterns assume you know this, and will specifically say otherwise if they want you to do something else.

So chain 3:


And turn:


Before we start the stitch, lets look at where were going to put it:

The red arrow is pointing to the first stitch in the row below. Were not going to work into that one because, as I said earlier, the turning chain counts as a stitch. If we put one here, well have too many!

Instead, work your first real stitch into the second stitch of the row below, where the green arrow is pointing.
(for the colour blind: Red arrow is on the right. Green is on the left)

Heres the stitch:

Yarn over:


Insert hook, then yarn over (grab the yarn):


Pull the loop up (3 loops on hook):


Grab the yarn (yarn over):


Pull through 2 loops (2 loops left on hook):


Grab the yarn (yarn over):


Pull through 2 loops:


Done!

To continue, here are the instructions without the pictures:
Yarn over. Insert hook. Yarn over, pull through (3 loops on hook). Yarn over. Pull through 2 loops (2 loops on hook). Yarn over, pull through 2 loops. Done.

I use this stitch more than any other! Its good for blankets, scarves, hats, slippers, motifs Its the main stitch used in Granny Squares. It works up quickly, so is good for larger items. This stitch is also commonly used in filet crochet and other thread crochet.

Its not a good stitch for anything you plan on stuffing though, like an amigurumi or a pillow, as the stuffing will show between the stitches.

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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2010 04:06:02 PM »

I wish I had read this tutorial before I started my afghan...now I know why my afghan is growing...Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2010 04:28:16 PM »

Oh dear, what was the problem??

ETA: oooh, was it the "where to put the first stitch" part?  I think that happens to a lot of people!
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2010 06:17:22 PM »

Oh dear, what was the problem??

ETA: oooh, was it the "where to put the first stitch" part?  I think that happens to a lot of people!

That's always my problem I think.
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« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2010 06:30:33 AM »

yep Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2010 11:35:40 AM »

Thanks for posting this! I practiced for awhile, and my rectangle was still ending up wonky. But then I realized that my main difficulty is knowing where to make the LAST stitch in a row. I have to make myself go one more than I think I should. I wouldn't have been able to figure that out if I didn't have this tutorial to show me that I was at least putting the first stitch in the right place. Thanks! I'm determined to move beyond just using single crochet and only making scarves this winter.
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2010 06:26:01 PM »

That is an excellent point!  If there is any sun out tomorrow, I'll see if I can take pictures showing the last stitch.  I might do that as a separate tutorial, only because it'll be the same for every stitch except for US sc.

Until then: the last stitch is always worked into the turning chain of the previous row.  The exception is when working in US sc because the turning chain in that stitch doesn't count as a stitch, so you just ignore it.
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« Reply #7 on: November 27, 2010 08:26:03 PM »

You confirmed my suspicions. Thank you! I am trying to get double crochet and crocheting in the round figured out so I can do them together and make a hat!
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2010 03:51:51 AM »

I wish I had read this tutorial before I started my afghan...now I know why my afghan is growing...Cheesy

I was just thinking the exact same thing!  I should go count and see how many extra stitches I have now  Roll Eyes Cheesy
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