How to Double Crochet

How to Double Crochet for Beginners

Double Crochet Video

After learning how to make a Beginning Chain, the second skill I like to teach new crocheters is how to make a Double Crochet, abbreviated as dc in written patterns. The Double Crochet is one of the most popular crochet stitches used frequently because it works up quickly and is a versatile stitch used in a large variety of projects. In fact, when I first learned to crochet, I made a bunch of Double Crochet afghans for extra practice. Once you have mastered the Double Crochet you may want to try making Granny Squares. It’s a great first time Crochet Project for Beginners. 

In order to work the Double Crochet, you’ll need to start with a Beginning Chain.  Note that a Beginning Chain and a Foundation Chain are two different ways to Chain. Make sure to stop and take a look at this video on How to make a Beginning Chain. 

How to Double Crochet

For this tutorial, we are using Mary Maxim’s Best Value Yarn in the color Wisteria and a size H-8 (5.00 mm) hook.

Step 1: Chain 12 Stitches 9 + 3 (as 1st DC) =10

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Step 3:  Yarn over and pull the yarn through.

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Step 5:  Yarn over and pull the yarn through the remaining 2 loops on the hook. 

Step 2:  Yarn over by wrapping the yarn from behind around the hook and insert your hook into the middle of the 4 chain from the hook.  The 3 skipped chains count as the first dc when indicated in the pattern.

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Step 4:  Yarn over and pull the yarn through 2 loops on the hook

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Sampler Stitch

Take a look at the Swatch we made for our up and coming Sampler Stitch Project. Notice how the Double Crochet stitch is about twice the size of a single crochet. To accommodate for the height of these stitches, we begin each row with a chain. Many crocheters choose not to, but it is highly recommended for beginners. Making a chain 3 at the beginning of your row when indicated in a pattern helps you keep the edges of your work straight.  

Look for a post about our Sampler Stitch Project soon. You’ll find full instructions on how to make a Sampler Blanket using Mary Maxim Best Value yarn. We recommend you use Mary Maxim Best Value Yarn for this project, but you can substitute it with other Mary Maxim Yarns if you are comfortable adjusting for gauge.  


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