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How to do the Double Crochet Stitch

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The double crochet stitch is a simple, versatile stitch that is one of the most commonly used stitches in crochet. In terms of height, this stitch is taller than both a single crochet and half double crochet stitch but shorter than the treble (triple) crochet stitch. This tutorial will show you how to double crochet with simple, step-by-step photos and instructions.

For this tutorial, I’m using a 5.5 mm Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook and Bernat Premium (size 4) yarn in Sky Blue.

When the double crochet stitch is used in a pattern (using U.S. terms), it will be abbreviated as DC.

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Step 1: Make a slip knot and chain your desired number of stitches minus 1 CH. I.e. If you want 20 stitches, CH 19. Now chain 3 more stitches. For practice, start by creating 14 chains. Yarn over (YO) and insert your hook into the fourth chain (CH) from the hook through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. (You will never work in the 1st chain from the hook unless it is specified in the pattern).

Crochet Chains made with blue yarn
Second step of how to double crochet

Step 2: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull the yarn through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook.

Step 3 of the crochet stitch tutorial using blue yarn
Step 4 of the crochet stitch tutorial using blue yarn

Step 3: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull through two loops on your hook. You will have two loops remaining on your hook.

Two loops on a crochet stitch in progress using blue yarn

Step 4: Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull thtrough remaining two loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook. One double crochet stitch completed.

One completed stitch and a CH 3 turning chain

Step 5: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain (CH) through the center of the V and under the back bar of the chain. Yarn over (YO), pull through the chain. You will now have three loops on your hook. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. You will have two loops remaining on your hook. Yarn over (YO) your hook and pull thtrough remaining two loops on your hook. You will have one loop remaining on your hook This is your second double crochet stitch (DC) completed.

Repeat Step 5 in each remaining chain.

starting of a second double crochet stitch
second step of how to double crochet
second stitch completed.

Note: When counting your stitches, make sure you count the first three skipped stitches as a stitch. If you are following the example and started with a CH 14, you should have 12 stitches.

To add a second (or more) row(s):


To add a second row of DC stitches, chain 3 and turn your work counterclockwise. You’ll now be working across the tops of the stitches you just made.

Note: The chain 3 typically counts as a stitch unless the pattern tells you otherwise. This chain is referred to as the turning chain.

Chain 3 of the second row of crochet swatch

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Step 1: Yarn over and insert your hook into the second to last stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops , yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook. One DC Stitch completed.

Close up of the beginning of the first stitch of the second row of double crochet
In progress stitch

Step 2: Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch of the previous row under top 2 loops , yarn over (YO) and pull through the stitch. Yarn over (YO) and pull through two loops on your hook. Yarn over and pull through remaining two loops on hook. One DC Stitch completed.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 in each remaining DC stitch across.

Second row of stitches completed.

To add more rows, you would repeat the instructions for adding your second row until your piece reaches the desired size.

swatch of completed stitches

I hope that you enjoyed this tutorial! Please don’t forget to pin and share this post. Like stitch tutorials? Check out my Single Crochet Stitch Tutorial, Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial, Foundation Half Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial and Foundation Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial.

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