The Double Crochet Stitch
Crochet Lessons for beginners, Unit 7
Next stitch which you will learn to crochet is the double crochet stitch. You can work double crochet stitch in rows or rounds. In this lesson we a step by step look at how to make the double crochet in rows.
And so, begin your working with chain stitches. Make 20 chain stitches plus 2 turning chains. The first stitch make into the third off hook loop (the loop on the hook is not counted). Making the double crochet stitch we can be divided in four stages. First, wrap the working yarn over your crochet hook:
Double crochet stitch, the first stage
Insert your hook into the next loop (under both front and back loops), catch the working yarn and pull it toward you through the work. You have now three loops on the hook:
Double crochet stitch, the second stage
Then again catch the working yarn and pull it through the first two loops on the hook. You have now two loops on the hook:
Double crochet stitch, the third stage
Once again catch the working yarn and pull it through two remaining loops on your hook. You made the double crochet stitch.
Double crochet stitch, the fourth stage
So you crochet to the end of row. Turn over your work, make two turning chains and then make 20 double crochet stitch and so on.
Do not forget making a turning chains.
The Double Crochet Stitch “In Space”
Previously we already considered three ways crocheting stitches: inserting the hook under front loop, under back loop, under front and back loops. There is another way crocheting stitches: in space between stitches ("in space"). In the picture below well seen that the double crochet stitch has a post (the vertical part of the stitch called the post), and on the top of post there is a loop, in which we insert our hook. You can insert your hook not only in the stitch but and in the space between the posts of the crochet stitches: in this case you will capture not one, not two, but three horizontal threads of the stitch at once.
The Double Crochet Stitch in space between stitches
In picture: at the bottom - the hook was inserted under both front and back loops, at the top - the hook was inserted in space between stitches. The appearance of the fabric differs slightly: during crocheting "in the loop" the fabric is slightly denser.
Next lesson: How to crochet in a spiral