Welcome to the Knitter's Guide to Crochet: Part 3! Are you ready to double crochet?
The double crochet stitch is formed the same way as the single crochet, but is twice as tall. It's like knitting two rows at once.
Like the single crochet stitch, you will make a live stitch, crochet into that stitch (but twice instead of once) and then bind it off before moving on to the second stitch.
I'm starting at the end of a single crochet row. I have not done my wrap and turn yet. My piece looks like this, and once again I am using a 5mm crochet hook and worsted weight yarn.
I'm now going to do a double crochet row on top of this, with a double crochet wrap and turn. Since the double crochet is a bigger stitch length wise, it is set up differently.
Double Crochet (dc) Break down:
1) Before you start your DC row, you must do a double crochet wrap and turn. For the double crochet, you chain two and then turn. (remember the Single Crochet you only chain one)
2) Now we will form the stitches. First yarn over on your hook (two loops on hook)
3) insert your hook into the stitch on the work.
4) yarn over again, and pull this yarn over through stitch. (three loops on hook)
5) yarn over again, and pull the yo through two stitches on your hook (two loops on hook)
6) yarn over again and pull this yarn though the last two loops on hook (one loop on hook)
The full stitch looks like this. You repeat steps 2-6 in each stitch until the end of the row, where you will then do another wrap and turn and keep repeating.
This lesson is also in video form if you are interested!
Looking for more crochet lessons? Click here for the table of contents, or click here for part four, increasing and decreasing!