Double Crochet Stitch Tutorial
Welcome Crocheter to the next tutorial in the crochet stitch tutorial series, the double crochet stitch. Crystal from ChristaCoDesign has created this amazing and detailed step-by-step crochet tutorial for you. She has beautiful crochet patterns and I cannot wait to see what you make using the double crochet stitch!! At the end of this tutorial, you will find crochet patterns for double crochet items as well as ones from the previous crochet stitch tutorials to include the single crochet, half double crochet, and double crochet.
By Crystal of ChristaCoDesign.com
Hi I'm Crystal the designer and blogger at ChristaCoDesign.com love sharing fun and easy crochet designs for the whole family. I've been finding my groove in the garment design area of the crochet world. I have four children ages 8 and under that love their mommy makes and inspire me with their spunk for life. The best part of designing is not only creating, but watching a vision come to life in my hands and then in yours!
This crochet stitch will be all about the Double Crochet Stitch, also known as the DC in patterns.
Start with a slip knot on your hook (if you want a refresher, see the ones in the Single Crochet Tutorial)
Yarn over (yo).
Pull through the chain.
Continue to yo and pull through to create a chain of the desired length.
I have chained 13 here.
Skip the first 3 chains.
You will work into the 4th chain marked here with the blue needle.
I prefer to work into the back loop of the chain. To do so, turn the chain over.
Insert your hook into the 4th chain from your hook.
Yarn over again.
Pull through the stitch, pulling up a loop. Now you will have 3 loops on your hook.
Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops on your hook.
Halfway there! 2 loops on your hook.
Yarn over again.
Pull through both loops on your hook. One double crochet complete.
The skipped chains usually count as a double crochet as well. So our count here is 2 dc.*
Yarn over and insert your hook into the next chain, yarn over and pull up a loop, yarn over and pull through 2 loops, yarn over and pull through the last 2 loops on your hook.*
Continue to repeat the instructions between ** in each chain across the row.
Turn your work.
Ch 3, this will count as the first dc of the second row.*
Yarn over and insert your hook into the next stitch.
Yarn over and pull up a loop, yo and pull through 2 loops, yo and pull through the last 2 loops.*
Continue to repeat the steps between ** across the row.
For a video version of this double crochet stitch tutorial see below.
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Here are a number of patterns that use the above stitch so you can practice and make some of your first crochet pieces!!!
ChristaCoDesign DC Patterns:
Spring Cardi is a beautiful cardigan using double crochet. You can make it with full sleeves, half sleeves, or 3/4 sleeves.
Lila Shawl is a gorgeous shawl that you can make one solid color or create with your favorite colorways!
Nebbia Sweater is an awesome sweater using double crochet that you can create in whatever color you love or create multiple ones in all the colors you love!!
Men’s Simple Striped Sweater is a great sweater to make for a significant other or as a gift for someone else.
Handy Little Me has a great pattern for creating a circular rug using just double crochet. You can create your own rugs for your home or for someone else’s.
EClaireMakery's Ocean’s Crystal Cowl Necklace is a fun and light cowl created in the round.
Twisted Arrow Designs:
Open Windows Triangle Scarf is a great scarf to make for those nippy spring or fall days and you can make it in many different colors and color combinations.
The Jeanie Hat is a fun quick hat that you can make in many colors and sizes.
Twisted Arrow Cardigan is a fun and easy pattern that has a cutout on the back and can be created in all sizes and colors.
By-Katerina - T-shirt in crochet this is a great crochet pattern that can be used in multiple different colors and sizes. I’m making my own, love the ease of the pattern, and look forward to wearing it!!
Also, here are some additional patterns you can make using all the stitches combined.
Christa Co Designs:
The Library Tote is an awesome bag to create using both the single stitch and double stitch.
Eileen Blanket is a beautiful blanket that can be lightweight or heavy depending upon the yarn you use to make it.
Capelet Infinity Scarf by Sarah Taylor Designer is a gorgeous infinity scarf that you can create using half double crochet and double crochet. It is one of my favorites and I have created a couple of these for myself and others.
If you are left-handed here is an extra tutorial specifically linked with you in mind. :) .
If you have arthritis or issues with your hands here are some extra tutorials and tips specifically designed with you in mind. :)
The Arthritis Foundation has an article with specific tips for knitting, crocheting, and cross stitching with arthritic hands. They have specific tips for each craft on things you can do to help make manage your arthritis while still allowing you to enjoy the craft you love.
Every Day Health has an article all about how to knit/crochet with Arthritis with 10 tips for how to keep crocheting/knitting. They even encourage you to crochet and craft with Arthritis because it can actually help you with managing it.
All Free Crochet has a full Crochet and Arthritis Tip Guide for those that have arthritis or issues with their hands complete with information about how to help your hands each time you crochet or craft and tips on how to adjust for your craft based on whether you have a good day or a bad day.
You can also find ergonomic crochet hooks (recommended for those with hand pain to ease it and allow you to crochet longer or at all) among the amazing crochet hook shops of Etsy in an earlier round up of crochet hooks.
For those of us trying to prevent hand pain from repetitive motion hand pain, Yarn Obsession has written an article specifically for us :) She goes through several recommendations for how to keep our hands healthy as well as ways to stretch and items that could help if you crochet a lot (for work or pleasure).
YouTube has several videos where people have discussed tips that have helped them with crocheting or knitting with Arthritis or other health issues that cause your hands and body to be stiff.
Jen B discusses how she crochets in this 3 minute video and shows you how to best hold the yarn and more.
Motion Works Blog has an article on tips for crocheting and using your hands despite having arthritis and also gives several stretches that you can do to help your hands while crocheting or crafting.
Laughing Hens has an article specifically about stretches (complete with pictures!) that are great for both crocheters and knitters. I think I’ll start doing these too to help my hands when I’m working on a variety of projects!
Thank you for joining us for this double crochet stitch tutorial! What crochet stitches are you wanting to learn about? I’d also love to hear from you about what types of resources you want more on as well as Makers you would like to nominate for a Maker Feature! Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a comment on this article! Looking forward to hearing from you and have a great day!