How to Double Crochet Stitch (dc): Guide for Beginners

by Jamey
How to Double Crochet Stitch

How to Double Crochet Stitch (dc): Guide for Beginners

Double crochet stitches are one of the classic crochet stitches that are used in so many different crochet projects. It is one of the easiest crochet stitches to learn and one of the most versatile stitches in crochet. 

If you are a beginner wondering how to do a double crochet stitch, this article is for you! I have a step-by-step photo tutorial to show you how to double crochet, as well as a video tutorial that you can follow along with. 

I also have some tips about working with double crochet and some free patterns you can use to practice your double crochet stitches.

 

What is Double Crochet?

The double crochet stitch is one of the six most basic crochet stitches. It is a simple stitch that is popular among crocheters because of its versatility.

Double crochet stitches are used in a variety of stitches and stitch patterns. For example, the famous “Granny stitch” is made up of clusters of 3 double crochets. It is a great stitch to use for making afghans, baby blankets, sweaters, and a lot of other crochet projects.

Double crochet can be worked in rows, joined rounds, or continuous rounds. Several crochet stitches are a variation of the regular dc and are used in many free patterns online.

 

About the Double Crochet Stitch

In US crochet terms, double crochet is abbreviated as DC. In UK terms, the double crochet stitch is called treble crochet and abbreviated as TR (note* this is why it’s important to check what terminology a crochet pattern uses before you start your crochet project).

However, in written patterns with charts, regular double crochet stitches are represented by a long “T” shape with a diagonal cross.
treble crochet

 

Double Crochet Stitch Height

A double crochet stitch is a tall stitch and is twice the height of a single crochet, which is a short stitch. Your standard double crochet stitches are also a taller stitch compared to a half double crochet but shorter than treble crochet.
Crochet Stitch Heights Abbreviations

To start a new row of double crochet, you typically make a turning chain of 3 stitches to match the height of the stitch. In most patterns, the ch-3 counts as your first double crochet stitch, and you will be asked to skip the first stitch at the beginning of the row and work your first double crochet into the second stitch.

But make sure to consult your pattern, as some designers use two chains for a turning chain, and some do not count the turning chain as a stitch. 

Double crochet stitches are typically used to make a solid fabric that works quickly. If you know how to do a double crochet stitch, you’ll be able to crochet a number of its variations that create beautiful stitch patterns for your crochet projects.

 

Double Crochet vs. Single Crochet

A double crochet is worked similarly to a single crochet. The difference is that to make a double crochet stitch, you will wrap your yarn around the hook once before beginning each stitch. Double crochet stitches worked in a row look like stacked V’s. Double crochet stitches are great if you’re looking for a fast crochet project that covers a large surface area quickly. Compared to the single crochet stitch, which usually produces a much more structured-looking fabric, double crochet stitches have a much looser and softer drape.

Single crochet stitches create a tight, dense fabric, while double crochets create a more flexible, open fabric. A fabric made with single crochets uses up more yarn than a fabric made with double crochets. Single crochet also uses up more yarn to make a fabric compared to one that uses double crochets.

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Materials and Tools Needed to Make the Double Crochet Stitch 

You will need your basic crochet supplies to make a double crochet stitch. 

For beginners, it is recommended to use a light-colored, worsted weight yarn such as Lion Brand Vanna’s Choice yarn and an I-9 or 5 mm crochet hook. You may also check your yarn label for the recommended hook size.

You will also need stitch markers, scissors, and a tapestry needle to weave in your ends.

 

How to Double Crochet Step-by-Step Photo Tutorial for Beginners

If this is your first time crocheting, follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below to learn the double crochet stitch. You will need to know how to make a slip knot and how to make the chain stitch (ch).

 

Slip Knot and Foundation Chain

To make a double crochet, you will need to start with a foundation chain. 

To create your foundation chain, you will need to make a slip knot on your hook.

Slip Knot and Foundation Chain

You can start making your foundation chain when you have your slip knot. The number of chains you will make depends on the pattern you are following. For this tutorial, we will only make 8 chain stitches.

Yarn over and pull up a loop with your working yarn to create your first chain stitch. Repeat the process to make your second chain, and continue until you have 8 chains.

Foundation Chain

 

First Double Crochet Stitch

Mark the fourth chain from your hook. This is where you will make your first dc stitch.


To start your first double crochet row, yarn over and insert the hook into the chain.

First Double Crochet Row
Yarn over and pull through the first loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

First Double Crochet Loop
Yarn over and pull through two loops. You will now have 2 loops on your hook.

First Double Crochet Two Loops
Yarn over and pull through both loops.

Two Loops Crochet

 

First Row of Double Crochet Stitches

Yarn over, and insert your hook into the next chain. 

First Row of Double Stitches
Yarn over and pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

Three Loops Crochet
Yarn over and pull through two loops. You will have 2 loops left on your hook.
Pulling through Two Loops Crochet
Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Last Two Loops Double Crochet
Repeat the process until you reach the end of the chain. You have now made your first row of double crochet.

First Row of Double Crochet

 

Double Crochet Turning Chain

To start the next row, chain 3 and turn your work. This turning chain counts as your first double crochet.

 

Second Row of Double Crochet Stitches

You will skip the first stitch of the previous row and start crocheting in the next stitch (4th chain from your hook). Make sure you insert your hook in the right place at the beginning of each row so that you will have the same number of stitches all throughout.

Double Crochet Chain 4

Yarn over, and insert your hook under the “v” (the top of the stitch below). Pull up a loop. You should have 3 loops on your hook.

Double Crochet Start of 2nd Row
Yarn over and pull through the first 2 loops. 

Double Crochet 2nd Row First Loop
Yarn over and pull through the remaining 2 loops.

Double Crochet 2nd Row Last Loop
Repeat the process until you reach the last stitch at the end of the row. Make the last double crochet of the row in the top of the chain of the previous row’s turning chain. You have now finished your second row of double crochet.

Double Crochet Second Row
Continue to repeat this process for as many rows as you need. It’s that simple!

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How to Double Crochet Step-by-Step Video Tutorial

If you are more of a visual learner who prefers to watch videos, I have created a step-by-step crochet tutorial to show you how to make the double crochet stitch. Check out the video tutorial below:

 

Double Crochet Stitch FAQs

While the double crochet stitch is an easy stitch to learn, some beginners come across issues when learning how to double crochet. Let’s see if we can help with that. Here are some common questions about the double crochet stitch. 

 

Why Are My Edges Uneven?

Uneven edges are one of the issues most crocheters have when making double crochet rows. You can try chaining 2 instead of 3 to minimize the gaps at the beginning of a row. This is a crochet tip or technique that many crocheters find helpful for more consistent-looking edges.

 

Why Are My Rows Shrinking or Growing?

A growing or shrinking swatch of crochet fabric often happens when you unknowingly add or subtract stitches to your rows.

The best way to avoid this problem is to take note of these tips:

  • Turning chains usually count as a stitch. Remember to skip the first stitch of the row and make your first real dc into the 2nd stitch. If you make your first stitch into the bottom of your turning chain from the previous row, you will have added a stitch to your new row. 
  • Use a stitch marker to mark the top of your turning chain. This is a great visual reminder of where you will put your hook for the last stitch at the end of each row. If you miss this stitch, you will have subtracted one stitch from your new row so this stitch marker is a great crochet trick, especially if you’re a beginner.

Tip - Stitch marker on turning chain

  • You can also count your stitches after making a couple of rows to make sure you have not accidentally added or subtracted stitches along the way.

 

Free Crochet Patterns Using the Double Crochet Stitch

 

Double Crochet Blanket Patterns

Easy Double Crochet Blanket

This crochet blanket pattern is super easy to make. You also have the option to create your own stripe pattern using two (or more) of your favorite colors. You are also given 8 different size options to choose from – from lovely size all the way up to a king-size crochet blanket!
Yarn: Lion Brand Pound of Love Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: J-10 / 6mm (for main blanket) and H-8 / 5mm (for border)

Pattern via Easy Crochet

Easy Double Crochet Blanket

 

Forever Blanket Crochet Pattern

This quick and easy crochet blanket pattern is beginner friendly, and perfect for mindless crocheting. You can put on your favorite movie or TV series and crochet the night away. You also have endless possibilities for different color combinations using your favorite worsted-weight yarn.
Yarn: Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: I-9 / 5.5mm 

Pattern via Sigoni Macaroni

 

All Double Crochet Blanket Pattern

This easy crochet blanket pattern is made up of 18,000 double crochet stitches! Make the finished blanket is 150 rows of 120 double crochet stitches, and measures approximately 50” x 60”. You can create your own stripe pattern or use this random stripe generator to create your blanket.
Yarn: Caron One Pound Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: J-10 / 6mm

Pattern via Kristine in Between

All Double Crochet Blanket Pattern

 

Modern Double Crochet V-Stitch Blanket Pattern

Crochet V-Stitches are one of the easiest double crochet stitch variations. The V-stitches in this crochet blanket pattern, along with the color changes, make the stripes look like small chevrons. You will have to make a practice swatch to check your hook size because this stitch pattern works up a bit loose because of the gaps in between the v’s.
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: H-8 / 5mm crochet hook

Pattern via Daisy Farm Crafts

Modern Double Crochet V-Stitch Blanket Pattern

 

Double Crochet Baby Blanket Patterns

Easy Crochet Blanket Pattern

Make a quick baby shower gift with just 2 skeins and some double crochets. This beginner-friendly baby blanket pattern looks great in any color, and can be made with any worsted weight yarn. Choose a premium acrylic yarn or a 100% cotton yarn for a soft, baby-friendly blanket.
Yarn: Premier Basix Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: J-10 / 6mm crochet hook

Pattern via Daisy Cottage Designs

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

 

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern

Make this double crochet baby blanket in any size you want. The instructions are measurement-based so you can use any yarn you want. Add a simple single crochet border, and you’ve got a sweet crochet baby blanket.
Yarn: Red Heart Soft Baby Steps Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: G-6 / 4mm

Pattern via Felt Magnet

Easy Crochet Baby Blanket Pattern by Felt Magnet

 

Something New Crossed Double Crochet Baby Blanket

This simple crochet baby blanket will bring joy to any newborn. The pattern uses basic stitches such as chains, single crochet, and double crochet. Crossed double crochet stitches give this crochet blanket a beautiful texture that you will absolutely love.
Yarn: Baby Bee Stork Struck Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: H-8 / 5mm

Pattern via The Loophole Fox

Something New Crossed Double Crochet Baby Blanket

 

Which Way Baby Blanket

A gender-neutral crochet baby blanket, you can make this in any color to give as baby shower gifts. It features a triangle pattern that is made using chains and skipped stitches. It is beginner friendly and works up quickly with double crochet stitches.
Yarn: Paintbox Yarns Baby DK Light Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: G-6 / 4mm

Pattern via Underground Crafter

Which Way Baby Blanket Double Crochet Pattern

 

Double Crochet Bag Patterns

Easy Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

Crochet tote bags are a great alternative to plastic bags. Take them to the store, the farmer’s market, or pretty much anywhere you go. These eco-friendly crochet tote bags are great when made with sturdy cotton yarn.
Yarn: Lily Sugar n’ Cream Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: J-10 / 6mm

Pattern via Easy Crochet

Easy Crochet Tote Bag Pattern

 

Small Crochet Market Bag Pattern

One skein is all you need to make this fast and easy crochet market bag. Slightly smaller than your typical plastic bag, it is the perfect size for a reusable market bag. It’s easy to carry and will look great with some cute embellishments.
Yarn: Lion Brand Re-Tweed Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: I-9 / 5mm

Pattern via Left in Knots

Small Crochet Market Bag Pattern

 

Mesh Stitch Crochet Market Bag Pattern

This crochet market bag is available in three sizes – small, medium, and large. It is worked in one piece from the bottom-up, and uses your basic crochet stitches. Raffia yarn makes this bag lightweight and stain-resistant, and helps the bag hold up its shape even when carrying lots of things.
Yarn: Raffia Yarn
Crochet Hook: 3mm

Pattern via Craft Passion

Mesh Stitch Crochet Market Bag Pattern

 

Double Crochet Hat Patterns

Simple Double Crochet Hat Pattern

This beginner-friendly crochet hat pattern is worked in rounds, from the top-down. There are different size options available, from preemie to adult (large). This hat will look great in a single color, or you may experiment with using different color combinations to make a more unique hat.
Yarn: Red Heart with Love or Red Heart Super Saver Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: I-9 / 5.5mm

Pattern via Oombawka Design Crochet

Simple Double Crochet Hat Pattern

 

Seamless Double Crochet Hat

This crochet hat pattern uses the invisible join technique to make your color changes look seamless. Using just double stitches, you’ll be able to make this hat in every size for the whole family. A video tutorial is available to walk you through how to make the hat, as well as the invisible join technique used.
Yarn: Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: I-9 / 5.5mm

Pattern via Yay for Yarn

Seamless Double Crochet Hat

 

1.5 Hour Beanie Crochet Pattern

This super easy beanie is a great first project for beginner crocheters. You will use double crochets to make a rectangle, sew it close, and add a cute little pompom on top. With bulky yarn, you’ll be able to crochet this knit-look beanie in no time.
Yarn: Lion Brand Hue and Me Yarn
Crochet Hook: L-11 / 8mm

Pattern via Make and Do Crew

1.5 Hour Beanie Crochet Pattern

 

 

Double Crochet Scarf Patterns

Double Crochet V-Stitch Scarf Pattern

You don’t need to be a beginner to enjoy making this scarf. It’s a great pattern for crocheters of all levels, whether you are making it for yourself, a loved one, or for your table at a local craft fair. Practice your double crochets as you make this scarf with its lovely v-stitches that give it an elegant look.
Yarn: Hobby Lobby’s I Love This Yarn! Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: J-10 / 6mm

Pattern via Sigoni Macaroni

Double Crochet V-Sticth Scarf Pattern

 

Double Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern

This gorgeous infinity scarf is a beginner-friendly pattern that is quick and easy to make. All it takes is double crochets and 2 skeins of your favorite worsted weight yarn! You’ll be able to crochet this sophisticated scarf in no time.
Yarn: Lion Brand’s Vanna’s Choice Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: N-15 / 10mm

Pattern via Delia Creates

Double Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern

 

Double Crochet Scarf Free Pattern

Bobble stitches add an element of texture and color to this easy double crochet scarf. The added fringes add a boho look that looks great with any outfit. Experiment with different colors to find a combination that suits your style.
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted Weight Yarn
Crochet Hook: 7 / 4.5mm

Pattern via Lion Brand

Double Crochet Scarf Free Pattern

 

Double Crochet Stitch Variation Video Tutorials

If you enjoyed this double crochet stitch article, you might be interested in these crochet stitch tutorials that show you how to do some variations of the double crochet stitch.

 

Once you have learned these basic stitches, you will be able to create countless beautiful crochet projects such as this Easy Chevron Blanket and a number of lovely Crochet Scarves.

If you want to learn more about crochet in general, crochet techniques, amigurumi, blankets and crochet accessory patterns, you may also want to check out this blog post on the 50 Best Crochet Books for Crochet Lovers. This blog post includes a number of crochet stitch dictionaries as well. 

One last thing that I wanted to mention before I go. If you’re still learning to crochet or looking to take your skills to the next level, I highly recommend these great foundational videos to help you develop your skills quickly and easily, visit the Crochet Fundamentals professionally filmed classes.

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